Madison, Wisconsin

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Meet The Officers

Officer Mariel

Origin Story: Mariel has been a geeky nerd her entire life. Her parents tell tales of how she would obsess over classical opera at the age of 2. She developed a proclivity for academic research during her elementary school years when she would pick an “animal-of-the-week” and check out every library book on the creature. Her father read bedtime stories that introduced her and her younger sister, Nika, to the fantastical worlds of Narnia and Middle Earth. When Mariel first watched Star Wars as a young girl, her deep dive into geek culture began—to this day, she still explores the depths of old and new fandoms.

As an aspiring polymath and an “imperfect” perfectionist (i.e. total Slytherin), Mariel graduated with a B.A. in Biology and a B.Mus. in Piano Performance. She once toyed with the idea of going to medical school, ran a private piano studio for a few years, then eventually went back to school for a Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences. After working in an academic laboratory for several years, she feels like she has finally settled on her “dream job” as a science writer for a biotech company, with some freelance writing work on the side. She bonded her Fangirl heart to a Trekkie almost a decade ago, and they’ve recently started a new adventure raising their own little youngling.

Geeky Loves:

  • TV Shows – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, Cowboy Bebop, Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Jeopardy!, Parks and Recreation, Pushing Daisies, Trigun, Veronica Mars
  • Movies – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mad Max: Fury Road, Singing in the Rain, Star Wars saga, That Thing You Do, WALL-E
  • Musicals – Aida, Evita, Godspell, Hamilton, Into the Woods, Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story
  • Games – (Tabletop) Codenames, Dominion, Pandemic, The Resistance: Avalon, Sagrada, Set; (Video Games) Bioshock series, DOTA 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo series, Mass Effect series, Portal, The Walking Dead (Telltale)
  • Miscellaneous – Alphabetizing, Being a Parent, Knitting, Musicianship, Personality Assessments, #ScienceTwitter, Tea Blends

Brunch Drink: Mimosa for alcohol or Café Miel for caffeine

Geek Crushes: Darth Vader and Garrus Vakarian

Follow Mariel: @marielmohns mostly everywhere!

Officer Nika

Origin Story: Nika was destined for geekdom from birth. Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, she quickly latched on to her father’s love of movies and mother’s love of reading. Her older sister was her superhero role model. As her loyal sidekick, Nika discovered the joys of imagination, exploration, curiosity, and enjoyment. Then, with the arrival of her younger brother, Nika further developed her geeky powers as she learned to pass that fervor on to him. Thus, in a family full of geeks and nerds, it was inevitable that Nika enthusiastically embraced being a geek and a nerd herself.

Balancing her deep love for both language and science, Nika graduated college with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Biology.  While she currently works as a laboratory scientist, her Spanish is now (sadly) super rusty due to infrequent use.  In her free time, she continues to enjoy consuming as much media as she can, creating content that she is passionate about, and engaging with those who hold similar interests.  Nika writes short stories and comics scripts, and has been published in a handful of anthologies under a pen name. (Maybe she’ll tell it to you at brunch someday, if you’re lucky.)

Geeky Loves:

  • Comic books – Lazarus, Monstress, Saga, Y: The Last Man, The Omega Men (King/Bagenda), The Wicked + The Divine, Hawkeye (Fraction/Aja/Hollingsworth), Runaways (BKV/Alphona and Rowell/Anka)
  • TV Shows – Jeopardy!, Fringe, Person of Interest, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Into the Badlands, Cowboy Bebop, Firefly, Marvel/Netflix Defenders Universe, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Pushing Daisies, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, Freaks and Geeks
  • Movies – Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars (original trilogy and sequel trilogy), The Fall (Tarsem), District 9, The Edge of Tomorrow, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Stargate, Disney/Pixar films, Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Musicals – Into the Woods, Hamilton, The Last Five Years, Aida
  • Tabletop Games – Seasons, Mahjong (Filipino rules), The Resistance: Avalon, Cosmic Encounter, Android: Netrunner, Race for the Galaxy, Azul

Geeky Hates: Making lists of favorite things ;_;

Brunch Drink: Orange juice (While she will occasionally sip at something, Nika doesn’t drink alcohol that much. The Asian flush is strong with this one.)

Geek Crushes: Avatar Korra and Spike Spiegel