“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

We're an Awesome member CommunitY

BuilT by awesome servant-leaders 


Gina Grotsky

Producer:  Community Hall & Mouse Quiz

Gina lives in Orange County, California. Although Disneyland is her home park, she owns at Copper Creek. Gina enjoys comparing Land and World at every turn and quick to point out, Land is superior. She and her husband Brandon, enjoy visiting Galaxy’s Edge and Carsland on a weekly or biweekly basis. When not at Disneyland or planning a WDW adventure, Gina is busy teaching 2nd grade. She’s planning on buying more points at the DVC Tower in Disneyland and always wanting points at Aulani.

Shannon ford

DVC Newscast Host
Community Hall Co-Host

As native Floridians, Shannon, Ray, and Rider visit Walt Disney World regularly. Although they own at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, they really enjoy the diverse options and flexibility of being DVC members.  Shannon is the current Mrs. Florida America 2019 and former Miss Florida USA and Mrs. United States. You can also follow Shannon at the Disney Days blog or ShannonFord.com.

Kenny booth

Developer – My DVC Points App

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

Mary Anne DeLay Tracy

My DVC Points Podcast Producer

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.

Alicia Kolenda

Community Hall 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.

Jake Anthony

Community Hall and DVC Newscast Co-Host

From sunny South Florida, Jake grew up on Disney, and his passion has grown into adulthood. He became a DVC Member in 2016.  His home resorts are Animal Kingdom, Saratoga Springs, and the Polynesian.  Jake enjoys all of the seasons at Disney, but his favorites are the Halloween and Christmas times as a picture-perfect day includes time at a DVC pool with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the evening. He also enjoys sailing with Disney Cruise Line, as it’s one of his favorite ways to travel aside from all of the DVC resorts.

Sandy Symianick

My DVC Points Podcast Producer

Calling both the Polynesian and Vero Beach Resorts, their home away from homes – Sandy and her family especially love visiting Disney's Beach Resorts! A perfect Disney Vacation for this family is split between time relaxing at a Disney Beach Resort and the hustle and bustle of the Parks! Mom to My DVC Points Kids Panelists Jakob & Evey. When not planning their own Disney vacations, Sandy is planning adventures for others. You can follow along as they discover the magic together @themagictravelfamily on Instagram

Vicky Hxu

Mouse Quiz Trivia Writer & Editor

Vicky is from Southern California and a former cast member of the Disneyland Resort.  You can find her writing trivia questions for Mouse Quiz on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Peter Scheidle

DVC Newscast Co-Host
Mouse Quiz Trivia Writer

Peter has been a Disney Parks fan since his first trip to Disney World at 2 ½ in 1972. Now approaching their 25th trip, when not at Disney World, he lives with his wife and daughter in Buffalo, NY. He’s been a DVC member since 2014 and owns contracts at Animal Kingdom and Boardwalk and loves nothing more than a day at Food and Wine, followed by an evening at Jellyrolls.  Connect with Pete on Facebook or his site DVCHelp.com.

Jeremy Mobley

Mouse Quiz Trivia Writer

Jeremy was a latecomer to the Disney Parks way of life. Although he has enjoyed Disney movies his entire life, his first trip came in 2015 at the age of 25. He proposed to his now-husband Eric at Disney. As a DVC Member, Jeremy’s home resort is the Polynesian. Disneyland, Aulani, and Disneyland Paris are next on his list of must-visit Disney destinations. Jeremy’s Disney interests include history, Imagineering, trip planning, and, most of all, food!

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.

Derrick Birdsell

Mouse Quiz Quiz Writer

Derrick has been going to Disney World since before he could walk. He introduced his wife to WDW, honeymooned there, and takes his family (wife, Amy, and son, Glen) as often as possible. Derrick enjoys exploring the DVC resorts. His life goal is to stay at all of them. While admittedly not knowing everything, he is known among his friends as the resident “Disney expert.” Derrick loves helping people plan memorable vacations. When Derrick is not at Disney World, he teaches high school special education.

Valerie Fairnington

Facebook Moderator

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.

Caleb Allison

Facebook Moderator

Caleb lives in Ponca City, OK with his beautiful wife, Breauna, and two kids, Hope and Monroe. The high-quality family experiences at an affordable price make DVC a natural fit for their family. Because they are both teachers, the Allisons utilize their membership over extended school breaks to make memorable family vacations. Their home resorts are Animal Kingdom and Riviera; however, Caleb is always browsing resale listings for that perfect bargain contract!

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Chad Pennycuff

Chad Pennycuff

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!

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