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
Nik Honeysett, Director and CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, has over twenty-five years’ experience in management, administration and Information Technology in the cultural sector. Before joining BPOC, he was Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, overseeing budget, personnel and administrative services across the Getty Museum’s two sites, in Brentwood and Malibu. Prior to this role, he lead the Getty's Web Group, responsible for all aspects of their main website, intranets and web development activities. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2000, he spent 12 years at Cogapp, a UK-based software development consultancy specializing in the development of back-end and public-facing information systems to deliver interactive and online multimedia for the cultural sector in Europe and the USA. He is a former chair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Media & Technology Standing Professional Committee; a former chair of AAM’s Standing Professional Committee Council; and currently sits on the Board of AAM. He holds an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters in Electronics.
Honeysett brings a cross-section of experience relevant to the 21st-Century skill sets and philosophies that today’s cultural organizations require. His varied affiliations with AAM and his leadership position at the Getty Museum, have afforded him a field-wide view of the extensive challenges cultural institutions face. He has presented extensively on topics including museum technology trends and philosophy, organizational structure, digital strategy, technology implementation and audience engagement. He is published on issues of online audience engagement and career development, and has sat on the New Media Consortium’s Advisory Panel of their Museum Horizon Report for the past three years. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a course on museum technology management as part of their Museum Studies Masters program. You can find Nik on Twitter with the handle, @nhoneysett.
Marcos Corro, Web Developer/Designer, is a web development/design 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. You can reach him on Twitter with the handle, @marcos518
Brinker Ferguson, Digital Media Manager, was previously the Digital Media Producer for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco before joining the BPOC team in September 2014. While there, she acted as lead developer for in-gallery interactives and video projects. She has a masters degree in art history from Tufts University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Digital Heritage, a degree program in the Engineering and Visual Culture departments, at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on visual culture, software studies, and globalization. She also serves on the board for the San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals non-profit organization. You can reach her on Twitter with the handle, @brinkerf
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, traveling, and makes a pretty mean stir-fry. Reach Wes on Twitter with the handle, @wesleysoo.
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.
Drew Mandinach, Digital Media Coordinator, joined BPOC in June of 2012 as a recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego with a BFA in Visual Arts Media. Working in all stages of video & audio production, Drew has created videos on a range of topics and in varied styles for many of Balboa Park's museums and cultural institutions. As the project manager of two special event videos Drew worked with 12 institutions to highlight the unique venues in Balboa Park. When he's not filming in the Park, Drew works with the Director of External Affairs to oversee the social media for BPOC and Balboa Park. He enjoys television & pop culture, and produces video as an independent artist for an experimental dance project called homeLA. You can say hello on Twitter with the handle, @mndnch.
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. You can chat with Aimee on Twitter with the handle, @rockinghorsefly.
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. You can reach Perian on Twitter with the handle, @perian_sully
Misty Suposs, Office and Account Manager, joined BPOC in May of 2014, after spending more than twelve years with Brown and Caldwell, as their Area Business Operations Manager. Misty graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with the emphasis in Accountancy from California State University of San Marcos. Originally from Colorado, Misty moved to San Diego when she was a child and has no intentions of ever moving. She is honored to be part of a wonderful team and is looking forward to the amazing projects/programs BPOC has to offer. An avid football fan, she like to travel around the world to watch the San Diego Chargers play in different stadiums.
Chad Weinard, Director of Digital Media, was the Manager of New Media at the North Carolina Museum of Art prior to joining BPOC. He led their digital engagement initiatives via the web, mobile, in-gallery technology and social media. He also developed ArtNC, an educational resource website, that won the Best of the Web award in Education from Museums and the Web 2013 and a Media and Technology MUSE award at the American Association of Museums 2012. He has a background in fine arts, design and web development. He studied the history of modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (ABD) and design and technology at ITP, NYU. You can find Chad on Twitter with the handle, @caw_.
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. We're all pretty social and can be found on various social media outlets from Twitter to Google Plus. Send us a tweet or share a post with us!
While we don't like saying goodbye to colleagues and friends we recognize that change is good and allows us all to grow. We wouldn't be where we are today if it weren't for those who came before us and as such we'd like to recognize former employees of BPOC.
Vivian Kung Haga
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli