Board of Directors
Paul Kallmes, Board Chair brings considerable professional diversity to everything he does. He has worked as an engineer, environmental consultant, mountain guide, electronics manufacturer, and intellectual property strategist. He has served on numerous boards, including a non-profit that provides high quality, low cost eye care to people in Nepal, India, and China. Currently working for Pride Industries, a large non-profit corporation that provides jobs for people with disabilities, he looks forward to applying his problem-solving skills in new settings.
Gabriel Diamond is the staff filmmaker and photographer at the Skoll Foundation where he creates stories about the world’s most celebrated and successful social entrepreneurs. Prior to Skoll he was a freelance filmmaker, photographer, teacher, and actor. His award winning short documentary “We Are In The Field” which follows the adventures of a Nepalese animal rights activist is now being turned into a feature length doc staring Jane Goodall. He co-founded The Youth Sounds Factory in Oakland, an advanced video production company and learning lab for Bay Area youth, and taught filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Adobe Youth Voices. He's a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory Theatre, and New College of California. Gabriel's portfolio is at outsidefilms.com.
JR Sheetz is the documentarian and video producer for LRNG, an endeavor to create a 21st century ecosystem of learning that combines in-school, out-of-school, work-based, and online learning opportunities that are visible and accessible to all. JR began documentary work while traveling with The End of the World Cirkus, capturing stories of folks with incredible vision and dedication. Since then he has collaborated with organizations like the National Writing Project, Institute of Play and Hive Learning Networks to tell stories of learning-impact in and out of schools. JR attended the Integrated Electronic Arts program at Alfred University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Paul Kallmes, Executive Director brings considerable professional diversity to everything he does. He has worked as an engineer, environmental consultant, mountain guide, electronics manufacturer, and intellectual property strategist. He has served on numerous boards, including a non-profit that provides high quality, low cost eye care to people in Nepal, India, and China. Currently working for Pride Industries, a large non-profit corporation that provides jobs for people with disabilities, he looks forward to applying his problem-solving skills in new settings.
Vanessa O'Neill, Finance and Operations Manager has nearly twenty years experience working with non-profits and arts organizations, providing support with financial management, budgeting and reporting, and program administration. She has served as Associate Director with the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Program Director at San Francisco Cinematheque, and currently works as Bookkeeper and Financial Administrator with a number of local arts organizations, artists, and small businesses. She is also an artist and filmmaker, active in the experimental arts community.
David Cole, Project Director works at the intersection of creative learning, college and career readiness, literacy and technology. He is currently a research fellow at Manylabs.org, an initiative funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which brings together makers, educators and scientists to work on open tools and data science. A former English and writing instructor with experience in publishing and online learning, he’s developed collaboration platforms for classrooms and professional development and led curriculum design projects in and out-of-school, including STEM2STEAM, youth internships and service learning.
Myriam Bouchard, Project Manager is a business advisor and strategist. She brings methodology and forward thinking, addressing the minutia of the day-to-day operations while keeping in mind the end goal. She has over fifteen years of experience and a broad perspective helping entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations with their projects and business ideas, including funding, financial analyses, and projections.
Elisabeth Sylvan is Senior Research Scientist and has a lifelong passion for sociotechnical systems that support creativity, shared knowledge and collaboration. Currently a Fellow at Manylabs, Dr. Sylvan was previously the VP of Education at The Tech Museum and, before that, a Researcher Scientist at the nonprofit education R&D firm, TERC. Her M.S. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.
Claudia L'Amoreaux focuses her work on the Future of Learning. Her education + technology practice includes co-founding multimedia labs and new media apprenticeship programs for youth. She has led online learning initiatives in education and professional development for UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, The NROC Project (Connected PD), NFTE Bay Area (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurism). She directed education programs for Linden Lab—innovators of the 3D internet (2006-2010). She has advised universities, colleges, large urban school systems, small rural schools and international Ministries of Education on how to use the 3D internet for 21st century learning.
Linda Bouchard has composed over 60 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC and Analekta in Canada, ECM in Germany, and CRI in the US. A full compact disc of orchestral works called Exquisite Fires was released in 1998 on the Canadian label Marquis Classics. She has won awards in Canada and in the US. Linda studied with Henry Brant at Bennington College and then moved to New York City where she lived from 1979 to 1990. While there, she composed, led contemporary music and made orchestral arrangements for the Washington Ballet, the St. Luke's Orchestra and various churches in the Metropolitan area. She was Assistant Conductor for the New York Children's Free Opera with the St. Luke's Orchestra from 1985 to 1988.
In 1990, she returned to Canada and was guest conductor for the "Atelier de Musique Contemporaine" of l'Université de Montréal. In the fall of 1992 she accepted a three-year position as composer in-residence for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In 1997, Ms. Bouchard received the Prix Opus as "Composer of the Year" by the Conseil Quebecois de la Culture. Ms. Bouchard moved to San Francisco in 1997.