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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

SIENA BEACHAM is an independent art writer, singer, and an expressive individual who is passionate about connecting people through all types of creative experiences. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she consistently contributed to the SMU Daily Campus newspaper and Daily Update television morning news. Siena is a member of Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego and loves to frequent the San Diego Arts Institute, UCSD Art Power, Museum of Photographic Arts and more.

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.

ANTOINETTE GENEVIEVE is an independent art consultant, curator, writer, and enthusiast for arts of all media. Having earned her BA in Art History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London Antoinette is currently a contributing writer for Rise Art and Or Does It Explode Magazine. She has previously penned articles for Fresh Paint Magazine [now Create! Magazine] and Artfetch. 

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.

NATALIE NEECE is a born and bred San Diegan. She lives and breathes the Southern California culture and loves to write about its artists, fashion designers, restaurants, and events. Natalie received her BA in Communication at CSUSM and has over 6 years’ experience in Marketing and Communications. She has previously written for FINE Magazine and continues her work as a freelance copywriter and event coordinator who is passionate about writing and traveling.

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.


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.

PHILLY JOE SWENDOZA received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington and soon began his hopscotch career as the youngest professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, History Department.  Fleeing academia, he spent an artrepreneurial season acting, writing and producing in Northampton, Massachusetts, before flying south to New York City’s Great White Way.  Final stop, 1501 Broadway, in the Heart of Times Square, where art, fashion and music collide.  Before landing at the office penthouse atop the Paramount Building, he entrpreneured as a restaurateur, fromagerier and free lance writer until making his mark as an entertainment journalist and advertising executive at a weekly tabloid called, “Show Business.”  Hearing the siren call of his ancestors lofting from Native American enclaves in San Diego, Philly returned to his hometown with a roll of cash smaller than his back pocket and a wardrobe to die for. Working it hard, he soon was able to produce an independent television show, “San Diego Arts Now,” and then “Art Rocks!Radio,” both the first of their kind in San Diego.  He is now semi-retired, an Aztec for life, and a practicing art bum.

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. 

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.