A New York native but a Florida fanatic, Blog Squad member Alex is the world traveler, photographer, and storyteller who's been trotting the globe for six years and counting. You can find her obsessing over travel, design, sustainability, and adventure at alexinwanderland.com.
A PR Professional. A UCF grad. A quirky fashionista. An avid Halloween Horror Nights fan. A roller coaster fanatic. A girl on a mission. Follow the madness @AliBUOR
Blogger and mother of two boys, Alicia Civita is passionate about the topics that relate to Latinos and their families. When she is not writing on her blog Life a la Latina or chasing after her 9 and 13 year-old children, she has been known to enjoy a good telenovela, reading about politics and everything Minions.
Alyson Lundell is a roller coaster junkie, thanks to her father, and gets completely choked up during a good fireworks show. According to her two boys, she is the coolest mom around because she gets to rub elbows everyday with Spider-Man, Gru and the adorable Minions. Follow her @AlysonUOR.
Ana was born and raised in Venezuela and joined our team as a communications coordinator. She loves to work out, sing in the shower, cook delicious meals and curl up with a good book.
Angie is a globe trekking journalist, blogger, social media strategist and public relations consultant. She’s passionate about Shark Week, the Florida Gators, trying everything at least once and storytelling at angieaway.com.
UCF Knight interning at Universal Orlando Resort. Blogging and producing videos on the daily. Huge theme park fan who likes traveling, writing, movies and music. HHN Superfan.
Ashley spends her weekdays as a Marketing Manager with Consumer Brand Management at Universal Orlando and her weekends training to save the world through escape games. She loves laughing loudly, ghost tours, movie references and her favorite ride which is, unapologetically, E.T. Adventure®.
Public Relations Coordinator. University of Central Florida Alumni. Harry Potter Fangirl. Living the Weasley life as a Hufflepuff.
Barb Bowden is the Complex Managing Director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort. A hotelier her entire career, she is the mother of two grown children and one very spoiled dog named Lucky.
As a a UCF student and communications intern at Universal Orlando, Bella is spending the semester exploring the world of blogging and video production. She also lives for chocolate, traveling, tea-time, writing and binge-watching shows.
Amy "Birdie" Bobryk
Originally from Oklahoma, Amy “Birdie” Bobryk can now be found fluttering around just about anywhere at Universal Orlando Resort working on the Social Media team. A seasoned traveler and sports fan, Birdie’s wanderlust is satisfied by going on adventures, playing outside, and trying new restaurants.
Bodie Abbott is a California native who lives for adventures, unexpected surprises and gummy candies. Bodie joined the Universal Orlando team for the chance to move across the country and to experience a different way of life.
Brittany Baron is a public relations representative at Universal Orlando Resort and proud owner of a beloved Yorkie-Poo. She loves traveling and good food, roots for the Tarheels and counts down the days until Halloween Horror Nights begins. Follow Brittany at @BrittanyUOR.
Chef Robert Martinez, Jr.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Chef Robert Martinez, Jr. began his career at Universal 16 years ago as a prep cook at Boulangerie and has cooked his way through many different ktichens. Chef Robert is a 7-time ACF Gold medalist and currently leads the Culinary Research & Development team, developing countless menus for many of Universal Orlando’s innovative culinary experiences. He enjoys exploring the local Orlando food scene and Cuban coffees in his time off.
Central Florida native, Christina is a life-long fan of Universal Orlando. Outside of working for the world’s best theme park destination, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, sipping on wine, eating at local restaurants, cuddling with her cat, or rooting for her alma mater UCF – Go Knights!
Christine Bonvini is the Assistant Manager of Public Relations for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando. Previously a member of the most rockin’ band in Orlando, this Hard Rocker still finds time to jam out even when away from The Rock. She has an insatiable desire to find the world’s best chicken wings and will not rest until the job is done!
Darius is the Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations for Universal CityWalk. For over 30 years, he has worked to provide a progressive food & beverage experience to guests.
Content Development for Universal Orlando since 2010. Passionate HHN fan. Book worm. Travel nut. Galaxy defender. Cat mom. Doug's second-in-command for this here blog.
Doug Boemler Wareing
Currently embedded as Manager, Content Strategy and Development at Universal Orlando Resort. Likes doughnuts way too much. If you like the occasional behind-the-scenes tweet, follow him @DougDubsUOR.
Elyssa started her adventure at Universal Orlando working at the on-site hotels by the pool, at the front desk and VIP service before making the jump over to the Resort Marketing team. Originally from Connecticut, Elyssa now enjoys Florida as a travel junkie, roller coaster enthusiast, music lover, salsa dancer, and mom to a rescued pup named Reggie.
