Central Valley Performers
Anna has always been a princess at heart! Her childhood was spent wrapped in fantasy, dressed from tiara to slipper in princess gowns. A child at heart, she enjoys playing games, telling stories and spending time with children. Anna is currently pursing a degree in Child Psychology with the goal of becoming a school psychologist. Children are really important to Anna and she can’t think of anything better than making your child feel special on their big day!
Becca loves working with children. She is currently a Nursing student at Biola University, and plans on working with children after graduation. She loves to sew, write, act, and help out with various church events for the children’s ministry, as well as events for the whole congregation. She has loved Disney from a young age, and can’t wait to make your child’s day!
Becka is currently following her passion as a theatre major and Artistic Company member at College of the Sequioas. Theatre is what feeds her soul, and she loves being onstage more than anything in the world. She has been with many different companies, (including Fresno Grand Opera) and has done many shows. She loves working with kids, and encouraging them to reach for the stars, and to be the best they can be: themselves. Becka has been a previous teacher’s aid at ClipArts, helping to teach musical theatre to children, as they blossom into aspiring performers. She loves acting, singing, attempting to dance, reading, learning lessons from her voice and drama teachers, musicals, kids, Disney, and Tim Burton. This job really is such a blessing, and she is ecstatic to share her love of performing with children, make their dreams come true, and show them that anything is possible!
Brandon is a freshman at Fresno City College and is excited to be a part of AWYHM. He has had some acting experience and has even been in a few films! He loves working with kids and is a fan of both superheroes and Star Wars. He has skills in public speaking, communications, and leadership, but mostly he is looking forward to bringing fun and laughter to your children!
My name is Brook and I’m 20 years old. My love for children, music, and Disney make this job a perfect fit for me! I have always been a child at heart so I could imagine no better way to spend my life than working with children! I’ve obtained an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and have continued on at Fresno State to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential in order to be an elementary teacher with a concentration in Children and the Arts.
My love for music was apparent at a young age so my grandmother began giving me piano lessons at the age of seven. Since then, I have been involved in a wide range of most things musical along the way. You name it, I’ve done it!
I can’t wait to combine all of these tools and take part in creating a magical experience for your child!
Meet Christal! A martial arts and fun enthusiast from Fresno,Ca! She started American Kenpo Karate at the age of nine, discovered her love for instructing children at 14 years old, and has lived at the dojo(karate studio) ever since! One of her many favorite classes to teach is the “Little Dragons” class (ages 3-5), and the martial arts performing arts class because of how much fun it is to teach kids how to develop strengths like confidence, agility, discipline, team work, and of course…How to act out some pretty ULTRA AWESOME fight scene skits! Christal has also spent her past summer and many more to come at River Way Ranch camp, working as a general counselor, and martial arts specialist. Where she helped run activities anywhere from paintball, to water bending and alien self defense! You can truly see in her smile, that she loves every minute she gets to make every moment extra magical and awesome for kids. She is super excited to be apart of A Wish Your Heart Makes, and can’t wait help create amazing memories for you and your child.
Debra is a theater major at College of the Sequoias and has been in a number of theatrical performances in Tulare County. Along with a love for everything Disney, she has a passion for the arts and loves entertaining and performing for people of all ages. Debra loves working with children and enjoys making their day brighter. She is overjoyed to be working with A Wish Your Heart Makes, and can’t wait to see faces light up with a smile and to make magical dreams come true for young children everywhere.
Dominic is very excited to work with AWYHM. He is currently a theatre major at the College of the Sequoias. He enjoys performing as well as making kids smile and laugh. He is a member at the artistic company at COS and an avid fan of superheroes from both DC and Marvel with a childhood background in Star Wars. His all time favorite hero is The Flash and Spider-man. His goal is to bring joy and happiness to all parties he attends.
