IGDA NYC Chapter Team

Board of Directors

Jess Haskins



Jess Haskins is a game designer, writer, and editor living in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, where she also teaches game design. After working at various NYC studios on titles including Hiveswap, Guns of Icarus Online, and Creavures, she founded Paperback Studio to offer creative services for games and other works.


Jess is chair of the IGDA NYC chapter and organizer of NYC Indie Games, a social group for game devs. Her work centers on worldbuilding, forging communities, and exploring new forms of storytelling in games.



Twitter: @jess_haskins Website: paperback-studio.com

Mattia Sicuro

Co-Vice Chair

Mattia is a character rigger, character artist and an active community member. In addition to being a board member with IGDA NYC, he's been lending a hand at events like PAX, Indiecade, GDC, Boston FIG and the Game Devs of Color Expo for over 3 years.

Oliver Hong

Co-Vice Chair, Communications Director

Oliver Hong is a freelance game designer who has recently graduated from the NYU Game Design MFA program. He specializes in designing games that intervene with physical space. You can find more of his work at origamiandroid.com.

Olga Polukhina

Events Director

Olga Polukhina is a freelance Artist & Art Historian living in Washington Heights. In 1998 she founded Ibis Arts, providing freelance scholarly research and related data management in the field of ancient Mediterranean art exhibition and sales. More recently, she received a second BFA in Video Game Design and also works as a freelance digital artist. Olga is Events Director for the IGDA NYC chapter.

Kevin Hoskin

Secretary, Treasurer, Director of External Relations

Owner and CEO at PolyMedia Productions.


Lorri Hopping

Social Media Coordinator

Game designer/writer focusing on education, journalism, and social impact—all platforms, media.

Matthew Fisher

Communications Coordinator, Newsletter Editor

Matt is a sound and game audio designer originally from the UK. He is studying for a Master's in Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt. You can find his website at: mfishersound.com

Serena Sanchez

Communications Volunteer

I am a graduate with a degree in English from Hunter College. I have plenty of experience in journalism, writing and editorial work from small organizations. My purpose as a volunteer is to increase my written portfolio and gain valuable experience in writing and editing to take with me for future job opportunities.

Tam Myaing

Meetup Group Administrator

I'm an artist, engineer, entrepreneur, and game maker. I help design custom play spaces for museums, incorporating technology and game design. I also make tabletop games as a hobby.

Jasmine Greene

Events Volunteer

Jasmine Greene is the co-founder of Luminosity Mobile. She also enjoys photography and videography in her spare time. She loves working to build up the NYC indie game dev community.

Howard Jiang

Events Volunteer


Athena Windansea Anderson

Facebook Group Moderator