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BAVC Director Team
Carol Varney, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Carol provides leadership and vision to the organization, oversees all program areas, fundraising and development activities, and participates on review panels for Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, Media Maker Fellow Awards, as well as key panels from all over the nation. Before her role as Executive Director, Carol served as BAVC's Managing Director from 2010-2012 and before that, she was BAVC’s Director of Development beginning in 2008. Prior to joining BAVC, Carol worked for many years in development at cultural organizations such as Stanford Lively Arts, Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum of Art. Carol serves on the Board of the Camden International Film Festival and on the Advisory Board of SPACE Gallery. She is a past Board member of SPACE Gallery, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Project Inform, and the Bay Area Chapter of the NAMES Project. Carol holds a degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Hampshire College.
Rebecca Schultz, Director of Development
As a nonprofit fundraiser and administrator, community-based theater artist and arts educator, Rebecca Schultz has focused her career on making and supporting creative endeavors that build community, increase visibility for people whose stories aren't always heard and that inspire personal and social change. Rebecca has worked as a fundraiser for Community Works West; OutLook Theater Project, the company she co-founded; and most recently at KQED, where she significantly increased foundation and government support for KQED Education and secured seed funding for KQED’s new multimedia arts service. Rebecca’s experience with community-based theater includes directing projects with LGBTQ youth in San Francisco and Berkeley; co-founding Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed; interactive theater work in Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Niger; and Safer to Name, an ensemble-created performance piece examining gender in the LGBTQ community. She holds a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Education with a concentration in Community-Based Theater Education from San Francisco State University.
Jenn Olivia, Director of Technology and Operations
Jenn Olivia came to BAVC while completing her Masters thesis, Performing Queers: Queer Performance, Venue, and Disidentification in Contemporary San Francisco, in Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. Prior to moving to the Bay Area for graduate school, Jenn lived in San Antonio, Texas where she was born and raised. Jenn brings 16 years of project management and leadership experience to her work at BAVC, as well as a passion for art, technology, education and social justice. She has worn many hats in her time, including playing in punk bands, recording and touring for ten years, managing an upscale cafe, helping manage a new and used book store, organizing community fundraisers, participating in political activism, publishing several zines, and co-founding a feminist collective. In addition to her work at BAVC, Jenn completed her first short film last year, Have to Lose, which screened to a full house at CounterPulse theater space in San Francisco.
Mindy Aronoff, Director of Training
Mindy leads the team that provides all adult training and technology education to digital media professionals, educators, artists and mediamakers, independent producers, dislocated workers and job seekers. The scope of this department includes over 600 classes annually, as well as custom classes, and the California state-funded Employment Training Panel contract. Previously the Director of Business Development, she forged partnerships with corporations and government for BAVC, strategized marketing and public relations efforts and planned for product development. Mindy also served as Director of Creative & Media Services at BAVC, was instrumental in overseeing the successful co-production of Spark with KQED, institutionalized BAVC's preservation program, created scores of video executive productions for California nonprofits and managed BAVC's suite rental and postproduction services. She came to BAVC in 1999 as Industry Outreach Coordinator to jumpstart the ETP program for BAVC and holds a B.A. in Design from UCLA.
Jennifer Gilomen, Director of Independent Media
Jen Gilomen is Director of Independent Media at BAVC, where she leads programs for documentary storytellers and transmedia artists. These programs include a year-round fellowship program called MediaMaker Fellows, the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, and SF Commons— San Francisco’s innovative public access television station and associated community media programs. Jen is also an award-winning independent documentary producer and cinematographer who has created nationally and internationally distributed films, including Deep Down and the associated Virtual Mine game in Second Life, which were funded by ITVS and MacArthur Foundation and nominated for an Emmy in 2011.
Ingrid Hu-Dahl, Director of Next Gen Programs
Ingrid directs all Next Generation (youth) programs at BAVC. Formerly a program officer of youth media and editor-in-chief of Youth Media Reporter at the Academy for Educational Development, Ingrid has extensive knowledge of the youth media field as an intermediary, leading a National Youth Media Summit in 2009 and the GFEM Investing in Youth Media funder briefing. She also has a history of working with youth on the ground, launching a middle grade "Youth Create Media Project" throughout the boroughs in New York City and Newark, NJ; and, she is a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Brooklyn, NY) where she teaches girls expression/empowerment through music and collaboration. Dahl lectures nationally and internationally on youth media, gender and music, and social change. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University on imagery and culture, media and pop culture, as well as created her own course on Riot Grrrl and public speaking at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. A musician over 12 years, Dahl has toured the nation, examining the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. She is currently in the bi-coastal band RAD PONY. Dahl is a board member of Women, Action and the Media and affiliated with The Op-Ed Project.
Moriah Ulinskas, Director of Preservation
Moriah provides leadership, vision, and direct management of BAVC’s Preservation program, one of the only non-profit audio/ video preservation programs in the United States. She oversees management of staff and technicians, establishment of new program practices and incentives, development of regional and national partnerships, fundraising, outreach and dissemination, and program integration within the BAVC community. Coming from a background in video art, Moriah has taught courses at the California College of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and the San Francisco Art Institute as well as served as a California Arts Council artist- in- residence. Most recently, Moriah was the director of the Public Art Mini-Grants program for the City of Richmond and Documentation and Exhibitions Coordinator for inSite_05- a series of public art interventions on the San Diego/ Tijuana border.