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Arts & Entertainment - March 15, 2017

Leadership change at Midpen Media

Annie Folger, executive director of the Midpeninsula Community Media Center for the past 15 years, has retired. While the organization's board looks for a new leader, Debbie Gisonni will serve as interim executive director.

Board President Barbara Noparstak said it will be challenge to find someone with Ms. Folger's unique combination of community building, technical expertise and talent-development skills.

Ms. Gisonni has 25 years of experience heading companies in fields including consumer media, high tech, health and wellness, metaphysics, education and hospitality.

Her "leadership in both corporate and nonprofit organizations will give us the leeway we need to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent executive director," Ms. Noparstak said.

The organization, usually known as the Midpen Media Center, started small in Palo Alto in 1990, with one telephone, second-hand furniture and equipment, one employee and a handful of volunteers. It now has five cable TV channels and contributes programming to a sixth regional channel. Seven full-time employees, dozens of part-time employees and contractors, and hundreds of volunteers work there.

Midpenmedia.org, the organization's website, live-streams the channels and programming is available on-demand. It provides public access cable television for residents of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Stanford.

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