Meet our Club 55 Executive Board! Each Member serves a 12 month term with elections held each Spring.
President & CEO ~ Annelise Benoit
Grade: Junior Major: Digital Arts (Visual Effects Emphasis) Hometown: Norman, OK Favorite Disney Characters: Black Widow, Kylo Ren, BB-8, Pluto Favorite Disney Movie(s):Bolt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Up, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier Favorite Disney Attraction: Star Tour 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, 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.
Senior Vice President ~ Sydney Paley
Grade: Senior 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 Communications ~ Amanda Shake
Grade: Junior Major: Screenwriting Hometown: Tucson, AZ Favorite Disney Characters: Miley Stewart, Bolt, Liv and Maddie Rooney, Mal, Maya Hart, Darkwing Duck Favorite Disney Movie:Hannah Montana: The Movie and Bolt Favorite Disney Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, and Soarin' Around the World Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio:This owner of 1070 and counting Disney stuffed animals is a lover of all things Disney, but most of all, the animated movies (ESPECIALLY Bolt), the parks, and the Channel. Her favorite Disney Channel shows/movies are Hannah Montana, Liv and Maddie, Girl Meets World, and Descendants (you’ll never meet a bigger Dove Cameron fan). She also loves animated shows like Darkwing Duck! Amanda tries to visit the Magic Kingdom weekly (look for the girl with the Mal ears and the Bolt lanyard), and finds herself at other local Disney events at about the same frequency. The quote she lives by is, “If there’s a Disney event within 40 miles of me, I’ll be there!” She hopes to be a writer for the Disney company someday, ideally for their live-action family programming. Bam, what!?
Director of Community Relations ~ Evan Ridpath
Grade: Senior Major: Creative Producing Hometown: Carlsbad, CA Favorite Disney Character: 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.
Publicist and Events Manager ~ Jessica Johnson
Grade: Senior Major: Film Studies, Theatre Studies Hometown: Reno, NV Favorite Disney Characters: James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean), Baymax, Jasmine, Prince Naveen Favorite Disney Movie:Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Tangled, Cinderella (2015), Ant-Man Favorite Disney Attraction: Haunted Mansion Holiday Greek Affiliation: I'm Zero to Hero, in no time flat. ...oh, wait...
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 movies, and knows far too much about Pirates of the Caribbean 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!
Event Planner ~ Giovanni Hittman
Grade: Junior Major: Business Hometown: Renton, WA Favorite Disney Characters:titch, Elsa, Iron Man, Groot, Leia, Rey Favorite Disney Movies:Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Favorite Disney Attraction:Space Mountain, Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout, and Screamin’/Incredicoaster Greek Affiliation: Independent Bio:Giovanni may have been born and raised off of Disney films in Seattle, but he’s been frequenting Disneyland since he was 6 months old and became an AP by the time he was 3. Besides DL, he’s gone to both WDW and DL Paris along with going on multiple Disney cruises across the globe, so he’s learned the hard way that once you go Disney, you never go back. Inspired by his love of everything Disney, he hopes to one day be a cast member at Disneyland working on the very rides that brightened his childhood, so he can bring the same joy to others.