RETN Staff

CORE STAFF

 

Scott Campitelli, Executive Director

scottc@retn.org  |  x.26

Scott has been the executive director of RETN since 1997. In his work in education Scott was a middle school teacher in Essex and St. Albans, teaching social studies, language arts, and compensatory math and reading. Working in broadcast television, he was a production technician and later the Director of Learning Services at Vermont ETV (now VPT). He also did some freelance production work for national and local productions in the northeast. Scott has had the pleasure of overseeing RETN's technical evolution from an SVHS-based production and cablecast operation to the current all-digital video facility embarking on HD local television channels. Scott is the chair of the Vermont Media Exchange Governing Committee of the Vermont Access Network. Previously he served on the Alliance for Community Media's national Server Standards Committee, working to reach alignment of files, formats, and file-sharing processes among the major cablecast video playout systems for community media channels across the country.


 

Jess Wilson, Director of Production

jessw@retn.org  |  x.23

Jess joined RETN in December 2012 after spending 13 years as an Executive Producer and Channel Director with CCTV/Channel 17 Town Meeting Television in Burlington. During her time at CCTV, Jess produced, shot and edited documentary style videos for CCTV's non-profit clients. She also managed video production and live webstreaming for events and produced Channel 17's election coverage. Prior to her work at CCTV, she served as executive director of LCATV in Colchester and as News Director of WDEV AM & FM in Waterbury. Jess is a co-founder of the Saints and Poets Production Company, a theatre company devoted to promoting the puppetry arts through theatre and film. She also volunteers her time as a board member for the Champlain Housing Trust.


 

Doug Dunbebin, Community & Media Relations Manager

dougd@retn.org  |  x.24

Prior to joining RETN, Doug operated his own graphic design studio called Alphawave Designs. His clients included many local and national nonprofit organizations and political campaigns including the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, National Organization for Women, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Anthony Pollina's first run for Vermont Governor, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. From 2001-2003 Doug served on Burlington's City Council, and helped found the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Doug became familiar with community media while sharing office space with and doing design work for CCTV's Channel 17 / Town Meeting Television. Doug's work at RETN includes marketing, training, strategic planning, and the occasional design project.


 

Drew Frazier, Content Manager

drewf@retn.org  |  x.25

Drew holds the high bowling score at RETN with a 192. On occasion, staff members threaten his standing with forays into 170 territory, but in the end always fall short. Aside from helping RETN dominate other local media organizations at the alley, Drew supports RETN by managing content acquisition, archiving, and distribution.  With RETN since 2004, he has worked with the organization through many exciting industry transitions, including analog to digital, SD to HD, and the transitioning to IP-based infrastructures. Drew is a musician and spends most of his time outside the office playing bass guitar and shakuhachi flute.


 

Colin Fitzgerald, Production Coordinator for Internal Productions

colinf@retn.org

Colin has been woven into the mesh of community media at RETN for the last three years. Before his work as Production Coordinator, he made the transition from an intern to a freelance field producer and editor. He finds that the environment at RETN encourages creative innovation by integrating HD technology into its workflow and educational courses for the public. Beyond dedicated work at RETN, Colin does part-time field work at Lake Champlain Access Television and enjoys hiking and swimming adventures in our mountainous, green state.


 

Jim Kelty, Production Coordinator for Facilities

jimk@retn.org  |  x.22

 Jim Kelty joined the RETN staff in 2007 after working for the organization on a freelance basis for several years as a video editor and field producer. He now works closely with community producers and camera crews that record local events such as public lectures, school board meetings and music and dance performances. He was initially drawn to RETN by the alternative viewpoints he found on Channel 16, which carried "Al Jazeera: Newshour" for several years and carries "Democracy Now!" as well as documentaries and other programming seldom found in the mainstream. An avid reader, Jim tries to stay informed about important issues confronting the human race. He counts Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Arundhati Roy and Dmitry Orlov among his strongest influences. He also works at Vermont Community Access Media and co-produced "Occupy Burlington Update," a live show about the local Occupy movement, that was seen weekly on Channel 15. He studied video production at Champlain College and has a BJ from the University of Missouri.


 

Ross Ransom, Programming and Education Coordinator

rossr@retn.org  |  x.∞

Ross Ransom is the Utility Infielder at RETN. He grew up in Katonah, NY and started working with various artistic media at a young age. His interest in media education started in his years studying at Champlain College, during which he was an intern at RETN. In order to make media more accessible to his community, Ross works with RETN productions, marketing, programming, and trainings. Ross enjoys riding his bike, reading, camping, swimming, playing guitar and believes in local, dissenting, unfettered, informative and accessible media productions, as well as good beer.


 

Wilbur, CTO - Chief Treat Officer

Wilbur joined the RETN staff in December 2012 when he decided it best to follow Director of Production, Jess Wilson. He began his career of begging for treats and receiving belly rubs at CCTV/Channel 17 Town Meeting Television. A big supporter of free speech and community media, Wilbur has also taken on short-term assignments at Lake Champlain Access Television in Colchester. In his free time, Wilbur likes to eat, nap, swim, harass Simon (his cat), bark at squirrels and attend theatre rehearsals.


 

Brody, CSO - Chief Security Officer

Working behind the scenes with the staff of RETN since 2008, Brody is a native Vermonter with nearly 8 years of experience in interrogation and perimeter patrol. Credited with ridding at least one quarter-acre in Burlington of unruly squirrels, Brody is always on call for special events and after hours investigations at RETN and is on ADT's direct line for South End Open Media Lab incidents. In his spare time, Brody enjoys swimming in local lakes, rivers, and streams at least eight months a year, expanding his ball collection, and acting as official resiliency tester for industrial strength dog toys and other hard goods.


 

ADDITIONAL STAFFING

Network and Computer Support
Jeff Botas
 

RETN Volunteer
Carl Roberts
Shavar Dawkins

 

Field Producers and Editors
Anders Albertsson
Jesse Bunde
Colin Connor
Coop
Colin Fitzgerald
Arthur Hynes
Griffin Lussier
Scott Moody
Eric Herz-O'Brien
Frank O'Neil
Chris Zepf

 


 

CURRENT INTERNS

Ben Heitmann 
Shawn Allard

 

FORMER INTERN VIDEO PROJECTS

RETN Interns have worked on video projects spanning a wide variety of topics, including food education, ipads in schools, spoken word art, and more. CLICK HERE to watch videos produced by or featuring former RETN interns.