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Speaker programs at Wednesday SMA Meetings

December 9, 2015
Dr. Serena-Lynn Brown discusses
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation —
A New Development in the Treatment of Mood Disorders

Dr. Serena Lynn BrownDr. Serena-Lynn Brown is an internationally recognized M.D., Ph.D. with more than 20 years of experience as a clinical psychopharmacologist. She has published more than 100 scientific papers, books, and chapters, and has been continuously selected in various publications as a “Top Doctor” or “Best Doctor”.

Dr. Brown earned her B.A. from Reed College and her M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. She received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her medical training (internship, residency, and fellowship) at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Brown spent nearly a decade as Director of Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she remains on the faculty.

Dr. Brown specializes in diagnostic and psychopharmacological evaluations and consultations for patients referred by other physicians, psychiatrists, and mental health practitioners both in the United States and abroad. Her areas of treatment specialization include dysregulations of mood, anxiety, eating, and attention deficit disorders, as well as substance abuse issues.

Since 2013 Dr. Brown has been actively involved in providing transcranial magnetic stimulation (“TMS”) as a treatment option for patients with treatment-refractory depression and in educating and making available data and information to the medical community and the general public about the great efficacy of TMS. TMS is a new, effective, safe, non–invasive, non-pharmacological, FDA cleared therapeutic treatment which currently is approved to treat treatment-refractory major depression, and which is used off-label to treat bipolar disorder, the anxiety disorders, and migraine.

Dr. Brown will speak about the nature of certain mood disorders, how such disorders have been traditionally treated, and how TMS is demonstrating great efficacy as a supplemental or alternative treatment to the traditional therapies which most often involve prescription medications. She will also address ongoing TMS research for dealing with such other afflictions as pain, PTSD, tinnitus, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, obsessive compulsive disorder, the substance abuse and addiction disorders, and the psychotic disorders.

December 2, 2015
Terrie Wood,
State Representative
for Darien and Rowayton

2012-new-headshot-Terrie Wood has served as State Representative in Hartford from the 141st district (Darien and Norwalk) since being elected as a Republican in January 2009. Terrie is currently the ranking member on the Human Services Committee and a member of both the Finance and Regulations Review Committees. In 2013, Terrie served as Co-chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence and School Security Bill. As such, she was instrumental in crafting and implementing the mental health portion of that piece of legislation. Terrie also served as Co-chair of the MORE Commission Working Group on Special Education in 2013 – 2014.

Terrie is a past president of the Darien Land Trust, a founder and the first chairman of the Darien Environmental Group, a past trustee of both the Darien Library and The Community Fund, and a former two term member of the Darien Republican Town Committee. In addition, Terrie was chair of The Barbara Harrington Fund, an educational enrichment fund for teachers in the Darien school system, and an Advisory Member of Person to Person.

Terrie is a former commercial/voiceover actor in New York City, a portrait photographer, and a graduate of Rollins College with a degree in Art History. She is a 36 year resident of Darien.

November 18, 2015 Speakers
From NBC Sports Group
Rob Landau
SVP — HR and Administration
David Pietrycha

 In early 2013, the NBC Sports Group consolidated its operations from multiple locations — including Rockefeller Center, the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, and Landmark Square and Harbor Drive in Stamford — centralizing its broadcast operations to newly constructed headquarters on Blatchley Road in Stamford.  

Rob and Dave will provide an overview of the network and the Stamford site, and then deal with some of the business metrics and economics of sports broadcasting.

Rob Landau

Rob Landau

Rob Landau was named Senior Vice President for NBC Sports Group in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for NBC Sports Group, including talent, compensation, benefits, learning, and employee and labor relations. Rob also has general oversight of the division’s Information Technology teams and administration of the new NBC Sports Group facility in Stamford, Conn. He reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Radio, NBC Sports Digital and 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks.

Landau began at NBCUniversal in 1999 as a senior labor, employment and talent counsel. He represented NBCUniversal in its labor union relationships and managed executive and talent contract negotiations for the company. In 2006, he was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Sports & Olympics.

Previously, Landau served as an associate with Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, Calif. There, he represented management in connection with all types of traditional labor and employment related disputes.

Landau received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1994, and his B.S. degree from Cornell’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in 1991. He and his wife, Laura, have two children, Gillian and Charles.


David Pietrycha

David Pietrycha

Dave Pietrycha is Chief Financial Officer, NBC Sports Group. In his role, Dave has financial oversight of NBC Sports Group properties, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Group Digital. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

Previously, Pietrycha served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, NBC News Division, where he managed finance for all of NBC News broadcasts and platforms, including MSNBC. Notably, he had financial oversight of the transaction in which NBCUniversal dissolved its longstanding joint venture with Microsoft and acquired 100 percent ownership of the industry-leading digital news business. Previously, Pietrycha served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MSNBC. Prior to joining NBC News, he spent five years working within the NBC Owned Stations division serving in various finance roles. In 2010, Pietrycha completed General Electric’s Experienced Financial Leadership Program.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Pietrycha completed the Financial Leadership Development Program at BAE Systems, a global defense, security and aerospace company.

Pietrycha graduated from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and from Bentley University in Massachusetts with an MBA. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and children.

November 11, 2015
Stew Leonard, Jr. speaks on
Success in the highly competitive food retail industry

Stew Leonard Jr.

Stew Leonard Jr.

Stew Leonard’s opened its first dairy store in Norwalk in 1969. Since then it has developed a non-traditional retailing business model. Stew Leonard, Jr. will speak to the company’s history and business practices that have contributed to its success in the highly competitive food retail industry.

Stew Leonard Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Stew Leonard’s, a unique family-owned and operated, farm-fresh grocery stores once called the “The Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times for its in-store entertainment and costumed characters. Stew Leonard’s is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States” and was recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! as “World’s Largest Dairy Store.”

Since Stew took over as president and CEO in 1991, the company has grown to include four food stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut and Yonkers, New York, and nine wine stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut; Yonkers, Farmingdale and Carle Place, New York; and Clifton, Springfield and Paramus, New Jersey. Stew Leonard’s employs more than 2,000 Team Members and has annual sales close to $400 million.

The company is continuously featured in marketing textbooks and business school case studies; 2011 marked its tenth consecutive year on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, coming in at #18 alongside such notable companies as Google, American Express, and Starbucks. Stew has shared the Stew Leonard’s philosophy on customer service and team member development with companies from all corners of the globe, and he is listed as one of the top 25 speakers from the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.

Stew earned his MBA from UCLA in 1982. He has appeared on numerous national television shows sharing his expertise and store’s business philosophy and has been honored and awarded by many organizations for his leadership and community support. He and his wife Kim have additionally been recognized for their advocacy in supporting children’s water safety.

November 4, 2015
Blake Berson and Jack Ford, CBS Sports Network
Forward Progress: The Integration of SEC Football

Jack Ford and Blake Berson will present Forward Progress: The Integration of SEC Football, a CBS Sports documentary about Nate Northington, the first African-American football player in the Southeastern Conference, and the impact his arrival in 1967 had on the University of Kentucky, the SEC, and the sports and cultural landscape in the United States. The one-hour documentary aired during African-American History Month on February 16, 2015. Jack Ford served as executive producer and Blake Berson as producer.

Blake Berson

Blake-Bio-Pic_1080An award winning shooter, editor and producer, Blake Berson has worked for CBS Sports Network for almost a decade. Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area, his work has taken him all over the world, from Italy to Nicaragua and conducted interviews with some of sports biggest stars.

Mr. Berson developed much of his journalistic background at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a degree in Print Journalism with distinction and was one of the first graduates from the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. At Penn State, Mr. Berson helped begin the school’s first student run weekly sports television show. It still exists today, but now as a credited class in the school of Communications. Mr. Berson also helped Penn State’s athletics website create it’s first video content, as he shot, edited and produced highlights and feature content.

While in school, Mr. Berson also accepted internships with Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, NFL Films and ESPN.

After graduating from Penn State in the fall of 2005, Mr. Berson immediately went to work in Bristol, CT at ESPN Classic as a production assistant, working on long form projects. Shortly thereafter, he was offered an opportunity to move to New York City and begin a career with CSTV (College Sports Television) as a senior production assistant. CSTV was bought by CBS and eventually became CBS Sports Network. Over the last decade, Mr. Berson has moved through the ranks to become a senior feature producer at the age of 30.

While at CBS Sports Network, Mr. Berson and has shot, edited and produced features on a variety of sports and topics, but mainly focuses on college football and college basketball content. He has also produced several ‘all-access’ documentaries, which have aired on both CBS and CBS Sports Network. His work includes production on ‘One2One,’ CBS Sports’ ‘Confidential’ series and his first historical documentary, ‘Forward Progress.’

