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Talent Scout

See someone here you would like to talk to? Want to learn more about the TechSF Apprenticeship Program?  I am here to help. Email anita@bavc.org

In good company

TechSF talent have found homes at over 200 different companies in the tech industry including Oracle.

In good company

TechSF talent have found homes at over 200 different companies in the tech industry including PayPal.

Thank you so much for your guidance and support! I wouldn't be where I am without my education, mentoring and training provided by you, the instructors at TechSF.

Graphic & Web Design Graduate

Cynthia Salinas

Junior Software Engineer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Socially intelligent, Adaptable, Multidisciplinary, Cross-culturally adept, Analytical

Tools of the Trade:  HTML/CSS, Javascript

Fun Facts: I’m a bookworm. I indulge in anything about personal growth, business, and spirituality. I enjoy teaching others how to cook and I’m also a karaoke fanatic – I’m always in the mood to sing.

Experience: Santen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Bay College Fund, San Francisco Union District

Laura B. Johnson

WordPress Specialist / Digital Content Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: WordPress, Social Media/Digital Content management, professional. Primarily for higher ed., small business, & nonprofits

Tools of the Trade: WordPress, HTML/CSS, Bootstrap

Fun Facts: My personal research project is called Technologies of Gospel: Circuits and Networks of Sacred/Secular Innovation

Experience: Graduate Theological Union, Internet Archive/Archive.org, Earth Island Institute

 

Reynaldo Barrioz

Visual/Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Web Design, Video, Photography, Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Premiere, Powerpoint, WordPress, HTML

Fun Facts: I love to Salsa dance. My wife and I often go to Salsa by the Sea at the Santa Cruz Wharf and dance the afternoon away. I volunteer with the Watsonville Film Festival, the multicultural film festival of the Monterey Bay, in the areas of graphic design, marketing and fund development. I enjoy gardening. 

Experience: Amazon Lab126, Levi’s, American Red Cross, San Jose Mercury News

Mercedes González

Bilingual Video Editor & Motion Graphics Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Bilingual, Strong interview skills, Translation and Transcriptionist

Tools of the Trade: Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. FCP 7

Fun Facts:  I am originally from Spain (Madrid). Swing and fusion dancing, hiking, having a good laugh with friends, reading witty writers work, cooking, eating and watching movies and tv series are the kind of things that make me very happy.

Experience: I have worked on documentaries, narrative, music videos and corporate videos for Google; San Francisco based ad agencies such as OWC, School of Thought and Madrone Studios; Reebok and IGN Entertainment. My most recent work includes the instructional videos for the FasTrak website, and editing on the spot some of presentations held at one of Google macro events: Google Cloud Next 2018. Smoakland, a short that I edited, added special effects and helped with pre-production, was selected for the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival 2018 and screened on July at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco

Morgan Walter

Videographer, Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Documentary and Event Videography, Post-production, Color Grading

Tools of the Trade:  Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Canon cameras

Fun Facts: I recently spent two months working at a hostel in Warsaw Poland! As a filmmaker, I am drawn to this craft because it allows me to collaborate with other creatives, and explore worlds, ideas, and perspectives. My passions for filmmaking include travel, lifestyle, and documentary work and I have worked in a variety of industries, and edited multiple file formats from various cameras. I also love Television series’, and would love to produce or direct one in the future. My all-time favorite shows are “Bloodline”, “This is Us”, “Broad City”, “Parenthood”, “Pushing Daisies”, and “Breaking Bad.”

Experience: Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Tabrizi Productions, 12FPS, Daniel Gruen Weddings, San Francisco State School of Cinema

Rebecca Silvers

Visual Storyteller

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Motion Graphics, Animation, Illustration, Background Design, Post Production, Storyboard Art, Short Form Animation, Non-Fiction & Educational Video Series

Tools of the Trade:  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Toon Boom Harmony

Fun Facts: Passionate about working on short form animation in all its glorious iterations. Born and raised in SF Bay Area, cat lover, soup maker, avid consumer of Netflix and self-help audiobooks, enjoy making stop motion animation out of food, and eating delicious food, not necessarily in that order. Created a short film about a butterfly based on a kid’s book I wrote and am still planning to publish some day with any luck.

