Meet our Club 55 Executive Board! Each Member serves a 12 month term with elections held each Fall.
President & CEO ~ Evan Ridpath
Grade: Junior Major: Creative Producing Hometown: Carlsbad, CA Favorite Disney Characters: Mickey Mouse and Captain Jack Sparrow Favorite Disney Movie:Toy Story Favorite Disney Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean Greek Affiliation:Independent
Bio: When Evan is not hitchhiking with ghosts, piloting the Mark Twain, evading Imperial troops as the Rebel Spy, looking into the eyes of Mara, soarin' over California, or merrily on his way to nowhere in particular, he is probably still pointing out pointless Disneyland trivia facts that you didn't ask for. He takes pride in knowing nearly all of the Disney park announcements and safety spiels by heart (yes, even in Spanish too), and enjoys playing his favorite Disney songs on the piano. Evan's dream is to one day work for Walt Disney Imagineering, and continue their tradition of creating immersive stories and experiences that facilitate happiness for all the world. Evan dares you to beat his 1,514,800 point high score on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster.
Senior Vice President ~ Sydney Paley
Grade: Junior Major: Film Studies Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA Favorite Disney Characters:Belle, Peggy Carter, Jyn Erso, and Captain America Favorite Disney Movies:Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Favorite Disney Attraction:Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, and Pirates of the Caribbean Greek Affiliation:Alpha Gamma Delta
Bio:Sydney loves movies more than anything and hopes to work for a studio, possibly Disney, one day. Her dream job, though, would either be a Jungle Cruise skipper or getting the chance to be friends with Belle at Disneyland. She enjoys spending time with her friends, whether it be at the parks or anywhere else, and she is slowly but surely attempting to buy all of the Marvel and Star Wars merchandise at the parks. You can often find her crying (happy tears) over the live action Beauty and the Beast film. If you ever want to gush about Cassian Andor (or just Rogue One in general), Sydney's your girl!
Director of Finance ~ Jessica Johnson
Grade: Junior Major: Film Studies, Theatre Studies Hometown: Reno, NV Favorite Disney Characters: James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean), Baymax, Cinderella (2015), Jasmine, Prince Naveen Favorite Disney Movie:Pirates of the Caribbean; At World's End, Tangled, and Cars 3 Favorite Disney Attraction: Haunted Mansion Holiday Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio: Jessica is unabashedly a Disney fan! She spends far too much money cultivating her Tsum Tsum and Disney Pin collection, far too much time talking about how much she loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and knows far too much about Johnny Depp for any reasonable or sane human being. She dreams of working for the Walt Disney Company in any form, be it in the parks, on the Disney Cruise Line, as an Imagineer, or in the Studios. She loves Disney movies to death and would love to nerd out with you about literally anything, and you can always find her at Disneyland trying to scam her way into the Dream Suite!
Director of Community Relations ~ Cassie Soumas
Grade: Senior Major: Theatre Technology (Scenic Design) Hometown: Coeur D'Alene, ID Favorite Disney Characters: Stitch, Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, Jasmine Favorite Disney Movie:Tangled Favorite Disney Attraction: King Arthur's Carousel Greek Affiliation: 25% (WAIT...wrong Greek :P )
Bio: Cassie has been born and raised in Disney. She has been dreaming of working there for as long as she can remember, in whatever capacity possible. She dreams of one day working in the Studios, Animation, or Imagineering, but for the time being is content sending you off on a trip to Neverland or on a flight with Dumbo in Fantasyland. In her spare time, you can find her at Disneyland, watching a Disney movie, or singing along to “I See the Light.”
Director of Communications ~ Annelise Benoit
Grade: Sophomore Major: Digital Arts Hometown: Norman, OK Favorite Disney Characters:Stitch, Black Widow, and Pluto Favorite Disney Movies:Bolt, Up, and Captain America the Winter Soldier Favorite Disney Attractions:Star Tours and Radiator Springs Racers Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio:Annelise grew up in Florida at Disney World's gate and some of her first steps were into the arms of Mickey Mouse. You can now find her on the west coast enjoying a delicious turkey leg and traveling to the Forbidden Temple, Radiator Springs, Superhero HQ, or Jakku. Her dream is to one day work on visual effects for Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movies. If you ever want to go to the parks, she will BB-wait for you.
Event Planner ~ Jessica Quintana
Grade: Junior Major: Health Science Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Favorite Disney Character:Dori Favorite Disney Movie:The Princess and the Frog Favorite Disney Attraction:Peter Pan's Flight Greek Affiliation: Alpha Gamma Delta
Bio:From frequent family vacations to now shamelessly studying at Disneyland, Jessica's potentially unhealthy obsession with Disney began at an early age and continues strong into her college career. Disney has been a major influence in her life and it reminds her of careless and happy times. She hopes to share the childlike joy she feels for Disney with others.
Event Planner ~ Talia Cain
Grade: Sophomore Major: Integrated Educational Studies, English Hometown: Carlsbad, CA Favorite Disney Characters:Belle, Goofy, All Seven Dwarfs, Jiminy Cricket Favorite Disney Movies:Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and The Lion King Favorite Disney Attraction: Peter Pan's Flight Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio: Currently residing in Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Talia enjoys peaceful mornings singing to her swans in the pond outside her window. She usually spends her afternoons at the Mad Hatter's house for tea and then strolls down Main Street before ending the night adventuring through jungles, islands, and pirate coves. She dreams of teaching and inspiring other crazy kids like herself to go after their dreams and follow their hearts, just as Disney has taught her to do!
Event Planner ~ Ethan Robarts
Grade: Sophomore Major: Theatre Performance Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Favorite Disney Characters: Lumiere, Genie, Maleficent, Quasimado, Bert, The Mad Hatter Favorite Disney Movies:Magician Mickey & Presto (Favorite Cartoon Shorts), Nightmare Before Christmas Favorite Disney Attraction: Haunted Mansion (Haunted Mansion Holiday also) Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio: When Ethan isn’t learning how to do show stopping spells from Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, prestidigitation from Presto DiGiotagione and Alec Azam, ghostly seances from Madame Leota, imaginary innovations from Figment, wondrous wizardry from Merlin and Yen Sid, catastrophic conjuring from Chernabog, or wish-fulfillment from Genie, he’s just working at the Main Street Magic Shop doing magic tricks for all the Guests. He just loves doing magic, especially when it’s Disney magic; and if you ask him nicely, he might perform one for you! He usually spends his time at the Shooting Gallery, having a nice lunch at Club 33, or visiting some old friends at the Haunted Mansion. He hopes to one day be a part of Walt Disney Imagineering and create more magical experiences for Guests everywhere!