Hillary Leone, Principal and Founder
Cabengo’s founder and principal, Hillary Leone, is an artist, writer, and producer with more than twenty years of creative, management and technology experience. As a seasoned professional with hands-on experience leading projects for large institutional non-profits, she brings strong creative and project management skills to the team. She is a keen communicator and active listener, a synthetic thinker who can weave disparate ideas into a practical work plan. Hillary’s strategic and creative leadership informs and guides every Cabengo project. Prior to founding Cabengo, Hillary had been an internationally-recognized installation and new media artist. She is a two-time NEA grant recipient and Whitney Biennial artist, with experience in a broad range of materials. Her work, widely represented in private and museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been exhibited in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and has been featured in print, television, and radio. Hillary was an adjunct professor and visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design for four years and has lectured widely in the US and abroad. Hillary holds a BA in English and Semiotics from Brown University; a BFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts; and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in Studio Art.
Jenna Park, Art Direction, Graphic and Interactive Design
Jenna Park is an artist and designer with more than thirteen years of experience in interaction and graphic design. She has worked as an Art Director and Designer at Cabengo since 2000. She has had key roles in the design and creative development of Cabengo’s portfolio, including websites for the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, Storm King Art Center, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Our Courts, and New York University. Her work is distinguished for its elegant aesthetic, backed by a keen understanding of information and user interface design. Additionally, she has worked with agencies such as C&G Partners, Tribal DDB, Canvas Brand Advisers, Oxygen Media, Calvin Klein and DailyCandy, and startups such as Artspace, SalesCrunch and OneWire. In 2008, she founded a Brooklyn-based bakery called Whimsy & Spice with her pastry chef husband and designs all the creative aspects of the company’s brand. Jenna attended the Cooper Union School of Art; earned a BA in Music Composition and Technology from Evergreen State College, and an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.
Catarina Mota, User Experience Design
Catarina Mota has 10 years of experience in information architecture, interaction design, and rich media content for both the web and physical environments. She has served as lead information architect and creative director on numerous projects for museums, companies, universities, and governmental institutions based in Portugal, New York and Los Angeles. She has worked with Cabengo since 2001, as lead architect, usability specialist, and interaction designer. In addition to her hands-on work in interactive technology, she is a Research Fellow of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and a Visiting Scholar at ITP-NYU. Her research focuses on participatory culture, open access, knowledge sharing and maker culture, more specifically in the fields of digital fabrication and hardware development. She is co-founder of openmaterials.org and altlab.org, as well as member of the AZ Labs Network board of directors. Catarina holds a BA in Communication Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal (FCSH-UNL); an MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University and is currently a Ph.D candidate at FCSH-UNL.
Mirek Nisenbaum, Technical Direction
Mirek Nisenbaum is a developer, interactive designer and producer with more than 13 years of experience in a wide range of screen-based interactive media projects. As principal of Studio Mobile, he has extensive experience in web technologies, interface design, and custom and open source systems, including Drupal and WordPress. He has been working with Cabengo since 2002 as a technical consultant, developer, and UX team member. Studio Mobile’s recent projects include developing a proprietary app for urban exploration for Ishi Systems; a booking engine and custom social network for Excellence Resorts; and a “weightless” digital space for Milk Studios. Mirek has won numerous national and international awards, including Japan Media Arts Festival/ Excellence Award; ID Magazine/Excellence Award; several Telly awards; SXSW/Best animation website; and more. Mirek has a BA in Fine Arts from Fine Arts Academy in Minsk, Belarus.