Senior Staff

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Stephen J. Holodinsky
Event Coordinator

Before the beginning of AetherCon Stephen J. Holodinsky was best known for…well…not much of anything really. Despite photos that suggest the plausibility of such, he was not raised in the wilds of Canada by a family of beavers and knows little to nothing at all about building dams, engineering or woodwork in general. Moreover even though he is fond of claiming that ‘Bob’s your Uncle’ this has been proven to be a falsehood as Bob is actually his brother.


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Chris Malidore
Artist Enclave Coordinator
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest in a town named Auburn, Chris began gaming as a teen – a journey that would eventually culminate in him becoming an industry illustrator. Through products such as Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40,000, Magic: The Gathering, Savage Worlds, and so on, he developed a taste for the fantastic, storytelling, and of course the joy of spending time with friends, laughing at the ridiculous ventures that would be shared together through said games.
Currently, with over a decade of experience as an illustrator on many of the games that he grew to enjoy, Chris now works with AetherCon to spread a love of the arts that have inspired so many through the decades of such wonderful games. He is thrilled to be overseeing the Artist Enclave, which lines up the annual AetherCon Wallpaper line and Speed Painting Duelists for the convention.
When not painting for massive hours on end and attempting to talk artists into partaking in the various AetherCon events, Chris works on his plans to overthrow humanity so that penguins can take a shot at being the prevalent species. He may also have a caffeine addiction.
'Podcast' Pete Bryant
Technical Advisor, Moderator
Peter is a producer, podcaster, artist, game designer, and writer.
As a game designer, artist, and writer he has developed professional material for R. Talsorian Games, Tri Tac Games, Dilly Green Bean Games, and Chapter 13 Press. Outside of RPGs he has released Rogue Chess and is in heavy development on the new version of Cube of Death.
As a podcaster he is the host of a live broadcast video series called the MythWits ( where his team interviews industry guests every week, provide on-location con coverage, and talk all things geek related.
Peter is the Director of New Media for TSR Games and produces the Game School PodCast and the Cube of Death PodCast for TSR.
Jon Frater
Jon Frater
Moderator Wrangler, SRS Coordinator

A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer’s Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He’s currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York, and has contributed chapters on library security and time management to Scarecrow Press and Macmillan, as well as writing science fiction under his imprint, Desperate Measures Press.

David Guyll
David Guyll
Graphics Coordinator, Convention Magazine Layout Person
Melissa Guyll
Melissa Guyll
Prize Support Wrangler

Support Staff

Jesse Davis
RPG Organized Play Coordinator

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Mike Kafes
Mike Kafes
Webcast Moderator, Video Editor

Mike is the Co-Host and associate producer of the MythWits, a one hour weekly video web series broadcast live on Facebook. Mike has over 5 years experience interviewing Authors, Artists, Celebrities, and Scientists both on screen as well as live at conventions.

Morgan Hua
Morgan Hua
Data Entry Lead
Richard Coates
SRS Assistant, Webcast Moderator
Richard started roleplaying in 1986 with Dragon Warriors, then moved on to Warhammer and from there to most other available RPGs. He studied Vampire: The Masquerade at University and when it comes to roleplaying he’s mostly been living in the nineties ever since.
Three years ago he moved to Nottingham, UK, where everyone is in the games industry. There he started Shiny Games, a boutique online store that specialises in difficult to find games – which includes almost all RPGs. In his spare time Richard has a full-time position at Warlord Games, tending their websites with loving care.
Clifton Wright
Clifton Wright
Project X Coordinator

Clifton Wright is Mr. Johnson from the Arcology Podcast: a Shadowrun podcast that includes discussions and interviews about the game as well as a long-running actual play campaign. Along with his compatriots in the Shadowcasters Network, he creates content for fans of Tabletop RPG’s, cyberpunk, fantasy and science fiction.

Katrina Wolffe
Katrina Wolffe
Prize Support Assistant
Katrina Wolffe graduated Western Business College, with a degree in computer operations in 1992 and has been a member of the S.C.A., local convention committees, and a gamer since 1978. She cut her gaming teeth on Dungeons & Dragons, the Basic Set (Blue Box), AD&D, Steve Jackson Games (old black box Car Wars and Sunday Drivers), Traveler, and a smattering of others. Currently though she spends her time playing Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition where she plays a Gypsy Dancer/Fighter, Breelithe Lightfoot. She and the party she’s with have been being dragged around the world fulfilling errands for the gods.
As a self-taught disabled artisan she has been making chainmail since the late 90s. Her dice bags are available in multiple retail outlets and she also does custom work for costuming/cosplay, makes armor for SCA members, and repairs on vintage and modern chainmail pieces. She is the owner/proprietor of Kittensoft Chainmail and you can also find her fine work here:


Ancillary Staff

Christopher Hunt
Webcast Moderator, Convention Magazine Contributor
Chris is a researcher, teacher, writer, and apologetic Canadian.
A staff writer for d20radio’s Gamer Nation Blog, Chris has helmed The HoloNet Uplink series for two years and counting, churning out weekly Star Wars gaming goodness. He also found a path or two, writing for Rusted Iron Games’ Deadly Gardens.
When not writing, Chris never passes up a chance to proselytize the merits of Star Wars roleplaying.
Stafford Matthews-Klingebiel
Webcast Moderator

Stafford is one of the members of the Tome of Tales Podcast which has recently entered the field of Actual Play D&D 5e podcasts. Stafford has been dabbling in all things geek/nerd throughout his life but took the plunge in college where he began to run games of D&D as well as other systems. Stafford’s favorite element of tabletop roleplay is by far the opportunity it provides to examine complex questions of philosophy, theology, and psychology in a supportive environment with the unique twists that fictional elements add.

Andrew Girdwood
Andrew Girdwood
Convention Magazine Contributor

Geek Native, an RPG culture blog, is run by Andrew Girdwood a Scottish gamer who works in digital marketing. He invented roleplaying games all by himself, with a handful of 6-sided dice and Star Wars models as a young kid, only to discover a few months later the hobby was already solidly established, his ideas second rate and impaired by his terrible inability to write. His first regular tabletop group played Dragon Warriors, and he was a Mystic.