GimpGirl Community has always been an all-volunteer run organization. The following contributors are regular volunteers that have a strong dedication to our mission and making this community amazing.
Jennifer Cole (SL: JennyLin Arashi) is a founding member and Director of the GimpGirl Community. Jennifer is also an undergraduate studying cultural anthropology at Oregon State University and a research associate in the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab at Ryerson University. She has worked with Oregon Public Health to create state policy recommendations around women with disabilities and sexual health. Jennifer currently resides in Washington State. She is an invited speaker and author on topics such as disability, social media, technology and sexuality.
Lucy Macdonald (SL: Ofelia Pevensey) is the Assistant Director of GimpGirl Community. She is from Scotland where she also chairs a local Access Panel. Lucy studied HNC Fine Art and has a Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Environmental Access and Design, providing access auditing skills. Her interests lie in disability advocacy, access design, fine art, graphic design, photography, gardening and cooking. She has contributed design skills within GimpGirl. As Assistant Director Lucy facilitates team projects, administrative tasks and co-ordinates Second Life events.
Katherine Mancuso (SL: Muse Carmona) is one of GimpGirl’s Community liaisons, and is a web accessibility and online community professional. She has spoken about GimpGirl at several conferences including CSUN Conference on Disability, IBM Access The Future, the Second Life Community Conference, BlogHer, and Games for Health, and her research & speaking won a Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Travel Grant. She is a modern dancer whose dance work focuses on disability, and has worked at the Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access.
Alejandra Ospina (SL: Aleja Asturias) is a liaison for GimpGirl Community. She has spoken about GimpGirl in a number of forums, including interviews and virtual and on-site presentations; she presented a version of “GimpGirl Grows Up“ at the 9th Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conference, prior to its publication. She lives in New York City, where she contributes to local disability advocacy, activism and culture projects, such as the DISLABELED Film Series, the Largest Minority Radio Show, and the Disability Caucus of Occupy Wall Street.
Liz Henry is a GimpGirl Community liason and advisor. She works as a web developer for BlogHer, and is also a writer, poet, translator, and editor. She has given talks at ETech, Open Source Bridge, OSCON, She’s Geeky, linux.conf.au, Sex:Tech, and other technical, science fiction, and feminist conferences. She lives on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her blog is at http://bookmaniac.org.
Ricky Buchanan (SL: Jeshyr Bumblefoot) is a GimpGirl Community volunteer who assists with community engagement and article writing. She also runs the NoPityCity online store, which GimpGirl gift items are sold in. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science from La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. She also has multiple blogs that cover different areas of disability and technology, such as ATMac, Four Walls No Limits, and Obstructed Technology. For a full list of her projects, see her website Not Done Living.
Kaitlin Thompson (SL: Marisol Hanly) is a GimpGirl Community volunteer who assists with events, meetings, and other projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and aspires to become a certified child life specialist, a professional who helps children and families cope with illness, disability, and hospitalization. She has been a member of various online communities for people with disabilities since the late 1990s. She is an active volunteer and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.
Sally Dornton (SL: MermaidSue Bailey) is a volunteer for GimpGirl, assisting with event planning and mentoring Second Life community members. She lives in Hertfordshire, England. She has degrees from the universities of Cambridge and London. She is a psychotherapist, counselor and mother of two teenage girls. Sally became disabled as an adult after a road accident and is a full-time wheelchair user.
Jason Nolan (SL: CT Niven) is co-founder and director of the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab. He is also a professor of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, where he also teaches in the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, and Early Childhood Studies. Being autistic, his research interests are eclectic, and include: informal learning/play, collaborative virtual learning environments, science and technology education, autonomy/privacy, social media and adaptive design in the context of young children. His association with the GimpGirl Community is primarily through the EDGE Lab’s support of the community’s space in Second Life and through collaborations leading up to the publication of “GimpGirl Grows Up“, though he also consults on technology and learning issues.
Len Burns has been a core supporter and strong advocate for GimpGirl Community from its beginnings. He works quietly behind the scenes, making sure that the GimpGirl website and email run smoothly. He has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California for over 20 years where he has worked both in private practice and non-profit settings. He has been a professional system administrator, coder and web accessibility consultant since the Internet was a kinder and gentler place. He makes his living these days free lancing as a web accessibility consultant for colleges and universities and coding the back-end glue of web sites for small to mid-sized businesses. Len shares a home on the Central California coast with a dear friend and a beloved feline in her prime years.