Sabrina Chin, Conference Chair
(sabrina.chin at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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 or customer service 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 sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Amy spends her days handling strategic and intellectual property transactions as an executive vice president for a major media company. Her nights and weekends over the last twenty-five 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 eight 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, Programming Coordinator
(cora.anderson at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
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, Programming Secretary
(sarah.benoot at sirensconference.org)
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.
Zack Bernheimer, Finance Coordinator
(zack.bernheimer at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Zack currently works for a media company on the strategy and financial analysis team. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. At The U, he was the student commencement speaker for his graduating class. Although even though he was born in New York, and went to school in Florida, he currently lives in California. In Zack’s free time he likes to go to the gym, hang at the beach, and watch television shows.
Faye Bi, Communications Director
(faye.bi at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Faye is a book-publishing professional based in New York City, and leads the Sirens communications team. 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.
Simon Branford, Systems Coordinator
(simon.branford at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
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.
Ann Claycomb, Registration and Information Coordinator
(ann.claycomb at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
An inveterate reader of fairy tales, Ann believes in the power of faerie, chocolate, and a good workout, in no particular order. She has managed to acquire a professional title too long for a single line on her business card—Assistant Vice President for Strategic and Academic Communications—while continuing to read and write fantasy (there is a lot more reading than writing, sadly) and parenting three children. She earned her MA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, where she baffled her thesis committee with an argument that “Beauty and the Beast” is ruined by the Beast’s transformation at the end into just an ordinary prince. She earned her MFA in Fiction from West Virginia University, while writing her first novel, The Mermaid’s Daughter. She has several “next” novels started; now if someone would just loan her a time-turner so she could finish them … .
Nivair H. Gabriel, Editor and Website Coordinator
(nivair.h.gabriel at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Beauty by Robin McKinley
Nivair has written all her life, and feminist fantasy is her heart-home. At sixteen, she thought it would be fun to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and get a degree in aerospace engineering, so she did. She has contributed work to Marvels & Tales, io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, Pittsburgh Magazine, The Tech, and two Sirens benefit anthologies. She is currently pursuing a dual-degree MA/MFA in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College. Her first year at Sirens (2013) was a revelation, and so was every year thereafter.
Suzanne Rogers Gruber, Conference Librarian
(suzanne.gruber at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Suzi lives on the edge between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains and has been making things up since she was a small girl in upstate New York. She is currently a communications manager, information specialist, and librarian; in the past, she worked in publishing, commercial photography, and tech before spending several years as a freelance editor and designer. She has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in literary studies from Simon’s Rock College of Bard. In her free time, she writes fantasy and science fiction, knits, gardens, and hikes with her family and their two dogs. Suzi has volunteered in a variety of roles, most recently as librarian.
Amanda Hudson, Bookstore and Auction Coordinator
(amanda.hudson at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Amanda works full time as a game developer in Malmö, Sweden. She holds a JD from Baylor University and previously practiced law in Texas. When not reading or writing fantasy, Amanda enjoys eating delicious Scandinavian foods and playing video games and board games.
Manda Lewis, Logistics and Art Director
(manda.lewis at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Manda holds a BS 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, hosting after-hours special events. She is also the caretaker of two small humans who look like her and often have dragon tea parties. 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. Manda has been a volunteer for Phoenix Rising, Terminus, and Sirens for the last ten years.
Jennifer Shimada, Community Coordinator
(jennifer.shimada at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Book: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Jennifer is a fantasy reader, tea drinker, world traveler, and academic librarian. She is originally from California, earned a BA in history in Texas, taught 5th grade in Oklahoma, and currently works at a graduate school of education in New York. Along the way, Jennifer earned a MLIS from San Jose State University.
Hallie Tibbetts, Programming Director
(hallie.tibbetts at sirensconference.org)
Favorite Fantasy Story: Little Night by Yuyi Morales
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 (including many years of Sirens). She was a music education major at the University of Southern California, obtained a master’s degree in digital and print media from New York University, and works in editorial at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on books for children age zero to eighteen, but doesn’t mind if grownups like those stories too.