Experience: Digital Promise, Free Range Studios, The Distillery, The Creative Group, The Clock Factory, Bunny and Boar, The Ignition Point Web Series, Crossfade Coven, Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, DMA Animation, Nightshade Books, Penguin Books, McGraw-Hill

 

John Hollander

Jonathan Hollander

Web Developer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills:  Responsive Design, Team Communications, Sales Development (strategic planning) Digital Marketing, WordPress, Video Production, 6+ years sales experience.
Developed sales strategy for dental offices (2016): Independently conducted strategic industry research, identified target audiences, proposed sales plan & performed sales presentation for a Direct to Consumer product

Tools of the Trade:  HTML5/CSS3, SEO Analytics, ASP.NET, XML, CouchCMS 

Fun Facts: I once caught a leopard shark without a fishing pole, ask me how.

Experience: University of the Pacific, Saidi Smiles, Whitehall Jewelers, Impressions by the Inch. Created multiple Web based projects including Digital Marketing strategy, Social Media strategy, website Design that has led to Real Estate Purchases, Start-up Development, and wonderful friends along the way.

 

Mei Yee Tse

Visual / UI / Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Visual Design, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Front End Development in HTML/CSS, Exhibition Graphics, Print Design and Client and Vendor Management.

Tools of the Trade: HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, InVision, Adobe Bridge, MS Office

Fun Facts: I most recently spent time working as a Web Designer at San Francisco Health Plan and at Tightrope Interactive designing and building out websites, web portals, landing pages and web banners. I am versed in hand-coding HTML and CSS. I enjoy working in a collaborative environment where everyone contributes ideas to bring a project to life. I read a lot – over 40 books a year in both fiction and non-fiction. I am conversant in Cantonese and grew up in San Francisco. I love exploring the different neighborhoods in the city. I do kid-like illustrations for fun.

Experience: My own freelance design business, San Francisco Health Plan, Tightrope Interactive, ESI Design, Glazer and Kalayjian

 

Tamara Perkins

Director/Producer/Writer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Production, Project Management, Program Management, Development, Business Strategy, Communications

Tools of the Trade: Video Production, Budget Management, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management tools

Fun Facts: I taught yoga and filmmaking at San Quentin State Prison, have been a volunteer grief support facilitator for over 15 years, and presented a TEDx talk about the human face of incarceration and our fickle understanding of redemption 

Experience: Apple of Discord Productions, AT&T, The Wisdom Project, Niroga, and INROADS.

 

Kathryn Gritt

Communications Professional + Multimedia Storyteller

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Content generation (writing and photography), Photoshop post-production, Visual communications, Document template design, Marketing communications

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign

Fun Facts:  I’ve made over 100 flavors of ice cream from scratch, I volunteered with the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, I own and ride a vintage Honda motorcycle.

Experience: HVS (Hospitality Valuation Services), BMS Design Group, California College of the Arts, Credit Suisse

 

Jonah Baka

Front-End Developer & E-commerce manager

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Budget management, Web production

Tools of the Trade: JavaScript, Python, Ruby on rails, InDesign, HTML5, CSS3, C++, MySQL, WordPress, JQuery, UI, Knockout.js (MVVM), Bootstrap, Jasmine, Grunt. Tools like Git/GitHub, Brackets, GIMP, Jekyll, CVS, SVN, Git/GitHub

Fun Facts: I volunteer at a homeless shelter, I like playing piano, I enjoy playing soccer. I was an a background actor on one episode of how I met your mother in Los Angeles

Experience: Approvers, Silicon valley peripherals, Warrior films

Gary Hall

Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Project Management in IT, Communication, Team Facilitation, Customer Service, Systems Engineering

Tools of the Trade: Budget management, scope of work creation, PC/Windows troubleshooting, network configuration, desktop hardware

Fun Facts: Passionate about fitness, nutrition and cooking and love sharing tips with others on how to improve in these areas.