Eric is the Director of Social Media at Universal Orlando Resort. This
former sports radio guy turned social marketer has a passion for brand
building through fostering relationships and immersive content.
Blog Squad member Eric is a family travel writer and award-winning photographer who has traveled to 80+ countries and all 7 continents. He lets each of his three kids choose any destination in the world every year for one-on-one trips and posts about their adventures at travelbabbo.com.
Freddy Flynn, Sr. Director of the Best Event Sales Team in the M&E Industry. Freddy's passion for his Sales Team is second only to the love for his family. In his downtime, Freddy enjoys spending time at the ball field.
Gia Manieri is a Communications student at Rollins College and a PR Intern at Universal Orlando Resort. She is thrilled to be a part of the UOR team, and her perfect day is spent riding roller coasters in the parks!
Hailey Fitch is a Public Relations Representative for Universal Orlando. When she isn’t obsessing over when to use the oxford comma, you can find her geeking out over super heroes, planning her next travel adventure and drinking wine on the couch. Hailey is a coffee addict and a proud New Yorker.
Heather Hamel is a senior at the University of Central Florida and the PR intern for #TeamContent at Universal Orlando. In the 25th hour, you'll find Heather giving wings, geeking out over all things tech, lost in a good book or travelling to music festivals.
Jadie is an Advertising-Public Relations student at UCF and a social media Intern at Universal Orlando Resort. Besides spending all her free time at theme parks, she enjoys keeping up with pop culture, snapchatting her dog and binge-watching new shows.
Lover of all things creative. Chronic doodler. Dreamer of the dream. If she isn’t zooming around Orlando in her 87 Cadillac Allante, you can find Jaslyn cooking up content for Universal Orlando Resort’s Social Media team.
Writer. Director. Actor. Fan of Orlando City Soccer Club. Show Director with Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort.
Jason began his entertainment career as part of the creative team that developed Halloween Horror Nights into the phenomenon it is today. He has written and directed countless attractions, live shows and events over the past 20 years. He is currently a Creative Director at Universal Creative.
Originally from Puerto Rico, she is a mom, journalist and karaoke singer who loves wine and foreign films. She tries to eat healthy and stay fit whenever her schedules allows it. Jeannie loves theme parks and all things travel.
Jimi Kunkel is a member of the Universal Orlando Social Media Team. He is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. Jimi is an admitted music and movie snob, and long-suffering fan of the New York Jets.
Jimmy Clarity is a chocolate addict and Antiques Roadshow enthusiast cutting his teeth in the PR world as part of the Universal Orlando Resort team. When he’s not polishing off a bag of Peanut M&Ms, you can find him on the bike trails or throwing Frisbees at the dog park.
Juan C. Fajardo
International PR intern at Universal Orlando Resort. Senior student at Rollins College, adventure seeker, music lover, and needs to travel in order to survive. Juan is an import from Bogotá, Colombia, and yes it’s Colombia, not Columbia.
Julia Stewart is a food loving mom of two and lifestyle blogger based in Florida. Her happy place is hanging out with her family, enjoying spectacularly comforting food, and sharing those experiences on livepretty.com.
As part of Universal Orlando Resort’s PR team, Juliette Gebken-Mayi focuses on the Latin American market. A native of Puerto Rico, her favorite activities include spending time with family & friends, exercising to the rhythm of Zumba and learning about new cultures. Follow her at @JulietteUOR.
Kaitlin Blanton is a Public Relations Intern for Universal Orlando. She’s a Florida native who daydreams about cold weather. When she’s not interning for the coolest theme park around, you can find her planning her next trip, tweeting, binge-watching 30 Rock and staying up to date with the latest celebrity news.
PR intern. UCF grad student. Vol for Life. Orlando native that ventured to the mountains of Tennessee for college, but ultimately decided Florida is her home sweet home.
Television Development for Universal Orlando Resort. Lover of travel, sports, and trashy reality television. Probably out in the parks on a shoot.
Katelyn Darrow is a blogger for several media outlets, including Huffington Post. She can also be found on the airwaves as a radio host for Express Yourself Teen Radio. When Katelyn isn't reporting, you can find her volunteering at Angels of God Community Outreach, the charity she started.
Kathy is the Vice President of Resort Sales at Universal Orlando Resort. In between overseeing all group business at our on-site hotels, you can find her on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit or enjoying a meal at The Cowfish!
Kelsey Shea Weinrich
A native of St. Louis, Kelsey has lived coast to coast in San Francisco and New York. She is a theatre kid turned social media professional who now enjoys telling stories online with the Universal Orlando social media team.
Based in our London office, Kevin couldn’t have been more excited when he was given his Universal Orlando badge in early 2014 and celebrated by jumping on his bike in a bright red sweatshirt with his alien friend in the basket. (Wait. That’s the plot for E.T.) He is an avid fan of American TV, 90’s pop culture and fried chicken.
