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Creative Team


Creative Team

Cultural Correspondent & Events Manager

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.

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.


ALEJANDRA ENCISO is a bi-national performing arts critic, PR specialist, and communications professor whose client list includes Broadway San Diego, The California Ballet Company, Moxie Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, Tijuana Hace Teatro, The San Diego Free Press, and TV Azteca among others. Alejandra holds a B.A. in Communications from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Deusto in San Sebastián, Spain and a Certificate in Business for the Arts and Nonprofit Arts Administration from the University of San Diego, CA.

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. 


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.




 is driven to help artists & organizations cultivate complex and creative communities. As the Founder and Executive Director of Hestia — a nomadic, traveling artist residency — she leverages the power of place to provide site-specific opportunities for collaboration and creative risk-taking. As a consultant, she brings over ten years in nonprofit fund development to advisement for organizations from Mumbai, India to Los Angeles, California. CC is passionate about All Things Narrative – story-crafting that captures authentic voice and provokes earnest engagement. Her agency is a one-stop shop for artists, providing brand strategy, creative direction, and exhibitions that are dynamic & results-oriented. At her core, she believes in being “both.” Her writing has garnered fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference & Tin House Writer’s Workshop and she holds a BA from Vassar College and Certificate in Writing from UCLA. She’s pursuing her MA in English from Oxford University (the Bread Loaf School of English) and presenting at AWP 2018. A self-professed Citizen of Everywhere, CC has lived in 40+ states (30+ in the last three years) in an attempt to satiate incurable wanderlust. Her band, Penelope, wrote their first folk opera on the road, in the way back of a 1996 Volvo Stationwagon.

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 Project Specialist for Scatena Daniels Communications, crafting agency and nonprofit clients’ social media content. She was previously Partnerships Manager for the San Diego Repertory Theatre where she curated two art galleries and created community engagement and audience education events. She also worked as the Program Director at Westview High School’s theatre company, where she named National Youth Art’s Outstanding Director in both 2011 and 2012. Kristen was additionally honored as one of AOL &’s 2011 “30 Under 30” San Diego Leaders for her work in educational theater. She is the Cultural Chair for the Downtown Community Planning Council and Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi Alumni Chapter – San Diego. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and is a current graduate student in University of San Diegos Nonprofit Leadership & Management master’s program.

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.