Racine – Horlick
Racine – Park
Racine – REAL
Racine – Unified
University School of Milwaukee
Brandon is an avid fan of gaming, both retro and modern era and brings a successful background in development from both the Entrepreneurial, as well as Not for Profit arenas. He’s been recognized in several capacities in recent years for work done connecting the community and is excited for the continued growth of Esports in Milwaukee.
Dr. Krista-Lee Malone, originally from Milwaukee, is a faculty associate at UW-Madison and teaches in the Game Design Certificate. Krista-Lee is a Twitch streamer, designer, consultant, and researcher working with indie and educational games. She believes public gaming can be used to destigmatize divergent groups, promote diversity in games, and aid in players’ personal growth. She is committed to bridging the gaps between esports communities, gamers, and Wisconsinites writ large through play. Although she does not have a favorite game, she generally enjoys RPGs and cooperative games.
Tarik is one of Milwaukee’s most prominent individuals, innovators and esports enthusiasts. Originally from Atlanta, he uses his talents in a variety of capacities – including his current position as Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation at 88Nine Radio. (where he’s also an evening music host). In 2019, Tarik/88Nine Labs partnered with Northwestern Mutual to create a gaming festival called Longplay, which consisted of gaming tournaments, panels, talks and an area to just hang out play video games. His favorite game is Civilization VI.
Esports Trade Assoc.
Academy of Esports
James O’Hagan is an educator and community leader in SE Wisconsin who sees esports as a pathway as an opportunity to redefine athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote good mental and physical health, increase career and collegiate pathways, and honor the importance of play. James has helped grow scholastic esports on a global scale. His favorite modern video game is Undertale. His favorite retro video game is Galaga.
WI HS Esports Association
Mike is the President of the Wisconsin Esports Highschool Association (WIHSEA), which since its inception has grown to over 65 teams across the state, with expectations of being well over 100 in the near future. He is a passionate educator and excited about the future of Esports in the Milwaukee region and Wisconsin. His favorite retro video game is BattleToads.
Heavily influenced by video games as a kid, Brad credits his love of retro games as a significant inspiration to his design, animation and storytelling graphic style. As an experienced Creative Director in the marketing and advertising industry, Brad runs his own marketing company, Brandolier Creative, in Wauwatosa and serves as a brand curator for the MKEsports Alliance. His favorite retro game is Tecmo Super Bowl for the NES.
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