Guests of Honor

Via Bella, Rand and Erin Bellavia

Via Bella

Music Guests of Honor

(Bandcamp) (HearNow) (Patreon) (Facebook) (Twitter) (Instagram)  Via Bella (aka Erin and Rand Bellavia) are a nerd rock band from Buffalo, NY.  Their songs address many fandoms, including Agent/Peggy/Captain Carter, A Wrinkle in Time, Mr. Rogers, the October Daye books, Sesame Street, and the Princess Bride. Their debut album The Way of Beauty was released in 2018. 

In January 2023, Erin was the Toastmistress at GAFilk. She has been nominated for 7 Pegasus Awards, including a 2021 nomination with Merav Hoffman and Seanan McGuire for the Via Bella song “Dear Seanan.” In 2022, she took on the role of co-conchair for FilKONtario.

Rand’s other band Ookla the Mok were the Music Guest of Honor at FenCon in 2014.  Rand co-wrote the theme song to Disney’s Fillmore, and (True Story) his voice is the first thing you hear on Gym Class Heroes’ Billboard top five hit “Cupid’s Chokehold.” Rand released a solo album (The Tips of My Fingers) in 2021 and a Bandcamp exclusive EP in 2022. He has twice had the most requested song of the year on Dr. Demento, won the Logan Award for Best Original Comedy song in 2014, and has been nominated for 23 Pegasus Awards, winning 4.

Rand plays guitar. They both sing. Erin’s been known to wear a costume or two. Come see what all the fuss is about. 

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Jancy McPhee

Dr. Jancy McPhee

Science Guest of Honor

(SciArt Exchange  Dr. Jancy McPhee is a neuroscientist and the Founder and Executive Director of SciArt Exchange. She currently works as the Multidisciplinary Program Scientist in the NASA Human Research Program's Chief Scientist's Office. She is The SciArt Exchange's mission to engage people around the intersection of science and art. 

She became a neuroscientist to examine the science behind these human capabilities. Formally, Dr. McPhee has a B.A. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Brandeis University. She was a cellular and molecular neuroscience researcher in academia for 17 years before joining the National Space Biomedical Research Association and later the Universities Space Research Association to manage various aspects of NASA’s domestic and international space life sciences research programs. Since 2010, she has been implementing motivating and novel ways to enhance space education and science and technology innovation and to promote global collaboration in human space exploration. She created the international Humans in Space Art Program and has been working to establish SciArt Exchange.   

Learn more about Dr. McPhee on her episode of the Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria Podcast episode.

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Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus


( (Patreon)  An accidental teacher, an accidental librarian, and a purposeful community organizer (resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute), his work has appeared in such places as Magazine of F&SF, Lightspeed Magazine, Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda, Weird Tales, and Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His novels include the science fiction novel, Sweep of Stars, the steamfunk novel, Pimp My Airship and Buffalo Soldier; and the middle grade detective novel series, Unfadeable and The Usual Suspects. He’s an editor at Apex Magazine. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more at

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