Meet Our Team

Kathi Firth
Community Manager

Kathi’s a ‘Member-to- Coordinator’ team player. As a freelancer, she discovered the supportive environment of coworking and now supports our team and members! You’ll hear of all Satellites when she’s introducing our concept–really likes to celebrate flexible workspace options that provide paths of success. With a background in publishing and information systems, she enjoys learning technologies that help small business workflows. Away from the office, she volunteers in local programs or enjoys the Bay’s coastal beauty with ‘express’ dog Elfi.

Jay Smith
IT Manager

Jay keeps the tech world of The Satellite humming, from broadband to data networks to cloud infrastructure to videoconferences and VoIP phones. Raised in Chicago, he started a small computer company years ago, learning on the job. He’s run IT for motorhome dealerships and dabbled in the logging industry. Have you seen some of the gorgeous woodwork at The Satellite Santa Monica from his milling efforts?

Barbara Sprenger
Chief Executive Officer

Barbara has 23 years experience in starting, managing & growing profitable companies. She founded an engineering & manufacturing company, taking it international & selling the company to an Ohio-based multinational. She has a strong background in real estate investment & green building. Barbara holds a BA with highest honors in Economics & Master of Public Policy degree. Her passion is in building & supporting community.

Ken Meshke
Director of Facilities

Co-founder and successful entrepreneur with over 27 years experience in operations, engineering, manufacturing and sales and commercial real estate investment, development and construction.