Rio Yañez, Day of the Dead Co-Curator
Robert Ige, Maintenance Coordinator
Alex Crousnillon, Building Manager & Technician
Colin Johnson, Building Manager & Technician
Ryan Kelley, Building Manager & Technician
Joe Moore, Building Manager & Technician
Veronica Simonetti, Building Manager & Technician
Alex Turner, Building Manager & Technician
Please note: because our staff is small, we take care to list artist and programming opportunities on our website. Please review the site carefully to familiarize yourself with SOMArts’ programming and mission before contacting us with an idea for collaboration. Inquiries that do not fall within existing programming should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be directed to the appropriate staff member. Due to the volume of requests, we cannot guarantee a response to all inquiries.
Sherry Suisman has served on the SOMArts Board of Directors since August 2010. An educator for over 15 years, Sherry has provided professional development and other support to community college faculty across the state, and served as a Business Communications Instructor and Director of Academics at Year Up Bay Area. From 1999 – 2009, Sherry taught writing and reading courses in the English Department at San Francisco State. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State. Sherry is committed to supporting the arts in the Bay Area and is thrilled to be a member of the SOMArts Board.
Iris Fluellen, Vice President & Secretary
Iris Fluellen is a Bay Area native and San Francisco resident whose claim to fame is she has lived in the 415 area code her entire life. She has been involved in the non-profit arena for many years. Previous employers include the SF Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Asian Art Museum, the Nature Conservancy, her alma mater, UC Berkeley, the Public Policy Institute of California and is now Director of Leadership Gifts for the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Iris is a board member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition to her commitment to philanthropy, she is a strong believer in the arts being the catalyst to touch the creative spirit that lies within all of us. In her spare time, Iris writes about her observations about politics and relationships between the sexes. Movies, reading, cooking and traveling are almost as important to her as her two cats, Carrie and Samantha.
Dorothy Santos, Board of Directors
Dorothy Santos is a freelance art writer, blogger, curator, and photojournalist. Born and raised in San Francisco, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. As the arts editor and curator for Asterisk San Francisco Magazine + Gallery and blogger for ZERO1: Arts and Technology Network and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), she enjoys writing about artists and engaging with the community. Her work has also appeared in Art Practical, Stretcher, and Planting Rice. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts. Her research emphasis will be on programming, creative coding, and open source culture and their effects on contemporary fine arts. Back to staff directory
Nick Gomez, Board of Directors
Nick Gomez is a Senior Project Manager at Lowney Architecture in Oakland. He has over 15 years experience in multi-family housing, exhibit design, and art installation. Nick is a graduate of CCA, and has formed various art collectives over the years that have produced both gallery exhibits and public art pieces.
Nick Began working with SOMArts in 1999 as an exhibiting artist in the Dia de los Muertos shows with Rene Yanez. Rene Yanez and Jack Davis recognized that his architecture background could be useful in the exhibit planning and in 2000 Nick was asked to collaborate on the exhibit design for the “Ciudad de Los Milagros” show at SOMArts. Over the next few years, Nick moved from exhibiting artist to exhibit designer. He has designed and collaborated with Rene on all the Dia De los Muertos shows since.
Rhodessa Jones, Board of Directors
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey and the recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award. She is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop that is designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women.
Peter Sizgoric, Treasurer
Peter Sizgoric is a transplant to the city of San Francisco and originally from the Midwest. Mr. Sizgoric has professional experience in consulting and financial services across a diverse array of industries, and nonprofit experience as both a volunteer and board member for arts organizations. Mr. Sizgoric possesses two bachelor of science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jane Hu, Board of Directors
Jane is a digital media executive and freelance photographer. She is currently the VP of Monetization at Smule, a social music company. Prior to this, she spent 5 years at YouTube, building and heading up business and creative operations for YouTube Red Originals, as well as overseeing programs for YouTube’s global base of content creators. Prior to this, she started a digital studio with former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. She sits on the boards of SOMArts and Art Works for Change. Outside of her 9-to-5, she photographs cities, performers, and movements with work appearing in local and national publications. She has an MBA, MA, and BS from Stanford University.
Nathan Yergler, Board of Directors
Nathan Yergler relocated to San Francisco from the midwest in 2007. Nathan has taught computer programming in high schools, worked with technology non-profits, and helped build engineering teams in San Francisco. He is the former Chief Technology Officer at Creative Commons, and presently works as an engineering leader at PlanGrid. Nathan began printing in Chrysalis Studio at SOMArts in 2011 with Katie Gilmartin. Since then print-making has been a vehicle for personal reflection and expression. This reflection led to his participation in “We Are the Bridge”, a juried exhibition hosted at the Islamic Cultural Center in 2015.
Alex Cook, Board of Directors
Alex has served on the SOMArts Board of Directors since August 2016 and is currently a Senior Product Manager at @WalmartLabs in Silicon Valley. Prior to @WalmartLabs, Alex implemented several business transformation projects at Gap Inc., moving to San Francisco from New York City and Ralph Lauren Corporation, where he drove digital and ecommerce initiatives as part of the Global Ecommerce Strategic Development team. Before Ralph Lauren, Alex was an investment banker at BofA Merrill Lynch where he advised clients in the Retail & Consumer Products industries. Alex brings with him nonprofit board experience from several environmental, arts and LGBT-focused organizations and believes strongly in the enrichment and development of the arts. Alex graduated from Dartmouth College and outside of work enjoys the art, food and social scenes of San Francisco.