Our Team Members
Manager, Community Access Pass
Ticketing & Sales Supervisor
Kelsey discovered her interest in sustainability while attending Sonoma State University and decided to dedicate herself for the long haul. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Planning with an emphasis in Energy Management and Design and is passionate about making a difference by educating people about energy efficiency and ways to cut energy use. As a San Diego native, she grew up coming to the museums in Balboa Park and it holds a special place in her heart. She loves being outside, gardening, cooking, hiking, the ocean, and the occasional Netflix TV show binge.
Kristen Mihalko has experience in program development, event planning and execution, and communication. As an advocate for career development and personal growth, she is an active board member of the San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals and participates in Drinking About Museums, Rising Arts Leaders, San Diego Leadership Alliance, and the San Diego Young Nonprofit Professional Network. At the Partnership, Kristen embraces new ideas and responsibilities. Over the years, she has worked on events such as Smith Leadership Symposium, Trustee Dinner, Drinks, and Discussion, Trustee Celebration, and the annual One Park – One Team BBQ. As a natural networker and relationship builder, Kristen has established herself as a leader in her field – in fact, she was a nominee for the Friends of Balboa Park Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader in Balboa Park Award in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Family Resources with a certificate in Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from National University.
Senior Manager, Learning Institute
Manager, Programs & Special Events
Director, Events & Public Programs
Director, Sustainability & Community Relations
Stephania Villar is a huge advocate of community outreach and engagement and joined the Partnership to assist with Maker Faire San Diego, the Explorer Annual Pass, and other BPCP events and programs. Having earned a BA in History from Pitzer College and an MA in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she has previously worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and Coronado Historical Association and is also an active member of Rising Arts Leaders. She’s a big lover of stories, food, travel, and memes.
Michael is currently the Director, Parkwide Communications for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a non-profit supporting 30 organizations residing on the 1,200 acre Balboa Park campus. In this role, he is focused on building the Balboa Park brand and positioning the Park as a must-visit destination. Michael was formerly the Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, among other leadership roles held during his 20+ years with the non-profit San Diego Zoo Global.
Michael’s proven ability to assess process and improve quality and efficiency has led to the management of hybridized creative processes, blending both in-house and agency creative resources for excellent ideation and maximized execution. As a brand manager, he has had major roles in transformational rebranding, new brand creation, and brand hierarchy management. Michael also has extensive experience managing media strategy and buying processes, as well as public relations and social media strategy development and execution.
He believes that synergy between creativity and logic are the recipe for success.
Director, Parkwide Communications
Director, Community Engagement