Board of Trustees

Charles M. Stango, Chair from Middletown is a Senior Assistant State's Attorney, former Chairman of the Waterbury Republican Town Committee and former member of the Republican State Central Committee.  He is a frequent, funny, and talented performer at Thomaston Opera House and has been a driving force on Landmark’s mission to maintain community theatre and the performing arts at the Thomaston Opera House.

Gary Kingsbury, Vice Chair is a lifelong Thomaston resident and local educator who has been recognized by numerous local, regional, and national organizations for his advocacy for people with disabilities in the area of arts education. He has been involved with the Thomaston Opera House in numerous production and performing capacities. asdf

Douglas Grimshaw, Treasurer is a resident of Torrington. He was formerly the Branch Manager of Webster Bank in Thomaston. He was also a small business owner for over 20 years.  He volunteers for various charities including allocation committee for the United Way. 

Philip Candito, Member, is a resident of Simsbury and Director of Business Development for Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Mr. Candito has served as a volunteer and development consultant to the Thomaston Opera House.  He has volunteered for several productions at the Thomaston Opera House in areas of sound, lighting, video production and directing.

Juan Cardona, Sr. Member, is a retired Chemical Engineer and project manager from Shelton, CT. He is the treasurer for the Connecticut Valley Theatre Organ Society (CVTOS) Mr. Cardona has served CVTOS and the Thomaston Opera House for over twenty years as part of the maintenance crew, restoring the organ and various volunteer capacities.

Raymond Esposito, Member, is a resident of Wethersfield and past performer and volunteer of the Thomaston Opera House. He was Funds Development Committee Chairman for the Raynbow Foundation and serves as a board member of The New Britain Repertory Theatre. Raymond brings a youthful approach to fundraising and leadership.

State Rep. John Piscopo, Member continues the family tradition of volunteer work for the Thomaston Opera House. He is a life long resident of Thomaston. He has served as a State Representative since 1988. John holds a degree in History and Political Science from Eastern CT State University. He has also volunteered for several town boards and non profit organizations.

Foster Reese, Member is a technical software consultant and private contractor residing in Middlebury Foster has been involved in several community theatres in the region and sits on other non-profit community theatre boards. At Thomaston Opera House, Foster has participated in over 15 productions as director, choreographer, and actor. 

Rick Rice, Member is Founder and President of CDR Insurance Group, Inc. in Waterbury CT.  He served in the US Navy from 1972-1975 and is a Vietnam Veteran. Rick is a member and former president of Thomaston Rotary. He and his family are residents of Thomaston and past subscribers and donors to the Thomaston Opera House. 

James Whitney, Member lives Waterbury, CT and has served as Director of the Western CT Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 23 years.  Jim has a background and education in Marketing and Arts/Entertainment Management. Jim is past president and treasurer of the CT Tourism Association and has served on the marketing committee of the CT Tourism Council.

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