People of Fairyland

Here are some of the people who make Children’s Fairyland the special place it is, and the fictional characters who inspire them.  

Kymberly Miller

Executive Director

In the summer of 2019, Kymberly joined Children's Fairyland as its executive director after an 11+ year career at Girl Scouts of Northern California. As a senior director at Girl Scouts, she was accountable for the comprehensive design and implementation of innovative strategies to serve girls, ages 5-17, and oversaw 40 staff members. She is passionate about delivering satisfying experiences and supporting children and their families.

Kymberly is a graduate of Mills College with a B.A. in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis with a Minor in Ethnic Studies. She has served on two non-profit boards helping her build stronger ties to the community. After 25 years in Oakland, she resides with her family in Alameda.

She has two favorite characters: Dorothy from The Wiz and Hazel from Watership Down.


Samuel Aguayo

Director of Operations

Contact him about rides and the Cafe

His favorite character is Peter Pan


Kelley Bartlow

Events Manager

Contact her about holding your own party/event at Fairyland! Whether you are planning a kids party, an LGBTQ+ celebration a wedding or corporate event. Kelley will help your dream become a reality.

As a kid her favorite book was Scared of the Dark, a Sesame Street storybook. While Burt was her favorite, she understood Earni's fear and anxiety. 


Rusty Blazenhoff

Brand Storyteller 

She relates most to the free-spirited Pippi Longstocking.


Vicky Chen

Director of Community Outreach and Education

Contact her about family engagement partnership, community outreach, subsidized family membership, and individual or group volunteer opportunities.

Her favorite character is Arrietty from The Secret World of Arrietty.


DeAnna Cook

Retail Manager

Contact her about the Fairyland's gift shop and online store.

Her favorite character is the smiling Cheshire cat.


Michaela C. Ellis

Education and Curriculum Manager

Contact her about Educational programming, field trips and education opportunities at Fairyland

Her favorite characters are: Peter Pan, Julian from Julian is a Mermaid, Gorilla from Ishmael, Marjane Satrapi from Persepolis, and Lauren Olamina from Parable of the Sower (she says, she could go on forever!).


Jessica Martin

Director of Events

Contact her about special events, Fairyland's annual Gala Fundraiser, Jack O’Lantern Jamboree, Fairy Winterland, weekend entertainment, and park rentals (yes, even weddings!).

Her favorite fairytale character is Thumbelina.


Nick Mitchell

Facilities Manager

Contact him about facility projects and maintenance.

His favorite character is the Crooked Man.


Doyle Ott

Artistic Director of Theatre

Contact him about Fairyland's Theatre programs: Children's Theatre and Theatre for the Very Young.

Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat is his favorite.


Maria Rodriguez

Creative Director

Contact her about filming at Fairyland, photo requests for editorial content, and permitted uses for the Fairyland logo.

Her favorite character is Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles.


Leslie Fay Marks

Director of Philanthropy

Contact her about making a donation or including Fairyland in your estate plan.

Her favorite character is Aisling from The Secret of Kells and Piggy from the Elephant and Piggy series.


Brian Woo

Membership Coordinator

Contact him with any membership questions.

His favorite character is the Mad Hatter.


Board of Directors

Theresa Nelson, President

Dan Altemus

Karen Boyd

Nashwa Emam

Craig Isakow

Jillian Loh Kearns

Kyle Milligan

Jana Pastena

Rodney Richter

Javay Ross

Glenn Voyles