Matt D’Arrigo


(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2001

Meet the ARTS staff, a team of passionate Creative Youth Development professionals, dedicated to using art to improve the lives of National City youth, their families, and the community

Jena Olson

Director of Resource Development

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2010


Emma Chammah

Director of Creative Community Development

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2017

Ben Steinsieck

Director of Finance and Administration

(619) 297-2787 Ext.

Julie Kendig

Director of Arts Education

Linda Fisher-Dubois

Facility & Operations Coordinator

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2015


Catherine Kineavy

Grants Manager

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2014

Katie Lorge

Marketing & Communications Manager

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2012

Alberto Ortiz

Development Coordinator, Americorps VISTA

(619) 297-2787


Laura Aparicio

Student Services Manager

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2007


Hulya D’Arrigo, LCSW

Therapeutic Arts Program Manager

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2006


Nadia Nunez

Community Arts Manager


Rob Tobin

Director of Creativity

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Karlie Garcia

Outreach Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2013

 Richard Perez

Volunteer Coordinator, Americorps VISTA

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2013


Janel De La Torre

ARTS Education Coordinator

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2009

Christina Chomut

Media Arts Department Lead

Albert Songalia

Visual Arts Department Lead

Aeriel Poorman

Ceramics Lead Teaching Artist


Diego Rodriguez

Alumni Teaching Artist – Music

DeeJay Rich

Music Department Lead


Nick Lawson

Teaching Artist – Media Arts


Jones von Jonestein

Artist in Residence

(619) 297-2787 Ext. 2010

Stephanie Garibay

Alumni Department Assistant & Teaching Artist – Music

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Michelle Calimlim

Teaching Artist – Literary Arts

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Ana Arguilez

Teaching Artist – Music

Destinee Isaac

Alumni Teaching Artist – Visual Arts

Janelle Despot

Teaching Artist