IDEA™ World Convention Assistant Information

IDEA® World Convention Assistant Information

Posted: July 5, 2016


This roster and information will be updated weekly. Please check back next week if you don’t see your name. Make sure you have signed your Assistant Work-Study Commitment Agreement. It will be necessary to submit your signed Commitment Agreement before we can issue your Registration badge and wristband.

Thank you for committing to be an assistant for the exciting WORLD event in Los Angeles, CA. It is going to be an amazing week. Please read through this information and make sure you understand where you need to be and when. As an assistant, you are a member of the IDEA Tribe and will be expected to uphold our IDEA Core Values, It will be an experience you won’t soon forget and we are thrilled to have you part of our team. Please contact Marsha Watson at mwatson@ideafit.com if you have questions or need to make a change to your schedule.

As a reminder...your credit card will only be charged in the event you cancel within TWO weeks, June 29, 2016 prior to the start date of the WORLD event or fail to fulfill your obligation by not showing up to any of your assigned shifts. If at any time TWO weeks before the event or during your shift at the event you are not able to complete your entire shift, you MUST contact the Event Assistants Manager immediately. We understand that circumstances beyond your control may occur, and are happy to work with you. However, the responsibility to communicate with us ahead of time is yours and is critical because we will need to arrange for your replacement.

The Assistant Program operates as a work-study program and you are allowed to attend sessions (and receive education) in exchange for the time you work. Assistants do NOT sign up or register for sessions. You attend classes on a space-available basis by waiting in the Stand-by line for sessions.

If you have studied our brochure you know that the week is jam-packed with special guests, parties and celebrations. As an assistant, you are invited to participate in all the activities. We recommend that you clear your calendar from work and other activities during the week so you can fully enjoy the event. The days are long, inspiring and exhausting – prepare accordingly.

Each Assistant will be given two sponsored shirts to wear when working their shift. Please wear black bottoms, no prints please (workout pants and sweatpants ok as long as they are professional looking) and comfortable shoes.

Hotel Information: The JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A.LIVE, 900 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. is already SOLD OUT, but you can go to this link for alternative hotel information on our website:

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention/accommodations

If you are in need of a roommate, please go to the 2016 IDEA World Attendee Facebook Page and ask to join. Once you are accepted, you can post your request.

The IDEA Office no longer keeps a list of who is looking for a roommate. If you email me, I can try to put you in touch with other Assistants who are looking to share expenses of a hotel room.

Assistant Meeting & Party

The Assistants Meeting will be at 6:30PM on Wednesday, July 13th and held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 South Figueroa Street in LA. It will be in Room #411. Please plan on coming in 30 minutes early to get your uniform and registration materials, which will be located in our Assistants Lounge, Room #507.

Shifts 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are expected to attend. If you are unable to attend, you must contact Marsha Watson PRIOR to the meeting!
If you are working on Shift 1 and 2 or the WEEKDAY Shift 7 beginning at Noon on Wednesday, you will be excused. However, if you would like to stop by and be recognized for all of your hard work...you are welcome to come!

The Assistant Party Returns!! Saturday, July 16th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the JW Marriott Hotel, Gold 3 Ballroom... did we mention free food, fun, and perhaps prizes? The theme this year is Assistants Got Talent. If you have a talent that you would like to share, please contact Marsha Watson immediately so that we can get you on the program. Space is limited! More information coming soon...

This year, thanks to our Event Manager, Matt Taylor, we have our own area to “gather” in. Room #507 in the LA Convention Center has been designated as the Assistants Lounge Area. This room is yours to use during the event, but please note: it will NOT be staffed and will NOT be locked. Therefore, you can use it as needed, but we will not be responsible for any items that are left unaccompanied. There is no refrigerator, so plan to bring a cooler if your snacks need to be kept cool.

Below is the Final Shift Assignment Roster.

Please locate your name under the specific tab below as this is the shift your are assigned to:



Shift 1 – SETUP Team

OPERATIONS (OPS) Team

The schedule is for the Operations (OPS) team to work all, or most of the days, Monday, July 11th stating at 12:00PM if you have REG beside your name and 2:00PM for all others, all day Tuesday, July 13th and until Set Up is completed on Wednesday, July 13th. Upon completion of shift, SETUP assistants will be able to attend the event. If there is “REG” beside your name, you will be helping with Registration as well as OPS.

