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Creative Team


Creative Team


Lead Documentarian

KATHRYN CAUDLE comes from a military family and lived in both Europe and the Far East as a pre-teen. She attended high school in Kailua, Hawaii, which gave her a unique view of the natural fusion of land, air, and sea. That is where she discovered her passion for photography and subsequently created a freelance photography business, Scratchkatshots. She completed her A.A. in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Art History, from San Diego Mesa College. Her goal is to continue her education and eventually earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Working with various clientele, Kathryn immerses herself in San Diego’s visual and culinary arts scene, capturing images that develop a narrative regardless of their environment. She also works with local organizations and businesses utilizing her skills to help manage their social media and build their branding.

Cultural Correspondents

CATHY BRESLAW is a visual artist, arts writer, educator and public speaker whose work has been the subject of over 30 solo exhibitions. Cathy currently serves on the City of Carlsbad Art Commission and has been featured in approximately 50 group exhibitions around the nation. Cathy has an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Claremont Graduate University (CA), an M.S.W. in Counseling from Howard University and a B.A. from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Her work has received national acclaim and has been described as “visual poetry that enriches and inspires.” – David Pagel, LA Times 2008.

NATHANIEL FISHBURN is a writer, actor, clown, and dramaturg. He grew up in several US states and in Southeast Asia for a spell, where seeing Vietnamese water puppetry inspired his lifelong love of theatre. He received his BFA in acting from Ithaca College and was lucky enough to attend the National Theatre Institute’s Moscow Art Semester program where he studied devising, directing, and Russian film. Prior to moving to San Diego in 2022, he worked in Chicago for various storefront theatres an actor, producer, stage manager, and dramaturg, and wrote theatre reviews for Newcity Stage. Some of his favorite playwrights are Anton Chekhov, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Jen Silverman, and Friedrich Durrenmatt.

GERRY GIULIANO grew up in farmland New Jersey, yet only sixty miles from New York City. Prior to his move to San Diego and amidst some travel, he lived in a mix of other rural and urban areas on the East coast. His time shared between city and country has left him with a mutual appreciation for the outdoors and urban expression. Gerry received a BS in Economics from Salisbury University and works in sales for a medical device start-up, which aims to change the paradigm of minimally invasive surgery. Journalism is a new creative outlet for Gerry and he is also working on a magazine dedicated to Ocean Beach. He enjoys new culinary experiences, hiking, surfing and boxing.

MIGUEL GONGORA JR. is a native San Diegan who has lived in various parts of California. Mr. Gongora attended UC Berkeley with a focus on Theatre & Performance Studies and English Literature. He studied acting at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and is currently a member of the Latino-based AMIGOS DEL REP arts council of the San Diego REPertory Theatre. Mr. Gongora is also a part of the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Program’s Los Angeles Institute which works to develop and mentor young future leaders. He currently works as a criminal defense investigator and enjoys surfing, classic movies, live jazz, and rescuing animals and plants.

ROXANA LOPEZ is a San Diego native and a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned her Bachelors of Art in Art History. A documentarian by nature, Roxana created her freelance photography business in 2007. The Bay Area’s murals and street art helped her to connect the dots between her photography and writing. She developed and gave walking tours that examined the visual elements, social justice themes, and community history woven throughout the murals. Roxana is passionate about documenting and sharing street art because it is a critical component of elevating the stories of marginalized communities. Since returning to San Diego, Roxana has jumped back into the local art community. She is an artist assistant for the de la Torre Brothers and an art preparator at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Before moving to the Bay, she volunteered for San Diego Art Institute, Museum of Photographic Arts, Voice of San Diego, and Creative Mornings San Diego. From the Bay Area to San Diego, Roxana’s main focus has always been and always will be expanding minority representation in the arts.

