Dr. Susan "Arizona" Gleason received her doctorate in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of California, Riverside, in 2001. She has focused her research on various aspects of primitive technology, including flintknapping (the art of making stone tools) and ethnobotany (how people interact with plants). As an artist, she has worked the products of this research into a unique line of arrowhead jewelry which she has shown in art shows across the west coast for the past five years. This artwork and a line of educational materials provides the basis of her business, Phoenix Obsidian Designs. As a science fiction fan she has been attending and working conventions for an even longer period of time, including being webmaster for Loscon for the past few years and serving as Loscon Chair in 2007. At the beginning of 2008 she opened a storefront for her business in Grass Valley, California, known as the Trading Post.