Our Team

Louise Pencavel
Director of Pro Services

Head shot of Louise PencavelLouise has hosted and produced several programs at the Midpn Media Center. She now heads up Professional Services, the production company that produces professional videos in support of the Midpen Media Center’s non-profit activities. Originally from Northern Maine, Louise’s education includes a BA cum laude in Drama from Vassar and an MA in Communications from Stanford. She has produced, hosted, 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 she has produced a pilot for a parenting series for Public Television, The Parent Survival Guide. She has produced several independent programs for Bay Area corporations including Sunset Films, Bechtel Corporation and Raychem.  She also worked as a reporter for California Courts News, a series for California Court Employees, and taught several video classes in the Bay Area. She is married to a professor of economics at Stanford University and has three children. In her spare time she volunteers as a tutor and mentor in the public schools.
 
 

Karen Adams
Studio Production Manager

head shot of Karen AdamsKaren Adams began her professional career as a geologic researcher and technical editor, employed for a total of 12 years by the Alaska State Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research focused on the Alaskan Brooks Range, the northernmost mountain range in Alaska. Karen branched into video and television production to bring natural sciences to the public and has now been employed in the video arena for over a decade. Her experience spans both field and studio production roles. As a staff producer, Karen created 148 episodes of local news & issues programming. As studio manager, she has overseen productions of dozens of community producers and hundreds of volunteer crew members, as well as professional productions for client services. Karen’s work has been recognized with over a dozen awards, including two regional Emmy nominations, two San Jose Video & Film Commission Joey Awards.

 

 

Nancy Brown
Producer, Videographer, Editor

head shot of Nancy BrownNancy’s background is in graphic design, photography and documentary film. She has a BA in Art and a Masters in Communication from Stanford University. Nancy produced, directed and edited several short documentaries, some of which have gone to film festivals around the world. Nancy first came to the Midpen Media Center in the late 1990s, when it was called MPAC. She worked as crew in the studio and designed an annual report for the organization. She produced and directed an award-winning local public affairs program for three years, called Border Crossings. Nancy also taught field production, studio production and editing, and became a part-time Production Manager in the studio. She helped develop teaching curricula for our studio graphics software, for the Zoom-In field production series, and for Final Cut Pro video editing classes. In addition to shooting and editing for Professional Services clients, she designs websites, designs graphics for a number of studio productions, and creates special effects pieces for studio and field.

 

Doug Kreitz
Producer, Instructor

head shot of Doug KreitzDoug was drawn to visual media while a teenager living in Germany where his father served in the U.S. Military. His German photo instructor sparked in him a love of the craft, and an appreciation of the rewards of creating visual statements for others to see. His passion for photography soon evolved from a simple hobby into his profession as an adult. He has worked in studio portraiture, documentary photography, and, for seven years at the University of California,  instructed graduate students in technical/scientific photography. His varied photography experience served him well as he transitioned to video production and to teaching video and photography skills at the Midpen Media Center.