BPOC's team is composed of experienced cultural technology professionals with strong backgrounds in communications, project management, technology, and community building. They share a vision for broadening audiences for cultural and scientific content, using technology to serve and extend the missions of museums.
Staff & Contractors
Vivian Kung Haga, Director and Chief Executive Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in cultural institutions as an administrator, curator, and educator. Before joining the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, she was at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego for over nine years, first as their Director of Education and then as their Deputy Director. She oversaw the daily operations of the museum, as well as Information Technology, Operations, Facilities, Accounting, Human Resources, Visitor Relations, the Museum Store, and Marketing. She also led the Museum in cutting-edge technology, accessibility, and visitor experience initiatives including a collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, and the National Institution of Information and Communication Technology in Japan. This three-way collaboration led to the creation of an innovative touch table interface built on an open source framework that allows visitors to become curators.
Prior to her tenure at the Museum of Photographic Arts, she was a consulting Curator for ArtReach International, a traveling exhibition company, and for The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. She was also the Assistant Curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens where she curated exhibitions, produced traveling exhibitions, and assisted in the publication of several catalogs. She held positions at Cleveland Museum of Art, where she was part of the team that created the Cleveland Museum of Art’s first audio tour of over 300 messages. She also has experience in the private gallery field. Her first museum position was as an intern at the San Diego Museum of Art. She has a MA in the History of Art from Ohio State University and a BA in Art History from the University of California, San Diego. She has been on the advisory board for the NMC Horizon Report > Museum Edition.
Chris Borkowski, Lead Developer, is a media maker from Buffalo, NY. Most recently he was the Senior Web and Intranet Developer for the Guggenheim Museum. He is also a co-founder of [PAM] and a member of Artists Meeting. He has worked professionally as a web developer, video editor, network administrator, media arts center Technical Director, and University instructor in digital arts. He has shown his artwork internationally at various galleries and media festivals and has also performed a number of real-time audio and video pieces. He likes sunsets, long walks in the park, the shape of pixels, social climbers, hackers, misfits and charlatans. His favorite colors are RGB. He finds name dropping and writing his own bio the biggest turn off.
Bill Bostick, Director of Web Development, has worked in software development for over 25 years. He spent the past five years running RoopleTheme, a private web consulting firm. Bill’s company provided web development services for many companies in the music and entertainment industries, and he has helped develop numerous high profile websites. As an Engineering Manager for Emulex Network Systems, Bill was the lead architect for a patented Storage Area Network management suite that is used extensively by Fortune 500 companies, and he managed the development team that brought this product to market. Bill also served as an IT manager for a prominent Southern California Civil Engineering firm, and he managed the Technical Support team for a large computer hardware manufacturer in Orange County. Bill is an active member of the Drupal community, and his contributed themes and modules are in use on Drupal sites throughout the world.
Marcos Corro, Web Developer, is a freelance web development professional who has also worked with schools providing IT support, tutoring and teaching computer classes. Marcos also worked at Sony SML as a Software Developer and Systems Analyst. He is bilingual in English/Spanish and has a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
Dani Heinemeyer, Development Manager and External Affairs Coordinator, joined BPOC after moving to San Diego to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at San Diego State University. In addition to her work at BPOC, she writes for California Meetings + Events Magazine and is an assistant editor for progressive literary journal, Fiction International. Previously, she worked in grant writing at Brooklyn Academy of Music and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. A native of South Dakota, she studied creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Goldsmiths College in London.
Wesley Hsu, UX/UI Designer, is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego. He holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. He has experience with web design, user experience design, and interface design. Previously he collaborated with the Museum of Photographic Arts and a Japanese technology research organization to launch two cross-cultural interdisciplinary interactive touch table exhibits. He has a passion for creating friendly and engaging user experiences. He also teaches robotics to 1st through 5th graders. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, biking, studying languages, cooking, and traveling. He makes a pretty mean stir-fry.
