The San Diego International Sister Cities Association has been honored to have some of San Diego’s most respected and talented individuals serve on the Executive Board, the Board, and individual Sister City Committees. We thank them for their time and expertise in growing our organization and furthering our mission.

Executive Board

Name Title
Jessica Censotti Executive Director
Timothy Stiven Chair (2021-2023)
Yolanda Burgess Vice Chair (2021-2023)
Cody Petterson Secretary (2022-2024)
(Accepting Applications) Treasurer



Board of Directors

Name Title
Dennis-Michael Broussard Director (2022-2024)
Dr. Oscar Romo Director (2021-2023)
Rosario S. Beall Director (2023-2025)
Lesley Martinez Director (2023-2025)
Sharmila Hall Director (2023-2025)

Non-Voting Board of Directors

Name Title
Dr. Michael McQuary Immediate Past Chair & SCI Board Member
Kathleen Roche-Tansey SCI State Coordinator & Rep
Aaron Combs Youth Ambassador (2022-2024)






San Diego Sister Cities

President Sister City
Penelope Bledsoe SD-Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Don Giaquinto SD-Campinas, Brazil
Ehmee De Guzman SD-Cavite, Philippines
Chrissy Ambler SD-Edinburgh, Scotland
Stephen R Brown SD-Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Byong Racek SD-Jeonju, South Korea
Connie Goertz SD-Leon, Mexico
Yolanda Burgess SD-Panama City, Panama


President Sister City
Jan Gontang SD-Perth, Australia
John Wang SD – Taichung, Taiwan
Marnyce McKell SD – Tema, Ghana
Shahrzad Kamyab SD-Tijuana, Mexico
Deborah Flores SD-Vladivostok, Russia
Janusz Supernak PhD SD-Warsaw, Poland
June Shillman SD-Yantai, China
Steven Sigafus SD-Yokohama, Japan





San Diego Friendship Cities

President Friendship City
Dennis-Michael Broussard SD-Marseille, France
Cheryl Gillette SD-Spittal an der Drau, Austria
Jessica Censotti SD-Amboseli, Kenya [Maasai]
Timothy Stiven SD-Derry, Ireland
Rahmo Abdi SD-Garoowe, Somalia
Igor D. Levin SD-Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine