Cassie McGinnis Production Coordinator

After a year abroad studying Art History in Florence, Italy, Cassie returned to the United States as a content writer for an international traveling art exhibit featuring Michelangelo sculptures, creating content and educational materials for the exhibit. For the last 5 years she has worked on several projects as a project/production coordinator, including a World Class Resort Destination on the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan.

EDUCATION:

B.A., History, California State University Northridge

B.A., Minor in Art History, California State University, Florence, Italy

Jessica Leivo Design Coordinator

Jessica spent 15 years as a kitchen & bath designer in the home remodeling industry, gaining diverse experience in construction and project management.  She recently graduated valedictorian with a degree in set & exhibit design and crossed over into the themed entertainment world.  She has worked in the field as a technical supervisor for theme park production, as well as behind a desk as a show set designer.

EDUCATION:

B.S., The Art Institute of California

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Parkwide Holiday Decor, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Press Event, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Joli Lam Production Coordinator

As a Production Coordinator, Joli loves to combine her artistic and organizational skills by creating deliverables and presentations for project clients. She earned a degree in psychobiology, volunteering in a psych research lab, while exploring her creative interests on the side. She also worked as a graphic designer, producing signage and display cases for the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, before graduating in 2015 and beginning her career in the themed entertainment industry. Joli enjoys painting and learning new crafts in her free time and is an accomplished meeting-notes doodler and knickknack collector.

EDUCATION:

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Nicole Balderrama Project Coordinator

Nicole attended UCSC where she double majored in Film and Sociology. She jump-started her animation career with an internship at Creative Capers Entertainment.  She worked with them over the years as a freelance artist and production coordinator, working with talented people on a number of Disney projects including the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive experience at Disney World Resort. Nicole also built an overflowing book, comic, and graphic novel collection while she was a manager at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

EDUCATION:

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Disney World Resort

The Lion King DVD Blooper Reel

Yutaka Izutsu Senior Production Coordinator

Yutaka moved to the States from her home country of Osaka, Japan to join The Hettema Group in April 2016. During her career in Japan, she worked at Universal Studios Japan for many years as an executive assistant and project coordinator for the Creative Department. Before her move to the US, she worked on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where she contributed skills as a liaison between numerous vendors around the world.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis and trying out different sports. Good food and sweets are an essential part of her daily life as well.

EDUCATION:

B.A., Concordia College at Bronxville New York

ACHIEVEMENTS:

All American Awards

Division II Tennis-Rookie of the year in Eastern Division

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Japan

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