Team

Pacific Arts Movement Staff

Kent Lee

Executive Director

Kent Lee has worked in the nonprofit industry for a decade and is a graduate of UCSD. Prior to serving as executive director, Kent was a Pacific Arts Movement volunteer and board member for several years. Kent previously served as Director of Development & Marketing at the Boy Scouts of America overseeing all fiscal and development operations. Kent also brings a depth of experience from other non-profit organizations where he volunteers – including the Asian Business Association, International Deaf Education Advocacy & Leadership, API Advisory Group to the Mayor of San Diego, Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, and Alpha Phi Omega.

kent@pacarts.org | 619-400-5905

Brian Hu

Brian Hu

Artistic Director

Brian Hu is a film critic, teacher, and scholar. He completed his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and did his dissertation research in Hong Kong under a Fulbright fellowship. He is the author of hundreds of articles on film and the arts and his writing has appeared in edited volumes and journals as well as in the online magazine Asia Pacific Arts, which he co-edited from 2006 to 2011. His book Worldly Desires: Cosmopolitanism and Cinema in Hong Kong and Taiwan is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of San Diego.

brian@pacarts.org | 619-400-5908

Glenn Heath Jr.

Glenn Heath Jr.

Managing Director

Glenn Heath is a lifelong San Diegan with years of experience in organizing film festivals and the media arts field, including working as the Programming Director at San Diego Latino Film Festival and teaching film studies for National University and Platt College. He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Film Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara and his Master’s Degree in Television, Film, and New Media from San Diego State University. Currently, he’s also the Film Critic for San Diego CityBeat and has contributed criticism to Little White Lies, RogerEbert.com, Cineaste, Brooklyn Magazine, Slant Magazine, Fandor, and Mubi.

glenn@pacarts.org | 619-400-5909

Sabrina Ruiz

Marketing & Communications Director

Sabrina Ruiz brings experience in entertainment, social media and communications to the marketing and public relations efforts of Pacific Arts Movement, helping connect audiences to stories and storytellers in the Asian and Asian American community and beyond. A native San Diegan, Sabrina moved several times before re-settling in San Diego—moving up to the Bay Area to pursue a Bachelors in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and then across the country to New York to work as a part of the Corporate Communications & Media Relations team at HBO, while simultaneously completing her Masters in Corporate Communications & Public Relations at NYU.

sabrina@pacarts.org | 619-400-5912

Krystel Gapasin

Membership & Engagement Director

Krystel Gapasin manages Pacific Arts Movement’s membership program serving over 300 members annually. A San Diego transplant by way of Los Angeles, Krystel brings years of film and entertainment experience as a film producer, as well as, marketing and special events experience from her time on the staff of East West Players, the premiere Asian American theatre organization and longest running theatre of color in the country. She has previously worked with Visual Communications and the Center for Asian American Media. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Film and Visual Culture from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently enrolled at the University of San Diego pursuing a certificate in Strategic Online Marketing.

krystel@pacarts.org | 619-400-5910

Kathleen Dang

Development Associate

Kathleen Dang is a native San Diegan, educator, and community volunteer. She majored in Archaeology and Art History at UC San Diego and will have a Masters of Education from National University in 2019. She has been involved with a number of cultural and educational organizations that serve to engage the community in Asian and Asian American focused topics. As an educator, she has instructed thousands of students throughout San Diego County on history, art, and culture.

kathleen@pacarts.org | 619-400-5911

Seasonal and Part-Time Team

Education Team

Rizzhel Javier, Reel Voices Instructor
Frank Howley, Reel Voices Coordinator

Festival and Events Team

Kait Joven, Volunteer Manager
Kao Vang, Volunteer Coordinator
Anthony Noceda, Theater Operations Manager
Chris Paffendorf, Production Coordinator
Mario Guerrero, Facilities & Logistics