Staff

Staff is responsible for implementing the policies based on the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Our current staff includes:

Rijin Sahakian, Executive Director since October 2017

E-mail:  dir@internationalhousedavis.org
Phone: (530) 753-5007

The executive director is responsible for the day-to-day management of I-House, plus leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Sahakian comes to the International House with nearly twenty years of experience in the cultural arts sector. Raised in Davis, CA, she underwent her undergraduate and graduate studies at New York University. Upon completing her MA in Art and Public Policy, she received a Fulbright award for postgraduate research in Jordan, leading her to found the nonprofit initiative Sada for contemporary Iraq, a project conducting education, production, and advocacy programs for college level art students in Baghdad. Sahakian ran Sada for five years between Amman, Beirut and Baghdad before shutting its doors due to rising instability in 2015.

Sahakian has worked as a curator in the US and internationally, including the Montalvo Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She has contributed essays to artist books, catalogs, and publications, and lectured widely at centers from Ashkal Alwan in Beirut to the Rhode Island School of Design and the California Institute of the Arts. Much of Sahakian‘s work has been oriented towards developing multi-faceted, cross disciplinary programming to facilitate new opportunities for engagement by participants and audiences alike.
After many years of travel, Sahakian returned to Davis in 2016 with her husband to raise their children near her family. She credits them for instilling in her the importance of history, examination, and appreciation, qualities she hopes to pass on to her children and through her work.

Ryndie Azevedo, Operations Manager since July 2013

E-mail: office@internationalhousedavis.org
Phone: (530) 753-5007

The operations manager is responsible for bookkeeping, accounting, facility rentals, scheduling, facility maintenance, maintaining the I-House website and internet presence, event coordination and more.  Ryndie graduated with B.A. in Spanish Education from Humboldt State University after studying abroad in Parras de la Fuente, Mexico and Granada, Spain.  She previously worked for the International Center at Humboldt State and has a passion for international education.  She has traveled to 18 countries in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Ryndie is a member of the Noon Rotary Club of Davis.

Vinita Domier, Program and Volunteer Coordinator since March 2016

E-mail: volunteer@internationalhousedavis.org
Phone: (530) 753-5007

The Program and Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the training, scheduling, and supervision of the volunteers and interns, as well as other duties relevant to the management of volunteers and needs of I-House.

Vinita Domier earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Since moving to Davis in 1993, she has been focused on raising her two children and volunteering for many local school, youth, and non-profit organizations. Along with her husband, she coordinates the Davis Astronomy Club at the Explorit Science Center, where she shares her love for science in general and astronomy in particular with local enthusiasts.

Vinita is currently serving on the Sahaya International board and organizing fundraising events as she is committed to making a positive difference in the life of others. She has served multiple terms on the Executive Committee of the India Association of Davis organizing social and cultural events. She served many years as both a troop leader and camp director with the Davis Girls Scouts, and currently is the webmaster for Davis Girls Scouts and Davis Boy Scouts Troop 466.  Vinita has also served as a board member for International House Davis and has organized the stage and performances at International Festival Davis for the past four years.

Having been a foreign student herself, Vinita knows firsthand the importance of an institution like International House Davis in helping international students and scholars feel more at home in Davis. Being a member of the International House Davis staff and being part of the International House Festival organization team is both personally rewarding and satisfying experience for her.

Meseret Ghirmai, Facilities Assistant since September 2016

Mariana Valdivia-Hernandez, Facilities Assistant since September 2017

E-mail: caretaker@internationalhousedavis.org

The Facilities Assistants assist facility renters, help with programming, and remain onsite during special events.