Nancy Brown


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.

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Sara Bennett


Sara is the manager of the sports department, as well as being a studio tech.  She graduated from the University of Arizona School of Media Arts in 2009 before moving back to the Bay Area where she started volunteering at the Media Center.  When the opportunity to take over the sports department arose, she was excited to take on the challenge of teaching youth sports broadcasting, as well as filming local athletic events.

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Katie Rentzke


Katie Rentzke is passionate about community development and using media to uplift and engage communities. As the Communications Coordinator, Katie uses this passion to provide leadership in all areas of the Midpen Media’s communication, which includes content marketing, social media, and public relations. Katie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, a Master in Visual Communication from Ohio University and has over ten years of experience utilizing media based storytelling to tell the stories of nonprofits.

Though originally from Dayton, Ohio Katie has lived in many unique places including Atlanta Georgia, Covington Kentucky, Cape Town South Africa and now Redwood City, California. Katie’s love for storytelling is also expressed in her photographic work as a documentary photographer where she has explored the stories of those across the US, Southern Africa and Europe. She founded and directed the Urban Voice Youth Photography Project, an after school program that teaches marginalized youth photography in order to give them a voice, improve literacy and foster racial reconciliation. Urban Voice has been implemented among inner city homeless youth of Atlanta, Georgia as well as in the informal settlements of Gugulethu and Manenberg in South Africa.

Elliot Margolies


Elliot Margolies has produced and facilitated community-focused media in the Silicon Valley since 1984. He was the founding Executive Director, in 1990, of the Midpeninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Margolies has helped over three hundred Midpeninsula nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and community groups to produce video programs and, more recently, media designed for the web. In 2000, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce awarded him the “Tall Tree Award” as Professional of the Year. He currently works as Strategic Initiatives Director for the Media Center writing grants, managing projects, and coordinating web strategies.

He recently completed a media and communications project with the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and initiated a new multi-media project on immigration stories for families throughout the Silicon Valley.

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Louise Pencavel


Hi I’m Louise Pencavel. I produced and hosted two interview series,at the Media Center for many years. Now I’m Director of Production Services, the branch of the Media Center that produces professional videos in support of our non-profit work.

I grew up in the wild woods of Northern Maine and later received a BA cum laude with in drama from Vassar and an MA in Communications from Stanford. I have produced, written, shot, and edited film and video in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Productions have included news, documentaries, and children’s programs for KPIX, KRON, and KGO in San Francisco and three nationally televised documentaries for PBS through KTEH in San Jose: What Price Employment?, Master Class, and All Stressed Up and No Way to Grow.

Most recently I produced a two-part pilot for a parenting series for KTEH, The Parent Survival Guide, which we hope to turn into an ongoing series.

I have also produced several independent programs for Bay Area corporations such as Sunset Films, Bechtel Corporation, and Raychem.

I currently work part-time as a reporter for California Courts News, a series for California Court Employees and I teach several video classes locally. I am married to a professor of economics at Stanford University and have three children. In my spare time I volunteer as a tutor and mentor in the public schools.

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Doug Kreitz


I was drawn to visual media while a teenager living in Germany where my father served in the U.S. Military.   My German photo instructor sparked in me a love of the craft, and an appreciation of the rewards of creating visual statements for others to see.

My passion for photography soon evolved from a simple hobby into my profession as an adult – I have worked in studio portraiture, documentary photography, and, for 7 years at the University of California, I instructed graduate students in  technical/scientific photography.

My varied photography experience has served me well in my transition to video production and to teaching video and photography skills at the Media Center.

I love teaching students by communicating to them my enduring passion for the visual arts.  I take great joy in encouraging their learning and growth so that they can realize their vision for storytelling.

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Mary McCargar-Van Arkel


Mary most recently enjoyed 20 years as a SR. administrative assistant at Intel Corporation. She supported numerous Directors, and two Intel Fellows: including their diverse engineering, marketing, and research teams. Mary has planning, organizational skills, and event planning experience from her Intel years. She also has worked with other non-profits and has grant writing experience. Mary has retail management and marketing experience from when she was a store manager, and marketing director for 5 picture framing stores. She hopes to put all this and her degree in Arts Administration to good use to promote and support the Mid-Peninsula Media Center. She also looks forward to using Social Media and other tools to promote the MidPen Media Center.

Mary is excited to learn the tools of Video and TV Production and be a part of the MidPen Media Center. In her personal time she enjoys running and hiking, movies, music and photography. She enjoys hanging out with her husband and two boys 15 & 16 and getting time with her daughter 29 & son 27 when she can. She has written a screenplay and is interested in producing documentaries and short films.