AvaCon, Inc. Executive Board
President and Director of Operations & Logistics
Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir) left the corporate design world in 2007 to co-found the company The Vesuvius Group, LLC (www.thevesuviusgroup.com) and work full-time doing virtual world marketing, creative direction and development within Second Life and other online virtual spaces. She is also the Web 2.0 go-to-girl for Global Kids, NYC and blogmistress of their widely read, TSL youth focused blog www.holymeatballs.org. She is an artist, content creator and evangelist of online social media who believes in its power to raise social awareness, foster community, and spark creative collaboration through mediums such as blogging, podcasting, video/machinima and virtual worlds. www.joycebettencourt.com
Vice President and Director of Human Resources & IT
Chris Collins (SL: Fleep Tuque) is an IT Analyst in the UCit Instructional & Research Computing department at the University of Cincinnati, where she currently manages the campus-wide podcasting and Second Life projects, and serves as the Second Life Ambassador for the Ohio Learning Network, a consortium of 80 colleges and universities in Ohio. In her free time, she is the founder and Executive Director of the Chilbo Community, where she resides in the Chilbo sim in Second Life. Fleep’s research centers around the use of technology, education, and the metaverse, and she blogs informally on these topics at fleeptuque.com.
Treasurer and Director of Finance & Sponsorships
Kathey Fatica (SL: Katydid Something) is a real world advertising executive with Needham Fatica Advertising Agency and works with many clients in the travel and tourism industry. As co-owner of Molaskey’s Pub, which has roughly six Live Music shows a week Katy has, herself, entered the world of the virtual entertainer, performing about once a week, drawing her influences from the folk/indie music of the ’60s and ’70s.
Clerk and Director of Community Relations
Donna Meyer (SL: Misty Rhodes) has been involved with every Second Life Community Convention since the first SLCC 2005 held in New York City, and she has expanded her role over the years by managing volunteers, serving as sponsor liaison, and helping with overall program coordination. She joined Second Life in 2003 as a Resident and former Second Life Mentor, and then in 2006, became part of the Linden Lab team as Mia Linden, where she worked with the Second Life community in this capacity until 2010. Misty Rhodes holds the record for the most friendships in all of SL, and she created many notable events and experiencing during her tenure at Linden Lab, including the . Kiss A Linden Kiss A Volunteer event, the Isle of View, EggsActly, Eventopia and Viewer2Tips Islands, more than 50 different Linden Bears, and more than 30 of the avatars shown in the “What is Second Life” and “Shopping in Second Life” videos on the Second Life website.
AvaCon, Inc. Staff
A/V & Technical Manager
David Oberholtzer (SL: Dirk McKeenan) is an IT generalist (programmer, development manager, business analyst, project manager) in the financial services industry by day (to pay the bills) and a musician, cyclist, father, son, and too many other things to even hope to complete in one or two lifetimes during his “copious free time.” Educated at Purdue, Rutgers GSM, Lincoln Technical Institute and a variety of continuing education venues, Dave is a lifelong student and has now focused serious attention on learning all he can about social media with hope of “making a name for himself.” Relax and enjoy the show. Dirk also blogs athttp://dirkisms.blogspot.com.
Asst. A/V & Technical Manager
Joshua Stortz (SL: Amulius Lioncourt) is a Founder and Executive Producer for the Vesuvius Group, and has worked with many high profile organizations including Google, The International Justice Center, the MacArthuer Foundation, and the New York Department of Education. In Second Life, he developed interactive exhibits for the Exploratorium, built a unique paleontological dig simulation for Global Kids’ “I Dig Tanzania” project, and assists nonprofits with their building needs through the Nonprofit Commons. Josh also sells exquisitely detailed handcrafted weapons in Darkwood and Caledon, historical themed communities within Second Life.
SLCC 2011 Track Leaders
Artistic & Creative Expression
SD Windham (SL: Manx Wharton) is an established writer, artist, musician, and designer with more than a decade of world class experience in management, marketing, finance, economics, and strategy. He received his undergraduate from Georgetown University and his masters from University of Georgia. Among other trivial achievements, he coined the term “Match Rock”. He is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and lives in Miami, Florida.
