Staff and Volunteers

“SMASH – Melee” by Joe Hogan Art.

kyle-400Kyle Rudge

Executive Director

a.k.a. Admiral

Kyle graduated Hogwarts as a Ravenclaw and fights crime under a superhero guise with the power of teleportation.

He comes most alive when he is telling stories, whether in print or on stage. As a huge fan of Donald Miller, the importance of story permeates everything he does. The tales found in sci-fi, fantasy, and geekery are the ones he finds himself most inspired by, so he is committed to delving deeper into the Winnipeg geek scene to find more.

Kyle is an avid web developer and programmer with a strong tendency to be distracted by marathon watching various television shows. However, as a father now, it is all too common for him to fall asleep after episode one of said marathon sessions.

Email Kyle: kyle [at]

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alli-400Allison Barron

Art Director / Executive Editor

a.k.a. Commander

Hailing from Winterfell, Allison is the Galadriel of the team, offering wisdom where needed but turning treacherous as the sea when competitive board games are involved. Her house is Ravenclaw and she serves justice by using mind control (we suspect this is also how she gets the Area of Effect staff to hand in their articles on time).

Allison has loved writing and art ever since she could hold a pencil. When she’s not busy at her job as editor of Area of Effect magazine, she is often preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.

After studying publishing at Ryerson University, she somehow ended up in Winnipeg (the Stark blood, perhaps?) to encourage the mashup of faith and geekery.

Email Allison: allison [at]

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Justin Koop

Program Director

a.k.a. Guild Master

Justin is in House Gryffindor, always plays wizards, and will 1v1 anyone who challenges him.

He loves community and building spaces where people feel comfortable and at home. Justin is a huge fan of history, and loves everything fantasy and sci-fi (because fictional history is just as interesting as real history). He loves strategy, competition, and working together as a team.

Justin is a writer, audio engineer, songwriter, drummer, and biblical scholar. Most of all, he loves young nerds and geeks, and wants to see them mentored into healthy, Christ-centered lives. Justin has loving support from his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Freya.

Email Justin: justin [at]

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Jeremy Klassen

Program Director

a.k.a. Guild Master

Traversing the planes of time, Jeremy has arrived in the second millennium to engage issues that relate to faith, culture, and community.

Jeremy loves learning about new ideas, trying different things, and developing relationships. Anything from baking a cake to building a rocket is worth trying once. In his spare time, he enjoys games, connecting with friends, playing music, and exploring universes others have created.

Jeremy’s kryptonite is a good cup of coffee, but only when it is on a table with two chairs and a friend close by.

Email Jeremy: jeremy [at]


Michael Boyce

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Paranoid Android

Michael W. Boyce is afflicted with severe boredom because he has a brain the size of a planet and he seldom gets the chance to use it at its full capacity. He boasts of a Ravenclaw education and we consider him to be our Yoda.

Michael teaches English Literature and Film Studies. He is a professor at Booth University College in Winnipeg and his other publications are scholarly works. He’s published on Hitchcock, Alec Guinness and James Bond. He likes coffee. A lot. And Jonah Ray follows him on Twitter.

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Matt Civico

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Hungry Hobbit

Matt is doing his best to prize food and cheer and song above hoarded gold; the price of books helps a lot. He lives next to “the hill” in Montreal where he teaches ESL and sometimes speaks French. He studied history and journalism and discovered only one allowed for second breakfasts, but the writing thing stuck. His bookshelves are full of board games, epic poetry, and Star Wars figurines.

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Amy Covel

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Pro Hero

Amy Covel is a published poet of old-fashioned ideas with a modern style. Outside of poetry, she has published pop culture articles online and toiled eight years on manuscripts that will probably be published in another eight. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching students the difference between APA and MLA, jotting down ideas at 1:00 in the morning, and playing Minecraft with her goddaughter on Fridays. Amy is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

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caseyCasey Covel

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Keyblade Master

As determined as Hawkeye and sharp as a Ravenclaw, if Casey ever turns her stern “Elrond face” on you, you know you’re in trouble (at least, that’s what we’ve heard. No one’s ever survived to tell the tale).

An INTJ and self-proclaimed connoisseur of chocolate, tea, and sushi, Casey spends her free time cosplaying, writing, gaming, philosophizing, editing articles for Geeks Under Grace, squinting at strange words, and watching Corgi videos on the internet.

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Kevin Cummings

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Chief Engineer

Kevin grew up reading the ABCs—Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke. Since then he’s expanded his fandoms to include films, television, web series and any other geek property he can find.

He has been married to an extraordinarily patient woman for more than three decades and they have two adult sons.

Kevin also has entirely too many DVD boxes with the words “Complete Series” on the cover. He enjoys exploring themes of faith through his fandoms.

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Caitlin Eha

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Remnant Huntress

A published writer and aspiring novelist, Caitlin can usually be found with her head in the clouds and her heart in a faraway land. When she isn’t devouring a new favourite book or feverishly writing one of her own, she enjoys archery, cosplaying, jewelry making, and time with her Lord. Caitlin is also one of Geekdom House’s social media minions, posting every week on the Facebook page.

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Hannah Foulger

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Stargate Command Officer

Hannah Foulger is a British Canadian writer and theatre artist from Cambridge Ontario. A former MK and a disabled activist, she views her fantasy and sci-fi (largely film and lit-based) through a post-colonial and disability lens. She lives in Winnipeg, where she creates theatre and works as a disability service worker. In her spare time, Hannah consults for both Stargate Command and the Watcher’s Council.

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Julia Hamm

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Half-Elf Warrior

Julia Hamm has been exploring fantasy and sci-fi worlds since she could read, and has been making and building things for almost as long. She loves books that contain more ideas than plot, and has approximately six more hobbies than she has time for.

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Victoria Grace Howell

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Waterbending Elf

Victoria Grace Howell is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction and an editor for Geeks Under Grace. When not typing away at her novels, she enjoys drawing her characters, blogging, Kung Fu, cosplaying, and a really good hot cup of tea.

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Alex Mellen

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Science Officer

Alex Mellen likes a little bit of everything, including movies, books, sports, music, crafts, and especially Star Wars. She works as a copy editor for a small-town newspaper while freelance writing and editing on the side.

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Kyla Neufeld

Contributing Writer / Copy Editor

a.k.a. Elven Scribe

Kyla is a poet, writer, and editor. She writes about various sci-fi and fantasy series, and is interested in the intersections between geek culture, feminism, and social justice. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, the Sith Lord, and her daughter, the Nazgûl child.

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Marilyn Rudge

Copy Editor

a.k.a. Browncoat

Marilyn is a Firefly fanatic, Doctor Who addict, artist, loving wife, and mother of two. When she’s not working, spending time with family or dabbling in her latest artistic creation, she can be found playing Lego video games.

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Charles Sadnick

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. State Alchemist

Converted from the moment he first heard Han Solo reply, “I know,” Charles resisted his nerdy urges until Hayao Miyazaki, Spike Spiegel, and Evangelion Unit-01 forced him to confront the truth of his inner geekery. Baptized into otakudom, Charles masks himself in the not-so-secret identity of TWWK as he blogs endlessly about anime and faith.

He can also be found, however, feeding his other nerd habits, including A Song of Ice and Fire. Charles also remains hopelessly stuck in the 90’s, maybe best demonstrated by his unexplainable passion for The Phantom Menace.

A historian and director at a government agency by day, Charles joins in the work of college and digital ministry is his off-time, while growing each day in the round-the-clock charge of being a husband and father.

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Dustin Schellenberg

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Rose of the Prophet

Dustin spends his time exploring the far reaches of space, understand the ancient ways of might and magic, and wandering the post-apocalyptic wastes. If it has a reasonably open world, a crafting system and some way to sneak around, he’ll be there. When not gaming, he’s probably planning his next D&D character (because his DM keeps killing off the old ones). He is a competent bass player and guitarist, mediocre mid laner and outright awful FPS player. He is father of two, husband of one, a sometimes theologian, and all-times pastor of Crestview Park Free Methodist Church in Winnipeg, MB.

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Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry

Contributing Writer

a.k.a. Mad Scientist

Jen is a pastoral minister, wife, mother, ninja and writer. She loves sci-fi, superheroes, and classic literature, and prefers to share her Catholic faith through such lenses. Her book, “Comic Con Christianity” will be available from Paulist Press in Spring of 2018.

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jason-250Jason Dueck

Watch-Along Podcast Host

a.k.a. Destroyer of Worlds

A Ravenclaw through and through, Jason’s super power is traveling at light speed. Well, we call it a power, but we suspect he actually persuaded the Doctor to take him to a galaxy far, far away so he can pilot the Millennium Falcon on his days off.

Jason has been a nerd since before his hands were big enough to properly hold an N64 controller. Raised on a hearty diet of Star Wars, Pokémon, and Harry Potter, he hasn’t met a short magical creature he doesn’t like. From Captain Kirk to Commander Shepard, his love for science fiction extends to the final frontier. When Jason’s not geeking out, he’s studying communications at Red River College in Winnipeg.

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Sara Jane Schmidt

Music Director

a.k.a. The Doctor’s Companion

Since her earliest memory, Sara Jane has been attracted to choral music, first listening to records, then singing in choirs and directing them. SJ is primarily a pianist by training, conducting not having been a real option for females back in the 70s & early 80s!

SJ has been surprised to discover the beauty of the music of the geek genre, especially when arranged for a capella voices. She is enjoying learning about geekdom, and being loved and accepted by the Incantatem/Geekdom House community.

Sara Jane lives in North Kildonan with husband Rick Schmidt.  They have two married children and two delightful grandchildren. Together they enjoy back country travel, outdoor sports, gardening, and reading.


Marilyn Rudge
Alyssa Sherlock
Simone Thiessen
Xiam Webster

Allison Barron
Carissa Joanne
Kyla Neufeld
Erin Toews

Dennis Maione

Jordan Phillips
Mike Schroeder Hubert

Michael Penner
John Sadoway

Aaron Parsons