  • Ia Anspach, REG
  • Eric Blosfield
  • Preston Brown
  • Cathleen Clarke
  • Sherry Couvoisier, REG
  • Antonio-Marc Dungo, REG
  • Tamer Farag, REG
  • Jeff Fenburg
  • Peg Hamlett, Captain, REG
  • Maggie Harding, Captain
  • Tracy Horne, REG
  • Angela Kraber
  • Leonardo Luna
  • Molly McGarry
  • Nicole Popovich
  • Alvin Queen, REG
  • Rodolfo Rivera
  • Jade Rodgers, REG
  • Susan Sanchez, REG
  • Rachel Schiell, REG
  • Philip Scholey
  • Minnie Scott, REG
  • Miya Simpson, REG
  • Tanya Simpson, REG
  • Ronald Spencer
  • Thea Ward Jorgenson 
  • Isabel Woelfel, REG

REGISTRATION (REG) Team

The schedule for the SETUP REG team is, Tuesday, July 12th starting at 1:00PM until 7:00PM, Wednesday, July 13th, and Thursday AM, July 14th. Upon completion of shift, SETUP assistants are able to attend the entire conference.

  • Linda Buck
  • Candice Campbell
  • Angela Conner
  • Analise Fernandez
  • Claudia Fountain
  • Nancy Garcia
  • Julie Healy
  • Lucia Kellogg
  • Erin McMahon
  • Elvira Navarro
  • Ali NeSmith, Mentor
  • Wendy Tilley, Mentor
  • La Niecia Vicknair

Shift 2 - Registration Assistants

Assistants work in Attendee, Presenter or Exhibitor Registration, but will be cross-trained in all areas of Registration.

This year we have two starting days based on WEEKDAY or WEEKEND hours, so have divided the groups based on the day you start. On your specific schedule to be emailed one week prior to the event, you will be working primarily in the area indicated for that day, but will need to be able to help the Attendee Reg. Desk during your shifts

Weekday Group

The WEEKDAY Group will start at 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 13th and work through Saturday AM on July 16th. Your specific schedule will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.

  • Amon Arnold
  • Melissa Beacham
  • Corey Bell
  • Loretta Benedict
  • Alissa Chau
  • Aileen Chen
  • Marian Christianson, Mentor
  • Jason Devisfruto
  • Brandi Dockett, LT
  • LaurenElliott
  • Florence Fox
  • Terri Fox
  • Kim Landeis
  • Donna Martz, Captain
  • Bob McCullagh
  • Rebecca Mohlay
  • Karla Overturf
  • Anita Queen
  • Kiola Raines
  • Elizabeth Ramos
  • Jennifer Ratanapratum
  • Laura Sachs
  • Mychele Sims
  • Mary St John
  • Bev Todd
  • Royal Walker
  • Tamara Pinto

Weekend Group

The WEEKEND Group will start at mid-morning on Thursday, July 15th and work through Saturday PM, July 16th in Registration. Then you will be assigned to Operations on Sunday, July 17th to help with pack-up and moving out or in Room Monitoring. Your specific schedule will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.

Because we do specific training for Room Monitors, you will be asked to attend the Assistants Meeting on July 13th at 6:30PM. It will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room #411, located at 1201 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Lita Abella
  • Samantha Cameron
  • Brian Dotter
  • America Escobar
  • Shanel Joseph
  • George Kassouf, LT
  • Darlene Long-Shorts, Mentor
  • Jennifer Mills
  • Bria Morse
  • Diane Neilson
  • Lorena Paez
  • Susan Rutledge
  • Susan Sakamoto
  • Belen Sanchez Coba
  • Vanessa Santiago
  • Marjorie Schwartz-Scott
  • Sofia Schugar
  • Cathy Smyers
  • Makenzie Stade
  • Tonya Leah Stenlake
  • Radka Willson, Captain
  • Paul Yi
  • Francesca Philip
  • Samantha Lopez

Shift 3 –Pre/Post Con Assistants

These assistants will be assigned to work as a Room Monitor for a Preconference Session on Wednesday, July 13th and will then work as a Room Monitor for a few sessions on Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday.

If you elected to work a PRE AND POST CON session, you will have Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to attend the sessions of your choice.

Specific Session Assignments will be made one week prior to the event. Your specific schedule will be sent to you. Plan to pick up your uniform and registration materials Wednesday morning, July 13th 45 minutes before your session starts at the IDEA Registration Desk.

There is a Group A or B beside your name. These are the shift your will be assigned to after your Wednesday assignment.

As a reminder: GROUP A works the first TWO sessions on Thursday, the last TWO sessions on Friday, the first TWO Sessions on Saturday.

GROUP B will work the opposite times each day: the last TWO sessions on Thursday, the first TWO sessions on Friday, the last TWO sessions on Saturday.

