Val Ontell

Val Ontell’s 40 years in fandom include chairing the 2011 World Fantasy Convention and the 2010 Conjecture in San Diego, and the 1986 and 1989 Lunacons in New York.  She has held committee positions at local and regional cons, Westercons, and Worldcons and is currently Guest Liaison for ConDor and Gaslight Gathering and a Senior Assistant in the Autograph Area at Comic-Con, all in San Diego.  With her husband Ron, she was 2002 Lunacon Fan GOH.  Since 1987, she and Ron have run tours in connection with non-North American Worldcons.  In her other life, her 40 years as a librarian included twelve at Intermediate School 88 and eight at the Bronx High School of Science, both in New York City.  She retired as a librarian at San Diego Mesa [Community] College in 2010 after 19 years there, so she now has time to indulge her loves of reading, travel, singing, and chocolate.