Meet our Club 55 Executive Board! Each Member serves a 12 month term with elections held each Spring.
President ~ Amanda Shake
Grade: Senior Major: Screenwriting Hometown: Tucson, AZ Favorite Disney Characters: Miley Stewart, Bolt, Liv and Maddie Rooney, Mal, Darkwing Duck Favorite Disney Movies:Hannah Montana: The Movie and Bolt Favorite Disney Attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, and Soarin' Around the World Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio:This owner of 1300 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 or Disney Channel 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!” As a lover of these events, she hopes to help promote them and hopefully, one day, help coordinate them. Bam, what!?
Vice President ~ Annelise Benoit
Grade: Senior Major: Digital Arts (Visual Effects Emphasis) Hometown: Norman, OK Favorite Disney Characters: Black Widow, Kylo Ren, BB-8, Pluto Favorite Disney Movies:Bolt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 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, 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.
Treasurer ~ Tom Schwaiger
Grade: Junior Major: BFA Screenwriting Hometown: Los Angeles Favorite Disney Characters: Ariel, Chip & Dale, Captain Jack Sparrow, Gladstone Gander, Sora (from Kingdom Hearts) Favorite Disney movies:The Black Cauldron; The Little Mermaid Favorite Disney Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio: Tom virtually grew up in Disneyland and is fascinated with the park’s rich history and traditions. He is a dedicated scholar of the intricate history of the McDuck family, has a surprisingly solid understanding of the convoluted story of the Kingdom Hearts series, and has a soft spot for more obscure characters. He is passionate about Chapman's screenwriting program while also branching out into various disciplines, art forms and mediums.
Director of Communications ~ Giovanni Hittman
Grade: Senior Major: Business Hometown: Renton, WA Favorite Disney Characters: Stitch, Elsa, Iron Man, Groot, Leia, Rey Favorite Disney Movies:Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Favorite Disney Attractions: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 recently became a Cast Member at Disneyland working on the very rides that brightened his childhood, bringing the same joy he grew up with to others.
Event Planner ~ Emily Gibbs
Grade: Sophomore Major: Television Writing and Production Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania Favorite Disney Characters: Belle, Esmeralda, Goofy, Pluto, Black Widow, etc. Favorite Disney Movies: Can you simply choose one? Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Mermaid, Emperor’s New Groove, pretty much anything Marvel, and the list goes on and on and on because I’m incredibly indecisive. Favorite Disney Attractions: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Pirates of the Caribbean Greek Life: Proud member of the Athena Cabin at Camp Half Blood
Bio: Emily grew up on Disney, her mom goes so far as to claim Emily watched 101 Dalmatians 101,000 times growing up. From the animated cartoons to the live action television shows, Disney stories have impacted her life and helped inspire her to go into the entertainment industry. She may have grown up far from the parks, but she was lucky enough to have grandparents who live near Disney World, giving her the perfect excuse for plenty of family Disney trips. She went to Disneyland for the first time in 2017 and absolutely loves it!
*Emily is abroad this semester but will be returning to us in the fall!*
Event Planner & Social Media Assistant - Kaylee Snow Grade: Freshman Majors: Business Administration, Theatre Tech Hometown: Lake Elsinore, CA Favorite Disney Characters: Mary Poppins, Tinker Bell, Genie, Chewbacca, Porgs Favorite Disney Movies: anything Pixar (choosing one is like choosing your favorite child), Lion King& Star Wars(New and Originals) Favorite Disney Attractions & Shows!: Fantasmic, Mickey and the Magical Map, World of Color, Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (RIP), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Greek Affiliation: genetically: 19.4% Greek, 80.6% Disney Fan
Bio:Kaylee was raised watching Mary Poppins daily and frequenting Disneyland (almost every Friday of second grade). When at the parks you can find her catching any one of her favorite shows, finding new tech throughout the park or trying to get a new high score on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Her favorite genre of Disney movie is Pixar, though she still appreciates the classics, and she firmly supports Pixar Theory that all Pixar movies are connected. Her goals areto one day be a Disney cast member, as well as visit all the Disney theme parks and have a total of 104 days of Summer vacation.
Event Planner - Stephani Sommer Grade: Freshman Major: Communication Studies Major with a Journalism Minor Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming Favorite Disney Characters: Belle, Moana, Kuzco, Bing Bong, Captain America, Aurora Favorite Disney Movies:Hercules, Mary Poppins, Tangled, Toy Story, Oliver & Company Favorite Disney Attractions: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Space Mountain, and It's A Small World Greek Affiliation: Alpha Gamma Delta
Bio:Stephani started her love for Disney at birth when her mom adorned her with the middle name Aurora, after Sleeping Beauty. Since then, she has visited Disneyland a countless amount of times, Disney World and even been on a Disney Cruise. Her Disney superpower is knowing every lyric to every Disney song ever. Eventually, she hopes to make a living off her Disney obsession and become an executive within the company. Until then, you can catch her singing along to Disney tunes as she walks down Main Street USA!
Event Planner - Erin LaMay Grade: Freshman Major: Business Administration Hometown: La Mesa, CA Favorite Disney Characters: Rapunzel, Giselle, Ariel, Merida, Lady, Max Goof Favorite Disney Movies: Enchanted, Lady and the Tramp, Ratatouille, A Goofy Movie, Treasure Planet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tangled Favorite Disney Attractions: Space Mountain, Incredicoaster Greek Affiliation: Independent
Bio: Erin has been obsessed with Disney films for as long as she can remember, and she has always dreamed of becoming a Disney Princess™. She has a passion for Disney music in particular and prides herself on her knowledge of it, though she also loves learning about the history and behind-the-scenes of the parks and films. As a Disneyland Passholder, her favorite part about going to the parks is the entertainment, because she feels that the characters and shows are a different experience every time. One day, she hopes to travel to each of the Disney Parks around the world and explore how the classic Disney brand and values are incorporated into different cultures (she has yet to visit Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong). Her ultimate dream is to work for Disney, both in the parks and on a corporate level, and when she’s not attending auditions, you can catch her obsessively checking the Disney Jobs and Disney Auditions webpages.
Graduate Advisor - 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 Movies:Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Tangled, Cinderella (2015), Ant-Man Favorite Disney Attractions: 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!