Our competitors are fierce, but always friendly.

Christina Aimerito (Kiki)

Christina Aimerito (Kiki)

Christina is a stay at home mom of 3 tiny humans, with a background in puppetry and education. She’s the host and creator of Girls’ Game Shelf as well as a member of This Game is Broken, comedy board game panel show. In her spare time she… oh wait… she has no spare time. Nevermind.

Strengths
Super hearing (It is a noisy world)
Weaknesses
Geography
Beneeta Kaur

Beneeta Kaur

Beneeta is a Maryland native. She discovered modern board games in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. Aside from gaming with friends and family, Beneeta is a huge foodie (especially spicy food that makes her cry), a lover of all things superhero related, and is an attorney in her free time. Follow her on Twitter at @bahuja90


Strengths
Acing a new recipe ON THE FIRST TRY

Weaknesses
Board Game Accessories. All of them.

Fertessa Scott

Fertessa Scott

Fertessa is a budding game designer, and a new inductee into the hobby. A Georgia native, she grew up playing classics like Risk, Monopoly, and Yu-gi-oh. While she had run-ins with newer games like Betrayal and Catan, it wasn’t until 2 years ago, when she started her designing journey, that she fell into the hobby headfirst. She is currently working on her first game, Book of Villainy. Fertessa is a bit of an introvert, but always welcomes a friendly face and sitting down to play a game. You can find her at most of the Georgia gaming conventions, as well as strongly present online on Twitter, Facebook, and BGG. Don’t be afraid to say hi!

Strengths: Karaoke, dancing to Backstreet Boys, and being a dog whisperer.

Weakness: Saying no to free sweets, even ones I know aren’t good and I’ll regret later. That and math.



Strengths
Karaoke, dancing to Backstreet Boys, and being a dog whisperer.
Melissa W. Bailey

Melissa W. Bailey

Growing up in a quiet Virginia suburb, Melissa led a relatively uneventful life until the The Ancient One awoke from its long slumber and razed her community to the ground.  Clinging to the smoldering remains of the only man she ever had and ever would love, she swore she would do anything in her power to hunt down The Ancient One and exact revenge.  She will not rest until the head of the Ancient One marks the entrance to her new home and she wears armor fashioned from its hide. ( …what? Too dark?)

Strengths
Performing Musicals in the Car, Classroom Management
Weaknesses
Rhythm Deaf, weak to Kryptonite (don't read too far into it)
AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps

AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps

AnnaMaria is editor of the Girls Game Shelf website. When she’s not gaming or writing, you can find her reading, painting, or searching for the best food truck in Metro DC. She’s also a reviewer at Board Game Quest and the social media manager for Pencil First Games. 

Strengths
Jack of All Trades
Weaknesses
Master of None
Theresa Castillo (Terry)

Theresa Castillo (Terry)

Theresa is a proud Planeteer and she says you can be one too, cuz saving the planet is the thing to do! She’s so committed she refuses bags when shopping and containers when eating out, and uses her Hydroflask even at a restaurant.

Strengths
Noseblindness while driving a SUV full of two toddlers, sweaty socks, dirty clothes, and a port-a-potty in the back
Weaknesses
Loose change on the floor (A penny saved is a penny earned!)
Savannah

Savannah

Sleepy yet over caffeinated, Savannah persists on her Bachelors of Psychology while proudly mothering a cat on the side. In the lulls between you can find her painting or trying very hard to DIY something that she found on the internet.

Strengths
Can make a salad out of ANYTHING
Weaknesses
Any crowd of more than four people
Michelle Ridge

Michelle Ridge

Michelle is a Polymath, Jill of all Trades, and all-around Geek. She is enthusiastic about heavy eurogames on her personal blog The Tabletop Crier, she touts the title Cruel Quizmistress of a series of boardgame emoji quizzes on Twitter called “What Did Bunny Play?”, and she is an amateur photographer of food, travel, and boardgames on Instagram.

Strengths
Extreme ability to ask “Why?” at least 5 times when faced with new information, and no poker face.
Weaknesses
Several cuts and bruises from haphazardly moving about the universe — or living room — and no poker face.

Kaitlin

Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a SoCal native who plays make believe for a living. When she’s not working you can find her at the local pub trivia, playing with her niece and nephew, or looking at dog videos on the internet. You can catch her online in the upcoming web series Pillow Talk, or the existing web series, Post Shift.

Strengths
Useless Trivia and Sweet Dance Moves
Weaknesses
Puppies and Otters
Iselle

Iselle

Among being an actor, writer, baker, and educator, Iselle is mostly just a troublemaker. She’s a graduate of USC, and has studied at UCB and Groundlings. Iselle is a counterculture enthusiast who suffers from a crippling fear of puppets (sorry Kiki). You can catch her on YouTube as Lisbeth in BAMF Girls Club and on Twitter at @iselle.

Strengths
Pretending like she knows what is going on
Weaknesses
British men
Estela Garcia

Estela Garcia

Born and raised in LA. Lover of tortillas and everything Mexican-including my husband. I made my parents proud by going to college, and then I became a freelance actress and teacher. I teach all over southern California and have an impeccable driving record which is a miracle for the miles I have put in. Wife to 1, sister to 5, aunt to 15. Words used to describe me: loca and carbona.

Strengths
Embarrassing self and others around me.
Weaknesses
Salty treats like french fries or potato chips