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Ethan Carlson, Founder of Escape Rhode Island
Ryan Pease, Escape Rhode Island Operator

Ethan Carlson is the Co-Founder and Lead Designer of Escape Rhode Island in Providence. Originally from Plainview, MN, Ethan received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale University in 2012 and moved to Providence in 2013 for a Venture for America Fellowship. After 2.5 years of building fun things only in his spare time, Ethan is excited to spend all day designing and running puzzles. Fun fact: Ethan built a cost-benefit model to optimize his Monopoly playing when he was 12, and has been excited about games ever since

Ryan Pease is the General Manager at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. He has spent many years being a full time photographer as well as staff for TempleCon, bringing gaming, panels, live music, and more to Rhode Island. Specializing in wedding photography has meant that being ready for anything is part of every day work life. His favorite single board game is Dixit, a game full of beautiful art, imaginative storytelling, and wonderful competition for people of all ages. When he isn't working at Escape RI he is probably found browsing the board game library at his favorite local game store, The Temple Games in Pawtucket, RI.

Valerie 'May' Tomic Escape Rhode Island Operator

May Tomic is an Operator at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering at Brown University. May’s love of making and solving challenging puzzles as a kid first began with role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, books like Deltora Quest, and video games like Zoombinis and Majora’s Mask. Since then she’s learned to create and solve even tougher puzzles, building robots that navigate autonomously using visual-inertial sensors and developing android apps to be used in white hat hacking competitions

Kevin Girard, Escape Rhode Island Operator

Kevin Girard is an Operator at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. A Rhode Island native, Kevin received his BA in Theater Tech & Design from RI College in 2014. Since then, he has contributed to the NYC installation of "Sleep No More", and worked as a guide at 5 Wits in Foxboro, MA. He has also spent an irresponsible amount of time playing adventure and escape-the-room video games, and only occasionally needs to consult a walkthrough. His greatest accomplishment to date has been co-writing, co-running, and designing a series of short sci-fi larp games at Intercon in Chelmsford, MA.