Mark Deppe

UCI eSports Acting Director

Mark led the effort to create the world's first collegiate esports program at a public university - UC Irvine. Working closely with student leaders, administrators, faculty, and industry partners, Mark built a business plan that is cost-neutral to the university and that broadly approaches the world of esports through the four pillars of competition, research, community and entertainment. Since coming to UCI in 2010, Mark advised student government leaders and coordinated some of UCI’s largest and most successful events including six consecutive Guinness World Records. Mark has a B.S. in psychobiology from UCLA and a MBA from Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Kathy Chiang

UCI eSports Arena Coordinator & Speaker

Kathy found her way to UC Irvine through her interest in pursuing a career in the gaming industry, suitably majoring in Computer Game Science. She cofounded and led one of the largest gaming clubs in the world, The Association of Gamers at UCI, and dedicated all of her time between classes training officers, planning events, and, of course, playing video games. Her favorites include Final Fantasy XIV, League of Legends, and Path of Exile. She also enjoys competitive typing on websites such as

Hillary Phan

Camp Coordinator

Hillary is a Criminology and Psychology double major. She’s always loved video games, and you can find her on titles such as League of Legends, Civilization V, The Legend of Zelda, and The Binding of Isaac. She connected with Mark through a conference and helped create the UCI eSports Girls’ Summer Camp, and continues to dedicate time to growing the program as an eSports Intern. She loves the community in the video game world, and hopes to share her passion and connect with at-risk youth by introducing them to this growing industry.

Jessamyn Acebes

Camp Coordinator & Counselor

Jessamyn is a 3rd year transfer, majoring in Political Science. By combining her interests in law and video games, she discovered the perfect career: eSports law. Jessamyn aims to fill the niche in the eSports industry by providing structured legal advice to players, teams, organizations, and sponsors. By participating as a counselor in the Summer Camps Program, she aims to facilitate an environment where everyone can learn about the eSports industry, and help inspire others to pursue and forge their own career paths. Her favorite games include Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Breath of the Wild.

Shannon Chan

Camp Counselor

Finishing up her first year at UC Irvine, Shannon is still relatively new to the eSports side of the gaming industry and is striving to learn more about the field. Her passion for games was ignited when she was introduced to League of Legends during the summer of her Freshmen year in High School. As of now, you can find her on games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, and Blade and Soul.

Shannon is currently affiliated with the Donald Bren School of Informatics and Computer Science and is an active participant in the eSports community at UCI. She is a staffer at the newly opened UCI eSports Arena, a journalist for the eSports Social Media Team, and an intern for one of the largest gaming clubs in the world, The Association of Gamers at UCI. She hopes to share her passion for gaming and help interested individuals foster their love for games by introducing them to ever growing gaming industry!

Damian Rosiak

Camp Counselor

Damian Rosiak is a second year sociology major. Some of his favorite games include Overwatch, Smash Brothers and World of Warcraft. As an eSports intern at the UC Irvine eSports arena, he seeks to promote the program and innovate within the industry. Damian hopes that this summer camp can advance eSports as an inclusive environment for everyone.

Loc Tran

Camp Counselor

Loc Tran transferred to UCI in September 2016 as a Business Economics major to pursue his scholarship with the UCI eSports program. Before playing as the jungler of UCI eSports Gold, he competed for San Jose State University and his own League of Legends Challenger Series team. His favorite games include Path of Exile, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter, and Diablo II.

Jen Jen Chen

Camp Advisor & Speaker

Jen Jen Chen is a pediatric pulmonologist and Assistant Clinical Health Sciences Professor. Her clinical work is based at Miller Women and Children's Hospital, where she focuses on asthma, obesity, and Cystic Fibrosis care. She is currently an T32 postdoctoral fellow in PERC (Pediatric Exercise and Genomic Research Center) and and researching the impact of tele-exericse in children with chronic lung diseases. She is also pursuing a masters in data science at UC Berkeley and hopes to contribute to the interaction of machine learning on medicine and healthcare. Her favorite games in the past have been KOTOR, Diablo II, and World of Warcraft, but for the last several years has been playing DayZ and League of Legends.

Ben Kempenich

Camp Advisor & Speaker

Ben is an inveterate gamer with eight years of experience in the financial services industry and expertise in equity research, bank operations, investment banking, and business development. Ben graduated from the UCI's MBA program and seeks to be at the intersection of finance, technology, and gaming.


Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico

Esports Interviewer & Stage Host

Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico is best known as an interviewer and stage host for esports events all around the world.  She grew up a gaming fan, and in high school started playing in tournaments from her parents' home in New Jersey, then followed her passion to gaming expos and events where she experienced all the varied joys the industry had to offer. Rachel has worn many hats as a player, game caster, tournament organizer, stage host, sideline reporter, talent manager, player manager, production assistant, brand ambassador, consultant, and more over the years, and she hopes to bring the experiences as examples to anyone looking to get involved in esports themselves!

Kim Phan

Director of Esports Operations

Kim Phan is the Director of Esports Operations at Blizzard Entertainment and has been a member of the esports community for more than fourteen years. Her interest in professional gaming emerged in 2003 when she started shoutcasting competitive games in Warcraft III. Kim has managed a Warcraft III community fan site and led a North American professional team. What started out as a hobby turned into a professional career when she joined Blizzard Entertainment in 2006. She continued to moonlight as a Warcraft III shoutcaster at BlizzCon and has also taken on roles as host, interviewer, and reporter. Kim's positions at Blizzard have included production leader on the web & mobile team, engineering manager on fraud & anti-cheat, and today, overseeing the Blizzard esports product and operations team. During her spare time, Kim enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, camping, and playing video games. She currently resides in Orange County with her dog Gizmo.

Christina Kelly

Senior Editor for Esports Communications

Christina Kelly is a newly minted senior editor for esports communications at Blizzard Entertainment. She started out in the StarCraft: Brood War competitive scene in 2008 when she cofounded a startup to promote competitive and professional StarCraft through broadcast media. Then, while staying involved in esports on the side, she worked as a community manager, player experience lead, and technical program manager at game development/dev tools companies such as Kabam and Apportable before jumping back into the scene full-time as an associate editor at ESPN Esports in 2016. She advised on the recent Smash Sisters coverage by espnW and is passionate about helping women get involved in esports.

Jenny Song

Gaming Club President

Jenny is a third year English major whose beginnings with video games started with watching her older brother play Everquest. As the current president of The Association of Gamers at UC Irvine, she hopes to remain a leader in inclusivity and innovation in eSports. In her free time, she can be found playing League of Legends, Maplestory, Candy Crush, or Stardew Valley.

Anni Zhang

Corporate Marketing Intern

Anni Zhang is a Second Year student at UCI and is currently working at  the leading gaming and high-performance hardware and peripheral brand HyperX as a Corporate Marketing Intern. Her history in gaming stemmed all the way back in Gameboy days, and carried through today to where she primarily plays Dota 2. She was previously a supervisor at the UCI eSports Arena, and this year served as the Acting Vice President for The Association of Gamers at UCI. This year, she also worked as a Manager of Scholarship Players for the UCI eSports Arena. Some projects under her belt are serving as Head Tournament Coordinator for Zotcade 2017, Manager of the UCI Dota 2 team, President of the Dota 2 Club. Anni is passionate in the development of the competitive gaming scene, particularly within Collegiate eSports. Her focus is on  supporting professional competitions and the growing market within eSports.

Boonie Sripom

Personal Counselor

Boonie Sripom is the Personal Counselor for FIDM Orange County. She studied studio arts at UCI, and earned her masters in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She uses YouTube and Quora to speak or write on mental health, typology (MBTI), and video game culture. She worked in county mental health, school-based counseling, and is currently a life coach for gamers and those needing short-term support. Her favorite game is World of Warcraft, and she’s recently discovered table top games and Overwatch. The online gaming community offered so much support over the years; she wants to do what she can to return the compassion and inspire play.

Jessica Kernan

Game Designer

Jessica Kernan is a game designer, specializing in creating games with purpose by tackling the challenge of finding meaningful mechanics to support learning through play. She has worked in the AAA Industry since 2011, with projects on mobile, console, and PC ranging from Coke and McDonald’s sponsored Crabs and Penguins, to titles such as South Park: The Stick of Truth and Armored Warfare with Obsidian Entertainment. During this time she has held titles in Character Art, User Interface, Animation, and Systems Design. In addition to her AAA studio experience, Jessica is a co-founder and owner of Fallstreak Studio, an Independent Game development studio that released the award-winning moblie platformer Axle, and has advised on multiple grants and projects in games for health and education.

Cat Tompkins

Public Relations Specialist

Cat Tompkins is a public relations specialist for iBUYPOWER and event director for Beachcon, Long Beach’s premier annual gaming event. She started reporting for esports in 2014 and felt inspired to build and foster a community. She led the Cal State Long Beach Esports Association for three years, an organization comprised of over 800 online and offline members. She has organized and directed multiple gaming events and tournaments benefiting local charities, supporting Extra Life, Anxiety Gaming, and local children’s hospitals.  She has served as a tournament administrator for Tespa/Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Dorm” 2016 and 2017. At iBUYPOWER, her role is to share the companies’ stories among the public and assist with creating massive, large-scale tournaments for the community to enjoy. She hopes to continue her goal of helping others and continue sharing her experiences to everyone!

