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Laurence joined The Klein's staff as Executive Director in 2014 after having served on the KMAF Board of Directors for four years. He is an Emmy-award winning producer, theater manager and program development executive.
After three seasons as company manager at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA, Mr. Caso joined CBS in Los Angeles to work on the development of comedy and drama series (WKRP in Cincinnati, Alice, Dallas and White Shadow).
In New York, he held positions as VP of Daytime Programs and Director of Specials, where he developed: animation (Peanuts, Garfield), documentaries (The Body Human), variety, (Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Lily Tomlin, Crystal Gayle, etc.), award shows (Grammy's, Tony Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Kennedy Center Honors), parades (CBS All-American Thanksgiving, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl), movies (Playing For Time starring Vanessa Redgrave, Bil featuring Mickey Roony and Dennis Quaid), and mini-series (Guyana Tragedy). He was also VP of Programs for the start-up of the Disney Channel.
As Executive Producer of As the World Turns, he produced over 1,700 episodes and recieved numerous awards, (Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and the Editor's Award for Lifetime Achievement from "Soap Opera Digest". Caso produced two seasons of Donna's Day for the Jim Henson Company. The Associated Press honored that series on its annual "Ten Best Shows on Television" list. He also wrote and produced Surgeons of Hope, which recieved the Video Excellence Award from the healthcare marketing group, the RX Club, as well as Inside Baghdad, a History Channel documentary, and the Food Network special, Secrets of Country Music Stars. His Bridgeport-based company (Shoot the Catfish Productions) is in pre-producion on The Other Side of War, a two-hour documentary revealing little-known humanitarian deeds performed by American service memebers both during and after the Vietnam War. It will air on public television in 2017.
Caso earned his Bachelor's degree at Syracuse University and a Master's degree at Indiana University. An active member of the Producers Guild of America, he also served terms as governor and trustee of the National Television Academy. He was also past president of the non-profit Stough Insitute of Breathing Coordiation and the consulting producer for the National Foundation of Patriotism in Atlanta.
Fred began his career over 35 years ago in many capacities at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, CT. In 1982, he returned to Sacred Heart University where he was a founding staff member of WSHU Public Radio. He then took on the challenge of establishing the Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University where he served as Executive Director for 20 years. During his tenure, the Center produced over 100 revivials of classic musicals as well world premiere dramas, concerts, educational programming; along with Maureen Hamill, they presented acclaimed Summer Cabaret Workshop.
In recent years, Sailer has worked on the behalf of people with disablities throughout New England and in the Financial Services Industry.
Diane brings nearly 25 years of advocacy, development and fundraising experience. She has worked with a variety of organizations in both Connecticut and Washington, D.C., including non-profits, trade associations and campaigns.
In Connecticut, Generous has worked with the Mystic Aquarium, Hillel at UConn, The Greenwich Town Party, Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and numerous state and federal political campaigns. She formed a voter education, non-profit and a leadership action coalition for women.
She is orginally from Washington, D.C., prior to moving to Connecticut in 1997, she was a lobbyist. She served for two major non-profit associations where her chief responsibility was to lead and establish the national issues of coalitions aimed at generating influential unified political action. While with the National Association of Manufacturers, she recieved its corporate incentive award and participated in White House strategy advisory sessions concerning her issues. Generous earned a J.D. from George Washington University's National Law Center, attending classes in the evening while working on Capitol Hill. Her B.A. is from Duke University in Economics and French.
Diane serves on the Annual Appleals Committee of Center for Hospice Care in Norwich, CT; and on the Board Directors of the non-profit (A Good Laugh), promoting the healing powers of humor.
For 22 years, Maureen has taught and directed a summer workshop for children 6 - 17 for the Fairfield Theatre Company. The Program emphasizes the development of self-confidence, while bringing out a child's talent and having fun. In her theatre life, after attending the University of Bridgeport, she learned how to produce over a period of eight years and formed Hamill Productions. She has written, directed and performed in many theatrical productions in Connecticut and nationwide.
Her directorial credits are: Broadway Moments, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Man of LaMancha, Annie, Antything Goes, The Sound of Music, Music Man, Guys & Dolls, Tinttypes, Jerry's Girls, Side by Side by Dondheim, My Fair Lady, Jaques Brel, Forum, and Same Time Next Year. Maureen performed locally at the Edgerton Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre and at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
Bob Filotei, Chairman
Tim O'Connor, Vice Chairman, Retail Performance Solutions
Thomas Errichetti, Treasurer, Kuchma Corp.
Trish Swain, Secretary, Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC. in Norwalk
Ed Katz, Katnip Marketing LLC.
Joan Kern, Mark Soboslai Law Office
James O’Donnell, O'Donnell, McDonald & Cregeen, LLC (law)
MJ DeRisio, William Pitt Southeby's International Realty
Bob Schneider, Jimmy’s Hip Hop in Bridgeport
Ross Galloway, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Peter Penczer, Penczer Properties
Maureen Hamill, Director of Education, The Klein
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