Skyla (She/her) is your friendly neighborhood mermaid. Throughout her time in the scene, she has been involved with many organizations and events. A common theme of her event planning life, is a love for making people feel included and that they matter. Skyla plans events and engineers learning experiences in her vanilla & kinky life.
She got her start in kinky event planning with the New England Dungeon Society as Secretary and Events Chair for 2 years. She planned parties, workshops, and social outings. One of her favorite roles was running new member orientation, helping people feel welcome and demystifying new situations is what she lives for.
Skyla went on to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for Dark Odyssey (Summer Camp, Fusion & Winter Fire) and the Ion Coordinator (Fusion and Summer Camp) for 3 years. She redesigned the entire volunteer program from the ground up, laying the groundwork for more appreciation for volunteers, compensation that was equitable, and dynamic spreadsheets to tie it all together. She was a volunteer for Bound in Boston from 2012 - 2018, serving on the staff and consent team for a handful of years. In the con’s final year, Skyla served as the co-producer and programming coordinator. Starting in 2019 she paired up with her dear friend, Ozma to co-engineer Tethered Together.
When she isn’t behind the scenes at events, she enjoys rope (tying and being tied), being a cat lady, reading true-crime novels, dancing (especially with her flow wand), and drinking the largest iced coffee available.
Skyla loves meeting new people, so please introduce yourself if you see her!
Ozma of Oz (She/they)
Ozma, short for Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum, is a community organization enthusiast whose adventures in public kink started in the year 2000 when she walked into her first munch. She put pen to waiver just slightly after her 18th birthday and over the years has both observed and participated in the evolution of BDSM in the public eye and open internet with experiences ranging from tearful pride to open horror and back again.
A scientist by trade and helpful facilitator by nature, she discovered a great deal about herself through her involvement in developing and designing kink events. Between her work as the Director of ROPECRAFT Event and Event Engineering duties with Skyla at Tethered Together, she neither leaves her home nor wears pants most days. That suits her just fine as she carefully blends her exciting professional life with the quiet joys of parenthood home in Kansas with her high school sweetheart, L. Frank Baum.
Ozma quietly holds strong convictions about power and the responsibilities that come with leadership and works to uphold those ideals with humility in all of her projects. You’ll often find her in her natural habitat (buried in spreadsheets), listening and learning to more effectively meet the needs of her community, and/or walking quickly holding a hot cup of coffee.
She firmly believes that the practices of kink and involvement in alternative lifestyle communities can enrich our lives and that community is intentional and is worth the work we put into creating inclusive, welcoming, supported and supportive spaces.
Tethered Together 2023 Staff
Brookeish - owned pet, queer grandpa hag, primal, sadomasochistic switch of rope, doom and woo.
They have been tying for about six years and have been passionate about growing in rope since the beginning of their kinky journey.
A founding member of the New England Rope Education Network (NEREN), they work with other leaders of rope communities across New England to help provide more educational opportunities and cultivate growth in local rope groups.
When not tying people’s faces to trees, Brookeish can be found making art, hiking with their dogs, eating tacos or drinking delicious beer...or any combination of those things!
Liquid (She/They/Them/That Bitch)
Liquid has been a fixture in the BDSM/Leather community for more than 20 years and a Rope Bottom & Rope model for more than 13 years. She has competed in and won Ms. Henrietta Hudson Fetish 2008/2009. She then went on to be the only Womxn & person of color to compete in the first Mr/Ms. New York City Leather contest.
Liquid has volunteered at events such as Leather Pride Night, and Folsom Street East. She has presented and sat on Panels for Dark Lair, TES’ DW/sm group, and many more. Liquid taught workshops on Consent & Negotiations, as well as Risk Profiles. Liquid has also fundraised for many charities throughout her years in the community. Liquid has gained media attention and has been interviewed and quoted in several kink related books, blogs, magazines, as well as appeared in a number of podcasts.
Liquid is the former Vice President of the Onyx Pearls NY Northeast Chapter and sits on the Board of Folsom Street East. Currently Liquid is the First Northeast Leather Person, where she uses her platform as a titleholder and background in Social Work & Mental Health to educate and empower others both in and outside of the BDSM/Leather & Rope community.
Adeline Kindred (She/her)
AdelineKindred has led and participated on DM teams across New England. In addition to Tethered Together her involvement in DMing has included events like Bound in Boston, Dark Odyssey, NELA’s FFF and Kinky Con. She has also been a presenter for many of those same events on topics including rope safety, impact play, identity and inclusion, and D/s relations.
Originally a Boston native, Adeline first entered the scene in Rochester NY before returning to Boston and getting involved locally. Today, Adeline lives in New York City and continues to be an active participant and contributor to the community at large. Aside from kink, her interests include cooking, camping, and all things goth and spooky.
Princess Bran (She/her)
Princess Bran was introduced to the kink world in Rochester NY about 6 years ago. While exploring all the new things she attended a local RopeBite hosted by MsElaine and discovered her love for rope. Rope and rigging has fulfilled her need for a technical aspect of kink. She is fascinated by her new found artistic side. The feel of rope, connection to the other person and rhythmic flow make this one of her favorite past times.
Princess Bran has attended local conferences. Tethered Together 2019 was her first event outside of the Rochester area. Being a very helpful and technical human she has always been willing to help out wherever needed. This year she has taken on a Staff position and more responsibility, so be nice to her! Did we mention she’s an engineer!
