FAN EXPO CLEVELAND TEAM
The Proclaimers may be willing to walk 500 miles, but Katie will never again drive 1600 miles alone. You can usually find her spending time with family & friends, being an aunt to the “coolest kid on the planet”, walking her dog or planning her next adventure. You’ll also find her watching British crime dramas. They’re her go-to viewing content right now. Knowing that, we think it’s easy to deduce which fictional character she’d be best friends with: Sherlock Holmes. Holmes wasn’t her first taste of fandom though. Her first experience was watching hockey as a kid; something that she hasn’t stopped doing since then.
EVENT OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Please do not ever wear Disney merch in Universal or Universal merch in Disney. Nicole cannot stand that. If you’re not one of those people, you’re more than welcome to join her as she rewatches the entire MCU in order again. As a Marvel pro, Nicole can confirm that MCU timeline order > MCU release order. When she isn’t working, you can find Nicole reading & tanning at the beach or pool. You won’t, however, find her waiting three hours for Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios. Never again. Her greatest achievement is graduating with a dual degree from UCF in four years with Cumma Sum Laude status. She’s also quite proud of being a Harry Potter nerd: she’s a Potterhead and Hufflepuff for life!
LIAM FLEMING (HE/HIM)
When Liam Fleming is not busy being the Partnerships Director US, he’s a man who has many questions about this thing called life. For instance, he asked on one particularly frigid Sunday, “Why ride an e-scooter with one wheel and not two”? Then, in the early hours of dawn on a Wednesday, he said under his breath: “ Does February truly exist? Also, why do people get on the subway before other people have gotten off”? Perhaps, Liam, some questions aren’t meant to be answered. Fortunately, his curiosity is an asset to FAN EXPO HQ.
DD HERNANDEZ (SHE/HER)
CLIENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR
With her 75lb pomsky named Koa at her side, DD is ready to take on the robot uprising. No really, why are you all giving AI and ChatGPT so much power? If you are going to keep talking to them, then at least befriend them like how DD would with Light Yagami. It’s always a smart idea to be on the good side of the guy with the pen and scary notebook. Along with her real dog, she’s also a big fan of dog plushies, but has rules about collecting them: they must be found at a convention as DD loves the thrill of the hunt. However, she may slow down on buying Gundam models as she already has many in boxes yet to be built. Hey, it’s a commitment to start one.
CLAUDIA WIESE (SHE/HER)
EXHIBITOR & SPONSORSHIP RELATIONS MANAGER
Claudia’s earliest adventure into Fandom was waiting in line for the 4th Harry Potter book release at Chapters. Since then, you can catch her watching True Detective (Season 1), Grand Budapest Hotel, or daydreaming about being best friends with Deb Morgan from Dexter. If someone from the Fandom world were going to play Claudia in a movie about her life, it would have to be Jennifer Lawrence. That’s for sure. If you’re the type of person to wear socks & sandals while watching TikTok, it’s generally best to steer clear of Claudia. Just a fair warning. If you like yoga, hiking or veggies & humus however, you and Claudia will get along just fine.
Pop-ups? She’s there. Autumn loves unique experiences, themed spaces, and sharing good company. As a fan of pop-culture, she started out with New Kids on the Block and Teen Beat magazine and is now also a fan of movies and shows, especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you want to talk '90s or Buffy, she's your girl. Autumn is also a frequenter of pop culture conventions–hey, she loves what she does. So, if you see her on a show floor, be sure to wave hi. Like many fandom fans, she’s a collector and proudly owns the magic that comes with many Minnie Mouse ears.
FANDOM MARKETING COORDINATOR
By far, Dusti is the most humblest. She’s the number one at the top of the FAN EXPO humble list. When she isn’t watching Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Whiplash, Avatar or even yes, Hotel Transylvania 3, you can find Dusti out living her best life. From seeing the Jonas Brothers in concert to flying cross country to watch Just for Laughs, you never really know where Dusti will be. She brings the fun with her everywhere she goes, so you can always count on a good time if she’s around. A little tip: don’t ask her about the Roomba - she may have spent too much money on the little robotic friend than she should have. To get back on her good side, just mention Adam Driver. She loves him so much that she recently got a giant Kylo Ren tattoo on her arm.
ALYX LECHNER (SHE/HER)
CONTENT BOOKING COORDINATOR
Are you game? Alyx certainly is. She has her Steam Deck in hand and is ready to kick back and relax with a good gaming sesh. Aside from being a gamer, she’s also a big anime fan who is well-versed in the world of cosplay. Mainly, she's a fan of anything extra, like the trend of intricate nail art, which holds a special place in her heart. It's just so fun. Her sense of design and decor is also extra in the best way possible. Her home is decked out in the plushies and all of the stunning art she’s collected from going to conventions over the years.