Stelanie Tsirlis

Esports Coordinator

Stelanie Tsirlis is an esports coordinator at Blizzard Entertainment. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio this past December where she acted as president of Miami’s Esports Club, founded and led Miami’s Varsity Esports Program, and curated and facilitated a class on esports history in Miami’s Interactive Media Studies department. Outside of her academics, Stelanie founded an esports event start up with several other collegiate leaders in the Midwest and led their marketing and sponsorship initiatives.  When she’s not on the clock, Stelanie adores creating song covers, voice acting, eating Shabu Shabu, and cuddling with her cat, Sylvanas.

Kevin He

Community Manager

Kevin is a UC San Diego graduate and full-time Community Manager for the Tespa team. During his time at UC San Diego, Kevin founded Triton Gaming, an all-campus gaming organization, interned for Blizzard twice, and worked as a campus recruiter and content manager for the Tespa team for over two years before officially joining the team in 2016.

Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido

Professional Gamer

Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido (26, Corona, California) is the founder of one of the top female Counter-Strike teams in the world. Originally named Team Karma, now with Team Dignitas, EMUHLEET’s team has gone on to place top three in numerous prestigious events including a Women’s World Championship at Copenhagen Games 2015 and Runner-up at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017. Along with being the founder of the team, EMUHLEET is also the in-game leader and team AWPer. EMUHLEET was invited to play in The World Championships, a country-based tournament recruited top players from each region to compete. EMUHLEET was recruited for Team USA.

Further, she and her team were featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man on CNN, Tom Brady and Michael Strahan's Religion of Sports and a Buzzfeed video about professional female gaming which surpassed 500,000 views.

Carolyn Noquez

Professional Gamer

Carolyn Noquez, otherwise known as artStar, is 22 year old professional gamer for one of the best female Counter-Strike teams in the world, Team Dignitas. As a professional gamer, Carolyn has competed in tournaments across the globe including Denmark, France, and Poland. With her team, Carolyn won the Copenhagen Games 2015 World Championship, was runner-up at the Esports World Cup 2014 and second runner-up at both the Esports World Cup 2015 and Intel Challenge Katowice in 2016. Further, she and her team were featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man on CNN and Tom Brady and Michael Strahan's Religion of Sports on DirectTV, as well as several interviews with Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and Cheddar.

Charlene Hamm

Esports Manager

Charlene "Shark" Hamm is an Esports manager with over two years experience working with organizations such as Team Dignitas, NRG Esports, and Apex Gaming. She has worked along side professional female gamers and streamers to help integrate them into esports organizations. She has laid some of the groundwork in bringing awareness to and changing the stigma that is attached to women in the industry.

Michelle Lissogorski

Competitive Smash Scene

Michelle Lissogorski is a part time teacher currently studying to get her Bachelors in Childhood Development. Originally from Russia, she got into the competitive smash scene 2 years ago after moving to Orange County for school. Being one of the few girls in the SoCal smash scene she hopes to bring more attention to the competitive side of it in the near future.

Sheila Weidman


Sheila is a 26 year old streamer who has been playing video games her whole life and has turned her passion into a career. She is partnered with an esports organization called Team Dignitas.

Jessica Rago

Esports Marketing Supervisor

Jessica is the eSports Marketing Supervisor for the leading gaming and high-performance hardware and peripheral brand, HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest third party memory manufacturer. Her responsibility at HyperX includes managing the eSports teams under HyperX as well as creating eSports content and activations at events. Prior to joining HyperX, Jessica got involved in the eSports scene through freelancing for OGN Global and then managing western team boot camps while they were in Korea for the World Championships. Jessica graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Linguistics and minor in Korean.

Annie Gerard

Global Strategic Marketing Manager

Annie is the Global Strategic Marketing Manager for the leading gaming and high-performance hardware and peripheral brand, HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest third party memory manufacturer. She is responsible for overseeing the global brand and go-to marketing strategy behind each product launch. Over the past 6 years, she has successfully developed the various marketing programs within HyperX, from social media to alliance partnerships to the eSports division, signing on many of their first teams and tournaments. Before HyperX, Annie was a pioneering pro gamer as the first female to be signed on to a co-ed FPS roster for Team Evil Geniuses in 2008. In 2010, she set a Guinness world record for the highest score achieved for a female in Guitar Hero III. Annie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Economics.