Welcome to California DI!

Inspiring • Empowering • Life-Changing

California Destination Imagination BOARD of Directors

Our board consists of educators, industry experts and thought leaders who are passionate about STEAM education.

Doug Defrees

BOARD CHAIR

Kathy Folk

BOARD VICE CHAIR

Dick Pinney

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jim McCarthy

BOARD SECRETARY

Shirley Gold

BOARD TREASURER

Rosemary Bognar Pinney

BOARD MEMBER

Dan Smith

BOARD MEMBER

Mary Jane Campbell

BOARD MEMBER

Lynn Macey

BOARD MEMBER

Michelle Piotrowski

BOARD MEMBER

Gary McBride

BOARD MEMBER

Genee McMahon

BOARD MEMBER
PositionName (and E-mail)Phone
Board ChairDoug DeFrees 408-227-5321
Board Vice ChairKathy Folk 
SecretaryJim McCarthy 
TreasurerShirley Gold 
Executive DirDick Pinney 8585-864-7172
Board MemberRosemary Bognar Pinney 858-243-9340
Board MemberMichelle Piotrowski559-676-6776
Board MemberLynn Macey408-930-1178
Regional RepMary Jane Campbell 
Regional RepKathy Folk 
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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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