STAFF

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Executive_Director_Kent_Lee

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 Lee

Executive
Director

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Marketing_Director_Sabrina_Ruiz

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 Ruiz

Marketing & Communications Director

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Artistic_Director_Brian_Hu

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 also Assistant Professor of Television, Film and New Media at San Diego State University.

Brian Hu

Artistic
Director

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Christina Ree

Program
Manager

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Membership_Director_Krystel_Gapasin

A San Diego transplant by way of Los Angeles, Krystel Gapasin 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 Gapasin

Membership & Engagement Director

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Development-Associate_Kathleen_Dang

Kathleen Dang is a native San Diegan, educator, and community volunteer. She has been involved with several cultural and educational organizations that serve to engage the community in Asian and Asian American focused topics such as Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, San Diego Chinese Women’s Association, and NAAAP San Diego. As an educator, she has instructed thousands of students throughout San Diego County on history, art, and culture. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Archaeology with a minor in Art History & Criticism from UC San Diego and is currently a Master’s of Education with Teaching Credential candidate at National University with a specialization on US Education in a Global Context.

Kathleen Dang

Development
Associate

Pacific_Arts_Movement_Managing_Director_Glenn_Heath

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 Heath Jr.

Managing
Director

Interested in joining our team? See our open job & internship opportunities.

PART-TIME & FESTIVAL TEAM

PART-TIME TEAM

Lou Lou, Marketing Coordinator

EDUCATION TEAM

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

INTERNS

Rachel Tam, Marketing & Community Outreach Intern

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Pacific Arts Movement is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, in charge of governance, ensuring resources, and the strategic direction of the organization. Board members meet monthly and serve a minimum two-year term.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Deborah Hall | Board Chair

Marketing Professional

 

Gary Wong | Vice-Chair

Retired, Banking Executive

 

Kathy Ilacqua | Secretary

E.W. Scripps Company/KGTV, Integrated Account Executive

 

Harlen Bayha | Treasurer

Wells Fargo, Regional Marketing Program Manager

 

Stephen Chin | Chair Emeritus

Sharp Health Plan, Manager, Accounts Management & Community Relations

MEMBERS AT LARGE
ADVISORY BOARD

Michelle Belgar

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, VP, Relationship Manager

 

Wendy Gillespie

Frontier Trading, Inc. and Starhawk Productions, President & CEO

 

Kevin Kwon

Morrison & Foerster, Associate

 

Chris Lee

Qualcomm, Inc., Art Director & Senior Brand Manager

 

Huy Ly
Meijun, President & CEO

 

Alka Rao

Independent Event Speaker

 

Jayrell Ringpis

Snoice, Owner

 

Teresa Skrepenski

Skrepenski & Associates, Principal

 

Leon Wu

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Market Sales Manager – Preferred Banking

Eunice Bragais

U.S. Bank

Jonathan Cheng

Procopio

Dr. Leeva Chung

University of San Diego

Jonathan Fohrman

Mira Costa College

Varsha Israni

Individual Investor

Robert Ito

Ito Girard and Associates

Sheila Kanoya

Port of San Diego

Ed Lee

ELT Insurance Services

Grant Lewis

Morgan Stanley

Lani Lutar

Responsible Solutions

Michelle Ma

Qualcomm

Louis Song

Proven Recruiting

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