BrickFest 2009 Staff Bios
Dozens of volunteers are responsible for ensuring the success of this event. Below are key volunteers who have put their time and energy into BrickFest 2009.
From ages ~4 to 11 Steve spent a lot of time building with LEGO® elements. In 1997 he rediscovered LEGO; LEGO trains to be exact! Since then he has built over 100 train MOCs and supporting structures, from train stations to modern "big box" stores, from a cement plant to Hoover dam. He also likes to dabble in MLCad and with the help of Jeroen has a poster of one of his favorite train MOCs.
Over the last couple of years, he has been involved in several AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) events, like BricksWest 2001 & 2002 as train coordinator. He's also been involved in many community-building activities, including:
In the spring of 1997, he found himself organizing a LEGO train club with Ben Fleskes and Dan Parker in the Pacific Northwest. They had the shared goal of displaying a train layout at the Great American Train Show (GATS) made completely of LEGO! Little did they know that how this idea would catch on! They never dreamed of how big this hobby would grow!
In February 2001, Dwayne Towell and Steve started BricWorx (pronounced "Brick Works"). They've sold many sets worldwide, including the Chessie Diesel engine and the Freight Train Instruction Book. This hobby business has been a wonderful lesson; he has experienced set design, element analysis, brick acquisition, instruction creation and layout, publishing, packaging and shipping! Steve's dream one day is when we can source bricks and sell tens of thousands of sets rather then tens of sets! Oh, to dream!
Mike Walsh of NCLTC and Steve started an e-mail list we called the "International LEGO Train Club Organization" . The list was created so all the train clubs around the world could talk "off line", out of the public's eye. It was also a mechanism for LEGO to "talk" to all the clubs at one time. Well now ILTCO has become a more formalized organization with the help of John Neal (GMLTC), James Trobaugh (NGLTC), and Larry Pieniazek (MichLTC). There are now approximately 20 member-clubs with around 160 individual members, and ILTCO is recognized by LEGO. As president Steve would like to say... We've come a long way, baby!
Since before her trip to Billund, Denmark, at age 8, Christina has been building with LEGO®. She is most interested in the Castle theme and though she has not had much time recently to build, she has documented some of her MOCs. One of her goals is to create a giant diorama, complete with main castle, nearby village, and wooded country scenery.
Starting in early 1995, she occasionally read the R.T.L. (rec.toy.lego) newsgroup. Then in 1999 she discovered LUGNET and learned about WAMALUG, the local Washington DC LEGO User Group. Christina has served as an officer in WAMALUG since 2001 and has been actively involved in well over 20 public events and numerous LEGO fan-related projects.
Since 2001 Christina has been the event coordinator of the world-famous BrickFest events. At last summer's BrickFest 2003 in Washington DC there were well over 230 attendees; growing from a gathering of about 60 at the first event. Her goal for BrickFest is not simply to grow the number of attendees year-to-year, but rather to maximize the opportunity for us to share with each other the power of community through the passion for the brick.
As the community and hobby grows and new themes arise, BrickFest continues to grow along with it. Last year we introduced the "Expo" portion of the event which was open to the public, and over 380 people attended to marvel at the amazing number of creations brought by the attendees.
Christina describes herself as "...merely an enabler," but clearly she is a community leader that is truly a FAN of the Fans-of-LEGO, and has dedicated her time and effort to help the LEGO community through BrickFest and other community events.
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