Project Team

Filmmakers

Tom KeiterTom Keiter, Executive Producer

With twenty-five years as a documentary filmmaker and fifteen years experience on the film and video faculty at Penn State, Tom Keiter brings a wealth of production knowledge and experience to the Geospatial Revolution Project.

His work has received national recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys), CINE Golden Eagle, the International Film and Video Festival, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Keiter was the project architect and executive producer for Liquid Assets, the public service media project on water infrastructure, and has served as executive producer or producer/director on numerous public television documentaries.

Stephen SteptStephen Stept, Writer-Director

Stephen Stept has won a number of major television awards—including the Emmy, Writers Guild, duPont and Peabody Awards—for his documentaries aired on PBS, HBO, ABC, Discovery, ESPN and other cable and broadcast networks.

Kristian BergKristian Berg, Writer-Director

Kristian Berg has been writing and producing national science and history programs for twenty years. Past work includes PBS series History Detectives, NOVA scienceNOW, Newton's Apple, ZOOM! and DragonflyTV. Kristian's awards include a National Emmy nomination; a Gold Plaque from the Chicago Film Festival; a Cine Golden Eagle; and the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Stephanie AyanianStephanie Ayanian, Producer and Co-Director

Stephanie Ayanian is a senior producer/director for Penn State Public Broadcasting and was the producer and co-director of Liquid Assets.

Ayanian's work as an independent producer led to a 2005 Superfest Best of Festival award and a 2006 Black Maria Film Festival Second Place award. She also was chosen to create the 2006 Philadelphia International Film Festival opening trailer.

Cheraine StanfordCheraine Stanford, Producer and Co-Director

Cheraine Stanford brings experience in journalism, independent film and public television to her role as producer at Penn State Public Broadcasting.

Before joining the WPSU team, she worked on several projects at Maysles Films in New York and served as a Production Assistant on the documentary Muhammad and Larry. Stanford also served as Production Coordinator for the Peabody Award-winning election roadshow series for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

Greg FeinbergGreg Feinberg, Editor

Greg Feinberg has been a film editor for nearly 15 years, with national TV credits since 2002. Feinberg edited Chautauqua: An American Narrative, and The Marines for PBS, and Dining Cars USA for The Food Network/Oregon Public Broadcasting. Feinberg's projects have won numerous awards, including EMMY, Telly, CASE, and Communicator. Feinberg edited Liquid Assets for Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB), and has teamed with PSPB since 2001.

Mark StitzerMark Stitzer, Director of Photography

Mark Stitzer is a videographer and editor for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Prior to working with Penn State, he did freelance audio, editing, videography, and motion graphics for companies including Jockey Clothing and the U.S. Navy. Stitzer's recent work has aired on The Big Ten Network and earned him industry awards including a Regional Emmy and a Telly.

Joe MyersJoe Myers, Animation and Effects Supervisor

Joe Myers is creative director at Penn State Public Broadcasting. He has received Mid-Atlantic Emmy best documentary honors for his A Road to Independence and Grange Fair: An American Tradition, now in national distribution with PBS.

Catie GrantCatie Grant, Associate Producer

Catie Grant has been working in pubic television since graduating from Penn State in 2005. She previously worked for Western New York Public Broadcasting in Buffalo, New York, where she co-produced several regional programs.

Project Management

Melanie Doebler, D.Ed., Executive Producer and Project Director

Melanie Doebler has more than twenty-five years experience working in program planning, development, and evaluation in a variety of academic and field settings.

As the director of public engagement for Penn State Public Broadcasting, she serves as project director and development executive for public media projects.

Elaine BrzyckiElaine Brzycki, Project Manager and Funding Relations

Elaine Brzycki has more than twenty years experience in higher educational administration, with a focus on communications, fine arts, engineering, and education. Brzycki oversees the Geospatial Revolution Project outreach initiative and facilitates relationships with the partners. She served as project manager and development executive for the Liquid Assets project.

As manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting's grants and contract relations, she works with corporations, foundations, and organizations interested in funding public media projects.

Lindsey Faussette, Project Associate

Lindsey Faussette, a Penn State Graduate in Arts and Women's Studies, has worked for Penn State University for ten years, and has been a part of the Penn State Public Broadcasting production and outreach teams for the last three.

As a project associate she assists with funding, community outreach initiatives, and project management. She served as a production coordinator for the Liquid Assets project and for many other local productions and national documentaries.

Multimedia

Steve NelsonSteve Nelson, Design & Communications

Steve Nelson is a multimedia specialist with Penn State Public Broadcasting and serves as a designer for the Geospatial Revolution Project.

With more than fifteen years experience, Nelson led the web and print design work for the Liquid Assets project and has recently completed projects including LadyLions.com, outinthesilence.com, nano4me.org, and domesticviolence.psu.edu.

Tom WilsonTom Wilson, Multimedia Design

Tom Wilson is a programmer with expertise in PHP, JavaScript, and Flash. He is the manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting's multimedia team and has been working/playing with online media for 13 years.

Recent work includes Flash games, video and social media integration, and working with content management and delivery.