People of Fairyland

Here are some of the people who make Children’s Fairyland the special place it is.

C.J. Hirschfield

Executive Director

My favorite character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast (she’s a reader!)

C.J. has been executive director of Children’s Fairyland since 2002, following a distinguished 25-year career in cable television. Over the course of C.J.’s tenure, Fairyland attendance has doubled and programs and partnerships have expanded. Fairyland’s focus on reading readiness is one reason C.J. loves her position. She’s volunteered in community efforts to promote childhood literacy for many years including serving as chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission and on the board of the Oakland Parents’ Literacy Project. Recognizing that Fairyland is both an educational and therapeutic environment, Hirschfield hired a full-time director of education in 2013, resulting in new and innovative community programs.

C.J. served as two-term chairperson of the board of directors of the California Attractions and Parks Association, which promotes park safety and high professional standards and is an active member of Oakland Rotary and on the Board of the Lake Merritt/Uptown Community Benefit District.

C.J. graduated from Stanford University with a degree in communications. She lives in Oakland and loves the fact that she can walk to work.


Vicky Chen

Director of Community Outreach and Education

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

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


Ria Claus-Rangel

Administrative Manager

Contact me with general park questions

My favorite storybook character is Sam-I-Am from Green Eggs and Ham.


Stella Davies

Operations Manager

Contact me about rides, the cafe, and HR

My favorite characters are Stella Luna and Ferdinand The Bull.


Rusty Blazenhoff

Marketing and Communications Manager

Contact me about Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity.

My favorite character is Pippi Longstocking.


Jessica Martin

Director of Events

Contact me about Special Events, Annual Gala Fundraiser, Jack O’Lantern Jamboree, Fairy Winterland, Weekend Entertainment, and Park Rentals.

My favorite fairytale character is Thumbelina.


Nick Mitchell

Facilities Manager

Contact me about facility projects and maintenance.

My favorite character is the Crooked Man.


Doyle Ott

Artistic Director of Theatre

Contact me about Children's Theatre and Theatre for the Very Young.

My favorite character is the Cheshire Cat.


Corinna Rezzelle

Program Manager

Contact me about Catered Birthday Parties and Summer Sleepovers at Fairyland.

My favorite character is Pooh, from Winnie the Pooh.


Maria Rodriguez

Creative Director

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

My favorite character is Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles.


Jackie Bergquist Salas

Landscape Supervisor and Horticulturist

Contact me about what’s bloomin’ in our gardens.

My favorite character is Old Brown Owl, who chased Squirrel Nutkin out of the garden, and I also love the Fairies that live in our Coast Live Oak trees!


Cindy Sandoval

Development Director

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

My favorite characters are the three Billy Goats Gruff.


Felicia Walker

Education Specialist

Contact me about reduced ratefield trips, animal and plant science programs, and summer camp.

My favorite character is Amazing Grace, from the children’s book Amazing Grace.


Brian Woo

Membership Coordinator

Contact me with any membership questions.

My favorite character is The Mad Hatter.


Board of Directors

Theresa Nelson, President

Dan Altemus

Karen Boyd

Nashwa Emam

Jamie Flaherty-Evans

Craig Isakow

Jillian Loh Kearns

Kyle Milligan

Jana Pastena

Rodney Richter

Javay Ross

Glenn Voyles