Guests of Honor

benny Vasquez

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benny Vasquez (she/her) is the Chair of the Board of Directors at the AlmaLinux OS Foundation and brings nearly 20 years of experience to the role. With experience as Manager of Community and Developer Relations at Progress, Manager of Community Engagement at cPanel, and Head of Monitoring at LiquidWeb, all before joining Microsoft as an Open Source Security Program Manager, benny boasts a successful track record in community building, customer engagement, and business development. With leadership roots in community management, product management, and business strategy, benny is a leading voice in the world of community-driven software and everything AlmaLinux. benny is passionate about AlmaLinux OS and is dedicated to this innovative global community’s commitment to complete transparency and community-focused development.

J. Wolfgang Goerlich

a man in blue jeans, a blue patterned shirt, a beard, and sunglasses, leans casually against a wall where a sign is painted that reads "USDA BEEF".

J. Wolfgang Goerlich is a hacker and an Advisory CISO. Prior to this role, he led IT and IT security in the healthcare and financial services verticals. Wolfgang has held senior positions at several consulting firms, leading security advisory and assessment practices. He is an active part of the security community, co-founding and organizing communities and conferences. Wolfgang regularly advises on the topics of security architecture and design, identity and access management, zero trust, and resilience.

 

 

 

Margret-Ann Miller

 
A smiling woman stands behind an enormous felted dragon, while a small felted dwarf stands by.
We’re doing everything we can to get Smaug to make an appearance this year!
 
Margret-Ann Miller, a Toledo, Ohio native, started needle felting in 2011 and was teaching the art form by 2013. She has been featured in several international fiber arts and doll magazines, including Art Doll Quarterly, Fiber Art Now, and International Doll Artists. In addition, her needle felted dragons and dolls have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and international art exhibitions and competitions.
 
“I am honored and excited to have been asked to be a Guest of Honor at Penguicon again!” She refers to her 2020 GOH appearance, which was canceled due to COVID. “Let’s hope the second time is a charm. I’m looking forward to finally attending this event!”
 

Stefani Goerlich

 
Guest of Honor Sefani Goerlich poses in front of a colorful artistic wall.
 
Good morning, Penguicon. You did it! You got those first programming submissions in! And so, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to our first-announced Guest of Honor for Penguicon 2024. Stefani Goerlich describes herself as an expert on the edges and a bridge builder between the margins and the mainstream. An expert in working with Gender, Relationship, and Sexuality Differences, as well as with those from minority religious traditions, Stefani is a Certified Sex Therapist, a Board Certified Diplomate of Sexology and an expert voice for Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, The New York Post, Shape, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, The American Spectator, and many more. Her most recent book is With Sprinkles On Top: Everything Vanilla People and Their Kinky Partners Need to Communicate, Explore, and Connect. We absolutely look forward to all of the amazing variety of programming Stefani will be bringing to Penguicon.
 
 

Image of Drag Queen, Baha Blast on a sidewalk, with fall trees behind them, as they are dressed in a black jumpsuit shorts and thigh high, stockings with chunky boots.Baha Blast (27, They/Them) is Michigan’s Clown Shapeshifter; with 7 years in drag and even more in cosplay, this multi stage conquering clown is ready to make your day. Baha Blast is so named for their laugh (and of course, the drink) and is finally coming to Penguicon for the first time! They’re known for helping their local communities through Drag events and deep cleanings. They’ve done drag in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania- and soon enough, the Penguicon stage! Stay tuned for a release on their socials (@bahablastdrag) for what they’ll look like the days of the con. They’re super excited to be here and meet you all~