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