Staff

 

Millie Brooks

Executive Director

 
Millie Brooks received her BFA in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School in Chicago, Illinois where she had the honor to perform with Chicago Playworks Theatre for Young Audiences. She has been performing and teaching with Killing My Lobster for the past 3 years. Her favorite KML performances have been KML Takes It To The Streets, KML Chops Down the Family Tree, and KML Conquers the Galaxy. Millie can also be spotted in few of KML’s digital shorts; Teenage Obsession and Why is Everybody Here? She developed a sketch comedy writing workshop for kids (ages 8-11) as a collaborative project between 826 Valencia & Killing My Lobster. Millie is also a film and voice-over actress in the Bay Area, her recent work includes Stride Gum, Google, Yahoo, Atlassian, Microsoft, Leapfrog, and Lowe’s. Other performance credits include Genittti’s Hole-In-The-Wall, Second City Detroit, and BATS Improv. 

Millie Brooks received her BFA in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School in Chicago, Illinois where she had the honor to perform with Chicago Playworks Theatre for Young Audiences. She has been performing and teaching with Killing My Lobster for the past 3 years. Her favorite KML performances have been KML Takes It To The StreetsKML Chops Down the Family Tree, and KML Conquers the Galaxy. Millie can also be spotted in few of KML’s digital shorts; Teenage Obsession and Why is Everybody Here? She developed a sketch comedy writing workshop for kids (ages 8-11) as a collaborative project between 826 Valencia & Killing My Lobster. Millie is also a film and voice-over actress in the Bay Area, her recent work includes Stride Gum, Google, Yahoo, Atlassian, Microsoft, Leapfrog, and Lowe’s. Other performance credits include Genittti’s Hole-In-The-Wall, Second City Detroit, and BATS Improv. 

Allison Page

Artistic Director

Allison Page is a writer/actor/comedian in San Francisco, by way of Minnesota. She first hooked up with the lobsters acting in 2010′s KML Preaches to the Choir and has been performing, writing, directing, and teaching at KML ever since. She focused on improv and stand up at the San Francisco Comedy College and endured workshops with Alan Arkin, and the Neo Futurists. Her writing has been featured in Women of Letters, Write Club SF, Shipwreck, The SF Olympians Festival, SF Theater Pub and DIVAfest. She was a staff blogger for the San Francisco Theater Pub where her column Everything Is Already Something was published every other week for 3 years. Her full length play HILARITY debuted at DIVAfest in 2015, and her newest full length play KILGALLEN/JONES will premiere at DIVAfest in 2017. You can also find her scattered across YouTube, especially in the web series Everybody’s A Comedian.

Allison Page is a writer/actor/comedian in San Francisco, by way of Minnesota. She first hooked up with the lobsters acting in 2010′s KML Preaches to the Choir and has been performing, writing, directing, and teaching at KML ever since. She focused on improv and stand up at the San Francisco Comedy College and endured workshops with Alan Arkin, and the Neo Futurists. Her writing has been featured in Women of Letters, Write Club SF, Shipwreck, The SF Olympians Festival, SF Theater Pub and DIVAfest. She was a staff blogger for the San Francisco Theater Pub where her column Everything Is Already Something was published every other week for 3 years. Her full length play HILARITY debuted at DIVAfest in 2015, and her newest full length play KILGALLEN/JONES will premiere at DIVAfest in 2017. You can also find her scattered across YouTube, especially in the web series Everybody’s A Comedian.

 

Board

Joe DiGiacomo

Board President

Joe DiGiacomo, CPA has 20 years as a nonprofit executive and consultant with an expertise is starting and growing nonprofits.  He is currently the CFO of XQ Institute a private operating foundation with a mission to rethink high school education and founder of his own nonprofit accounting, tax and consulting firm.  He has been CFO of Common Sense Media, CFO of BAVC and Director of Finance of PFLAG National.   He was the Nonprofit Audit Manager at Burr, Pilger and Mayer (BPM) with a client base that included American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Napa Valley Opera House.  He is also on the Audit Committees for a PFLAG National and the Women’s Foundation of California.  Joe joined the board in 2015 and has been a huge fan of KML for years.

Joe DiGiacomo, CPA has 20 years as a nonprofit executive and consultant with an expertise is starting and growing nonprofits.  He is currently the CFO of XQ Institute a private operating foundation with a mission to rethink high school education and founder of his own nonprofit accounting, tax and consulting firm.  He has been CFO of Common Sense Media, CFO of BAVC and Director of Finance of PFLAG National.   He was the Nonprofit Audit Manager at Burr, Pilger and Mayer (BPM) with a client base that included American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Napa Valley Opera House.  He is also on the Audit Committees for a PFLAG National and the Women’s Foundation of California.  Joe joined the board in 2015 and has been a huge fan of KML for years.

Susie Poulelis

Vice President

Susie Poulelis (rhymes with flawless) Hails from the high school football capital of the galaxy, Massillon, Ohio. There she majored In saxophoning the Tiger Rag while marching in aggressive unison with 100 hormone filled teenagers. Released on waivers she chose not to do the same for the Golden Flashes of Kent state. These days she she marches to hot flashes of menopausal Western Addition, San Francisco. 29 years ago she moved to SF to live with her poet boyfriend in North Beach. That shit got too real and she moved on and became a costume associate at the legendary Bob Mandell's. Now she is hard working clothing Product Developer. Once she peered into the Levi's 501®  book of secrets and will never divulge the mysteries or arcane knowledge. Although she challenges you to try to get her drunk enough to do so. Loose lips sink ships! And boy has she sunk a few ships in her time. For now she works diligently on the Royal Robbins line of outdoor wear Which keeps her flying to Hong Kong and Taiwan WAY too often.

Susie Poulelis
(rhymes with flawless)
Hails from the high school football capital of the galaxy, Massillon, Ohio. There she majored
In saxophoning the Tiger Rag while marching in aggressive unison with 100 hormone filled teenagers.
Released on waivers she chose not to do the same for the Golden Flashes of Kent state.

These days she she marches to hot flashes of menopausal Western Addition, San Francisco.

29 years ago she moved to SF to live with her poet boyfriend in North Beach. That shit got too real and she moved on and became a costume associate at the legendary Bob Mandell's.

Now she is hard working clothing Product Developer.
Once she peered into the Levi's 501®  book of secrets and will never divulge the mysteries or arcane knowledge. Although she challenges you to try to get her drunk enough to do so. Loose lips sink ships! And boy has she sunk a few ships in her time.
For now she works diligently on the Royal Robbins line of outdoor wear

Which keeps her flying to Hong Kong and Taiwan WAY too often.

Angeles Gottheil

Treasurer

Angeles Gottheil is a financial professional, splitting her time as an investment advisor and advocating for housing access. She moved to the Bay after attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., originally by way of Buenos Aires. Her immigration was legal, but she believes that, above all, comedy rules.

Angeles Gottheil is a financial professional, splitting her time as an investment advisor and advocating for housing access. She moved to the Bay after attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., originally by way of Buenos Aires. Her immigration was legal, but she believes that, above all, comedy rules.


Chris Quintos

Secretary

Chris Quintos writes, acts, and podcasts. Her toddler would tell you that she is great at making funny sounds.  Chris is a San Francisco Bay Area native who loves comedy.  (650: What, what?!?)  —Which is why she is f*cking pumped to be KML’s newest board member.  That and, once in the mid-oughts, she had the good fortune of sharing a stage alongside Millie DeBenedet and Allison Page for a KML show.  It was then that Chris learned that (aside from being absurdly talented) those two know how to have a goddamn good time.

Chris Quintos writes, acts, and podcasts. Her toddler would tell you that she is great at making funny sounds.  Chris is a San Francisco Bay Area native who loves comedy.  (650: What, what?!?)  —Which is why she is f*cking pumped to be KML’s newest board member.  That and, once in the mid-oughts, she had the good fortune of sharing a stage alongside Millie DeBenedet and Allison Page for a KML show.  It was then that Chris learned that (aside from being absurdly talented) those two know how to have a goddamn good time.

