Tom Vasel is the Executive Director and Founder of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. He is the host of the Dice Tower, a podcast about board and card games. Tom also heads up a series of video reviews on board games. Most importantly, he is the husband of Laura Vasel, and father of six girls. The death of his first son, Jack, in January 2011, and the outpouring of support from the game community, inspired him to start up this Fund.
Matthew Monin is a stay-at-home father and Community Manager for BoardGameGeek LLC. Matthew developed an interest for board games as a substitute for tabletop RPGs when he left his hometown of Buffalo NY for Pittsburgh PA for graduate school, where he earned Masters degrees in Psychology from both Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh. At BoardGameGeek, Matthew is responsible for promoting fun and creative projects within the BoardGameGeek community and serves as someone who users can contact for direct personal assistance.
Todd Rowland has been in the game industry since 2004. He has managed the Legend of the Five Rings game line, and is currently the project manager for Smash Up and various Alderac Entertainment Group board games, as well as the director of marketing for Alderac. Todd has a passion for producing visually attractive games that can be enjoyed by large segments of players. Todd has a bachelors of business degree from University of Mississippi and an associates degree in broadcasting. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and now resides in Mobile, Alabama.
Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer whose voice has been heard in countless commercials and instructional recordings. A graduate of Syracuse University, studying both TV/Radio/Film and Theater, Eric has served as narrator for over fifty audiobooks, including Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End and Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Interactive media credits include Mytran Wars, King of Fighters 2006, and Metal Slug 3D. In addition, Eric serves as co-host for the top-rated boardgaming podcast The Dice Tower with Tom Vasel. He also authored The Primary Source Library of Famous Composers, a series of books for children about classical music. In his spare time, he loves playing designer board games and attempting the sport of curling. Eric lives in Hamden, CT with his wife, two sons, and naughty puggle.
John Kaufeld defies rational explanation, but in a good way. He is the Chief Communications Officer for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His career spans jobs ranging from radio news anchor to PC support tech, communications manager to marketing director, master trainer to freelance author, and geek to, um, geek, because some things never change. John's 26+ titles in the popular "...For Dummies" series of computer books sold over 2.8 million copies around the world, officially earning him "best-selling author" status. He's an avid evangelist for European board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Slide 5. Despite everything, he still believes he can change the world. So there.
Alex Yeager works as the Minister of Product Acquisition for Mayfair Games, in addition to being Director of Special Media. He has previously worked on a variety of games and projects in the gaming industry, including some of the first game industry gaming teams to be created. He has a BA in Communications from the University of Toledo, where he still announces for the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band. He lives in Michigan with his wife and too few pets.
Aaron Cook currently serves as the Fund’s Treasurer. Aaron is an attorney practicing in Indianapolis. He primarily practices in the area of litigation, including domestic relations litigation and other statutory plaintiffs’ litigation such as wage claims, damage to underground facilities claims, and others. Aaron is not picky in his selection of board games; he likes almost every game a little, and many games a lot. Some of Aaron’s favorites include Power Grid, Civilization, Twilight Imperium 3rd, Endeavor, Founding Fathers, and Merchants and Marauders.
Dan Yarrington has over 15 years of experience in the tabletop games industry. As the founder of Myriad Games, he is dedicated to helping create, operate, and support friendly professional game stores all over the world. He has served as a consultant for game stores and publishers around the world, optimizing operations and creating innovative options for improving game companies of all sizes. He serves as the CEO of Game Salute, a publisher of high-quality tabletop games.
Neil Wehneman served on the Board of Directors of the Fund, in addition to being the Fund's Secretary and Assistant Director. An attorney serving as the Development Director for the Secular Student Alliance in Columbus, Ohio, Neil enjoys playing a wide variety of board games. His current favorites include Endeavor, War of the Ring Collector's Edition, and King of Tokyo. Neil also has a wide range of table-top games he'd like to GM if he could only find the time, ranging from Burning Wheel to Shadowrun to The Dresden Files RPG.
Cate Pfeifer was the Vice-Executive Director of the Jack Vasel Memorial fund. She is also a counselor, adjunct professor, a writer and long-time gamer. Her life is a work in progress.
USA Today called John Kovalic a “hot pick.” His creations include the multi-award-winning comic Dork Tower, as well as Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, Snapdragons, and many other features. His work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Dragon Magazine. John is co-founder and co-owner of Out of the Box Games, and as such had a hand in creating the runaway bestselling party game Apples to Apples. He is a frequent contributor to the madness that is Steve Jackson Games. John has illustrated more than 3,000 cards for Munchkin alone, which must be some kind of record somewhere...John has illustrated more than 100 games and supplements, and is also responsible for toys such as My Little Cthulhu and Mythos Buddies. John was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in July 2003, the first cartoonist to receive such an honor. John calls Madison home. It never calls back.