Experience: Envision Fitness, Ports America, Intuit, Inc., University of California, San Diego

Michael Folliett

Video Producer & Motion Graphics Artist

LinkedInPortfolio

Top Skills: Video Production, Motion Graphics, Marketing & Communications, Photography, Digital Asset Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, WordPress, Mac user environment & troubleshooting, Customer Service

Fun Facts: I’m a music enthusiast – I love old Doo Wop, R&B, and Soul. I’ve been creating a geocache black books art project. I’m interested in experimental book making and discontinuous approaches to storytelling.

Experience: Video & Multimedia Producer, ROBLOX Video Production Specialist, NOAA Video Producer, BCTV

John Lai

UX & Product Designer / Art Director

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Creative Development, Creative Strategy, Design, Marketing, Research, Branding, Ideation.

Tools of the Trade: InDesign, Skech, Invision, AfterEffects, PhotoShop, XD, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Keynote, Microsoft Office

Fun Facts: Love languages and culture – lived all over. Completed intense training in martial arts 6 hours/day in extreme humidity. Conquered overheating 🙂 Lover of plants and animals.

Experience: Some e-commerce Start-Ups, DO Thailand Co., Ltd (Editorials), Taiyi Advertising Co. (Topwin), Freelance Video Production, Baby Jane (Ariztical Entertainment)

 

Michael Axtell

Creative Video Producer / Production Coordinator / Owner, Dreaming Monk Productions

LinkedInPortfolio

Top Skills:Video Production, Video Directing & Interviewing, Video Post-Production / Editing, Creative Writing, Camera shooting, Budget Management, Customer Service, Social Media Marketing, On-camera delivery, Photography, DSLR

Tools of the Trade:  Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro, PC / Windows User Troubleshooting. Languages: Advanced in Spanish; Conversational in Japanese; Elementary in French, Korean, Bambara, Sanskrit.

Fun Facts: As a creative video producer, I have many years of experience producing, writing, directing, filming, and editing video content. I also provide project management, coordination, and consultation services, including overseeing budgets and building cohesive creative teams. I use a human-centered design approach to my work. I specialize in creating content dealing with social justice, human development, health & wellness, technology, sports, and sustainable fashion.

Experience: SuperWellness Movement, Thrive Alliance NGO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Dreaming Monk Productions, San Francisco Film Society, AboveGrey Pictures, The Bay Club, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, AfricanSky NGO, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Sylvia Roberts

Animator Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Animation, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, Film Production, Visual Effects

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Premiere

Fun Facts:  I’ve always had a passion for singing and music, but it wasn’t until I was 34 years old that I was moved to do it myself. So I  joined a band.  I was fortunate to get hooked up with some great musicians and mentors. We went on to write and self-release 2 albums, and played a multitude of shows in the Bay area.

Experience: Pixar Animation, Discovery Science Channel, PBS, Lumen 3D, MX Production Services

In good company

TechSF talent have found homes at over 200 different companies in the tech industry including Google.

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Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Animator / Instructor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Stop Motion Animation, 3D Computer Animation, 2D Computer Animation, Post Production, Instruction, Set Design, Rig Building, Illustration

Tools of the Trade: After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: I helped start an artist residency in rural New Mexico, I improvise on piano (which sometimes makes its way into film projects), and I use Legos for everything from building plaster molds for animation sets to building camera rigs. I grew up without a TV or much exposure to movies in general.

Experience: Freelance work for private individuals, bands, companies like Deep Focus, Riffiti, Assist Basketball Network, Nomadic Press, as well as independent films such as “The Past Inside the Present” and “Fantastic.” Teaching-related positions at Media Poetry Studios and Reed College.

Alex Dorn

Video Producer / Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Production, Copywriting, Shooting and Editing Video, Integrated Marketing, Advertising

Tools of the Trade: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, SEO, Mac Troubleshooting

Fun Facts: I learned how to edit using actual film; I grew up on a farm in the Atacama Desert in Chile; I volunteer for the Community Technology Network, a group that teaches the Elderly and disenfranchised how to use technology.

Experience: PRN, HitFix.com, Modus Operandi, PhilsFilms

Experienced

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Nomi Talisman

Multimedia Producer / Editor / Motion Graphics Artist 

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing, Motion Graphics design & animation, Shooting video (& still), Excellent sense of design and color- moving and still, Video production

Tools of the Trade: After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign

Fun Facts: My first job was teaching kids animation and stop-motion. I’m really into font – sometimes I try to figure out what the font is, and skip reading the sign altogether. I enjoy birdwatching.

Experience: Community Resource Initiative (CRI), Center for Capital Assistance (CCA)

 

 

My work at TechSF has made me realize how important it is that I focus less on a job and more on a career strategy.

Motion Graphics Graduate

Elisabeth Khaghani

Engineering Operations | Program Management | Project Management 

LinkedIn

Top Skills: IC design: SOC, ASIC, IP (Intellectual Property), mixed signal, microcontrollers, microprocessor, Memory IP; Hands-on technical design skills; Program management; Project management; Sourcing and Licensing of IP, EDA tools, foundry, packaging and test; Directing alliances between partners, customers, and vendor; Managing global teams; cross-functional teams
Tools of the Trade: Python, Zurmo

Experience: Zilog, Nvidia, PortalPlayer and TriMedia

In good company

TechSF talent have found homes at over 200 different companies in the tech industry including Adobe.

Kristine Poggioli

Non-profit Direct Response Copywriter / Storyteller / Digital Marketer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Storytelling, copywriting, interviewing (getting clients and CEOs to tell their stories), Non-Profit Fundraising (direct response letters, email campaigns, newsletters); Public Speaking, Presentations, SEO, graphic design

Tools of the Trade: PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, SEO, Keyword Analysis,  WordPress, HTML

Fun Facts: I have a certificate in Basic Construction – love DIY house projects; wrote and published a San Francisco guide book, “Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive.”

Experience: 20 years’ experience writing for America’s most notable non-profits

Roger Chang

Video Content Development/Senior Producer

LinkedIn Portfolio

Top Skills: Show development, Producing daily live in-studio shows and live video streaming events, field production, and video post-production workflow: editing (Premiere and Final Cut Pro), encoding and delivery.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

Fun Facts: Co-host “East Meets West” podcast (www.subbrilliant.com/emw/) with Tom Merrit – audio podcast dedicated to discussion of everything and anything. Been continuously recording and publishing since Oct 2005. Once played a game of ping pong with Star Trek: TNG’s Wil Wheaton while shooting “House Call”, a reoccurring segment on “The Screen Savers” starring myself and comedian Scott Herriot. 

Experience: Daily Tech News Show, Discovery Digital Networks, Ziff Davis, CNET

In good company

TechSF talent have found homes at over 200 different companies in the tech industry including Apple.

Liza Besso

Visual & Motion Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: I work in motion graphics, visual design, identity and brand creation, illustration, 2 and 3D animation, character design, and motion graphics shorts are my favorite.
I am experienced with motion graphics, typography and graphic design. I can produce a 2D feel and/or 3D realism through modeling, lighting, cameras, and materials. I have created web and print collateral. I have exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills. I am a dynamic team player, but also driven to set individual goals.
What I was born to do it seems – since I was a little girl I’ve always been fascinated with cartoons, movement, and story telling.

Tools of the Trade: Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D, AfterEffects, PremierPro, InDesign

Fun Facts: I love to dance. My favorites are fusion, Latin and Middle Eastern. I gentled to wild mustangs and found them loving homes. Sketches of them can be seen on my website. I can run a 5k in under 28 minutes.

