About Our Volunteers

Nerds Helping Nerds in Times of Need

About Our Founder

James “Fedora” Mandeville, NREMT

He spent the past 7 years as an EMT in the UK and USA. He worked for a private Emergency Medical Service. He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving as a mechanic and medical first responder. He was a frequent staff member of many anime and pop culture conventions, and over the past ten years has fulfilled many roles ranging from security, medical care, photography, and operations. Fedora has staffed over 90 conventions in the UK, Japan, and USA. He was an operations and safety adviser to many other pop culture conventions in the UK and USA. He traveled around the world attending anime, sci-fi and pop culture conventions and was an Eagle Scout. He founded Operation Hammond, the only group dedicated to the unique medical and safety needs of pop culture/convention/event community. Fedora’s legacy shall continue as “Operation Hammond”

About Our President

Christine Deidrich, NREMT

Meet Our Volunteers

Meet Our Board

Christine Deidrich

Chairman, President

Kimberly Stewart

Vice President

Vincent Valentine-Schafer


Madison Sowden


Kiara Estrada

Director of Member Conduct: NREMT

Keith Lee

Director of Logistics: EMT, ASHI L.8 Instructor

Meet Our Specialty Volunteers

These are our volunteers who have earned a spot as a “specialty volunteer position”.

Keith Lee

Interim Head Radio Master: EMT, ASHI L.8 Instructor

Lisa Hayes

Lead Social Media Coordinator

Zo Pezzano

Lead Graphics Designer and Illustrator: NREMT

Jean-Marie Patton

Assistant Quartermaster: NREMT

Gabriel Ciccia-Ricker

Quartermaster: EMT, EMD

Ben Cooper

Lead Videography Coordinator

Alexi Vandenburg

Marketing and Public Relations Advisor: Rabid Fanboy Marketing

Arturo Gavidia

Graphic Designer: BA

Emilie Rodgers

Graphic Designer: B.S. Interactive Art & Animation

Operation Hammond