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Jewel Staite


Jewel Staite starred as 'Raquel' in the CW series "The L.A. Complex", which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm "Call Me Mrs. Miracle" opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as 'Dr. Keller' in the SyFy Channel hit series "Stargate:Atlantis". Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada's prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role' in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for 'Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series'.

At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series "Flash Forward" with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for 'Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series', as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.

Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures "Serenity", Joss Whedon's adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series "Firefly," of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic 'Kaylee', a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family's "Higher Ground" with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series "Wonderfalls", NBC's "Just Deal" and Nickelodeon's "Space Cases." Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime's "Widow on the Hill", Showtime's "Damaged Care" opposite Laura Dern, as well as SyFy’s “Mothman” and "Doomsday Prophecy." Some guest appearances include the CW’s “Supernatural”, her memorable role in the Showtime pilot "Huff" with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy's "Warehouse 13”, as well as Showtime's "Dead Like Me" opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and FOX's "The X-Files" opposite David Duchovny.

Dana Powell


Visioncon is delighted to welcome hometown Actress and Modern Family star, Dana Powell as a Media Guest of Honor to Visioncon 2019. Visioncon is coming home to Springfield, Missouri, and Dana Powell is coming home as well!

Dana Powell graduated from Hillcrest High School and went on to major in theater performance at Missouri State University. After graduation, she went on to work for television station KSPR. After several years, Powell and her boyfriend (now husband) moved to Los Angeles to try to break into the Hollywood acting and production scenes.

From the humble beginnings of a Hillcrest production of Fiddler on the Roof, Powell has gone on to build herself a fulfilling comedic acting career in Hollywood, with a resume that includes appearances in Bridesmaids, Reno 911!, The Office and The Good Place. She currently stars as Cameron’s sister “Pameron” on the hit ABC comedy Modern Family.

Powell tells reporters that she is delighted to be working on the show as a recurring character, a joy that was compounded early on when her and her husband, Dan Tipton, were able to work on the show together. Dan has since moved on to produce other shows and the couple has a seven-year-old son, and share an enduring love for Springfield.

Powell is a brilliant Actress, and proud Springfieldian, and we are delighted that she will be joining us at Visioncon 2019 at the Springfield Expo Center. This is her first Pop Culture Convention appearance, and we believe she picked just the right one!

Robbie Rist


Originally most recognizable as Cousin Oliver on the classic Television Series 'The Brady Bunch' as well as the voice of Michelangelo in the Original Live Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, Robbie has since become well known in the Voiceover Community for roles such as 'Chouji Akimichi' in Anime Fan Favorite "Naruto", as 'Stuffy' on the award winning Disney Jr Television series "Doc McStuffins" and a recent return to the TMNT Franchise as Mondo Gecko for Nickelodeon. Robbie has been in the entertainment industry for nearly 50 years and his involvement in well known TV, Movie AND Video Game franchises including: TMNT, Naruto, Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets, Sharknado, Transformers, Final Fantasy, Middle Earth and many more have amounted to Toys, books, games, NECA Figures and the ever popular Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures based on his characters.

Timothy Chiasson


As a 22 year veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps, (SFC RETIRED) Timothy Chiasson, began his art career in 2007. Timothy was picked up by AT-Products out of Linden, New Jersey (usmilitaryart.com) for his artwork of military Themed pieces, which covered people, vehicles, and aircraft leading him to be the companies number one artist 3 quarters in a row his first year. Over the course of ten years while working with military themed art, Mr. Chiasson, grew a name for himself, which provided him the ability to sell artwork worldwide. His name was well known within the military community where he designed Challenge Coins, Combat patches, Battalion, and Company level themed art pieces. Mr. Chiasson, currently has various works of art on display at the Fort Leonard Wood Military Museum, which is located on Fort Leonard Wood. During his service, he has supported many events by donating personal funds and original artwork to help various charities in the Springfield and Branson, MO area.

After he retired in August 2016, Timothy continued working with his art and was picked up by Robotech, Harmony Gold, USA Inc. as a licensed Fan Artist. He has only just started his new path in March of 2018, and has already had several pieces shown on various Robotech related sites. In his own words for his artwork that covers Robotech, "It's for the fans, by a fan!"

George Lowe


George Edward Lowe, born November 10, 1957, is an American voice actor and comedian whose voice roles include Space Ghost on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast and its spin-off, Cartoon Planet. He continued to voice Space Ghost in several cameos in other programs for several years following the conclusion of the series. Lowe has made recurring voice appearances on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken.

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