About OTL

Meet the Staff

Contact specific members of the driving forces behind OTL's success.

Elisa Thomson, Executive Director


 
Elisa received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and continued her education at Art Center Pasadena and The Brooks Institute of Photography. She traveled extensively as a photojournalist and worked as a photo editor for ABC-Clio/Exegy. Her teaching is also informed by her many years as a commercial photographer for clients such as Quiksilver, Roxy, Tea & Scones, and House. Before founding Outside the Lens, Elisa was the lead educator at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.
elisa@outsidethelens.org

Lucy Eagleson, Program Director


 
Born and raised in Escondido, California, Lucy spent about 3 years living and volunteering at an orphanage in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was during that time that she found herself in the midst of unique stories as she came to know the wise individuals behind those journeys. That wisdom, paired with a deep appreciation for the power of the image, inspired Lucy to pursue a career in filmmaking. Lucy obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and she continues to produce and direct short documentary films. She is honored to bring her passions together by seeking to instill in young people the importance of telling their stories, while providing them the skills necessary to create digital content.
lucy@outsidethelens.org

Tim Lawrence, Operations Manager


 
Tim is an experienced operations & administrative professional, with extensive experience serving San Diego-based nonprofits. In his free time, "Timmy Too Fun" loves collecting tupperware and maintaining his record for the best Zoolander pose in the office.
tim@outsidethelens.org

Brooke Newman, Program Manager


 
Brooke received her B.A., multiple subject teaching credential, and M.A. in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, San Diego. She has taught for sixteen years, and during that time collaborated with OTL for ten years with the Cameras in the Classroom program. Brooke is excited to mentor our OTL Media Educators and to empower youth across San Diego to use digital media. In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, being outdoors, cooking and gardening.
brooke@outsidethelens.org

Liliana Hueso, Media Educator


 
Liliana is a bi-national bilingual accomplished producer, filmmaker, and photographer. She has extensive experience in teaching media, facilitating workshops, and organizing community events on both sides of the border. Liliana is currently completing her masters in photography management at IBERO Universidad Iberoamericana de Tijuana to add to her degree in mass media communications from ITESO Universidad Jesuita Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX
liliana@outsidethelens.org

Amiel Capinpin, Media Educator


 
Amiel is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Visual Arts-Media focusing on Video and Digital Cinema and a minor in Studio Art. After college, he served a year with Outside The Lens through the LISC AmeriCorps program and now works with our Cameras and Community programs. Amiel is excited to continue working with youth and watching them share their own stories. In his free time, he can be found dancing, running, or playing guitar.
amiel@outsidethelens.org

Jana McBeath, Media Educator & Youth Council Coordinator


 
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Jana graduated with her M.A. and B.A. in photography from the Manchester School of Art in the North of England. She has extensive experience as a freelance photographer and as a teaching artist for young people and is hugely passionate about both. When not taking photos you can find her dreaming about the ocean or watching sci-fi movies with her husband.
jana@outsidethelens.org

Kevin Tung, Program and Marketing Associate


 
Kevin was born and raised in New York City. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography. He has a passion for storytelling, and using photography to tell those stories. When not behind a camera you can find him on the golf course, the theater, or playing bar trivia. Kevin currently serves at Outside the Lens through AmeriCorp’s VISTA program.
kevintung@outsidethelens.org

Amari Dixon, Media Educator


 
Born in Northern California as part of a military family, Amari has lived in the States and London, and is a product of her broad cultural experiences. She began college as a Journalism major and one day picked up a camera to photograph for an event, and never looked back, graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Photojournalism. Her work reflects a creative mixture of interest in cars, sports, fashion, and people from the perspective of a photojournalist. Amari's unique flair allows her to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments and form a lifelong connection with her audience.
amari@outsidethelens.org

Melanie Kaplan, Media Educator


 
Born and raised in Chicago, Melanie received her B.A. in Studio Art with a specialization in Photography from Illinois State University. During her studies, she joined the daily student run newspaper as a photographer which really sparked her passion for photojournalism. Bringing both her love for photography and joy of working with children, during her time as an art instructor at The Boys & Girls Club, Melanie is proudly helping to empower youth through digital media by serving at Outside the Lens through the AmeriCorps LISC program.
melaniekaplan@outsidethelens.org

Ronald Epps, Media Educator and Volunteer Coordinator


 
Ronald was born and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating with a Bachelors in Broadcast Media from San Francisco State, Ronald decided to leave his hometown and start a new life in San Diego. Ronald has Experience working with youth as a volunteer coordinator and swim instructor, which inspired him to combine his love for media with youth empowerment. He wants to prepare young minds to better understand the influence and utilize the power of the media.
ronald@outsidethelens.org

Shelby Woulfe, Operations and Development Coordinator


 
After earning her Bachelor’s from DePaul University, Shelby Woulfe fled from the harsh Chicago winters to sunny San Diego. She was accepted to University of San Diego, where she received a Master’s in Leadership Studies. Shelby worked in youth development programs since her first job as a camp counselor at White Pines Ranch; since then, she has gained over ten years of experience managing childcare programs. Shelby is now honored to serve as the Operations Coordinator for Outside the Lens, as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
shelby@outsidethelens.org

Semoria Mosley, Programs & Design Associate


 
Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Semoria received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Art from Claflin University. She has decided to bring her love of photojournalism, youth and artistic expression to San Diego. Her passion lies in storytelling and creating her own niche in the world of communications art. In her free time, she doodles and serves as a freelance creative photographer.
semoria@outsidethelens.org

Caitlin Arocho, Marketing & Development Associate


 
Caitlin is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, earning her B.A. in Anthropology. After spending four years on the east coast, Caitlin decided to return to California to serve a one year position with Outside the Lens through AmeriCorps VISTA. Caitlin is interested in visual media, documentation, and bringing to light otherwise hidden stories.
caitlin@outsidethelens.org