Sirens is staffed by an all-volunteer team, most of whom have been involved with Sirens since its inception. Please read below to learn a bit about us, and if you’re interested in joining our team, please visit our Volunteer page for more information.

Sabrina Chin, Conference Chair
(sabrina.chin at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Sabrina works full time as a software developer for a telecommunications company located in the Washington, DC, area. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and completed her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University. Sabrina has been volunteering for conferences in a technical capacity since 2003. She oversaw the creation and maintenance of the conference websites for Phoenix Rising, Terminus, and Sirens, including the registration, submission, and other back-end systems. In the little spare time found between working and volunteering, she enjoys reading a range of young adult, science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels.

Amy Tenbrink, Conference Chair
(amy.tenbrink at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Amy spends her days handling content distribution and intellectual property transactions for an entertainment company. Her nights and weekends over the last twenty years have involved managing a wide variety of events, including theatrical productions, marching band shows, sporting events, and interdisciplinary conferences. Most recently, she has organized three Harry Potter conferences (The Witching Hour, in Salem, Massachusetts; Phoenix Rising, in the French Quarter of New Orleans; and Terminus, in downtown Chicago) and seven years of Sirens. Her experience includes all aspects of event planning, from logistics and marketing to legal consulting and budget management, and she holds degrees with honors from both the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and the Georgetown University Law Center. She likes nothing so much as monster girls, Weasleys, and a well-planned revolution.


Cora Anderson

(cora.anderson at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Cora has been an avid reader of everything she could get her hands on for as long as she can remember. She is especially fond of fantasy and young adult literature, both prose and manga. Cora has a history degree from the University of Southern California, and currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a technical writer. When not working, writing, or reading, Cora enjoys cooking, playing video games, and exploring Seattle.

Sarah Benoot
(sarah.benoot at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Watership Down by Richard Adams
Sarah spends her workdays as an operations specialist for a large broker-dealer, where her degree in media production comes in handy more often than you might expect. She’s been working on conferences since The Witching Hour in 2005, when she found that she liked helping people find new ways to interact with literature enough to volunteer for Phoenix Rising, Terminus, and Sirens as well. Among other interests, she spends a lot of time trying to fit just one more book on her overloaded shelves.

Faye Bi
( at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Chime by Franny Billingsley
Faye graduated with an honors degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 2010 and works as a children’s book publicist in New York, with specialties in event planning and social media strategy. She’s yet to read an immigrant story she hasn’t cried over, and is happiest planning nerdy parties, capping off a long run with brunch, and cycling along the East River. Faye has attended (almost!) every Sirens since its inception in 2009 and served as Design Coordinator in 2010.

Simon Branford
(simon.branford at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Simon is a specialist in high performance computing and mathematical modeling and has worked in research supporting scientists in various fields. Before this he earned a PhD in mathematical computation and master’s degrees in computer science and mathematics. Simon has been on the program and organizing committees for conferences on computational sciences. In his spare time, Simon likes to read and run.

Suzanne Rogers Gruber

(suzanne.gruber at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Suzanne Rogers Gruber lives on the edge between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains and has been making things up since she was a small girl in upstate New York. Her day job is helping individuals and organizations research, design, and organize their information. She has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Literary Studies from Simon’s Rock College. In her free time, Suzi writes fantasy and science fiction, knits, gardens, and hikes in the mountains. She's been involved with Sirens off and on since 2010 in a variety of roles, mostly recently as a librarian.

Manda Lewis
(manda.lewis at
Favorite Fantasy Book: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Manda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and a Masters of Tourism Administration, and served in the Air Force for seven years. She currently works for a children’s museum in Raleigh, North Carolina, orchestrating all of their after-hours special events. Manda has always made it a habit to draw, color, and doodle on just about everything within reach and loves themes far more than anyone really should. She also loves a mean game of Quidditch. Manda has been a volunteer for Phoenix Rising, Terminus, and Sirens for the last ten years.

Hallie Tibbetts, Conference Advisor
(hallie.tibbetts at
Favorite Fantasy Story: Little Night by Yuyi Morales
Hallie has worked in a variety of media, social work, education, event planning, and administrative positions. Hallie has been involved with Narrate Conferences and all of its events since its inception in 2006, serving variously as education officer, communications officer, and vice president, along with chairing a number of conferences. She graduated with a master’s degree in digital and print media from New York University and works in book publishing in New York.

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