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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Aaron Mizak

Field Project Coordinator, Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing

Aaron Mizak assists in exploring, implementing, and piloting new and existing technologies at senior centers in the San Diego area.

Aaron brings 5 years of experience managing programs and group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities in San Diego County and briefly in Madison Wisconsin.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences from Cal State San Marcos and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Aaron briefly played baseball in college as a pitcher, before decided to dedicate more time to school and nonprofit work.

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.