Ms. Stokstad is a nationally recognized executive leader in community media television with more than 15 years of experience managing and building award-winning public and government cable access production centers across the country.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Stokstad has been the executive in charge to build and operate numerous award-winning community cable access television studios serving the needs of the public and local governments in cities across the country, including Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and California.
Ms. Stokstad has been a tireless advocate on the national and local levels for free speech, community media, open government and community access cable television programming.
Stokstad is a native of Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications from the University of Iowa. She served as Board Chair from 2014-2016 for the Alliance for Community Media, a premier national organization that represents the interests of cable access organizations. In 2014, Business Life Magazine named her as one of the San Gabriel Valley’s top Women Achievers.
Emmy-nominated Producer-Director Karen Adams has been creating community-focused media for over 18 yrs. As the Media Center’s Production Manager-Staff Producer, Karen oversees 300 studio shows annually — training, coaching, and supervising a pool of over 300 producers and crew, and managing a team of part-time studio technicians.
As Staff Producer, Karen has produced hundreds of episodes of primarily local public affairs programming. She currently produces the award-winning series “Make the Call,” featuring family and friends of murder victims in an effort to reduce violent crime, and “Media Center Studio Session,” a global music series celebrating cultural diversity in music, art, and dance.
Karen also develops strategic collaborations with local non-profit, educational, and government agencies to kick-start their cable TV/Internet presence and broaden their community reach. Community groups with whom Karen has partnered in launching cable series include Abilities United (for the differently abled), East Palo Alto Police Department, Open to Hope (grief support), Palo Alto Community Environmental Action Partnership (PA-CEAP), Palo Alto History Museum, San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, Senior New Ways, and Stanford Dept of Psychiatry.
Aside from 4 Emmy nominations, including one for the PBS-aired documentary “Riding the Storm,” Karen’s projects have been recognized with a San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award, 2 San Jose Film & Video Commission Joey Awards, and Cinequest and Berkeley Film Festival screenings, among 2 dozen or so honors. Karen has a passion for documentary film and has served on the United Nations Association Film Festival Advisory Board & Jury.
Of all Karen’s professional accomplishments, she feels truly privileged to support the Media Center’s community producers in realizing their vision and in bringing about a more connected, curious, cognizant, and compassionate community one episode at a time.
I took the Media Center studio class here in April 2007 and began volunteering regularly thereafter. I liked the work and the environment so much I joined Midpen Media Staff part time in October 2007, becoming full time staff in 2011.
As Communications and Marketing Manager, I keep people informed about what’s happening at Midpen plus I put people together to work on projects together, to find the mentoring or the services they seek. I run our bimonthly Studio Tours. I go out into the community to cover events but also to represent Midpen. Once people come through our doors, they are amazed at the variety of services and experiences they can have here.
This Media Center is the perfect place to develop and publicize your particular talents or interests or opinions. Public Access is a great way to incubate your talent if you plan to go national. Public Access is also the best media resource I know of that allows you to serve your community right here. National media outlets rarely reflect the interests of the local community. The Media Center gives us locals a real voice and a real choice.
Among other duties, I am responsible for interacting with the producers of the TV shows that you see on Channels 27, 28, 30 & 75. I am also a producer, and am particularly interested in identifying local songwriters and profiling their music on the show “American Songwriter.” Plus I host the monthly show West Coast Songwriters where local artists perform original music.
My name is Lupita Segura and I’m the Administrative/Finance Assistant here at the Media Center. I have a BA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. When I’m not working, I like to volunteer on shows, here at the Media Center, go to the movies, and read.
Delicious… Eclectic is how Dave Sorokach describes living in California (having moved here from the East Coast a dozen years ago) and in particular his experiences at the Media Center. Unless for no particular reason staff is hanging out in the parking lot, Dave’s is usually the first Media Center face visitors encounter. You see, Dave works the front desk, greeting The People, answering The Phone, and anticipating his strategy for dealing with The Next Solicitor.
His duties include scheduling producers in the studio, coordinating class offerings, posting the program schedules on the web page and submitting them to the local newspapers, and making sure there’s plenty of paper in the copy machine.
Occasionally donning the “Instructor’s Hat,” Dave teaches a class in Lighting. When not at the Media Center, Dave is other places, including the kitchen at home where he enjoys making and eating things.
Chris is in charge of technology at the Media Center.
He grew up in London, England and obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of York in the north of England. He has lived and worked in the US since graduating in 1984, initially in Boston, MA and locally on the peninsula since 1991. His first job after college was as a software engineer, part of a small team working on one of the earliest non-linear video editing systems, the Montage Picture Processor, which was used to edit numerous prime-time Hollywood TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wonder Years and McGyver. Later, it was used to edit several feature films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and Francis Coppolla’s Godfather III.
He subsequently worked for Ampex in Redwood City, writing control software for a digital video production switcher and a family of high-capacity data and instrumentation recorders. He sometimes wonders if his career is moving in the right direction.
Chris lives in Redwood Shores with his Czech wife Svata. He always splits aces and eights and usually doubles down on ten and eleven.
Jesse Norfleet is the Youth and Community Engagement Manager for the Media Center. One of his primary tasks is to work with youth, particularly those who are underserved and under resourced, to get more involved in using video and technology as an empowerment tool, and giving them a voice. He also reaches out to local non-profit organizations to help and encourage them to use these same tools and our channels to tell their stories and highlight the work that they do.
While his position is a relatively new one, developed in Sept. 2014, Jesse previously did a 12-year stint with the Media Center. During that time, he taught field and studio production, was a staff producer and served as Programming Director for 6 years. His production honors include numerous W.A.V.E. and Hometown Awards as either a Producer or Director.
While TV and Video production have been a major part of his life, Jesse’s life passion has been to help develop youth, both academically and socially. He believes all children, should have the opportunity to pursue their passions, and to have a healthy productive life. He has over 16 years of working in youth development and education. Most recently he served as the Student Life Director for College Track East Palo Alto from 2007 – 2014. Other jobs have included teaching in public and private schools, and serving as a Director for the Leadership Training Academy and the Black Male Rebirth Project, both organizations based in East Palo Alto, CA.
An avid music lover, Jesse has played with the Potential Jazz Ensemble since 1983. Although a long time Bay area resident, Jesse stills call Memphis, TN., home. His life goal is “to bring peace to the world, one day, one interaction at a time”.
Jeff McGinnis has been with the Media Center since the early 2000’s, working in a variety of capacities including staff videographer, editor, instructor, and equipment monitor.
An expert user of Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects, he has worked on many types of video projects including documentaries, promotionals, animated effects, and fictional short films. Jeff has a degree in television and film production from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.
Jeff is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area.
Nancy’s first connection to the Media Center was as a volunteer in the studio. She joined the staff in 1999, producing and directing an award-winning local public affairs program. Nancy has worked in all aspects of video production, including shooting, editing, and special effects animation, for field and studio. She also worked on the Pro Services website and other design projects.
As a Media Center instructor, Nancy taught field production, studio production and editing, and also became a part-time Production Manager in the studio. She was a curriculum developer for studio graphics classes, for the Zoom-In field production workshops, and for Final Cut Pro video editing classes.
Nancy’s background is in graphic design, photography and documentary film. She grew up in the midwest and transplanted herself to the west coast at the tender age of 19. She received a BA in Art and a Masters in Communication from Stanford University. Before the Media Center, she produced, directed and edited several short documentaries, some of which have gone to film festivals around the world.
Nancy’s home is in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where she enjoys spying on the wildlife, organic gardening and rowing crew in the early morning hours.