Marianne Pease- President (NoVa Guild) started cosplaying in college thirteen years ago when she coerced her roommate to sew a Witch Hunter Robin dress for her. She went on to sell blood plasma twice a week so she could afford her first sewing machine. By the time ICG founder Marty Gear swept her up in her first Balticon masquerade and she joined the GCFCG, she was absolutely in love. Since then she has served in my local guilds here and there. She is currently the Treasurer of the NoVA chapter.
She has watched the enormous explosion in popularity that cosplay and costuming has received, and the vast numbers of people fall in love with costuming just like she did. While not all convention goers are costumers, there is clearly a lot of room to grow. Her primary goal is to reach out to the rising generations of costumers and cosplayers and offer them the same home and sense of community among the ICG that she found.
Mera Babineaux - Vice President (Silicon Web Costumers Guild) is half of the creative duo behind Shimmer and Shade Family Cosplay and Prop House 42 Productions. She is a makeup artist, has been actively costuming since high school theater where she was the costume mistress for 3 years, and also build sets and props. She inadvertently entered the Con community through the DragonCon Masquerade in 1996, and has been very involved ever since. In addition to attending conventions, judging costume contests and running panels, she has also been a board member, Director of Costuming and Con Design, and general member at large for several east coast conventions, most recently serving on the Mysticon Board and as their costuming director and Masquerade maven.
Her passion is for education and outreach with children and teens and she actively volunteer in my community to promote sensory friendly costuming, disability friendly costuming, anti-bullying efforts, after school programs, and social and life skill building through costuming and cosplaying.