Joshua “Bear” Davis

Joshua DavisJoshua Davis, or “Bear” to the people that know him the best, began his artist career in college designing t-shirts for campus organizations and local clothing lines. After college he began his professional career in graphic design and digital marketing.

Bear has been helping RavenCon behind the scenes for close to nine years; supporting the website, taking pictures, helping with marketing, and displaying his personal artwork in RavenCon’s Art Show. His passion is mentoring and encouraging artists and sharing what he has learned.


Anita Bruckert

Anita BruckertDealers’ Room Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Anita is a multi-media artist who has enjoyed RavenCon from day one, and has progressively become more involved.

In her art, she has exhibited in galleries throughout the Central New York and Adirondack region, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Richmond, VA. As a henna artist, she has covered the feet, hands, and backs of local Richmonders.

Aside from her that, she spent many years in theater, working primarily behind the scenes designing sets and costumes. She worked on the sets for A Midsummer Nights’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty or Coma, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, and All in the Timing to name a few. She now makes costumes just for herself and friends, and focuses more on her artwork, and working with the cast members of Charming Underclothes in Roanoke, VA as she plays Magenta.

The boring info: she has several degrees; Fine and Performing Art, Studio Art, and Curriculum Design and Instruction. She is a certified corporate trainer and is a practicing licensed Optician and Arbonne Consultant.


Donal Griffyn

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Donal has been in volunteering at conventions since 1989 and in the late 90s was chosen to be Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for DASFA’s Mile High Con. His professional career includes working with many game developers and special effects designers as part of the Games Quarterly Catalog team, DreamPark LLC, and the Ghost Town Productions haunted houses. After almost a decade absent from conventions, Donal has returned to donate his time to RavenCon. Outside of conventions he enjoys restoring and modifying older cars, racing them locally, and investigating emergent technologies for reduced-impact living.


Doris Manning

Doris ManningWebmistress & Registration Director

After many years of working behind the scenes for another science-fiction and fantasy convention, I promised myself I was going to take a break from doing anything more than being a regular con-goer. As you can see, that promise didn’t last very long because here I am as RavenCon’s Webmistress and Registration Director. If you have any suggestions for or problems with this site, please email me.


Cheryl Jones

Cheryl JonesPromotions Director

“Starfleet utilized a little known reactivation clause. In other words, Admiral, they drafted me!” —Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Yes, this is how it all began. I, a past commander of the USS Chesapeake, was drafted by the current captain to join RavenCon.

I am Cheryl Lynn “Chessie” Jones, and I am the swag mistress for RavenCon. What does that entail? It means that I do advertising. Mostly, I acquire the items (pens, pencils, notepads, bookmarks, comics, etc.) that go into our “goodie bags” for the convention. I also handle the advertising sales for the con handbook. Plus, I maintain the swag tables at the convention. Email me if you want to advertise or send me goodies for our bags or the tables!



I have volunteered at conventions for over fifteen years. I was president of the USS Chesapeake (a chapter of Starfleet International) in Richmond for eight years, now I’m second in command. The Chesapeake is a non-profit charity organization that supports Ronald McDonald House, the Battered Women’s Shelter, and other charities in the Richmond area.

It is my job to make sure that the friendly and helpful hotel staff has everything they need to make this year’s RavenCon as hugely successful as last year’s RavenCon. If you have any problems with making reservations or special requests that the hotel staff has been thus far unable to help you with, please email me, and I shall try to solve the problems.

Crystal Ritchie

Crystal RitchieGuest Liaison

Crystal Ritchie is a convention veteran. She is constantly networking and mixing with con-goers all across the South. Her mission is to find out who they are reading, what topics they are interested in, and who they would like to see as Guests of Honor at their “dream convention”. When she isn’t in con-mode, she can often be found acting as hostess at the Baen Barfly’s Hospitality suite.


Kieron Torres

Con Suite Director

I was the person who sat in the Con Suite and other places around RavenCon 2007 with a dremel and carved images on beer glasses for the Guests of Honor. I helped Lee Gilliland man the Con Suite for the first two RavenCons and took over as Director in 2008. I am back this year to once again provide a nice ambiance for food, chatting, and maybe another power tool. Well, at least another craft. In any case, I hope to provide a welcoming Con Suite for taking a break between activities and enhancing your convention experience. If you have any thoughts and suggestions, please email me.


Bill Truesdale

Director of Convention Operations

Hi, I’m Bill Truesdale and for years I’ve attended conventions as a fan and I’ve also been working them too, mainly con security, from San Diego Comic-Con to Shore Leave, Dragon*Con, and ImagineCon 2000. I hope to make our panels run smoothly so that our con-goers can have a great time going to them. Any questions on the convention, or Con-Ops, please e-mail me.


Art Show Staff

Paul Blotkamp & Vanora Hagen

Paul Blotkamp & Vanora Hagan

Art Show Co-Directors

Paul attended (and staffed!) his first convention his freshman year in college at Virginia Tech (that was Technicon 1—if you know the con, you do the math). Over the years he has run Operations, Security, Dealers, and Art Show for several cons (but not at the same time). He has also twice been Chairman for Katsucon. RavenCon marks his sixth convention as Art Show Director. Of all con departments, Art Show is his favorite—it gives him plenty of time to keep an eye on the pieces he intends to buy for himself!

Vanora is a veteran of too many Art Shows to count. She earned her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC (and still works retail when not attending cons). Her art has been published in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Imagine. Her work has even garnered a celebrity endorsement from Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica. As well as submitting her work to around ten cons per year, she also represents several other artists at many cons. She was first “volunteered” into running Art Shows when the artists at one convention staged a coup to take over a show that apparently had no staff. And she has not been able to escape it since!

The art show team is rounded out by the incomparable Krissie Hadley.