Board of Trustees

Gary Kingsbury, 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.

Foster Reese, Vice Chair, is a technical software consultant and private contractor residing in Southbury. Foster has been involved in several community theatre's 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.

Jim Whitney, Treasurer, lives in 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. 


Juan Cardona, Sr., Member, is a retired Chemical Engineer and project manager from Newtown, 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.

Courtney Deraleau, Member, is a Burlington resident and mother of four. She brings a background in funds development for non-profit with experience in media relations. She has actively been involved in the Thomaston Opera House since 2013, serving on the Volunteer and Golf Tournament Committees

John Piscopo, Member, continues the family tradition of volunteer work for the Thomaston Opera House. He is a lifelong 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.


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.

Paula Rolleston
, Member, is a retired professional in marketing and advertising living in Litchfield. Past positions include national sales director for Rodale Custom Content and Marketing, director of national accounts for Yahoo, and director of national accounts for the New Yorker. She is an avid patron of the arts, and brings skills in marketing, branding, funds development, and long range planning to our board.  

George P. Seabourne, Member, is an Attorney and partner at Seabourne & Malley, Attorneys at Law, located on main street in Thomaston. He is an active community member, serving as Chairman of the Thomaston Savings Bank Board of Directors and as current President for the Thomaston Rotary Club.

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