photo: Beth Charlesworth (left) & Mike DiBattista (right)
by Eva Barrows
Midpen Media Center Board member and Treasurer, Michael DiBattista is stepping away after thirteen years of service on the board. His last meeting was February 26. The staff and board took the opportunity to acknowledge him for his dedication to the organization and legacy of exemplary service on the board. He joined the organization in 2005 representing Atherton. He was a member of the Finance Committee since April 2005 and served as Treasurer of the Board since 2009.
His experience working at several startup and established companies in Silicon Valley for over 25 years was invaluable to the organization. He was in various engineering and manufacturing management roles including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, and TiVo where he has been employed since 2004. He is the managing member of DiBattista Investments, LLC, a company owning and managing commercial and residential property in California. DiBattista holds a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Davis in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, CA.
Elizabeth Kiler, Midpen Media Center Finance Manager, said. “Mike was a joy to work with and he will be missed. His calm and reflective demeanor served the organization well. He helped guide the board through the process of building a solid financial foundation.” The entire Midpen Media Center board and staff wish Mike well and hope he enjoys his free time!
Midpen Media Center welcomes incoming board member and newly appointed Treasurer, Beth Charlesworth. Charlesworth specializes in litigation and digital media marketing. As Vice President at Stanford Consulting Group, Inc. Charlesworth is a consultant, project manager, and expert witness in financial economics for business litigation. She is also the owner of Charlesworth Productions LLC where she helps businesses, educators, and social advocates engage their clients with video and other digital media. Charlesworth holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Charlesworth took the Zoom In Video Production Workshop in 2010 and immediately joined the Zoom In Volunteer team where she created short videos in the service of local non-profits as well as for Midpen Media Center. She quickly became a team player on volunteer production teams and a mentor to other Zoom In volunteers. Charlesworth regularly serves on the team of judges for the Zoomies, Midpen Media Center’s award for hyperlocal videos created through the Zoom In program. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience, production experience as well as a Midpen Media Center volunteer’s perspective to the board.
Board President Sue Pelosi says, “Beth has a rare blend of experience with the Midpen Media Center as a producer and has ties to the Midpen Media Center volunteer community and staff, she has a strong interest in the future success of the Midpen Media Center AND an excellent background in law, business and analysis, which makes her a perfect addition to the board!”