Board of Directors
Roster of the Board of Directors and Staff
941 Orange Ave. #212, Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (844) 323-CIFF
President of the Board and CEO of Festival Staff Organization: Mary Sikes
Twenty five year business career: SVP Worldwide Marketing-Textron, SVP Sales and Marketing-H&R Block, SVP Operations – Wells Fargo. MBA. Contract Negotiations – Harvard Law School
Officer: Treasurer: Steve Rippe
Bank Executive; Founder, Coronado Private Bank
Officer: Secretary: Candy Tyler
Administrator: Medical Offices of Dr. David Hansen, Coronado, CA
Director-Legal Advisor: Peter Benzian
Managing Director, Burford Financial Group; retired Senior Partner, Latham & Watkins Law Firm.
Director-Studio Consultant : Terry Curtin
Career spans 20 years of high-ranking major Studio marketing positions.
Head of Theatrical Publicity at Dreamworks Pictures, Los Angeles
Director-Cays Representative: Dr. Carole Hoover Head, Ph.D
Educator, Board of the Coronado Hospital Foundation and other civic Board
Director-Donor Development Team: Christian Esquevin, Coronado Film Historian
Director, Coronado Public Library, Author and Film Historian.
Director-Studio Consultant: Jim Gallagher
Head of Theatrical Marketing, Dreamworks Pictures, Los Angeles; Former President of Marketing, Disney Studios
Director-Development/PR/Media Relations: Kris Grant
Editor/Publisher of Coronado Lifestyle Magazine. Extensive 25 year career in journalism and public relations. Has served on multiple Boards
Director-Hotel Del CIFF Board Representative: Wayne Harth
Director of Special Events – Hotel Del Coronado
Director-CoSA Liaison, Chairman Educational Outreach: Nancy McRae
Nancy is the Administrator for Coronado School of the Arts. She is also the Head Juror for the Festival Award, “Service to Country”
Director-Festival Advisor: Mark Sikes
Seven years as a Producer, Manager of Ticket Sales and Sponsorships at Tribeca Film Festival, NYC. Web News Producer at CBS – C-Net
Currently working in New York for SNL
Director-Strategic Advisor, CIFF Presenting Sponsor: Andre Zotoff
VP/General Manager, Hotel del Coronado. Andre has held major executive roles at Five-Star hotels worldwide.
Director-Filmmaker Advocate and Advisor: Ira Wohl
Academy Award Winner for Documentary – Best Boy 1979
BAFTA Award for Best Boy. Graduate of USC.
Professor at UCLA, Licensed Therapist
Director-Military and Civic Advisor: Michael Woiwode, Military and City Liaison
Mike is a two term Councilman for the City of Coronado. He holds a BS in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Systems Mgt. He is a retired USN Captain and former executive of a major aerospace corporation. He is the Co-Founder of the San Diego Military Advisory Council.
CIFF Host Theatre Founding Sponsor: Lance Alspaugh, Vintage Cinemas Los Angeles
Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave., Coronado
CIFF Festival Organization Staff
Executive Director-Artistic Director, and Founder: Doug St. Denis
Founder, CIFF; co-founder, Coronado Cultural Arts Commission; retired partner, St. Denis Architects; artist; actor; SAG/AFTRA member since 1968.
Executive Director and Programming Director: Andy Friedenberg
Founder and Director of San Diego Cinema Society. Long career in Hollywood Studio industry; Columbia Pictures and United Artists.
Director of Volunteers: Sofia Flood
Director of CIFF Volunteer Staff
Director of Pass Sales, Box Office & Customer Support: Angie Litzinger
Former Director of Box Office, San Diego Film Festival
Director of Film Submissions: Peggy DeBeliso
Director of Events: Lysa Muerer
Career in managing Corporate Events
Advisor-Film Venue Technology: Ken Gimball
Director of Social Media: Kris Grant
Director of Website Management: Tara Noonan
Director of Logistics: Mark Blumenthal
Director of Data-Donors: Kent Wilson
Director Sponsor Program: Ren Adler
Executive Administration: Sandy Ryan
Director of Business Planning/Project Management: Jennie Giglio-Shafiro
Director of Finance and Accounting: Cheryl Sylvestor
Graphic Designer: Lu Smith