The people behind the work.

Kari Olson

Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Front Porch and President, Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing

In addition to serving as president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation & Wellbeing, Kari Olson is the chief innovation and technology officer for Front Porch®. As president of the award winning Front Porch Center, she explores innovative uses of technology to empower individuals to live well, especially in their later years.

Kari is actively involved in the Aging 2.0 Alliance and Leading Age Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) where she is currently serving as a commissioner and steering committee member. She has also served as a CAST Boomer Technology Needs Research chair, co-chair of the Provider Workgroup and Leading Age Innovation Cabinet member. She speaks nationally about Front Porch’s work in innovation and technology.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from UCLA.


Davis Park

Director, Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing

Davis Park is the executive director of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW), and develops and manages all of its technology initiatives and programs. The FPCIW is a center of excellence in Front Porch, one of Southern California’s largest not-for-profit providers of retirement living communities and affordable housing. Davis has two decades of program development experience in technology implementation in senior, low-income, and other underserved communities to explore and deploy innovations to help people live well. He has served as a presenter or facilitator in dozens of regional, national, and international conferences. Davis is the former director of Community Technology Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center, where he managed several community-based initiatives that focused on bridging the digital divide. Davis is also an inaugural member of the Zero Divide ZFellows, a program developed to facilitate technology adoption and and social justice to underserved communities. He has served on several boards and committees dedicated to promoting technology access, adoption, and policy, and holds a BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley and a Masters from UCLA’s Urban Planning Program.


Julie Santos

Project Coordinator, Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing

Julie Santos implements and manages training of technology-based solutions and pilots at senior communities in Southern California by working closely with start-up technology companies, non-profits, and research institutions.

Julie holds a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Megan Park

Field Project Coordinator

Megan Park coordinates the implementation of technologies that benefit older adults living in senior housing communities by partnering with start-ups, existing companies, and innovative non-profit & research-based organizations. Megan holds a BS in human biology from UC San Diego and an MS in gerontology from the University of Southern California.

 


Tonia Nguyen

Field Project Coordinator

Tonia Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L is one of the field project coordinators for Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW). She investigates emerging consumer technology innovation and collaborates with various stakeholders including start-up and established technology companies, researchers, senior care professionals, and senior community members to design, pilot, and train in outside-of-the-box solutions that optimize aging-in-place, wellness, function, independence, and accessibility for older adults. With her background in occupational therapy, Tonia strongly believes facilitating individuals’ continued ability to engage in meaningful activity across the lifespan is a major key to health and wellbeing.

Tonia previously completed her occupational therapy doctoral residency year at FPCIW with a doctoral portfolio of work focused on “Promoting the Role of Occupational Therapists in the Design and Implementation of Innovative Technology Solutions for Meaningful Aging.” She also won the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s Mark and Semira Moshayedi Innovation Award for successfully pitching a proof-of-concept accessory design that supports smartphones as accessible multi-tools for low-vision older adults. Tonia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Master of Arts degree in occupational therapy, and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree all from University of Southern California.


Kristle Bulleman

Field Project Coordinator

Kristle Bulleman has an incredible passion for people, health and wellness.  Combining these passions with project management skills, Kristle serves as a field project coordinator on the Center for Innovation and Wellbeing team.  It is her priority to provide older adults and vulnerable communities with technological resources that can improve their quality of life. Kristle is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BA in Theatre Design and Technology with a Minor in Business Management.  Her background includes multiple positions in the areas of social services, humanitarian aid, and health and fitness. Some of her certifications include NASM Personal Training and a Health and Wellness Coach certification from Real Balance 360.