Hello adventure seekers! Isaac is excited to be the newest member of A Wish Your Heart Makes Team. He is very adventurous, energetic, and has a real zest for life. He enjoys the outdoors and considers himself a bit of a nature lover. He is currently a student at Monache High School where he is active in Varsity football and also a member of the Track and Field Team. He would be a great character to lead an exciting scavenger hunt as a super hero or teach you the secrets to becoming a Jedi Knight. He cannot wait to visit your birthday or event and make it extra special!
My name is Kassie and I am 17 years old. Being the fourth oldest of 24 grandchildren in my family has made my life revolve around children. With that said I have always been a happy-go-lucky, energetic kid at heart. I am a volunteer at my church for Vacation Bible School, a swim lesson instructor, a babysitter, and a tutor. My aspirations include earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from CalPoly SLO. Besides school, my life also consists of Marching Band, ASB, and Sports. I have a passion for tennis and swimming, which is another reason why I help coach children. Never being a shy girl, I’ve always loved the idea of entertaining and have been involved in many school plays. Growing up on Disney movies has greatly inspired my becoming a “princess”. Being a part of A Wish Your Heart Makes not only fulfills my lifelong dream, but also allows me to grant the wishes of many children.
Kodai is an adventurous and talented individual. Being the oldest of four children she has developed a deep love for storytelling. Kodai’s active involvement in local theater, both on stage and behind-the-scenes, has made “A Wish Your Heart Makes” the perfect venue for her talents. She considers herself blessed to combine creativity, fantasy, and artistry, all while bringing smiles to children’s lives.
Madison is currently a fearless (mostly) Registered Veterinary Technician with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Recently, she has been attending college (again!) to earn a degree in global studies, all while studying theater arts on the side. When she isn’t working or going to school, Madison entertains herself by singing to animals, laughing at silly things, and traveling great distances. Having a passion for musical theater and absolutely everything Disney, Madison is honored to be a part of “A Wish Your Heart Makes!” In her childhood, she spent many hours acting out various fantastical adventures with a variety of characters, so she is especially excited to finally bring them to life for everyone to enjoy! She can’t wait to make your child’s wish come true!
Michael recently graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in English and is considering continuing his education with a degree in Cinema; either directing, writing, cinematography, or acting. Michael is a natural storyteller who enjoys making home movies, as well as performing in local theater productions. Michael has a great love for Star Wars and Superheroes, and loves the chance to be able to perform as these memorable characters and make wishes come true.
Meet Vanessa! Vanessa adores children and is currently studying Speech Pathology with a minor in Public Health at Fresno State. She hopes to one day become a Speech Therapist at either a school or hospital and work with children. She played club soccer for 10 years and loves to travel and volunteer. More than anything she enjoys being a nanny to several families and watching the children grow. When Vanessa isn’t busy with college, work, or visiting Disneyland, she enjoys spending all her free time with her little sister who is 3 years old and spunky.
Central Coast Performers
Amaris has had a passionate love for the arts for as long she can remember. She went on to graduate from the prestigious Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts for acting in 2011 after rigorously studying dance, drama, and music all throughout her elementary, junior high, and high school years. She currently works on the Central Coast as a professional singer, musician, and performer, embracing the influential aspect of the arts as a tool to lovingly connect humanity and bring forth the healing we all so desire. Children are a beautiful reminder to her as to how we all were born to see life: playfully and imaginatively, and that is something she is so graciously delighted to take part in.
Brianna is a Cal Poly student studying Biomedical Engineering. She has been involved in musical theatre her entire life and loves to perform! With three little sisters that love Disney as much as her, she has the privilege of being surrounded by all of its magic, every day. Brianna cannot wait to bring a smile to your child’s face and make their dreams come true!
Danielle loves making kids smile! She works with them full time as a professional musician, vocal instructor, Resident Artist for Children’s Creative Project and owner of Mini Melodies, a parent/child music class. She loves performing and performs and directs regularly with many local theaters. She has been seen most recently performing at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre in MY WAY, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING and in A CHORUS LINE and has directed such shows as THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. She belongs to NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), ASCAP (American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and earned her BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Danielle is so excited to share the magic with you and hopes to help create unforgettable memories for you and your family!
