Meet all of our amazing Staff Volunteers…
Katie Kaitchuck is the Executive Director of GaymerX. An AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, she is a seasoned nonprofit and gaming industry professional having honed her skills at Ubisoft, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Feminist Frequency.
As program director for GaymerX she organized a scholarship program that helped send LGBTQ developers to GDC 2018. In her role as Executive director she plans to expand the scholarship program to more professional video game industry events, in addition to adding other crucial program areas.
Programming Coordinator & Diversity Liaison
Tanya is the Founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago. She’s part of Rivals of Waterdeep, the programming coordinator for OrcaCon; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Mic, Waypoint, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications. She’s also the editor of Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins, an anthology featuring stories from marginalized game developers and others adjacent to the industry. The book released on June 13th, from CRC Press.
You can also support Tanya DePass on Patreon.
Culture & Operations Director
Brian Kunde is GaymerX’s Culture & Operations Director. He develops policies and training to make our events more inclusive and engaging. Brian also helps manage and train the Sprites, GaymerX’s volunteer corps, for our events and conventions. Brian has worked with GaymerX since their inaugural event in 2013, providing guidance on ways to foster dialogue and build culture that reflects GaymerX’s values.
In addition to his work with GaymerX, Brian has over a decade of experience in non-profit human services where he practices as a licensed social worker specializing in mental health, trauma, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Soraya Een Hajji
Soraya Een Hajji directs the Sprite Program, GaymerX’s event volunteer corps. She founded the volunteer program at the first GaymerX in 2013. Drawing from her years of experience staffing games industry events, she worked to create a volunteer program deeply rooted in principles of community, support, and care. Outside of GaymerX, she works as the Brand Manager for online virtual tabletop Roll20.
Social Media Coordinator
Steven Harmon is an independent game designer and artist from Denver, Colorado. Steven was originally one of GaymerX’s first year GDC scholars but now serves as GaymerX’s part time pixel pusher doing illustrations, posters, and social media when he’s not busy with his studies at USC.
Eugenio Vargas is the Tabletop Coordinator for GaymerX East. An actor and music director by trade, he came to the gaming industry relatively late in his career. Eugenio’s work in Dungeons and Dragons media can be found on iTunes on his podcast The Last Refuge and on various Twitch channels including Variant Roles and Encounter Roleplay.
In 2017, Eugenio brought tabletop gaming to GaymerX East. Now, as the coordinator, he hopes to continue to expand the tabletop offerings at GaymerX’s NYC conference with an eye specifically to finding LGBTQ+ designers and story tellers who can come showcase their work to a queer and queer-friendly audience.