Con-Ops Manager : Dash Qualls-Gibeau

Dannyn “Dash” Qualls-Gibeau is the executive officer of the Symposium. From programming presenters to scheduling volunteers, Dash navigates much of the convention’s engineering from the ship’s bridge also known as Con-Ops.

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Programming Director : M. Leigh Hood

A rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness, M. Leigh Hood spends more time typing than is strictly advised by the FDA. When she isn’t writing for work or pleasure, she can be found lurking in the stranger corners of the city with a camera or cup of tea at hand.

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please email her at

Registration Manager : Jess Novesteras

Jess Novesteras has been in many a port of call over her years. After moving here from New York she quickly found the Steampunk scene. From her decade of working for clothiers at ren faires around New England to coming up with fun costumes, Jess enjoys unleashing her creative side. As a numbers guru by day she lends her love of spreadsheets as the Registration Maven to the Steampunk Symposium.

Mistress of Ceremonies : Emilie P Bush

Writer, editor, and journalist, Emilie P. Bush is a quintessential Do-It-Yourself steampunk.

Since the first Symposium in 2012, Emilie has been a special guest and became a lifetime member of the convention, but in April 2017 she also accepted the role of lead MC.

Steampunk Olympiad MC : Peter Beerslayer

Starting in 2013, Peter has been the Symposium’s host, commentator, and MC of the Steampunk Olympiad.

A man of many talents, he a founding member of the Traveling Revelers, and possesses a keen talent for sabrage . . . the technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber!

Steampunk Olympiad Games Master : Don Dodson III

Don is tasked with the responsibility of designing, organizing, regulating, and ensuring the fairness of the Steampunk Olympiad’s various games.

Resident Author & Literary Ambassador : Leanna Renee Hieber

Actress, playwright, artist and award-winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber writes Gothic Victorian Paranormal novels for adults and teens.

Since 2012 she has been a Guest of Honor each year at the Symposium, but since then she has also become an essential member of the convention’s Literary Program.

Security Chief : Rob Dorsey

Rob is a chap of many talents that include neuroscience, professional massage therapy, martial arts, and musician with Band of Pirates and Mayan Ruins.

Skilled in the arts of diplomacy, and years of experience as a night club bouncer, he is dedicated to the safety and well being of Symposium attendees and fellow human beings.

Graphic Design : Bethalynne Bajema

Eccentric artist incarnate, tarot deck maker, wanna-be mermaid, and art director at The Attic Shoppe Trading Company. Bethalynne brought us Bly the Automaton Girl in 2017 as the new mascot and face of the International Steampunk Symposium and continues the series into each year’s theme.


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