Leadership Team

President – James Repass

james.repass@theroleinitiative.org

James has been playing TTRPGs since the long long ago, in the before time, and is a huge lore nerd, particularly for the Forgotten Realms and Star Trek. He can be found DMing at Excelsior in Maynard, MA, The Whiz in Westborough, MA and at TRI conventions. James serves as President of TRI, and loves bringing D&D to as many people as possible, and showing people how great it can be as as game, a tool, and even a therapeutic, for people from all walks of life. When not doing that, James works in the Data Center industry, while enjoying sports, music, and spending time with his wife Maria and their two obnoxiously spoiled cats.

Vice President – Deb Berlin

deborah.berlin@theroleinitiative.org

Deb Berlin has been playing D&D for several years, and loves Adventurers League more than many things. She doesn’t run any RPGs (yet) but will likely be dungeon master for a Dungeons & Dragons elective at the school where she works this year, and she is excited to teach 5e to a new generation. Deb serves as the Vice President for The Role Initiative, channeling her love for all things related to organization into this organization and the wonderful tabletop community. When not working at conventions, Deb is a middle school science teacher. Deb lives in Massachusetts, and spends her free moments planning travels, hiking, camping, and reading.

Events – Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman started playing RPG’s on a fateful summer in 1999.  His Uncle Tom had volunteered to show the kids how to play after Rob brought home the Forge of Fury, and his first character promptly died to the bite of a massive mosquito.  The bug had caught him.  Now he spends his time running every game imaginable, supporting small format zine creators, and most importantly, organizing multi-table events to bring joy and happiness to as many people as possible.  He has excitedly joined TRI’s cause, and hopes to see you sitting across the table.  (Let’s just hope you fare better than his wizard).

Infrastructure – Eric Boaen

eric.boaen@theroleinitiative.org

Eric Boaen has been playing tabletop role playing games since 1986 including the following: D&D, AD&D, 2ed. AD&D, 4e D&D, 5e D&D, Rifts, and Shadowrun. He has been a Game Master for most of the games he’s played in, and enjoys writing and designing new and exciting ways to challenge his players.  In real life, Eric also has a challenging career as a network engineer. Eric’s primary hobbies also include 3d printing, all things automotive, and online gaming.

Community – Garrett Colón

garrett.colon@theroleinitiative.org

Garrett Colón was introduced to AD&D by his godfather at the tender age of 8. Those sessions gave way to scattered experiences with 3.5e in high school, as well as jaunts with Shadowrun, Pathfinder, Mage the Awakening, Fate Core, and other RPGs. At PAX East 2013, the 5e playtest needed DMs, and Garrett, having never played the system, jumped in. This is how he lives – diving head first into his hobbies. Since then, Garrett has worked countless conventions, with his current count of over a dozen each year spanning varied genres in the US Northeast: scifi, video games, anime, tabletop, and multi-genre. When not driving to conventions, Garrett runs AL each week at his local game store in the Boston area, writes CCC for TRI and independently, and serves as a resource for the wider AL community. When not waist-deep in his gaming hobby, Garrett analyzes systems, coaches a preadolescent swim team, hikes, plays 10 instruments, reads the entirety of the internet, acts as local animal whisperer, and takes care of his gatos, Hermes and Aries.

Content – Noah Grand

noah.grand@theroleinitiative.org

Noah Grand was first introduced to D&D at the age of six, but only found a group to play with in 2017. They started DMing two months later and now DM at events across the United States and online. When not consulting with conventions about how to move events online and
promote inclusion, they can be found DMing at various game stores in the Los Angeles area. Noah serves as Head of Content for The Role Initiative, helping to shepherd the vibrant and innovative adventures
that TRI is known for. When not writing for TRI or independently, Noah conducts a range of social science and political communication research, and has run the stats on your favorite sports team.

Marketing – Valentina Szlashta

Valentina was introduced to D&D just three years ago and hasn’t stopped playing since. She can usually be found playing (definitely not DMing) with her various gaming groups and at TRI conventions.  As the Head of Marketing, Valentina is excited to help build TRI’s brand identity and develop a strategic plan to help the organization grow and thrive. When she’s not working as a Marketing Coordinator or gaming, you can find her at the dance studio, on the yoga mat, or spending time with her fiancee and their fur babies.

Treasurer – Sean Greenlaw

sean.greenlaw@theroleinitiative.org