Kristen Clark is a PR pro who loves being creative and finding ways to insert dancing into everyday life. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, eating Oreos and reading funny memes that make her laugh until she either cries or can’t breathe. Follow her @KristenUOR.
Kristen Manieri is the founder and editor of the Orlando Date Night Guide, a website designed to give local and visiting couples recommendations for dinner, drinks and activities in the Orlando area.
Larry is the Manager of Social Media at Universal Orlando Resort, where he and his team work every day to create experiences that Fans won't find anywhere else.
Laura is a proud USC grad. She lives off of gallons of coffee, pounds of Sour Patch Kids and dozens of daily hugs from her black lab Riley. Avid football fan. Fight On!
Marcos is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Latin America at Universal Orlando Resort. He is originally from Brazil.
Social media’er by day, passionate musician by night. Hopes to one day see the I-IV-V progression retire. Sun Ra came from Saturn.
Professional. Artist. Dog owner. Coffee lover. Originally from South Dakota, Melissa Baumgaertner now tweets, posts and thinks creatively for the Universal Orlando Resort Social Media team.
A native of Philadelphia, Meredith Bandy is part of the Event Sales team at Universal Orlando Resort. She’s passionate about traveling, the Philadelphia Eagles, good food, hanging out with her friends and family and finding the inspiration and beauty in everyday life. Follow her @MeredithUOR.
Current PR Content Intern at Universal Orlando. Small-town IN native still adjusting to FL humidity. Passionate about storytelling, The Office, and all things meme-worthy. Can be found acting “surprised” at a froyo counter that she got $8 worth of toppings.
Nathalia is a UCF senior who loves pop culture and watches way too much television. She is living the dream interning at Universal Orlando with the PR team.
Public Relations Trade Intern at the coolest theme park in the universe. Passionate about being a Slytherin and eating tacos. Forever waiting for an *NSYNC reunion tour. In my free time, you'll find me writing creative stories or taking photos of my cat.
Nick began his career at Universal 14 years ago as a JAWS Skipper, and has worked in Guest Services, VIP Tours, Universal Creative, and now New Attraction Development. A huge fan of tech and gadgets, Nick is part of the team that designs + deploys cutting edge technology for rides and experiences.
Sr Manager Event Sales and Product Development and all around park fan; theme parks, national parks, car parks, etc. When not roaming his favorite park (at Universal Orlando) Pat enjoys noodling on his guitar, college football and traveling.
Raisa Rivas Español
Raisa Rivas Español is a writer and blogger who specializes in travel and lifestyle. A theme park enthusiast, she founded and runs parquestematicosdeorlando.com. When she is not taking selfies with characters, she is often found cruising the world.
Raizel is a Venezuelan girl who's very passionate about social media and writing. She is now the voice of Universal Orlando Resort for Latin America on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. She loves dancing salsa, watching movies and Tae-Tek.
Ryan is an intern on Universal Orlando's Social Media team. He is pursuing his second bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations at UCF. He likes to go to the beach, the gym, or watch HGTV and pretend he's good at DIY projects.
Sarah is a Senior Public Relations Representative for Universal Orlando. When she isn’t PR-ing the world’s finest theme park destination, she’s likely off exploring her other favorite travel spots, trying out a new restaurant, enjoying the outdoors or cheering on the Florida State Seminoles.
Orlando native. Theme park nerd. Harry Potter fanatic and proud Gryffindor. University of Florida alum (Go Gators).
Teresa Crews leads the development of education programs at Universal Orlando Resort. A former Florida Educator and advocate of blending Arts education with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Teresa is dedicated mom of two artsy and sciencey kids.
Tiany Sousa Garnica
UCF Knight! Made in Venezuela. SpongeBob SquarePants fan.
TJ has enjoyed being a part of UOR Entertainment for close to 20 years. He has been amazed watching the parks grow over the years, and he has enjoyed having fun working with highly talented Designers, Show Directors, Character Creators, and Producers in his role as the Senior Director of Art & Design.
Tom witnessed the birth of a destination, joining Universal Orlando Resort in time to help launch Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk and its first on-site hotels. And after all these years, it is still life at full speed – both for him and for Universal. Follow Tom @TomSchroderUOR.
Vince is the Senior Vice President of Resort Sales & Marketing, overseeing the success of the Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. In his downtime, Vince is an avid art and antique collector.
Wendy has been with Universal Orlando Resort for 13 years and is part of the Media & Promotions team. Besides being a passionate Hello Kitty fan; she enjoys traveling, shopping, rollerblading and spending time with family & friends. Wendy is a sushi addict and proud New England native.