Commerce & Marketing
James Neville (SL: Sitearm Madonna) is a strategist and expediter for virtual worlds projects in Business, Music, Tourism, and the Arts. James began his online career in 2005 when he registered for Second Life and is the owner of Siterma The World In 4D. Located in The Katy Area, Greater Houston, Siterma is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. Showcase projects include Dublin Virtually Live, a recreation of Dublin City online featuring real-world partnerships with Dublin Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology, House of Ireland, and Voices from the Dawn. James also manages Sister Cities and Friends in SL, Solution Provider Exposition, and Live Radio SL. James blogs at http://sitearm.wordpress.com.
Development & Open Source
Chris Collins (SL: Fleep Tuque) has used the Second Life platform extensively since its public beta in 2003, and is keenly interested in the educational, cultural, economic, and political potential of virtual worlds. She is an IT Analyst in the UCit Instructional & Research Computing department at the University of Cincinnati, where she currently manages the campus-wide podcasting and Second Life projects, and serves as the Second Life Ambassador for the Ohio Learning Network, a consortium of 80 colleges and universities in Ohio. In her free time, she is the founder and Executive Director of the Chilbo Community, where she resides in the Chilbo sim in Second Life. Fleep’s research centers around the use of technology, education, and the metaverse, and she blogs informally on these topics at fleeptuque.com.
Public Service & Education
Shirley Márquez Dúlcey (SL: Shirley Marquez) speaks machine; has been in love with computers a long time, and can usually get any strange system or gadget to do something useful in short order. She also speaks human and translates between the two. Shirley loves to dance in both worlds and blogs at http://shirleymarquez.
Social Experience & Communities
Jason Pace (SL: Hydra Shaftoe) has nearly a decade of online community manager experience, dating back to the end of college when he began managing forums for student organizations and an early online gaming company. He is a passionate and avid social gamer, actively playing everything from Frontier Ville to World of Warcraft and has a knack for understanding the digital cultures that exist within them. He has significant experience as a contractor, developer, and project manager in Second Life, and works as the host of two popular machinima shows. Follow Hydra on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hydravelsen.
SLCC 2011 In-World Program
In-World Construction Manager
Jon Alt (SL: Xavier Sockington) has participated in Second Life since 2007 exploring many of the social and economic opportunities that it has to offer. His interest lies primarily in educational communication in Second Life, building and scripting. When not building, Xavier teaches classes on a graphic manipulation software called GIMP at Builder’s Brewery. In his free time he likes to create gadgets which help educators and organizers communication to their audience. See Xavier’s offerings on the Second Life Marketplace at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/42213.
In-World Program Chair
Philena Rush (SL: LOM Runner) has been using Second Life since 2009. She began volunteering for IEEE Computer Society as public relations manager for the IEEE Islands in SecondLife. twitter @IEEEVirtual She is the 3D Virtual Program manager for BETF.org BDPA Education and Technology Foundation. To close the gap of computer and technology literacy with today’s minority youth. Currently working on pilot program virtual worlds with middle school students on the OSGrid, and has high interest in the gamification of education. Also works locally in her community for BDPAColumbus.org as Vice President of program management, and Girls in Tech Columbus chapter. http://bit.ly/GITColumbus
Adele Rhiadra – Landscaping and Parks
Ashimi Moonites – Parks and Walk-Ways
Amulius Lioncourt – Hatch Shell, Ying Yang Build
Celestiall Nightfire – Bradbury Building
Haven Ditko – Landscaping and Parks
Jadyn Firehawk – Museum of Modern Arts, Hatch Shell
Jeaniesing Trilling – Seating and Animations – Textures for Bradbury
Qeux Serge – All Bridges on Sims, Sculpts for Faneuil Hall, Misc Sculpts
RC Adamski – Fox Theater, Faneuil Hall
RJ Kikuchiyo- Nautical elements
TailMaster Lionheart – Sculpts Bradbury
Villy Enyo – Sculpts Fox Theater & Fox Theater Sign
Xavier Sockington – Faneuil Hall, Bradbury Building
In-World Greeters & Moderators