About us

Open & Free Research & Community Programs

Improving Lives Through the Power of Accessible & Inclusive Role-Playing Games

Our Roots Begin in 1977

RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and human services charitable organization, that is 100% volunteer-run, studying the effects of all role-playing game formats and their potential to improve lives around the world. This includes tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid formats.

Beginning with our founder, we have been involved with role-playing games since 1977researching their effects since 1983, using RPGs for educational goals since 1985, with incarcerated populations since 1990, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.

In 2018 we had only 10 regular volunteers (partnering with many other organizations). As of February 2020 we hit over #118! Our volunteers span 5 continents, and come from diverse backgrounds and demographics. 

Our Team



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Our Team

Employee
Aaron Birdwell
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Adam Kantz
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Adina Rubin-Budick
Researcher
Employee
Ahmed Khalaf
Transcriptionist
Employee
Aislynn Kenney
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Alexis Rounsville
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Alla Chernikov
Researcher
Employee
Alliah Spottedblanket
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Andrew Messersmith
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Angela Kraker
Researcher
Employee
Anna Ryburn
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Autumn Asay
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Bill Rounsville
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Blake Rose
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Brad Kane
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Brandon Allen
eRPG Developer
Employee
Brandon Roan
RPG Advocate 1
Employee
Brennan Robinson
eRPG Developer
Employee
Brian Huseland
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Brooke Lively
Board of Directors: Vice-Chair
Employee
Charles (Charlie) Loyd
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Chelsea Swigert-Lenarz
Researcher
Employee
Chris Hare
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Dakota Brown
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Damean Galloway
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniel (Dan) Ivey
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniel Zanatta de Aguiar
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniela Steierer
Researcher
Employee
Danielle Whitworth
Executive Staff: Secretary
Employee
Dario Gerussi
eRPG Developer
Employee
David Griffith
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
David Jeffs
Researcher
Employee
David Perlman
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Dennis Grankin
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Derick DeCamp
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Dillon King
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Dinah Lankerovich
Visual Artist
Employee
Doug McCord
eRPG Developer
Employee
Drake Robinson
eRPG Developer
Employee
Emily Messina
Board of Directors Member
Employee
Erik Mitchell
Research Assistant 1
Employee
Frank Decapio
RPG Advocate 1
Employee
Greg Derrick
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Hawke Robinson
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Founder, CEO, President, Researcher, GM 19. Washington State Registered Recreational Therapist
Employee
Heather Allison
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Hunter Savoy
eRPG Developer
Employee
Ian Hunton
Researcher
Employee
Irvin Reynolds
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jacob (Jake) Jones
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Janine Winfree
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Jay Steven Evans
Researcher
Employee
Jennifer Ravasia
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jennifer Siegel
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Joe Koenen
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Joey Lanza
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
John Brandon
Transcriptionist
Employee
John Pyro
Chatroom Moderator [Volunteer]
Employee
John Welker
Vice President
Employee
Jonathan Hook
Researcher
Employee
Jonathan Mendoza
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jordan Klomp
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Joseph Kreindler
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Josh Dawes
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Karla McCallum
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Kathleen (Kate) Hyatt
Project Manager
Employee
Katy Koenen
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Kristin Ziska Strange
Researcher
Employee
Kyle Schanz
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Lelia Woods
Visual Artist
Employee
Lillian Ragudo
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Luke Gebbink
eRPG Developer
Employee
Mark Gallicchio
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Mark Poshepny
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Mark Poshepny
Employee
Marques Carr
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Matt Kimmel
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Matthias Payne
Transcriptionist
Employee
Michael Berquam
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Michael Shoemaker
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Minako Polat
Transcriptionist
Employee
Mona Matsuda
Administrative Assistant [Volunteer] for Charitable Non-profit Organization
Employee
Mátyás Hartyándi (Matyas)
Researcher
Employee
Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Nathan Harris
Visual Artist
Employee
Nicholas Limbaugh
Game Facilitator 1
Employee
Nicole Black
Transcriptionist
Employee
Nicole Hudson
Researcher
Employee
Niklas Anderson
Systems Administrator I [Volunteer]
Employee
Omar Edrees
Researcher
Employee
Phillip M Lewis
ASL GM I - Game Master: American Sign Language, Volunteer, Trainee
Employee
Rachel Brubaker
Transcriptionist
Employee
Rafe Taylor
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Ryan Allison
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Ryan Grau
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Ryley Ourada
Player Archetype Specialist 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Samuel Barrett
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Shane Dean
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Sudarsini Tekkam
eRPG Developer
Employee
Tamra Koopsen
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Tashina Robinson
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Terrance MacMullan
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Tim Noye
eRPG Developer
Employee
Timothy Chism
eRPG Developer
Employee
Tonie Clemons
Player Archetype Specialist 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Trent Dean
eRPG Developer
Employee
Trevor Troxel
eRPG Developer
Employee
Valerie Krepel
eRPG Developer
Employee
Veronica Maria Felipe
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Victoria Jesswein
Researcher
Employee
Wesley Brown
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Wesley Brown
eRPG Developer
Employee
Woody Harris
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Yostina Soliman
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Yostina Soliman
Transcriptionist
Employee
Zach Shallbetter
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Zak Barba
eRPG Developer