“You can design and create,

and build the most wonderful place in the world.

But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

Walt Disney

Great content requires a Great Team

Valerie Fairnington

Live! Producer & Chad's Sanity Checker

Having made her podcast debut on episode 002, Valerie is a founding member of the My DVC Points team!  As a Florida resident, she makes numerous trips home a year.  Her Jerry McGuire type quote would be, “You had me at Club Level.”  Given her preference for the finer aspects of DVC, we're keeping her away from the new model rooms at Disney's Riviera Resort!  Valerie spends her non-Disney time serving Florida resident's insurance needs as agent with Allstate.

Andrew Darden

Facebook Admin, Tech Support, etc.

Andrew's service to the DVC community is almost immeasurable.  You may not see his involvement, but rest assured, Andrew's fingerprints can be found on most of our projects.  He's always researching, creating spreadsheets, answering questions, and doing tech support for podcasts and live shows.  We should have put a PSA kleenex alert in episode 019 when Andrew starts talking about Disney and his daddy-daughter relationship.  Andrew and his family reside in Charlotte, NC.


Kenny booth

My DVC Points App Developer

Kenny is an owner at Copper Creek.  He's a lifelong Disney fan.  Every app development call, Kenny is sure to make the entire team jealous by walking outside and streaming the beauty of the Hawaiin islands.  We're fortunate to have such a gifted developer on the team.  His blood pressure rises every time Chad says, “It would be really cool for the members if we….” Kenny takes these dreams, adds some pixie dust and produces pixels that serve the DVC Community.

Shannon ford

Live! Co-Host

As a Florida resident, Shannon, Ray, and Ryder visit Walt Disney World regularly. Although they own at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, the Fords' enjoy staying at the entire variety of DVC Resorts. Shannon is the current Mrs. Florida America 2019 and Former Ms. Florida USA and Ms. America USA.  You can also follow Shannon at the Disney Days blog or ShannonFord.com.

Alicia Kolenda

Live! Co-Host

From Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Michigan. My husband and I have two boys and two girls. Our family owns and manages Golden Sands Golf Course and Bucket Bar in Mears, Michigan.  We choose Copper Creek as our home resort because it has a rustic natural feel.  We pride ourselves on being able to afford Disney on a shoebox budget. We enjoy non-park activities such as golfing, water parks, pool days, Disney Springs, the Void, pony rides, campfires, and resort activities.

Donna Bickert

Facebook Moderator

Donna loves everything about the Mouse — and luckily, her whole family does too. She lives with her husband in Dallas but visits her daughter, a recent college grad and Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as often as possible!  While she loves WDW and DVC, her passion is Disney Cruise Line.  She's our resident Disney Cruise Line expert.  Find out more about Donna in episode 009.

Rob Midiri, PMP

Project Manager

Rob is a fan of all things Disney. He recently became a DVC member and quickly found the MyDVCPoints Podcast and is an avid listener. He has been lucky enough to be part of a couple of live shows which entailed picking perfect trips for each scenario (and won). He works behind the scenes on the upcoming app.  He does his best to keep the project on track as the team starts interjecting their wishes big and small.

Samantha Kurtz-Seif

Research Assistant & Content Curator

Sam has been a Disney kid since her family’s first trip to WDW in 1994. In 2018, she became a DVC owner at Old Key West and member at the age of 25!  Currently, she enjoys adults-only vacations with friends, family and really enjoys trips with her little sister.   Sam indulges her love of planning Disney vacations by helping other families experience the magic as a travel agent with Capture the Magic Vacations. You can follow all of her magical adventures on Instagram @adventuresbysam!

Mary Anne DeLay Tracy

Research Assistant & Content Curator

Wife to Tom, Mom to Jack, Sarah, and Katy. She regularly rises to occasion to defend the honor of her beloved home resort Saratoga Springs! Mary Anne loves spending time with her family riding the Tower of Terror over and over again!  Mickey Bars are happiness on a stick.  Mary Anne loves it when she finds them in her local Omaha grocery stores. When not at WDW, she spends time watching her kids share their talents across various stages and teaching 3-year-olds to #bekind at her local preschool.

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Chad Pennycuff

Chad Pennycuff

DVC Community Organizer & Curator of Magical Stories

Husband to Laura.  Father to Reagan, Brynn, and Lincoln.  Technology nerd and MBA analyst type that's fascinated with DVC members, their stories, and helping them get the most of their membership.  Chad is just crazy enough to believe that by sharing member stories, we can learn from each other, gain respect for different viewpoints, and strengthen the relationships within the DVC community. 

Favorite Resorts:  Beach Club Villas and The Villas at the Grand Californian
Favorite Park:  Disney's California Adventure
Favorite Land:  Carland  (For the record, nothing else comes close!)
Favorite Attraction:  Guardians of the Galaxy:  Mission Breakout
Favorite Quote:  “You can get anything you want out of life if you help enough other people get what they want out of life.” – Zig Ziglar

Will Podcast for Dole Whips!

#dolewhipaddict  #haveAPwilltravel  #myDVCpoints  #dvcmember

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