Safety First
Don’t just say it, live it!

Safety is our top priority, and is everyone’s responsibility. Immediately report safety hazards or concerns to your supervisor. If an imminent hazard is present, immediately shut down the attraction or close off the area.

APRIL 2019



  • Theresa Garland - Story Land
  • Diana Bernardo - Cartoon Network Hotel
  • Jade Moser - Cartoon Network Hotel
  • Kathleen Ng - Cartoon Network Hotel


  • Amanda Pioquinto - Dutch Wonderland
  • Dustin Springer - Idlewild & SoakZone


  • 9th Annual F&B Conference


  • Celebrity Records Voiceover for Noah’s Ark
  • Kennywood Goes To The Moon
  • Steel Curtain Progress
  • Media Tour at Kennywood


Theresa Garland - Assistant Manager, F&B Department, Story Land

Theresa has been a lifelong guest of Story Land and we have had the privilege of having her as a seasonal employee since 2017. She is a mother of four children (3 girls and 1 boy), and two of her daughters, Tiana and Taylor, also work in Story Land’s F&B Department. Theresa has a cat, a dog, a mini pig, and a guinea pig. Her hands are full! Her hobbies include reading, crafts, kayaking, and taking time to enjoy the good things in life. Her family is the most important thing to her and she says this is the first time that her work family has become a close second. She loves challenges and looks forward to all things that this new career has in store. Welcome to our full time Story Land & Living Shores team, Theresa!
Diana Bernardo - General Manager, Cartoon Network Hotel

Diana joins the team as General Manager of the upcoming Cartoon Network Hotel. Diana has been in the hotel industry for 32 years (she likes to say she started when she was 5, haha). This will be Diana’s 5th hotel opening and the one she is most excited about! Diana speaks fluent French & Croatian, and conversational German & Spanish which comes in handy in the hotel business. Diana and her husband Dave are “empty nesters” – their son Marko will graduate from Penn State University this May. Diana’s favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World (she’s an annual passholder!) You’ll find Diana in a different Cartoon Network T-shirt every day and studying cartoons every night. Diana believes that team recognition is the #1 priority of any manager and that great guest service scores and financial success are the organic by-products of a happy, motivated team.
Jade Moser -Sales & Marketing Manager, Cartoon Network Hotel

We are very excited to have Jade join the team and help open the first Cartoon Network Hotel in the world. Jade has a very extensive background in hospitality management within hotels, onboard Carnival Cruise Lines, wedding planning, and hotel sales & marketing. Jade is very passionate about helping others and creating exceptional experiences. On her free time she enjoys traveling when she can and supporting her favorite ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Kathleen Ng - Activities Manager, Cartoon Network Hotel

Cartoon Network Hotel welcomes Kathleen Ng to the team as our Activities Manager. Kathleen comes to us with a background in hospitality. She graduated from the Milton Hershey School in 2013, and continues pursuing her education at Pennsylvania State University. Kathleen’s interests include planning Christmas parties, traveling the world, and community service. Cartoon Network Hotel is excited to have Kathleen join our team!


Amanda Pioquinto - Manager of Safety and Security, Dutch Wonderland

Amanda started her career at Dutch Wonderland as a safety and security officer in 2005 and quickly was promoted to Lead Safety and Security Supervisor. She understands the importance of safety and security for the staff and families at Dutch Wonderland. She hopes to bring even greater contributions in her new management position. In her extra time she likes to spend time with her family, bake, and loves being at the beach.


Dustin Springer, Full-Time Ride Maintenance Technician, Idlewild & SoakZone

Dustin Springer has been promoted to the position of Ride Maintenance Technician. He began working at the park in 2017 as a member of the seasonal Grounds Crew before quickly being promoted to a part-time Ride Technician Assistant. He has enjoyed working with the Maintenance Team over the years and is excited to continue learning and assisting the park as a Rides Technician.


Food & Beverage Conference

The Food & Beverage Management Team from all over the country gathered in San Jose, California for their 9th Annual Palace Entertainment Food & Beverage Conference from February 18 to 22. Thanks to all who attended!



Noah’s Ark Celebrity

We captured a photo of voiceover artist Michael Brown, most known for his work on Naked and Afraid, at work in the recording studio recording spots for Raja, The World’s Largest King Cobra Slide.


Kennywood Is Going To The Moon

As part of a promotion celebrating the end of the Heinz History Center’s “Destination: Moon” exhibit, the HHC opened up an online vote to send a small piece of Pittsburgh memorabilia into outer space in 2021. A refreshment token from Kennywood won in a landslide, besting a piece of a Steelers Terrible Towel, a Heinz pickle pin, and an SD card holding an MP3 of the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood song It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.



Steel Curtain Construction Milestone, Kennywood

Kennywood hit the latest (and highest) milestone in construction of The Steel Curtain in March by installing the ride’s tallest piece. At 220 feet high, it is now the tallest roller coaster in Pennsylvania. Watch the installation!



Steelers Country Media Tour

Kennywood hosted media from near and far for the Hard Hat Tour of the Steelers Country construction site. The tour was a perfect way to welcome the first day of spring and begin ramping up the excitement for this one-of-a-kind project.



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