Sirens is staffed by an all-volunteer team, many 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: Reign of Earth by A.C. Gaughen
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
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
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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
Favorite Fantasy Book: Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
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, Financial Coordinator
(zack.bernheimer at
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
( at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
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
Favorite Fantasy Book: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Simon is a specialist in high performance computing and mathematical modeling and works in supporting researchers across a variety of fields. Before this he worked as a researcher on evolutionary models, which built on his 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.

Amanda Hudson, Bookstore Coordinator
(amanda.hudson at
Favorite Fantasy Book: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt
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
Favorite Fantasy Book: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
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
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
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.

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