Since coming to CBS Sports Network, Mr. Berson has won several awards, including First Place and ‘Best in Show’ at the 2014 National Headliner Award, 2012 SVG College Sports Media Awards ‘Special Feature’ winner and four Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Also, in 2014 Mr. Berson was given the ‘Emerging Professional’ Award from the Penn State College of Communications for a graduate within the last ten years and based on career achievements and community service.

Mr. Berson resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife, Alison.

Jack Ford

Jack_Ford_1080Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was a scholarship student and three-year starter on the varsity football team, to the Fordham University School of Law, where he helped finance his legal education with winnings from three appearances on the television quiz show “Jeopardy!”, to courtrooms and classrooms throughout the country, and, ultimately, to the upper echelons of television journalism.

Currently a CBS News Correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” and the co-host of “Metro Focus” on PBS (WNET-New York), he is also the Co-Founder and Chief Anchor of the American Education Network. Mr. Ford began his television news career in 1984 with WCBS-TV in New York. In 1991, he was an original anchor at the launch of Court TV. He also appeared in Fred Friendly’s award-winning PBS Media and Society broadcasts, serving as Moderator for “That Delicate Balance II: The Bill of Rights.”

In 1994, Mr. Ford joined NBC News as Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting on major legal stories for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Dateline. In addition, he was the co-anchor for the Weekend Today Show and a substitute anchor for Nightly News and Meet the Press. Mr. Ford joined ABC News in 1999 as an Anchor/Correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, and World News Tonight. He also hosted the ESPN show, The Sports Reporters II, from 2002-2003. During 2003-2004, he hosted a nationally syndicated morning show for CBS TV/King World before returning to Court TV in 2005 as the Host of “Courtside.” From 2009-2014 he served as the CBS News Legal Analyst. He has also provided college football game commentary for ESPN and the Yes Network.

Following law school, Mr. Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before entering private practice. He became a prominent trial attorney, successfully handling such high profile cases as the Northeast’s first death penalty trial, one of the nation’s first corporate homicide cases, and the Wall Street insider trading scandal of the late 1980s. During his legal career, he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University, New York University, and the University of Virginia and speaks frequently at colleges and law schools across the country. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, “The Osiris Alliance” and “The Walls of Jericho.”

Mr. Ford’s television journalism work has been recognized with a number of honors, including two Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, three National Cable Television Awards, a National Headliner Award, and the March of Dimes FDR Award. In 1997, he received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which is presented to former outstanding college athletes who have achieved distinction in their professional lives. In 1998, Mr. Ford was honored with a “National Father of the Year Award,” and in 2009, he was a recipient of Yale University’s highest athletic honor, the “George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.”

Mr. Ford has been awarded five honorary degrees, recognizing his professional accomplishments and his extensive public service work. He has served as spokesperson, host and/or board member for a number of charitable causes and organizations, including the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the N.J. Special Olympics, the Jimmy V Foundation, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the Ivy League Football Association, the NCAA Honors Committee, the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions, Meridian Health System, Monmouth University, and Yale University.

Mr. Ford resides in Spring Lake, N.J. with his wife, Dorothy. They have two children, Dr. Ashley Ford Haggerty and Colin Ford.

October 28, 2015
Arthur R. Marcelynas

Art MarcelynasArt Marcelynas will discuss electricity energy choices and policies, including:

  • Choosing an Electric Supplier – Options for electricity supply choice
  •  Understanding your electric bill
  • Impact of mandated “clean” energy requirements – CT’s “Renewable Portfolio Standards” or RPS
  • Other renewable energy options, and
  • Rate impact of energy-related policies

Art Marcelynas has nearly thirty years of regulatory experience with Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC), the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, and the DPUC’s successor agency, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

Early in his career, Art focused on private water company ratemaking and regulatory policy. In 1993, his duties shifted to oversight of Connecticut’s investor-owned electric utilities, The Connecticut Light and Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, with emphasis on sales forecasting, rates, and rate design. Art was a leader in implementing retail choice and other energy related initiatives in Connecticut, and expanded his portfolio of duties to include senior staff positions in conservation and load management programs and budgets, energy policy implementation and ongoing development of the retail electric supply market.

In 2005, Art established the retail electric supply “rate board” that provides residential and smaller business customers real-time access to supplier rates and offers, and expanded that resource to accommodate a growing market, new product offers and other ongoing changes.

