San Diego EMP Board

Marketing & Communications

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Kendra Story

Marketing & Communications / Leadership Committees

Kendra is an emerging museum professional with a passion for arts and culture, currently working in the Operations Department of a small art museum in Balboa Park: the Timken Museum of Art. Kendra has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting along with ample experience in sales and marketing. Kendra values accessibility and inclusion and hopes to help demystify the museum field for the San Diego community.

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Mikee Ferran

Marketing & Communications / Leadership Committees

Mikee began her journey into museums as a program assistant for the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program at Utah Humanities in 2016. This experience (and an internship at a contemporary folk art museum) provided invaluable hands-on training in the museum field. She currently works as the Museum Exhibition and Visual Arts Supervisor at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Mikee is passionate about advocating for museums and the work that supports these institutions. Accessibility, transparency, and opportunity are the foundations of her personal work philosophy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in American History. Previous EMP Involvement: Programming Co-Chair 2019-2020.

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Antonette Adiova

Marketing & Communications Committee

Antonette is a User Experience (UX) Designer and Researcher who is passionate about making sure that websites and apps are enjoyable and easy for people to use. She’s also an arts lover and museum enthusiast! Antonette received her PhD in Musicology with an Emphasis in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan. She hopes to help great emerging museum professionals from around San Diego connect and learn from each other.

Membership & Stewardship

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Emma Poggioli

Membership & Stewardship / Leadership Committees

Emma is currently the Registrar/Administrative Assistant for the Balboa Art Conservation Center. After earning a MA in Public History at the University at Albany, she headed west. She visited Balboa Park her second day in San Diego, began volunteering with the San Diego History Center the following month and has been working in the Park ever since. Emma hopes to help encourage communication between fellow emerging museum professionals and San Diego’s cultural community. Previous EMP Involvement: Stewardship Chair 2019-2020.

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Lucia Burrafato

Membership & Stewardship Committee

Lucia is a seasoned event planning, fundraising and marketing leader with a passion for art & cultural institutions. Currently, she is the Annual Giving & Membership Manager at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Lucia is originally from New Jersey and attended St. John’s University in Queens, New York to study Fine Art. As a new San Diego resident, she is looking forward to deepening her connection within the museum community and pushing forward strategies to innovate & move traditional museums into the future.

Outreach & Advocacy

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Alexandra Riley

Outreach & Advocacy / Leadership Committees

Alexandra graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with a B.A. in Public Relations. She began her career in real estate and media, eventually bringing a background in fundraising and a passion for the arts to the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park San Diego, as Manager of Development. Her efforts have helped broaden the pool of prospective contributors to the arts while furthering engagement among existing donors. She is passionate about ensuring that art education is accessible to the public. Alexandra is seeking like-minded professionals to learn from and to become a resource for those who are new in the museum field.

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Tiona Lyons-King

Outreach & Advocacy Committee

Tiona is a museum and culture advocate who is passionate about museums and accessibility to all. She has focused her career on creating spaces in which all people feel welcome and plans on bringing that work into San Diego EMP. Tiona has a BA in Anthropology from Sacramento State University and a Museum Studies Certification from Northwestern University. She currently works at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park as a Visitor Experience Lead. With her current roles on the Outreach and Advocacy committee, Tiona hopes to help create an inviting space for all museum professionals in San Diego.

Programming & Events

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Veronica Bellocci

Programming & Events / Leadership Committees

Bellocci is an emerging museum professional whose work focuses on the importance of interdisciplinary conversations around the arts, culture, and education. She emphasizes a collaborative approach to projects that focuses on community building and accessibility for the San Diego community and fellow emerging museum professionals. She currently works at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego as the Education Coordinator and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and a Minor in Italian from the University of San Diego.

Jon Osio Lardizabal

Programming & Events Committee

Jon (he/him) has a background consisting of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and over eight years of non-profit and cultural arts experience as a volunteer, collaborative partner, and professional. During his time in leadership positions, he developed communitive programs and events ranging from athletic tournaments for after-school programs to the introduction of cultural festivals and folk arts in San Diego. Jon is currently the Marketing & Events Coordinator for PARU, a San Diego small business with a focus on highlighting and sourcing tea directly from underrepresented regions in southeast Asia. Although no longer in the non-profit/museum sector, he continues to work towards creating communal events and opportunities of cultural exchange through collaboration, inclusion, and education.

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