Jim “Sylvan” Sullivan is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has long been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Jim gained the nickname Sylvan while hanging around the Varsity Theater performing the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the start of his glorious misspent youth. One of his dearest and oldest friends dragged him from fishnets and garters to the exciting world of a TimeCon. He fell in love and by 16 he was attending all the local sci-fi/fantasy conventions.
He has staffed Westercon 60, Norwescon, BayCon, PantheaCon, SiliCon, and Anime America, holding such positions as head of volunteers, hotel liaison (both for Westercon 60 and BayCon), morale officer, registration staff, convention operations staff, and dealer’s room staff. When not volunteering at conventions, he spends much of his time participating in Live Action Role-Playing (LARP), both as a player and a plot member. In his free time he does other geeky things: watching sci-fi TV and movies, reading, and writing short stories (one of which was even published). He lives with good and generous friends, two persnickety cats, and a loving dog.
While Meredith Branstad has been a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she is a relative latecomer to the fan scene, attending her first convention in 2002. Prior to undertaking the job of Vice-Chair for Convolution she has worked primarily in publications for another regional convention and at Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon. At Renovation she became a reverse-engineered second-generation fan by introducing her father to the world of Science Fiction conventions. When not working on Convolution, she works at an environmental consulting firm as a landscape architect, biologist, and arborist.
Cheri Stryker's mother took her to her first Doctor Who convention to meet Tom Baker, and she's been loving and working conventions ever since. With almost three decades of experience working various local South Bay conventions, she has worked in almost every department (except Dealer's Room). A Whovian, Star Wars nerd, and forever a Xena loyalist, she is inordinately proud of the fact that her children are 4th generation nerds, and her proudest moment was when her 12-year-old "discovered" Doctor Who while browsing Netflix.
Cindi Somebody Cabal has been active in fandom for 25 years. She has worked on many West Coast cons, including LosCon, Gallifrey One and many, many BayCons. She is easily recognized by her pink hair, which is most commonly seen behind a Registration Desk, though she has also worked in Con Suites, Administration and Extravaganzas. Her very first con was PacifiCon 85, where she realized gaming cons were not actually her thing. Luckily, she chased a handsome boy to BayCon 87 and discovered her real love- Science Fiction Conventions.
Amy-Elyse Neer went to her first WorldCon when she was 12 or 13 but she can't really remember that far back. She's pretty sure it was in Anaheim. This may or may not have been her first convention. She blames her geekery on her sister, whose idea of fine bedtime reading for her baby sister was Harlan Ellison. She has since worked at TimeCon, SiliCon, BayCon (chairing twice), attended several WorldCons and a NASFIC and a few LosCons (to throw room parties publicizing other conventions) and presented a lesson plan and section on running registration for ConStruction. She has no memory of having met any of you, but will smile and nod politely if you offer her coffee.
Christine Doyle has been working on SciFi conventions for over a decade. Most of her fannish work has been in programming, starting with BCTV at BayCon and progressing through Division Director for BayCon, Westercon and now Convolution. She served as Vice-Chair for BayCon in 2009. Chris is a costumer who has been in, and judged, Masquerades, as well as filming and editing Masquerade videos. In real life, she is a practicing anesthesiologist/intensivist and active in Medical Informatics
Sandra Saidak attended her first convention in 1979, while still in high school. The con was unforgettable, but unfortunately, it’s name was not. After many delightful years as an attendee at places like WesterCon, BayCon, TimeCon and WorldCon (two, so far!) Sandy took her first staff job as GOH liaison at BayCon 2004. She has run Writers Workshop at BayCon for the past six years. When not working conventions, Sandy teaches high school English and writes fantasy and prehistoric fiction. Her first novel, “Daughter of the Goddess Lands” was published in November, 2011 by Uffington Horse Press.
Kelly Marie Gallagher grew up in a home of science fiction and fantasy, but was not introduced to fandom until recently. She attended her first convention in 2008 and was volunteering the following year. Her first two years she worked programming at BayCon and has attended or volunteered in a minor capacity at various other conventions or expos since then. She enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy, movies, and a variety of gaming activities. When not actively submerged in her own fantasy world Kelly works in the children's department of a bookstore. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for reading with others and likes to see that spark of obsession in others.
Ole Tycho Petersen was exposed to his first convention (the first Further Confusion) by "friends," at the age of sixteen. He's had the honor of attending every FC since then. In 2012, he helped them transition to the San Jose Convention Center from the Fairmont. Tycho began volunteering for BayCon in 2000, serving first as party maven, then as hotel liaison, and as Chairman in 2009. He has negotiated venue contracts for several different conventions in the last nine years, and worked with a majority of the Bay Area convention hotels located south of San Francisco. Tycho also has non-convention hobbies, if there are such things, including photography, painting, woodworking, and staring at the stars. If you happen to run into him he will profusely apologize and might offer to buy you a drink.
Erik Bigglestone has long been the black sheep in a family termed by those gifted with hyperbole as "geek royalty." His mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, sister and godfather all have notoriety of some degree in sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comics, costuming and historical reenactment, so it's about time for Erik to earn some of that cred for himself. His primary convention-staffing experience has been nearly 15 years managing various departments and a division for BayCon, and collating program books for DunDraCon between the ages of 8 and 11. In the spare time he forces into his life, Erik portrays book characters for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, most recently Fagin from "Oliver Twist." Erik began and rejected approximately 15 different openings to this bio.
Away from the convention scene, Matt Branstad has had the usual slate of obscure jobs that seem to be de rigueur for fannish bios: casino security specialist, micro-order cook, criminal records technician, intermodal transportation consultant, ghost writer, office manager for a hazardous waste transportation organization, destination management planner, and several others that he can't talk about. Currently, he is employed as an inventory troll for a major bookstore. His hobbies include experimenting with extreme bachelor cooking and making lists. His pets include a fruit salad that he has been feeding and fermenting for over a decade (see also: extreme bachelor cooking). He hopes to one day make a hobby of attending conventions where he is not on staff, which appears to be easier said than done.
Matt has been LARPing since 1996 and has run LARPs at BayCon, DunDracon, BigBadCon, Renovation, and Gamestorm. His convention staff appearances include Renovation, Fanime, BayCon, NinjaCon08, Pantheacon & ConJose, in diverse areas including Programming Operations, Newsletter, Convention Operations, Publications, Broadcast Media, Fan Tables, and Party Host. Since entering fandom in 1998, he has attended a small number of conventions where he was not on staff or running a LARP (primarily Starquest, Interaction, and LACon IV). Evidently, this being an attendee business is harder than it seems