IGDA NYC Chapter Team

Board of Directors

Jess Haskins



Jess is a game designer, writer, and editor specializing in narrative design, worldbuilding, and interactive storytelling. She previously worked at Muse Games on titles including Creavures and Guns of Icarus Online, and served as Creative Director at What Pumpkin Studios. She currently provides game development, writing, and consulting services at Paperback Studio, and teaches game design at Parsons School of Design. Jess also organizes NYC Indie Games, a social group for local game developers.

Bill Podurgiel



Coray Seifert

Board Member


Mattia Sicuro



Olga Polukhina

Board Member



Lorri Hopping

Social Media Coordinator


Hana Zubovic

Meetup Community Manager


Sandra Degnan

Assistant Editor, Newsletter


Tam Myaing

Meetup Group Administrator

Athena Windansea Anderson

Facebook Group Administrator


Advisory Board

Dan Butchko

CEO & Co-Founder, Playcrafting


As CEO & Co-Founder of Playcrafting, Dan is committed to showing enthusiasts how to become game developers and developers how to become successful businesses.

Brian S. Chung

Bloomfield College; The Sheep's Meow


Brian is a game designer, educator, and event producer. He has nearly 10 years of professional game design experience, and currently helps direct the game development program at Bloomfield College as well as the operations of the game development community organization at The Sheep's Meow.

Adam Davidson

Executive Producer, Avalanche Studios


Adam is a well-traveled 18-year veteran of the industry who joined Avalanche Studios in 2013. He has produced numerous games of all shapes and sizes, including MMOs, budget titles, and plenty of AAA console games. After serving as Design Manager on Darksiders 2 at Vigil Games, he found his home at Avalanche Studios working on Just Cause 3 and Mad Max, and now as the Executive Producer on the next title.

Chris "Widget" Dimauro

NYU Tandon Game Innovation Lab


Chris assists in research as staff at the Game Innovation Lab, makes cute robots, and tinkers with Unity.

David Epstein

Founder, Eppy Games


David is founder of Eppy Games and one of the creators of Dirtbags MotorClub. He is an active developer working with a wide range of teams and companies on AR and VR projects.

Clara Fernández-Vara

Associate Arts Professor, NYU Game Center; Co-Founder, Fiction Control


Clara is a game scholar, designer and writer. She specializes in narrative design in games, both in the commercial sphere and research. 

Richard "Lord British" Garriott



Richard is a Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement award holder. He is the creator of the Ultima Series, coined the now ubiquitous term "avatar" and MMO's. He is also a private astronaut. Current project is Shroud of the Avatar.

GJ Lee

The Sheep's Meow


GJ is an artist, game designer, and educator from the NYC area.

Dennis Liaw

Brooklyn Gamery


Dennis is a programmer at Brooklyn Gamery. Can be found at most of the game jams in the NYC area.

Catt Small

Brooklyn Gamery; The Code Liberation Foundation


Catt is a game maker, product designer, and front-end web developer. She has done design work for companies of all sizes including Bedrocket, NASDAQ OMX, and Scholastic. Catt makes video games with Brooklyn Gamery as well as Buttered Toast Studios and teaches game development with The Code Liberation Foundation.

Greg Trefry

Gigantic Mechanic; Come Out & Play


Greg makes real-world games and playful experiences with Gigantic Mechanic.  He also helps run the annual game festival, Come Out & Play.

Peter Vigeant

Director of Platform & Game Development, ESC Game Theater


Pete makes large games and enjoys elephants.

Glenn Winters

Previsualization Supervisor, Rockstar Games


Glenn completed his Masters Degree in Digital Media from Drexel University with a focus on how structural design can influence a player's decision making process in 3D adventure games. Upon completion, he started his career in the performance capture division of Rockstar Games and continues to help build the NYC Game Dev scene.