    Pre Conference Seminar Assistants

  • Masha Balovlenkov
  • Jackie Duplechine, Captain
  • Tamer Farag (Pre Con only)
  • Robyn Krueger, Captain
  • Deanna Lewis
  • Melissa Lowe
  • Erin McMahon
  • Nancy Norris, Captain
  • Mindy Pedersen
  • Margot Rabbitt
  • Janielle Reiss
  • Christelle Semenjuk-Magnier
  • Diana Turner
  • Tatiana Payne
  • Robin Wotipka (Post Con only)

    Pre and Post Conference Seminar Assistants

  • John Ball
  • Lisa Edeson
  • Tony Edeson
  • Kathy Gibbs, Mentor
  • Claire Simmonds
  • Aileen Finch

Shift 4 – Room Monitors and Video Assistants

Because we do specific training for Room Monitors, you will be asked to attend the MANDATORY Assistants Meeting on July 13th at 6:30PM. It will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA in Room #411. Please plan on being there 30 minutes early to pick up your uniform and registration materials.

Room Monitors will be divided into Group A and Group B. If you work early in Group A, the next day you will have the afternoon shift and vice versa for Group B.

As a reminder: Group A will works Thursday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and the LAST session on Sunday.

Group B will work Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Saturday afternoon, and the FIRST session on Sunday.

Unless you have already spoken to me, you are expected to cover these time periods each day.

You will be assigned to a ROOM and not a session. Group assignments will be given in a couple of weeks. The exact sessions assignments will not be handed out until the evening of the MANDATORY Meeting on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30PM when you receive your Session Updates.

Room Monitors

Your specific schedule will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.

  • Brianda Aramburo
  • Lidia Aida Toledo
  • Nettie Azoulay-Bible, Mentor
  • Azadeh Banino
  • Michelle Barrera
  • Breanne Bauer
  • Linda Bernal
  • Bryan Bowen
  • Susan Brown
  • Sue Cavallero
  • Eileen Cardona
  • Candice Carter
  • Judy Chan
  • Marian Christianson, Mentor
  • Kristina Chernysheva
  • Naomi Cohen
  • Donna Conner
  • Brigette Cornelius
  • JC Cruz
  • Toni Dee, Mentor
  • Khaled Elmasri, Captain
  • Alexander Erchenkov
  • Elena Erchenkova
  • Cori Fields
  • Elana Feldman
  • Carol Ford, Mentor
  • Linsey Frey
  • Sharyn Gabriel
  • Kristin Gahwiler
  • Elizabeth Garibay
  • Edys Gauger
  • Samantha Geverts
  • Sean Gogarty
  • Emily Gregg
  • Stephanie Guilfoyle
  • Tu Hoang
  • Mariya Ioffe
  • Kimberly Ishihara
  • Nicole Jaeger
  • Claudette James
  • Christina Lassiter
  • Chris Padgett, Captain
  • Marissa Rose
  • Jenna Rubin
  • Rhonda Wikert-Hoag
  • Sean Kime
  • Lory LaGro
  • Rachel Landry
  • Verna Lewis
  • Lana Louie
  • Devon Lowe
  • Chris Maberto, Captain
  • David Macchi
  • Leonor Martinez
  • Debbie Matloff, Mentor
  • Maria Mejia
  • Isabel Miller
  • Sofia Monasi-Mustelin
  • Jackie Oakley
  • Jen Osuna, Captain
  • Ayesha Payne
  • Alix Plum-Widner
  • Eneida Quijas
  • Angela Ritchie
  • Warren Rose, Mentor
  • Anna Schlomas
  • Ginny Schlomas, Mentor
  • Donna Shaw
  • Kim Stern
  • Connie Stone
  • Pattie Styles
  • Robbin Tran
  • Colten Tyler
  • Jennifer Umberger (Diamond)
  • Theresa Vermillion
  • Jessica Wang
  • Hana Weinwurm
  • Ashley Witt
  • Kristy Wright
  • Jamie Wunderlich
  • Heather Yancy

Video Assistants

Will be assigned to specific sessions that will be professionally video taped, and work approximately 4 hour shifts per day Thursday AM to Friday PM. You will be assigned to Group A or B and your training will be provided by an IDEA Staff member prior to the start of your first shift. On Saturday and Sunday you will be asked to help with Room Monitoring following your Group A or B hours.

You are still required to attend the MANDATORY Meeting on July 13th at 6:30PM to meet your IDEA Staff member, and to pick up your uniform and Registration materials.

  • Chris Bucknell
  • Carlos Delacruz-Martinez
  • Greg Hernandez
  • Alan Hirazumi
  • Karen Johnson
  • Shannon Johnson
  • David Lee
  • Albert Lopez
  • Jody Whyte

Shift 5– SWING Shift Assistant

This shift requires lots of flexibility, plus some physical labor. Each shift will be approximately 4-6 hours from Thursday to Sunday during the event.

