The American Tabletop Awards Committee

The American Tabletop Awards Committee is made up of 10 members bringing a diverse set of perspectives from various parts of the board gaming and tabletop communities.

Nicole Brady

Nicole is the founder and owner of, and has been involved in social media marketing since 2007, focusing on the decision makers of the family – the Moms. Recently, Nicole and her husband, Scott, have extended their marketing expertise to the game industry to help promote the hobby they’re passionate about. Nicole takes pride in being both a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing teen daughters. Find her on Twitter @sahmreviews.

Amber Cook

Amber Cook is a brand strategist & gamer. She created the 100 Games Project in 2015 after working in board game publishing for 6 years as a way to try new games. She likes to play rummy, Euro games, roll & writes, and card games, and is always down for a game of Tetris or Dr. Mario. She spends her non-gaming time with her son and her pup. Find Amber on Twitter @100gamesproject

Jess Fisher

Jessica Fisher is an avid player of tabletop games and member of the Tabletop Writers Guild. Over the years she has founded Gameosity, a board game news and reviews site and Youtube channel and her writing has appeared on Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, /Film, The Sartorial Geek, and Sprite & Dice. She also started the Facebook Tabletop Game Jobs group which has helped many find their career in tabletop gaming. When not playing games, you can usually find Jessica curled up with a good book and her cat Meeple. Find her on Twitter @Miniktty

Ruel Gaviola

Ruel is a Southern California-based writer who loves board games, books, food, travel, and date nights with his wife. He’s a regular contributor to Geek & Sundry, The Five By, and iSlaytheDragon, among others. Find him on Twitter @ruelgaviola.

Dan “Shoe” Hsu

Shoe is the creator and co-host of Going Analog (home to The Board Game Quiz Show, the Going Analog Podcast, and more). He and his partner/co-host Christina own over 1,200 board games, but at any given time, approximately 5% of them are on their shelf of shame/opportunity. Shoe’s a long-time veteran of the video game industry, having worked at Blizzard, PlayStation, Electronic Gaming Monthly, VentureBeat, among others. He’s been on CNN, NPR, MTV, MSNBC, and more as a digital industry “expert,” but all that really means is that he has no life outside of gaming. Find him on Twitter @danshoehsu.

Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan Liu is the Senior Editor of GeekDad, where he has been writing about books, games, and parenting for over a decade. He was introduced to modern tabletop games via Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride, and then fell down the BGG rabbit-hole soon after that. He’s a stay-at-home dad and hosts game nights as often as he can, where he’s constantly bringing out yet another new game or Kickstarter prototype to try out. Find him on Twitter @jonathanhliu.

Becca Scott

Becca Scott is an actor, TV host, and VO artist found throughout the internet giving tabletop game tutorials, live streaming video games, & interviewing esports pros. She’s the host of How To Play and Game the Game @ Geek & Sundry, Reporter for Magic: The Gathering ARENA Mythic Championship Events & MPL Weekly, and host of the tabletop gaming podcast Victory Points on the Studio71 Podcast Network. Find her on Twitter @thebeccascott.

Suzanne Sheldon

Suz is a co-host of the Dice Tower Podcast and an omnigamer, running the gamut from party games to heavy Euros back to board game apps. Another denizen of the Pacific Northwest, you can frequently find her extolling the virtues of roll-and-write games or pie. Find her on Twitter @425suzanne.

Theo Strempel

Theo Strempel runs the YouTube channel Geeky Gaymer Guy, a queer board game channel that promotes the joy of board games through inclusion and acceptance with high energy and quick, edited videos. Besides his passion for board games, he’s obsessed with all things technology, reads a ton of books and comics, and has taken up crochet. He lives in the Bay Area California with his amazing partner, Leo, and his adorable two cats, Peach and Toad. Find him on Twitter @geekygaymerguy.

Annette Villa (Netters)

Netters is an avid board game videographer on YouTube for Nettersplays with her sidekick cockatiel, Gizmo. She regularly contributes to the community with vlogs, blogs, podcasts, and participation in video networks. One of her main goals is to spread love for gaming by promoting diversity and inclusion. Find her on Twitter @nettersplays.

Eric Yurko

Eric is a writer and reviewer for What’s Eric Playing?, a board game review and photography website, as well as a member of the Punchboard Media and Inside Voices Networks. When not talking about, writing about, playing, photographing, or thinking about board games, you can usually find him watching superhero movies or asleep. Find him on Twitter @whatseplaying.

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