The CALDI Team

People who make Destination Imagination
happen for the kids in California

Who We Are

Affiliate Directors

Destination Imagination California (CALDI) manages and facilitates the Destination Imagination program throughout California. We are an all-volunteer organization comprised of people from all backgrounds who have been touched by the Destination Imagination program in some way—whether as former participants, team managers, appraisers, or parents and friends.

CALDI is organized into seven geographic regions. Within each region, a Regional Operating Committee exists to facilitate trainings for Team Managers, execute Regional Tournaments, and other activities to support the program. The CALDI Affiliate Board oversees all Regional activity to ensure consistency across California. The Affiliate Board, comprised of volunteers from each Region, also is responsible for the Destination Imagination California Affiliate Finals, the statewide tournament where the leading teams from each region showcase their solutions and compete for the chance to represent California at the annual Destination Imagination Global Finals.

Dick Pinney

Affiliate Director

Genee McMahon

Associate Affiliate Director

State Staff

Affiliate Appraiser Coordinator

Rosemary Bognar Pinney

Affiliate Accountant

Doug DeFrees

Challenges Director

Neil McMahon

Affiliate Tournament Director

Robbin Guy


Affiliate Marketing Director


Affiliate Publicity Director


Region Directors

Michelle Piotrowski.

San Joaquin Valley

Mary Jane Campbell

Silicon Valley

Affiliate Challenge Masters

Henk Oolders
& Bob Burns

Technical Challenge

Doug DeFrees
& Rick Sale

Fine Arts Challenge

Lisa Phillips
& Marshall Rainey

Improvisational Challenge

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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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