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 nonprofit 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

Senior Director of Operations

Got a question about our rides or cafe? Ask Samuel!

Peter Pan is his favorite character.


Kelley Bartlow

Events Manager

Want to host a party or event at Fairyland? Whether you are planning a kids' party, an LGBTQ+ celebration, a wedding or a corporate event. Kelley will help your dream become a reality.

Her favorite book as a kid was Scared of the Dark, a storybook by Sesame Street. Bert was her favorite, but she empathized with Ernie's fear and anxiety. 


Vicky Chen

Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement

Vicky handles family engagement partnership, community outreach, subsidized family membership, and individual or group volunteer opportunities for Fairyland.

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


DeAnna Cook

Retail Sales Manager

Contact her about Fairyland's on-site 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 other educational 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 (and that's just the beginning!).


Matisse Geenty

Interim Senior Director of Philanthropy

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

Her favorite characters as a child were Madeline, from Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline series; Eloise from Kay Thomposon's Eloise series; and Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh.


Jennifer Hurlburt


What's blooming in our 10 acres of gardens? Jennifer knows!

Her favorite character is Miss Muffet's spider, and the salamanders who live under the old logs (in all the secret places).


Jessica Martin

Senior Director of Events

Contact her about special events, Fairyland's annual Gala Fundraiser, Halloween Jam, Fairy Winterland, and weekend entertainment.

Her favorite fairytale character is Thumbelina.


Nick Mitchell

Senior Director of Facilities

Contact him about facility projects and maintenance.

His favorite character is the Crooked Man.


Corinna Rezzelle

Theatre Programs Manager

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

Her favorite literary characters are, Anne from Anne of Green Gables for her resilience, Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden for her tenacity, and Winnie the Pooh and Piglet for their model of friendship!


Maria Rodriguez

Creative Director

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

Her favorite character is Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles.


Leslie Fay Marks

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Contact her about making a donation and/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 Manager

Contact him with any membership questions.

His favorite character is the Mad Hatter.


Board of Directors

Theresa Nelson, President

Karen Boyd, Vice-President

Nashwa Emam, MSW, Secretary

Glenn Voyles, Treasurer

Dan Altemus

Kyle Milligan

Jana Pastena

Rodney Richter

Javay Ross, M.D.