He has led teams as a subject matter expert in numerous supplier-related regulatory dockets and industry working groups. His current duties include working with PURA Commissioners to implement recent supplier-related legislation, including Connecticut Public Act 14 75. Art actively participates in regulatory proceedings impacting the Connecticut retail electric supplier market, advising Commissioners on a variety of energy policy issues.

Contact information:

Art Marcelynas
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
P: 860.827.2887

October 21, 2015
Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. The book tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides.

Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named “Frank Thompson,” witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that her past would catch up with her.

The beautiful widow Rose O’Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined.

Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives.

October 14, 2015
William F. Baker, former CEO of WNET/Channel 13

William F. BakerDr. Baker directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University. He is also a Distinguished Professor of management at IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, and President Emeritus of WNET-Thirteen, New York’s public television station.
During his 21 year tenure as president of WNET in New York, America’s flagship public broadcaster, Baker led the effort to raise over one billion dollars for the station. As a commercial broadcaster, Baker helped start many cable networks, introduced both Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose as talk show hosts, and oversaw the launch of the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.

He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two Columbia Dupont Journalism Awards, and is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary, The Face: Jesus in Art. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness (American Management Association, 2008) and hosts the series of the same name on public television. Baker is also the co-author of Every Leader is an Artist (McGraw-Hill, 2012), and Down the Tube: An Insider’s Account of the Failure of American Television (Basic Books, 1998).

He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and nine honorary doctorates from universities in America and Europe. His interests include astronomy, horology, and polar science, and he is believed to be the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South Poles.

October 7, 2015
Art Gottlieb on the history of Grand Central Station

Art GottliebGRAND CENTRAL STATION, spared from demolition, is now restored to its original beauty. This 1913 Beaux Arts masterpiece remains one of New York’s most famous landmarks.

Art Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history. He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

From 1989 through 1997, Mr. Gottlieb coordinated with all branches of the armed services and National Guard towards the preservation of historic ships, aircraft and armor from around the world, and has facilitated the recovery of scores of artifacts from warships slated for demolition from reserve fleets.

For the past 10 years Mr. Gottlieb has refocused his professional efforts towards reaching out and addressing the growing needs of aging veterans and their families. In addition to maintaining a private practice as a Counselor and Certified Senior Advisor in Norwalk, CT, he is a field instructor for Sacred Heart University. Mr. Gottlieb offers Pro Bono counseling services to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Gottlieb served as an Auxiliary Officer of the United States Coast Guard for 17 years and for 4 years was Commander of Flotilla 7-2, Division 1 (Southern Region), Sector Long Island Sound North.

September 30, 2015
“Inside the Glass” with Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire is NBC Sports Group’s NHL ‘Inside the Glass’ analyst, alongside the broadcast team of play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick and analyst Eddie Olczyk. In 2013 McGuire won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter. Previously, he was the game analyst for TSN Canada’s national NHL broadcasts. In addition to his NHL work, McGuire has covered men and women’s hockey at the past three Winter Olympics, as well as NBCSN’s coverage of college hockey. Recognized as one of the NHL’s most passionate and knowledgeable analysts, McGuire has received multiple Best Game Analyst Gemini awards, and he has been selected eight times by Hockey News as one of the game’s 100 most influential people. Prior to his radio and television career, McGuire coached at several colleges, was hired as a scout by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was part of that organization’s back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, and served as head coach of the Hartford Whalers.

At the DMA Pierre will speak about recent developments and dynamics in the NHL as a league; the prospects of various teams, particularly the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders; and other perspectives about hockey in general that he feels will be of interest. He looks forward to a robust Q+A.

September 23, 2015
Fay Vincent, Jr. – former Commissioner of Baseball

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938) is a former entertainment lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.

After graduating from law school, Vincent was a partner in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He also served as Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Vincent was the chairman of Columbia Pictures and the vice chairman of Coca-Cola beginning in March 1982. In April 1986, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company, which placed him in charge over all of the company’s entertainment activities.

September 16, 2015
Philip Vitiello, Civil War historian

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

Philip Vitiello, well-known Connecticut Civil War historian, will speak about Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor winner for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Philip, Program Director of the Civil War Round Table of South Central Connecticut, is both historian and re-enactor.

He majored in law enforcement administration at New Haven University and currently works as a marketing director.

Joshua Chamberlain was a soldier, a statesman and a scholar. Philip’s slide presentation reviews his journey from Bowdoin College professor to the Brevet Major General of US volunteers. In 1862 he joined the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment,  and led it in its epic stand against the Confederate attack on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, earning the Medal of Honor.

Chamberlain later became governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College.

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