Mingei international Museum staff work to produce exhibitions, programs and events with the goal to inspire and to create with our community.


Rob SidnerExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer(619) 704-7501


Jessica YorkDeputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer(619) 704-7510
Heather KernerDevelopment Manager(619) 704-7504
Caroline NordquistSenior Development Manager(619) 704-7493
Christine TiltonDevelopment Assistant(619) 704-7519

Marketing and Design

Alexis O'BanionCreative Director and Technology Strategist(619) 704-7503
Ron KernerPhotographer
Elizabeth MartinezContract Graphic Designer(619) 704-7506


Claire McKeeMembership and Events Manager(619) 704-7517
Allison ManchMembership Assistant(619) 704-7516

Shop Mingei

Jill DeDominicisVisitor Experience Manager(619) 704-7524
Kass WestonVisitor Experience Assistant Manager and Volunteer Coordinator(619) 704-7512
Heather CircleVisitor Experience Associate(619) 704-7512
Rachel JamiesonVisitor Experience Associate(619) 704-7512


Christine HietbrinkDeputy Director and Chief Curator(619) 704-7518
Jerry MaloneyExhibition Designer(619) 704-7509
Nicole BagleyArt Handler


Shannon FoleyManager of Education(619) 704-7495
Jessica OwensEducation Assistant(619) 704-7507
Charles ThunyakijOutreach Coordinator and Education Specialist(619) 704-7527

Library, Archives and Digitization

Kristi Ehrig-BurgessLibrary Archives and Digitization Manager(619) 704-7532
Martha EhringerMuseum Archives(619) 704-7513


Barbara ForsythSenior Manager of Collections and Exhibitions(619) 704-7520
Caitlin PodasRegistrar(619) 704-7505
Emily BrownContract Registrar


Michael PattisonDeputy Director and Chief Financial Officer(619) 704-7514
Margaret MaysFinancial Manager(619) 704-7496

Café Mingei

Holly UtsunomiyaCafé Manager(619) 704-7523
Tia HillCafé Assistant Manager(619) 704-7502
Kate BartlesBarista(619) 704-7502
Nathan PlummerBarista(619) 704-7502
Kevin OcampoBarista(619) 704-7502
Bianca PenuelasBarista(619) 704-7502
Israel SanchezBarista(619) 704-7502