Julie has a Bachelor in History from UCLA and has worked and volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service since 2000. Her passion for bringing a child’s favorite character to life came from working with Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl programs. Julie is married with a one-year old daughter and enjoys volunteering at parades and educational programs for children. Julie loves Disney, Disneyland, and classic fairy-tales. She loves seeing the special smiles on children’s faces when they meet their favorite storybook characters.
Born with a passion for theatre, Kristen has enjoyed performing in comedies and dramas onstage since the age of five. She is experienced in a variety of genres, including musicals, Shakespeare, vaudeville, independent film, web series, and industrial work. With her B.F.A. degree in Theatre-Acting from UC Santa Barbara, Kristen has performed in dozens of roles for Bay Area stages (Broadway West, Northside Theatre Company, Shady Shakespeare, Gaslighter Theatre, Big Lil’s Cabaret,) and more recently with multiple roles on the Central Coast (SLO Little Theatre and Wine Country Theatre.) Having once even been a singer/dancer in Japan, she is currently honing her improvisational craft locally, and following her adoration of children in bringing their imagination and fantasies to life.
Lincoln is a versatile actor known for his roles in the film ‘Snowden’ directed by Oliver Stone in theaters September 16th, ‘Big Game’ starring Samuel L. Jackson, the hit TV series ‘Burn Notice’ and Independent films ‘Lost Angel’ and ‘Quarterlifers’ where he worked along side actors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, Bruce Campbell and Ted Levine. Lincoln started acting at the age of eight when he first performed in a local Toyota commercial and he has been honing his craft ever since. Taking the road less traveled, Lincoln began working diligently with a private acting and improv coach in South Florida before moving to Europe to study. While there he founded his own improv troupe while landing roles in ‘Big Game’, ‘Snowden’ and acting in multiple German Television series.
Meredith loves entertaining her son and daughter with songs and stories every day, and will be delighted to entertain yours as well! Throughout childhood, she performed in many plays, and she has extensive choral experience. She can still be seen performing as a singer-songwriter all over the Central Coast. In 2009, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors in Creative Writing, and she is currently pursuing her masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences in order to become a speech-language pathologist. She cannot wait to take some breaks from her studies to thrill and empower your little princesses, Jedi warriors, mermaids, and superheroes!
Milan is a 4th year early childhood education and biology double major who has just moved to SLO in the past year. She loves to sing, dance, act, and also get involved in makeup and costume design behind the scenes. In her spare time, she loves to hike, kayak, read and write poetry, have lightsaber battles, and wander around in forests singing to the woodland creatures. Milan cannot wait to help little girls and boys unlock their true potential as beautiful and kind princesses, evil-thwarting Jedi masters, or anything else they dream to be!
Nicole is a student at Cal Poly, studying Food Science and Theatre, and considers herself a certified Disney fanatic. A Southern California native, she has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember and has recently performed in her 40th musical to date here in the Central Coast. She loves children and has spent a summer as a camp counselor at a Girl Scout sleep away camp. Her hobbies include baking, sewing, and singing, and she is excited to be apart of the A Wish Your Heart Makes family, making children’s birthdays magical.
Ryan loves having fun and making people smile. He is currently a third-year business student at Cal Poly and would love to own a business that makes the world a better place. In the past, he has worked at Math Camps designed to show kids the wonders of math and how it is so much more than countless numbers of exercises on pieces of paper. He has also worked with the Northern California Special Olympics track program. He loves seeing the smiles that the sport has brought to a whole range of individuals from age 4 up to 60. Ultimately, being a performer for A Wish Your Heart Makes gives him the opportunity to bring a smile to your child’s face and it couldn’t make him happier!
Taryn was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and loves spending her time making children smile. She has experience with children through being a nanny for the last 7 years, a summer camp counselor, a preschool teacher, and is an intern with the Department of Social Services. Taryn is going to Cal Poly to become an elementary teacher with a minor in child development. Her main goal in life is to make children smile and believe in themselves. She can’t wait to make your child’s dreams come true by meeting their favorite princess!