Jeff Sorensen, President
Jeff (he/him/his) works for Iowa State University as the manager of IT Web Development Services. He’s been addicted to playing tabletop games since he was a teenager in the 80’s. His first experience was playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1E) with an older cousin who brought the game back with him from college. His first convention was Gen Con in 2005.
Zach Lones, Secretary
Zach (he/him/his) works at Microsoft as a software engineer. He started playing Dungeons and Dragons in high school and in college was introduced to more tabletop games. His first convention was Gen Con 2012 and over past few years has traveled to more across the country. He’s also probably the best at secretarial work.
Justin Nauman, Treasurer
Justin (he/him/his) works for Iowa State University in the Office of Admissions as a web developer. He brings his experience from past leadership roles in several organizations to the board. Always an avid video gamer, Justin was introduced to tabletop games in college where he first fell in love with Dungeons & Dragons and Euro-style strategy games.
Brenda Havens, Director
Brenda (she/her/hers) is a self-employed IT consultant based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. A strong advocate for diversity, inclusion, and people striving for equality, she has fund-raised for Indiana Equality Action and in 2016 launched a ‘5000 Conversations’ project handing out 5000 rainbow ALLY buttons over the next year to promote discussions of equality for the LGBTQ community. Brenda’s gaming involves video games, RPGs, and board games; and she is always eager to try something new.
Dustie Lohmeyer, Director
Dustie (she/her/hers) a transgender registered nurse. She finds herself enjoying many board games with various groups in her local area. She became aware of Tabletop Gaymers while attending her first Gen Con in 2016. She quickly fell in love with the convention and the surrounding atmosphere it brings. She is always up for a good game of Are You a Werewolf?!, or most social deduction games. She finds some time for the occasional pc-game in between social relationships, board games, photography, hiking, traveling, cooking, and generally just being.
Samson Romero, Director
Samson (he/him/his) has been involved with the LGBTQ+ communities for many years. He holds an MSW (Master of Social Work) from Ryerson, where he focused his research on LGBTQ+ gaming communities. He is passionate about creating safer spaces and developing a sense of community for all. His current favourite tabletop games are Battlestar Galactica, Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns and Sparkle Kitty. He is also learning to become a DM.
Wen Reischl, Director
Wen (he/him/his) is a freelance writer, game designer, and business lycanthrope working in the oil and gas industry. Wen’s focus on community organizing began in 2007 when he became the public face of the Denver RPG Meetup, now one of the world’s largest role playing meetup groups. In 2017 he added his voice to the multiple ENnie award winning Gnome Stew gaming blog and in 2018 leveraged his visibility with a transformative coming out post. Wen has a decade of experience as a Toastmaster and considers networking his super power. He’s previously been involved in corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives and served on several boards including Gamers Giving Inc., a Colorado nonprofit that hosts table top gaming events in support of good causes. Wen has role played for more than thirty years and enjoys story driven board games, video games, and LARPs. His goal is to unite, expand, and uplift the gaming community.