Experience: Mosaic Research PartnersDon Grant Alameda Point Youth Track Club

 

Derek Sajbel

Videographer / Motion Graphics Artist

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing / Post, Motion Graphics, Shooting Video, Multi-Camera Shooting and Editing, Directing, Documentary, Music Videos, Sizzle Reels, DVD & Blu-Ray Production, Color Correction, Video & Audio Compression, Media Management, Event Production, Website Management, Teaching

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7 & X, Avid, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress

Fun Facts: Recording artist and DJ – Dr. Rek, Volunteer organizer of free or charity music events for TechAngle, Speaks Japanese.

Experience: Rough House, 1/29 Films, Spy Post, Japanese Ministry of Education

Garret Navalta

Videographer / Producer / Motion Graphics Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post Production Editing, Shooting Video, Motion Graphics

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

Fun Facts: I enjoy playing instruments such as guitar and piano. I am also a basketball fan.

Experience: Digital Revolution, Common Sense Media, Already Alive Productions

Svetlana Butnaru

Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Adobe Creative Cloud (After Effects, Premiere, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom), Avid Media Composer, hand drawing & painting, photography, sound design.

Tools of the Trade: Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop

Fun Facts: I speak five languages. I am particularly knowledgeable about art, and art history. I have a training background in hand drawing and painting. I am well versed in European cinema, in particular Scandinavian and Italian. I’ve lived in Milan, Bucharest, and New York City. I regularly practice Bikram Yoga, I am a certified scuba diver. I love to read books – fiction and short stories, Russian literature, British and French Medieval Literature, but also big American classics, and poetry from all over the world.

Experience: The Harker School, DDB Remedy, Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners, Filmcore / Beast Editorial, Zeum

Sharla Gillard

Web Designer

LinkedIn Portfolio

Top Skills: Art Direction, Creative troubleshooting, Interpersonal Skills

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, CSS, HTML, and basic Javascript and PHP

Fun Facts: Participate in charity sporting events, play the flute, teach martial arts.

Experience: Next Wave Logistics, Experian, LM2

Keith Burton

IT Professional

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Network Security, Network Administration, Server Administration, Mac/PC Troubleshooting, Desktop Hardware, Mobile Hardware, Virtualization, Customer Service

Fun Facts: I love Gaming, I study personality typing MBTI/Socionics/Enneagram, and am passionate about Japanese Animation

Experience: San Francisco Study Center, Apex Systems, TriNet, Academy of Art University

Felicia VanEvery

UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Market research, Web design, Web development, Responsive design, User experience research, User centered design, Persona development, Demand generation, Content marketing strategies, Online marketing, Inbound marketing, Email marketing, Search engine optimization (SEO), Search engine marketing (SEM), Social media marketing, Website management, Primary and Secondary research, Ethnographic market research, Wireframing, Prototyping

Tools of the Trade: Adobe: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Captivate, Edge. AptanaStudio3, Intellij, Coda, Git, Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress, Google Analytics, Salesforce, Hubspot, OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, ActionScript

Fun Facts: I love photography, and focus on landscapes. I have a side project where I photographed my grandmother’s paintings for future reproduction and am working on marketing her paintings in order to sell and rent them.

Experience: Left Brain DGA, Xtelesis Corporation, Sage Payment Solutions

Andy Bydalek

Digital Media Producer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Award-winning media development with a focus on storytelling, media project management and creative problem solving. I specialize in creating engaging, quality media on cost effective budgets.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: My unique insights and humor allow me to explore challenging subjects in a way that makes them accessible and engaging.

Experience: Frameline, Deluxe Media, Accenture

 

Joselito Tolentino

IT Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Project scope and budget management, Customer Service

Tools of the Trade: Network and Security, Desktop and Mobile Hardware, Mac, PC and Windows savvy

Fun Facts: I lived 11 years in Japan and 4 years in the Netherlands. I volunteer at the USO San Francisco Airport.

Experience: U.S. Air Force

Shaheen Patel

Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Program Management, Team Building, Global Deliveries

Tools of the Trade: IT Project Management, Budget Management, Work Scope Creation, Mentoring, Vendor Management, Global Team Building & Engagement

Fun Facts: Travel buff, foodie & putting travel and food together is my passion

Experience: Netflix, Cisco, S Square Consulting