David Hunter, Senior Network Engineer, joined BPOC in August of 2013. Prior to joining the team, David served as a senior engineer and consultant for many companies including Lockheed Martin, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron Research, Kyocera, and the San Diego County District Attorney. He is delighted to have found a non-profit organization where he can use his extensive experience to help further the technological goals of the institutions of Balboa Park. In his free time he can be found tearing up the canyons on his bike, experimenting in the kitchen, or spending time with his beatiful daughter Naomi.
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Assistant Director of Digital Media, is a video artist from the east coast who joined BPOC in 2011 as the Video Project Manager. She is engaged in strategizing the use of consumer and “prosumer” technology in the museum, and about ways to create video for a space, whether virtual or physical. She enjoys maintaining a dialogue with a range of professionals, from producers to artists, technologists to curators, for sharing new ideas about the potential of these modes of production to re-think how (and why) we produce various forms of digital content in context of the museum. She is an active member of the international museum community serving as Co-Chair of the Media Production Special Interest group of the Museum Computer Network and Chair of Video and Media. When not at BPOC she is maintaining her art practice and collaboratively producing variety shows. In her free time you can usually find her on a bike or in the kitchen cooking something up.
Drew Mandinach, Digital Media Coordinator, joined BPOC in June of 2012 as a recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego. As a performance artist with a background in Ethnic Studies, he is interested in the formation of identity, particularly the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, as it is formed in different institutions and spaces. He is very interested in the museum space as a site of questioning new and old assumptions about art and artistic practices. Having interned with BPOC before becoming staff, Drew is very excited to work for BPOC and continue to help make videos for the diverse cultural institutions in Balboa Park.
Sterling Poggemoeller, IT Support Technician, joined BPOC in November 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years, including four deployments overseas doing humanitarian work building schools, hospitals, and other construction projects. He also went to Mississippi and Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina clean-ups before moving to San Diego to finish his time in the Navy. In 2011 he moved into the Navy's IT department and subsequently applied for the IT internship position at BPOC. When he’s not running around the park to fix computers, Sterling enjoys photography and playing guitar.
Jason Quinn, Director of IT, was most recently part of the Information Technology department at the San Diego Natural History Museum providing tech support for SDNHM and other institutions around Balboa Park. A recent transplant to San Diego, he began his career in Philadelphia. As part of Drexel University's School of Education, Jason worked with local schools and academic institutions carrying out the School's mission of providing support to local academic organizations. Happily married, he is now devoting his time to furthering the technological goals of the BPOC and the institutions in Balboa Park.
Aimee Reed, Director of External Affairs, joined BPOC in August of 2013 after spending more than 20 years with SeaWorld San Diego, most recently leading the Interactive Marketing and Social Media departments. A third-generation San Diegan, raised in East County, Aimee graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University. She is thrilled to be a part of the BPOC team, and is grateful to be working in Balboa Park. She can't think of a more beautiful place to spend her days, and to be inspired by natural beauty, historical architecture, the wonderful people and innovative projects. Aimee has an affinity for shoes, traveling near and far, cars, family and friends, a knack for retaining random trivia and facts, and knowing when to use them to impart the greatest impact.
Andre Rowe, IT Support Technician, served in the U.S. Navy for five years as a Gunner’s Mate. After being honorably discharged from the military he knew he wanted to get into the information technology field. One of the biggest problems he faced after leaving the Navy was a lack of technology experience that correlated with the civilian world in his field of interest. He joined the BPOC because of the opportunity to acquire a diverse technical skill set. Andre provides desktop support to several of the cultural organizations in the park. In addition to his job at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, he is currently attending ITT studying Computer Networking Systems.
Perian Sully, Project Manager: Digital Asset Management and Online Access, is a digital humanities technologist specializing in helping museums put their collections online and make them accessible in innovative ways. Before joining BPOC, Perian was the Collection Information Manager and Web Programs Strategist at the Magnes in Berkeley, and was instrumental in creating the Magnes' integrated archives-library-museum collection management system and online database, the institutional website, and in launching a host of digital programs. She has also worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, UC Davis and the Visual Resources Library, UC Davis. She received her Masters degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from UC Davis. In addition, Perian is the Program Chair for the Media & Technology Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums and she is a regular contributor to the Musematic blog.
BPOC staff love museums, technology, and sharing their expertise with others. Have a question for the staff? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate contact.