Jody was with Department 384 from 1986 through 1996. She was in the opening casts of Mickey's Birthday Land, Mickey's Starland and SpectroMagic. In addition she was a show lead, area lead and ETR Lead.
Jody has worked the last 23 years in higher education, specifically university admissions and enrollment management. She is currently the Director of University Admissions at Florida International University (FIU). Prior to her work at FIU she was an Associate Director for Admission Software Services at the College Board.
Jody's passion is connecting people to a post-secondary education beyond high school and she works extensively with displaced and underrepresented college students. She is a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, National Association for College Admission Counseling, American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers, and ACT Florida Council.
Jody has a B.A. in English Literature and M.S. degree in Education.
Toma's first role at Walt Disney World was performing the summer of 1989 in the Main Street Electrical Parade. She was hooked, immediately! Her time in the Zoo was always her 'side gig', on school breaks and as a 2nd job. She also performed in the Spectromagic Parade. In 1999, Toma was asked to open the Tapestry of Nations; a first-ever parade at Epcot, for the Millenium.
Despite it being a part time gig, the Department 384 family has been her foundation for close to 30 years.
Toma has spent 24 years in the hospitality industry and is currently the Director of Guest Services at Resorts World Bimini, with her office and residence in Miami.
Toma earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami in 1994.
Darren began his magical journey in 1988 as a male swing performer in the Main Street Electrical Parade. This role also allowed him to become "friends" with two special stepsisters and their love of a slipper. Over the years Darren's love of dancing allowed him many exciting performing opportunities including Princess Cruises and Merv Griffin in Las Vegas.
Because of the special bond pixie dust gives us, Darren knew that helping raise funds for it was a must. His commitment to the foundation has done more than just help raise funds; Darren's assisted with the production and talent for our foundation events.
These days, Darren is semi-retired, but keeps busy in corporate entertainment as a talent assistant and looking after Bridgette. He is honored to be a part of the Area 3 Foundation Board of Directors, along with the magic, joy and pixie dust they are making for others.
Jamie began working in Department 384 in February, 1989 at the wise old age of 16, and did so until December, 1993. He was hired to perform in the Electric Light Parade (ELP), and was lucky enough to also be involved with the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Parade. Highlights were, of course, the openings of the 20th Anniversary Parade and Spectromagic.
After his years at Disney, Jamie worked for Orange County, Florida, as a Court Reporter, and did so for six years. While court reporting during the day, Jame attended college at night and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2001.
Although Jamie still remains a Licensed Massage Therapist (and serves as the Florida Chapter President of the American Massage Therapy Association), his full-time career since 2006 is in higher education; managing department operations for 11 campuses throughout the southeastern United States.
As you can imagine, Jamie loves to keep himself busy with work and giving time to a couple of select non-profit organizations. However, when not doing those things, you can probably find him with his husband of 16 years, Morris, at a local watering hole for happy hour, or perhaps a fabulous Sunday brunch.
Jamie has a B.S. in Technical Management and a M.S. in Human Resources Management.