Selene Foster (Co-founder & Executive Director) lives in Palo Alto, CA with an inventor, 12 chickens, and a cat.
Originally from the high desert on the eastern side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, she went on to attend Bard College (New York), studying Studio Art and Literature (B.A., 1999), and obtained her Master’s degree in Fine Art from Mills College (Oakland) in 2004. Her artwork has since been exhibited on both coasts.
She spent four years as Exhibitions Coordinator at Root Division, an arts education nonprofit in the Mission District, facilitating 12 exhibitions of emerging and established artists a year. She is currently the North American Ambassador for the Museum of Broken Relationships, whose traveling exhibition she has curated across the United States, and is a freelance web designer.
Christopher Reiger (Co-founder & Managing Director) is a writer, photographer, and artist living in San Francisco, California. Originally from the rural Delmarva Peninsula, he attended the College of William and Mary (B.A., Studio Arts, 1999), in Williamsburg, Virginia, before moving to New York City, where he lived for a decade. He graduated from the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in 2002, and his artwork has been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.
Christopher’s essays on art, ecology, and natural history are published in books, art and culture magazines, and online journals, as well as on his award-winning blog, Hungry Hyaena. He has lectured in undergraduate and graduate art programs about art’s relationship to ethics, ecology, and society, and he also works as a part-time laboratory administrator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.
Georgeann Sack (Associate Content Producer) is a scientist turned science communicator living in Davis, CA. A lifelong California resident, she worked for NASA Ames Research Center, attended UC Santa Cruz (BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2005) and UCLA (PhD, Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology, 2011), then worked as a postdoc at UC Berkeley. She has over a decade of neuroscience research experience covering varied topics such as gene expression patterns in the brain, sensory nerve injury and regeneration, and interactions between neurons and glial cells in the developing retina. In addition, she has become increasingly engaged in science communication and outreach. She served as a freelance editor for the Cell Press journals Neuron and Trends, as well as Outreach Director, Editor, and writer for the Berkeley Science Review, and Executive Director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. You can learn more about Georgeann on Twitter: @ActiveScientist.
Alana Zimmer (Contributor) Alana has a passionate interest for projects at the intersection of art, science, and technology – particular those related to space exploration. Her interest was first sparked while working with the New Media Innovation Team at NASA Ames Research Center. She has contributed art/science writing to various blogs and has worked with a variety of Bay Area organizations. Alana has a BA in History of Art & Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz, and she works in Operations at a small tech firm. She loves connecting with others and nerding out; you can connect with Alana on Twitter: @alanazimmer.
Marisa Villarreal (Volunteer) Marisa is an environmental scientist, working with the California Ocean Science Trust to advance the role of science in making decisions that sustain California’s ocean and coastal resources. Fascinated with how humans interact, understand, and impact this planet, her work has always focused on how to conserve our natural world, while protecting the livelihoods of those who use its resources – a complicated balance. To do this, she helps to build collaborations and relationships among a variety of groups, including citizens, scientists, conservationists, and policy-makers. Born and raised on the California coast, Marisa flew the coop for college, landing in Boston, where she graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Biology (B.A., 2008). Her love of sun, avocados and the Sierras brought her back to California to work, and eventually attend graduate school at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara (M.E.S.M, 2012). She now lives in Oakland, where she spends a lot of her free time outside, dancing, and trying to be a foodie.
Nicole Lampl (Intern) is an artist whose paintings draw inspiration from microscopic cellular imagery and medical diagrams.
Originally from Los Angeles, Nicole moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where she received a dual-degree BA in Art History and Art Practice (2009). She also spent a semester studying art in Paris where she was able to indulge in her Francophile fantasies, spending most afternoons haunting the same cafes frequented by her favorite existentialist thinkers, authors, and artists. Her jaunt in Paris cultivated her appetite for travel, since which she has traveled to over 10 countries, including Cuba, Turkey, and India. You can frequently find her being yelled at for getting way too close to art in museums, speaking French with anyone she can, marveling at anything art nouveau related, getting lost in a book, or wandering aimlessly around the city.
Kim Pia (Intern) believes that all things that are truly beautiful are also truly useful. She recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she pursued a degree in English with minors in Spanish and Linguistics. A Bay Area native, she has come back from college eager to once again partake in the Bay’s natural wonders and densely-packed humanity. She enjoys hiking, listening to Brazilian Portuguese (maybe someday she will even understand it), committing small acts of rebellion, and anything that involves bread. She is interested in helping people understand themselves and their world through exploration of art and nature.
Sadi Rebsch (Video Editing Intern) is digital media artist who currently resides in New York state. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Film and Japanese from Vassar College, where she learned of the complex discourse of film through history as well as about the rich culture of a country on the other side of the world. Her interests are geared towards digital illustration and animation, both of which have influenced her current pursuits in the motion graphics field. For the time being, she freelances as a graphic designer and social media assistant while happily volunteering at two of Westchester’s historical theaters, Tarrytown Music Hall, and Irvington Town Hall Theater.