MEET THE COAL HILL TEAM
Clay’s interests, skills, and experience are extremely varied. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He has spent the last 11 years as the Program and Education Coordinator of a non-profit. In that role he has planned, developed, staffed and executed hundreds of events in several cities. He has also spent time as an teacher, actor, and lecturer.
Clay has served as the co-head organizer of all three iterations MISTI-Con, a Harry Potter convention and as the co-head organizer of Coal Hill Convention with Stephen Webb. He specializes in maintaining the financial records and accountability of the conventions and in creating and delivering the academic and theatrical programs planned by the conventions themselves.
Clay has been watching Doctor Who for years, starting with a period of being freaked out by Tom Baker in the 80's. He likes to explore the breadth and depth of the issues related to the show and compare them to historical, sociological and philosophical ideas. He is also an avid cosplayer and a notorious curmudgeon.
Dustin in his professional career has organized panels, events, spoken on panels, presented on informative issues, and has conducted professional trainings. He is taking his experience and skills into the world of fandoms. He has attended many conventions and has done a wide range of Cosplaying from Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comic Books, and other fandoms.
Stephen Webb is a writer, performer, & co-hosts The Coal Hill A/V Club podcast. He describes himself as “geeklectic” due to his diverse interests ranging from pop culture to sports to musical theatre to professional wrestling.
He has experience across many fandom activities. He has co-hosted multiple podcasts, served as the co-head organizer of Coal Hill Convention and is currently working on a special fandom project to debut next year. In addition, he is also a Sixth Doctor cosplayer.
Stephen’s passion for not only creating a wide array of fandom programming but also topics such as dealing with anxiety at conventions & how/when to introduce children to geek fandom was the motivating factor in launching Coal Hill CONsulting.
Christine brings a wide variety of skill and expertise to the Coal Hill staff. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theater Performance from Kansas State University, has spent over 15 years as a professional costume maker and seamstress, and has performed and served as a judge in Masquerades across the country. She is also well known for her cosplays.
Christine has also served as a coordinator of TGTSNBN and as the Special Events Coordinator for MISTI-Con and Coal HIll Con. She is dedicated to producing exceptional content and to helping people embrace the best aspects of what it means to be in community together.
Andy Hicks is a radio and TV producer for WGBH in Boston, and host of Stories From The Stage, a monthly storytelling night. Professionally, he's written public radio and TV spots for Carl Kassel, Sarah Vowell, Peter Sagal, Alan Cumming, Ken Burns, John Nettles, and Brooke Gladstone... among others. Unprofessionally, he's usually late and puts his feet on the desk.
He writes, performs, and produces "normal music" under the name The Pluto Tapes, and "Trock" and "Time Lord Rap" on the Youtube channel "Sycoraxrock," You might have seen the Epic Rap Battles of Who-Story, a shameless rip-off of the Nice Peter/EpicLLOYD project with a similar name. Yes, he makes those videos, writes 'em, records 'em, and does all the voices. Occasionally, he guest produces Graeme Burk's Reality Bomb podcast, appears on convention panels to say wacky things and make other people look good, and is currently trying to get his own podcast project off the ground. He's kind of an insufferable show-off. It's a bit sad, really.
A few years ago, he co-wrote a musical called 2010: Our Hideous Future, which the kind of people at conventions seemed to like, as it's probably the only musical in history ever to pass both the Turing and Bechdel tests.
He lives outside Boston with his even-more astonishing wife Emma, who he met at the very first L.I. Who.