MsElaine’s midlife crisis began with a flogger & a chainsaw! Local upstate NY was home base for exploring both back ten odd years ago. She has spent most of those years attending national events to hone skills and meet some wonderful folks. No! not at the same time; well there was this one time in Chicago.
She is a creative person to the core with an enthusiasm to encourage exploration and growth within herself and others. She has explored this on her own and within the BDSM community, sharing opportunities that others may say “I can’t - I don’t”.
Over 15 years of successful poly-living steered MsElaine into facilitating local poly community growth in Upstate NY before learning the ropes. Since then she has led classes for rope novices and those curious at Rochester Erotic Art Festival(REAF). Lady’s Wicked Playground, as part of GRUE’s, Exotic Fantasies Convention and other local clubs.
For 8 years she has been one of the riggers for the Rope Fashion Show that kicks off REAF, creating some entertaining runway pieces with her models.
For two very short years she created and hosted a monthly RopeBite in the Finger Lakes region of New York before her relocation to Georgia. Now MsElaine and her family are mobile in a self converted tiny home aka Skoolie. We never know quite where she‘ll be next but we hear she’s headed to South Dakota to carve before heading to Alaska this summer.
Most recent focuses have been REAF, Ropecraft and with much excitement being able to work with some amazing folks for Tethered Together.
Her presence at events, whether it’s as a volunteer, staff or presenter wards off shyness and fulfills the need for peopling while encouraging others to explore their own creative sides to be the best they can be.
Arlin (they/she), and they‘ve been active in the scene since 2015 and they’re as switchy as can be. They enjoy being beaten to a pulp as much as they enjoy menacing my partners. They love the community and the scene. They wouldn’t be who they are today without the people and experiences that they’ve had through this strange and wonderful adventure.
They firmly believe that these spaces and events would not happen if there were not people committed to helping make them happen, and they feel very strongly about volunteering and helping things go smoothly. They love working behind the scenes to help events happen and seeing the magic of those who attend, and the special moments that folks create together, or watching someone’s class or scene and the inventiveness that a different perspective or skillset offers. It’s so wonderful to observe, and they feel lucky to be involved in the process.
Arlin loves to tinker and learn new skills. Working with leather is an ever growing passion, and more recently learning to sew is a new joy they’re taking on. They love brewing mead and beer, hiking and playing video games. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might be the most perfect game ever, and you can fight them about it. They’ve have been active as a volunteer in many capacities for a variety of cons, doing everything from checking wristbands at doors to DMing and helping out with classes.
NotsoVanillo is a sadist with a smile. He enjoys rough body play and turning his willing partners into piles of gooey happy awesomeness. When he‘s not beating, he’s eating, and loves to cook for his friends and family. Since 2012, he‘s been on the kinky roller coaster of love hand-in-hand with Skyla. He’s been involved over the years in various organizations and events, and is happy to be helping out Tethered Together as your Registration Guru Extraordinaire!
Dejantu has been in the kink scene since the early 90’s, and has always enjoyed power exchange dynamics. He found a love of rope bondage, Kinbaku, and went to nearly every event around to learn as much as he could about the art form. He has helped run rope lounges at the Fetish Flea events, mentored at local area rope groups, and started the Manchester Rope Group.
In 2014, he became a board member for KinkyCon, and loves being part of a great event that provides quality kink education from lifestyle experts. He enjoys discussing, teaching, mentoring, and participating in BDSM and D/s activities.
Redknots is gleeful sadist with all things including rope and making (too many) puns. He identifies as a dom-leaning switch and a good pet. Outside of kink, he enjoys creating art especially figure drawing.
Tethered Together 2023 Support Staff
March(she/her) is trained mental health professional who is passionate about education and community organizing in queer, polyamorous, and kink communities; focusing on the mental health of marginalized populations such as people of the global majority as a critical part of our collective liberation. Seeking to understand and disrupt both systemic and interpersonal harm, March believes in transformative justice/community accountability for violence prevention, intervention, and post-vention. March has experience working with queer, kinky, polyam survivors of partner abuse as well people who caused harm in diverse clinical settings.
Little Liza (She/her)
Liza is a ropey person who dove into tying as her quarantine hobby in 2020. She enjoys self-suspension, bottoming, and is learning more about topping for rope. She is also an aspiring aerialist on pole, sling/hammock, and lyra/hoop. Liza found a wonderfully welcoming and accepting space in the kink community and is passionate about helping others feel comfortable in these spaces.
Storyofm stumbled into the kink scene in 2010, like Alice falling into Wonderland, and has been following the breadcrumb trail ever since. She believes kink isn’t just something we do, but is fundamentally a part of how we are relationally oriented in the world. She’s fascinated by all shiny kinky things, but most of all by the infinite wonders of her fellow human beings and loves to create connection wherever possible. In all realms, she is a community builder and cultural organizer purposed with bringing folks meaningfully together.
Mindy is also an expressive arts and somatic facilitator and believes kink practices, at their very best, are an embodiment of pleasure activism and another way to help one another get free.
Storm joined the east coast TT HQ in 2016. He is a rescue cat that is some sort of Lynx Point Siamese. His favorite ways to help with the con are to sit on papers that we are looking at and to meow until someone picks him up. He always wants a human ride.