Southborough – Southborough Access Media, Inc. (SAM) announced that it has appointed its first executive director, Katelyn Willis, effective Feb. 3. SAM is Southborough's new nonprofit public access programming organization and its announcement of an executive director is an important milestone for SAM to be able to create and deliver public access programming in Southborough.
In this senior leadership role, Willis will be responsible for developing and implementing a first-rate public access station in Southborough. She will also be responsible for working with donors, schools, residents, and community organizations to bring a wealth of news, entertainment, and educational programming to the town's cable systems, the web, and mobile devices.
“I have an expansive vision for what SAM will achieve,” Willis said. “I look forward to working with our current volunteers, SAM's board, and everyone in Southborough who is interested in creating, producing and distributing programming. There are many stories in Southborough that can entertain, educate, and inform residents. It is my objective to make SAM the medium for the expression of all those stories.”
Willis has over a decade's experience in television production and a background in public access programming. She has worked in community television in Dedham, Waltham, and Franklin, among others. Willis has also worked in the Everett public school system as a producer. Willis is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and resides in Southborough.
“We are extremely pleased to have Katelyn join SAM and look forward to the leadership she will provide,” said SAM President Warren Palley. “Appointing an executive director was our first order of business in 2014. We cannot think of a more qualified, dedicated, and visionary candidate to accelerate our efforts to create a Southborough TV station that people will want to be part of and which is a resource for the entire community.”