You are required to attend the MANDATORY Meeting on July 13th at 6:30PM to meet your IDEA Staff member, and to pick up your uniform and Registration materials. It will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA in Room #411. Please plan on being there 30 minutes early to pick up your uniform and registration materials.

You can expect to work in any area, including EXPO Hall, Registration, Room Monitoring, and Operations

  • Andrew Ames
  • Abby Anderson, Captain BLOGFEST
  • John CarlosBuitrago, Captain
  • Alexis Craig
  • Emily Deckard
  • Mila Desind
  • Kayla Fernandez
  • J'Que Furlow-Ellis, LT
  • Cappie Geis, Mentor
  • Lindsay Healy
  • Ashlee Hoffman, Captain
  • Edna Hollins
  • Anne Knowler
  • Laura Marquis BLOGFEST
  • Giselle Pineda BLOGEST
  • Karen Redway
  • Rosalind Roger
  • Saranette Sotomayor
  • Janet Sunderland
  • Melissa Yuchasz

Shift 6– IDEA Store Shift Assistant

This shift will include all Assistants who will work inside the EXPO Hall at the IDEA STORE. You will be assigned to 4-6 hours shifts per day starting Thursday Noon with the opening of the EXPO Hall through the close on Saturday PM.

All Shift 6 Assistants will be required to attend the MANDATORY Meeting on July 13th at 6:30PM to meet your IDEA Staff member, Captains, and to pick up your uniform and Registration materials. It will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA in Room #411. Please plan on being there 30 minutes early to pick up your uniform and registration materials.

  • Lindsey De Jong
  • Cecilia Guerrero
  • Sandy Liebman
  • Kathy Lyons-Brown
  • Maureen O'Connor
  • Sydney Robbins
  • Alan Tan
  • Linda Watts
  • Tasha Williams

Shift 7– Operations Shift Assistant

OPERATIONS (OPS) Team

Weekday Operations

  • Paige Bailey
  • Kij Bennett
  • Joshua Crane
  • Vickey Foster
  • Arthur Hockwald
  • Michelle Leachman, LT
  • Alyse Montgomery
  • Amanda Noyce
  • Tony Nunez, Captain
  • Inez Schaffer
  • Devon Stone
  • Ben Sturz, Captain
  • Casem Talbot
  • Morgan Klinkkowski

Weekend Operations

  • Magdi Abdelkheir
  • Shannon Adams, Captain
  • Danielle Clark
  • Kate Conner
  • Kevin Crawford, Captain
  • Tyler DeLeon
  • Devin Drummer
  • Jacinta Elijah
  • Dane Koengeter
  • Marsha Kurth
  • Marci McLean, Captain
  • Mariel Mickens
  • Mrinal (Neil) Rath
  • Nancy Winberg, Captain

Shift 8– IN HOUSE Shift Assistant (San Diego-based)

As an IN HOUSE Assistant, you will provide help at the IDEA Office prior to the WORLD event in Los Angeles. Each job will vary upon what your assigned IDEA Staff member will need to accomplish.

IN HOUSE Assistants keep their own time-sheets and each job MUST be signed off by the IDEA Staff member in charge. Your completed hours will be forwarded to the Event Assistants Manager prior to the event.

In exchange for your service, you will be able to attend the entire event starting Thursday AM through Sunday AM. You will need to pick up your Registration materials in Los Angeles.

  • Sandy Balcom
  • Rachelle Crumrine
  • Kristina Duran
  • Sarah Gross
  • Deanna Gwilt
  • Lesley Norris
  • Kirsten Peraino
  • Heidi Smith
  • Alisabeth Stephens
  • Lisa Lorraine Taylor

Shift 9– IN HOUSE Registration Shift Assistant (San Diego-based)

As an IN HOUSE Registration Assistant, you will provide help at the IDEA Office prior to the WORLD event in Los Angeles. The main focus will be to assemble the Registration Packets and you will be asked to work on the following days:

Tuesday, July 5th

Wednesday, July 6th

Thursday, July 7th

This is the ONLY shift that allows an 8-hour time commitment in exchange for a ONE DAY Pass to the event. All shifts will begin at 8:00AM and run through 5:00PM with an hour off for Lunch. If you plan on attending the FULL event in LA, you must work ALL three days.

  • Paola Aligada
  • Micky Burgess
  • Antonio Brito
  • Steven Corotan
  • Dafne Covarrubias
  • Rachelle Crumrine
  • Cathy Duffy
  • Mimi Hannan
  • Marie-Leah Ignacio
  • Colleen Ingraham
  • Courtney Moltzen
  • Gene Reuter
  • Talia Roth
  • Alisabeth Stephens
  • Megan Stone
  • Cicine Tang
  • Kelsey Brown
  • Lianna Tsirklin
  • Kylee Vaughn