LUCAS PEREZ is a published writer, gold medal winning calligrapher, and an accomplished polyglot. His passion has always been for words. His linguistic journey  began as a child in Mexico, and has taken him to 28 countries (living in three), and enabled him to study Japanese “Nihonga” painting in Tokyo—to master Chinese calligraphy in Taipei—and to learn about contemporary art & critical theory in New York City.  He has a home in San Diego that he shares with his partner, but spends his time working bi-coastally between California and New York. He has written for various online publications including To learn more about his work, please visit

REBECCA ROMANI holds an MA in Television, Film and New Media and writes about film and culture for various publications. She lectures on film for Palomar College and SDSU OSHER and guest curates for the San Diego Downtown Public Library. Her videos and artwork have shown in festivals in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Originally from Northern California, Rebecca Romani has lived in Belgium, France, and Morocco. When not watching films, she can be found photographing street art or hunting down the elusive perfect chocolate mousse.

MARIO SANGUINET worked in local government for almost four years, where he briefed City Management on Smart Cities and Urban Agriculture. Since 2014 Mario has been teaching college students how to become better humans by focusing on their relationship and public speaking skills. Naturally, Mario has all the friends and talks goodly. Mario graduated with a bachelors and masters in Communication from San Diego State University. Unfortunately, this does not make Mario a Pokémon master, just a Communication master. But Mario’s still determined to catch them all.  Mario is the perfect blend of pop culture and current events. Mario keeps up with news and pop culture so others don’t have to. In his spare time, Mario attempts to write and say things to make strangers laugh, to mixed success. In college, one of Mario’s professors called him a “Renaissance man,” and Mario’s tried to live up to that everyday. Mario is an advocate for solar collectors, a recreational debt collector, and a competitive coin collector.

KRISTEN SCHWEIZER is a native San Diegan and holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University. Her favorite roles have been as Cultural Chair for the Downtown Community Planning Council, Program Director at PUSD’s Westview Theatre Company where she named National Youth Art’s Outstanding Director in both 2011 and 2012; and as Partnerships Manager for the San Diego Repertory Theatre where she curated two art galleries and created community engagement and audience education events. Kristen was honored as one of AOL &’s 2011 “30 Under 30” San Diego Leaders for her work in educational theater.

MIMI SELLS  originally moved to San Diego in the 1970’s as a newly married, liberal arts graduate of SUNY Albany, subsisting on low wage jobs and government food surplus. Later, moving north to L.A. and then the Bay Area, she successfully pursued a decades-long marketing career for high tech and non-profit organizations and earned an MPA from USC along the way. In 2019, they returned to San Diego to enjoy life with two grandkids nearby. As a born New Yorker, Mimi has always loved the creative arts and the energy of vibrant communal spaces, becoming a founding member of the Vision Bird Rock Task Force to improve her local community.

For over 10 years, Mimi has also been writing a blog, NoBlueHair reflecting on aging with attitude. She’s published articles in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times and, most recently, the La Jolla Light.  From taking online art classes at the Atheneum to becoming a member of San Diego Writers, Inc., Mimi has kept creatively busy during Covid lockdown. Now that the live arts are re-emerging, she reached out to Vanguard Culture to help chronicle the exploding San Diego arts scene.  And, still married, her husband is actively pursuing his love of performing, writing and producing music.  

ALEXEI SPINDELL is a native San Diegan and recent recipient of a BA in philosophy, an almost-minor in studio art, and NorCal vibes from Humboldt State University. He is tentatively pursuing a Master’s degree in philosophy with an interest in 19th century German philosophy, Eastern philosophy, and aesthetics. Having stumbled all around California, he has finally settled on diving into the culture of his hometown where he can find answers for his love of the arts and his fear of missing out.


WILLIAM TRAN grew up in Oceanside, California and graduated from San Diego State University  with a double major in marketing and film. His love for storytelling began at age seven, after his debut short story “The Dolphin that Didn’t Like Working” garnered widespread acclaim from his third-grade class. Since then, he has become a freelance podcast producer, producing his own journalistic audio stories and fictional audio comedies. He is the Host and Executive Producer of Vanguard Culture’s podcast series “Creativity Takes Courage.”


CORI WILBUR is a freelance journalist, music junkie, classically trained dancer and aspiring comedienne. She began college studying dance at the University of San Francisco and somehow wound up earning her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA. There she found a passion for journalism. She has previously worked as a blogger for the Daily Bruin and the Editor for The Life Connection Magazine. 

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