Team and Creative Partners

A collective of people who are passionate about diversity, culture, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. The year-round program of parades, dining experiences and the annual festival is the work of a dedicated team whose largely volunteer effortsStep up and meet the crew whose skills and stories are as diverse as FusionFest itself.

Terry Olson

Chief Instigator & Creative Director

Thali Sugisawa

Managing Director

Alex Moonsang

Media & Marketing Coordinator

Lisa Lee Mercer

Volunteer Coordinator

Thuyvi Gates

Video Producer

Maria Mancia

Culinary Events Curator

Joshian Morales

Opening Spectacle Artistic Director

Crystal Edwards

Music & Dance Programming Director

Keith Lay

Opening Spectacle Music Director

Lori Turchin

MYgration Films Curator

Kat Quast

Visual Arts Curator

Paula Wyatt

Fashion Curator

Shawn Welcome

Spoken Word Curator

Ray Jimenez

Haikus Curator

Laura Flores

Literature Curator

Claudia Atkins-Martin

Storytelling Curator

Nina Streich

Global Peace Film Festival

Tisse Mallon

Interactive Village Curator

Danielle Ziss

Danielle Ziss

Virtual World Curator

Ha'Ani Hogan

wallFLOWER Creator

Logan Anderson

Culture Café

Masami Koshikawa

Origami Experience

Candice Mercado

Choir Coordinator

Dr. Jeff Redding

Choir Conductor

Dr. Kelly Miller

Choir Co-Conductor

Beatriz Andrekovich

Cultural Displays Curator

Stacy Nale-Stadom

Vendors Coordinator

Kevin Findlay

Promotional Events

Tracey Conner


Mike Felix

Digital Consultant

Carol Palacio


Jae Nale

Site Manager

Amy Hadley

Tech Director

Dave Russell

M.C. Lead

Mary Thompson-Hunt


Anthony Jansen

On-Site Sales Supervisor

Charles Phillips

Partnerships & Connections

Ellen & Peter Gordon

Sales & Flags for Opening Spectacle