Featured Satellite Staff: Olivia Fely

Featured Satellite Staff: Olivia Fely

Hi! My name is Olivia and I’m the Community Manager at Satellite Workplace and Digital Media Studio in Santa Cruz. My background is in sports and sports facilities management. Before Satellite, I worked for the Santa Cruz Warriors where I learned about broadcasting, eventually becoming a member of the broadcast team. 


I started working for Community Television of Santa Cruz County (CTV) as an operator in 2020 and transitioned to Community Manager of our coworking space in May of this year. 


I love working around various digital media producers and artists. Our members are always respectful and bring bright smiles to the office. It’s exciting to come to work and feel a strong sense of community. 


Something I did not expect when I started working for CTV and Satellite Workplaces is the excitement I find when learning about our members’ projects and creative outlets. 


One of my favorite things about our location is the proximity to amazing food and the beach. I also really enjoy the bright atmosphere and open feel of the building.`


Outside of work, I love to read any and all types of books and I love being at the beach. My ideal days off are spent reading at the beach all day. 

Featured Satellite Staff: Ron Bonhagen

Featured Satellite Staff: Ron Bonhagen

Ron Bonhagen was born and raised in New Orleans and spent his early adult life in the Washington, DC (Northern Virginia) area with an extensive career in sales and marketing. Ron moved with his family to California as a real estate broker and property manager in 2007 to the Campbell (Pruneyard) area. As a small business owner and member of business groups, like the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Ron loves networking and collaborating with other small business owners.

The Satellite Workplaces members at The Pruneyard in Campbell love the fantastic location! The Pruneyard has undergone a transformation in the last couple of years and now maintains its prominence as one of Silicon Valley’s premier destinations to go to work and to enjoy life with unparalleled cuisine and retail shopping!

After work, Ron enjoys spending time with his two boys, keeping up with the latest news in sustainable energy technologies, and going to local electric vehicle events, which all align well with Satellite Workplaces’ mission!

Featured Satellite Staff: Barbara Sprenger

Featured Satellite Staff: Barbara Sprenger

I live and breathe coworking these days, and the greatest part of that is meeting and chatting with our wonderful members. You’re all doing such exciting things!

I’ve lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains for many years, raising my four kids here. Over time, though, I’ve gone through a lot of iterations: living in England for three years (two kids born there); living in West Virginia for eight years with no running water, growing most of our food (two more kids); starting a technology business and growing its two niche products to 90% of the world market before selling to a Fortune 1000 business; and in the middle, getting degrees in Economics and Public Policy.

You may notice the software that is in the background of everything you do at the Satellite: Deskworks. That’s the main thing I work on these days, making it easier for people to create the workplace of the future. A future in which people can work anywhere in the world virtually while connecting in their chosen community, avoiding commutes and the resultant CO2 emissions, working closer to their kids, and generally improving their quality of life.

That’s why I’m here.

Featured Satellite Staff: Lunna Mendez

Featured Satellite Staff: Lunna Mendez

Hi there! I am Lunna Mendez, the new Community Manager at Greenhouse Coworking in Gilroy. It is a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful community of members.

I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I graduated from Law School and had a few years of experience working mostly with Intellectual Property. I speak Portuguese, Spanish, English and a little bit of Italian too.

I recently moved to Gilroy and am happy to be working with people that are always driven to give their best to their communities. Every day I feel inspired to give my best and help our members to have a memorable experience at Greenhouse Coworking. I am happy to help our community to grow.

What I like the most about what I do is being able to meet so many inspiring people and hear their stories and what they’re passionate about. I am also really proud of being the Community Manager of the first coworking place in Gilroy!

I have a passion for learning languages, music, and painting. You can find me painting by the park, falling while I try to roller skate, and of course, at the front desk of Greenhouse Coworking. Please, feel free to come visit me. I would love to get to know all of our members.

Featured Satellite Staff: Reed Thompson

Featured Satellite Staff: Reed Thompson

Reed Thompson is a career-long Silicon Valley veteran, starting his career at Hewlett Packard, and then moving on to a fast-growth startup, Trace. Then, founding Youth Sports Network (now known as active.com), and later two other startups.

Reed is now working as the COO at Satellite Deskworks & Workplaces, primarily focusing on “Deskworks”.

“I move from one Satellite location to another, but I suppose “Home” is in Sunnyvale; as it is closest to my home – that’s what it is all about, right? Frankly, there are too many distractions in my home office, so the Satellite Workplace locations provide a welcoming home away from home. Also, the Members I’ve met are friendly and approachable.

I’m excited about my company Deskworks; we’ve really created an exemplary, timely, and important software solution for Coworking and Flex Space centers. The Deskworks team believes our solution is the very best available in the marketplace.

Lastly, I have 7 amazing kids (not really kids any longer) who are now beginning to add grandkids to the mix!”


Featured Satellite Staff: Victor Mora

Featured Satellite Staff: Victor Mora

Victor Mora expertly juggles two roles at Satellite Workplaces Gilroy, aka Greenhouse Coworking. He is both Assistant Community Manager and Media Operations Manager for CMAP TV. We sat down with Victor to ask him about his two roles and experiences at Satellite Workplaces.

What’s your background?

I’m originally from sunny San Diego and moved up to Los Angeles after high school to study film. From there I pursued a career in video production. After a couple of years I moved to the central coast where I became the Media Operations Manager for CMAP TV, a non-profit in Gilroy. CMAP brings media access to the community of Gilroy and San Benito County. I’m also an Assistant Manager for Greenhouse Coworking.

What do you love about working at Satellite Workplaces?

The friendly team of Community Managers and others. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful when I have any questions. They all have awesome personalities so it’s easy to get along with them!

What’s your favorite thing about your members?

I enjoy the personal relationships I build with them. I like to hear how they’re doing and how their businesses are doing.

What’s your favorite thing about your Satellite location?

I like that we offer not only some great office space but also a full studio with a control room to broadcast and a green screen! It’s such an interesting thing to offer here in Gilroy. I don’t think many know it’s out here. We’re hoping to change that!

What’s something unexpected about working at Satellite Workplaces?

You never know what the next member will be like. Satellite Workplaces offers so many different membership options that we might get a student, a small business owner or someone who just needs a space to work on personal creative projects.

What’s something you’re excited about right now?

I’m currently excited about the airing of our second episode of “CMAP presents Community Spotlight”. It’s very rewarding to see something created and released online and on air. It was also shot and edited here at Greenhouse Coworking!

Can you tell us about yourself outside of work?

Other than assisting at Greenhouse Coworking and filming for CMAP, I’m typically out at the movies or at a concert with friends. 2022 is also the year I create more video edits for my personal social media! I’ve also recently realized that my hobby is running, so a lot of my free time is dedicated to training for my next marathon!