Christine Ho

 

A native of the Bay Area, Christine has always had a passion for the arts having started her career as a classical musician, which then led to fundraising and setting up system processes for a performing arts nonprofit. Always an advocate for helping nonprofits cultivate relationships and be more efficient, Christine discovered the glorious and fluffy Salesforce cloud five years ago and is currently the CRM Database Manager at Common Sense Media where she helps manage the organization’s Salesforce database. A Certified Salesforce Administrator, Christine helps small to mid-sized organizations implement Salesforce databases when she's not drinking a bloody mary out of a mason jar or thinking of where to travel next. She's beyond thrilled to join the board of KML and can't wait to help spread laughter to everyone.

A native of the Bay Area, Christine has always had a passion for the arts having started her career as a classical musician, which then led to fundraising and setting up system processes for a performing arts nonprofit. Always an advocate for helping nonprofits cultivate relationships and be more efficient, Christine discovered the glorious and fluffy Salesforce cloud five years ago and is currently the CRM Database Manager at Common Sense Media where she helps manage the organization’s Salesforce database. A Certified Salesforce Administrator, Christine helps small to mid-sized organizations implement Salesforce databases when she's not drinking a bloody mary out of a mason jar or thinking of where to travel next. She's beyond thrilled to join the board of KML and can't wait to help spread laughter to everyone.

Elaine Guarnieri-Nunn

 

Elaine is the Regional Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international education nonprofit.  Elaine taught for more than 12 years in New York City and Los Angeles  and none of her students found her funny, at least not in the way she expected. She also served as the Executive Director of the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program. Originally from Long Island, New York, Elaine grew up 11 miles away from Jerry Seinfeld and both moved to Los Angeles at pivotal points in their careers. Jerry went on to make a career about nothing while Elaine uncovered the  reasons why man keeps repeating history. She relocated to the Bay Area seven years ago and lives in the East Bay with her husband and three teenage children, who groan at all of her jokes. 

Elaine is the Regional Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international education nonprofit.  Elaine taught for more than 12 years in New York City and Los Angeles  and none of her students found her funny, at least not in the way she expected. She also served as the Executive Director of the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Elaine grew up 11 miles away from Jerry Seinfeld and both moved to Los Angeles at pivotal points in their careers. Jerry went on to make a career about nothing while Elaine uncovered the 

reasons why man keeps repeating history. She relocated to the Bay Area seven years ago and lives in the East Bay with her husband and three teenage children, who groan at all of her jokes. 


Lotus Child

Lotus Child—yes, that’s her real name—grew up on the mean streets of Portland, Oregon. The child of folk singer-songwriter parents she rebelled, like any child does, and decided to get a real job — in advertising no less. The siren song of the dot.com boom, and the promise of less rain, lured Lotus to San Francisco where she had the opportunity to work on long-defunct brands none of us will ever remember. (Tradingmeat.com, anyone?) Despite that, her work has been recognized in numerous publications and award shows. A lifelong fan of comedy, Lotus wants people to play and laugh a lot more

Lotus Child—yes, that’s her real name—grew up on the mean streets of Portland, Oregon. The child of folk singer-songwriter parents she rebelled, like any child does, and decided to get a real job — in advertising no less. The siren song of the dot.com boom, and the promise of less rain, lured Lotus to San Francisco where she had the opportunity to work on long-defunct brands none of us will ever remember. (Tradingmeat.com, anyone?) Despite that, her work has been recognized in numerous publications and award shows.

A lifelong fan of comedy, Lotus wants people to play and laugh a lot more

Paul Charney

Paul Charney is the CEO and Founder of Funworks. He was a Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for seven years, having already worked at another SF advertising agency called Black Rocket. And before all that -  Paul founded a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco called Killing My Lobster. What’s with the name? Paul believes it’s easier to remember something funny than not funny. It’s also more fun. Paul lives in the Mission district in San Francisco with his wife, Amanda, who is his most important creative director, and their son Max. 

Paul Charney is the CEO and Founder of Funworks. He was a Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for seven years, having already worked at another SF advertising agency called Black Rocket. And before all that -  Paul founded a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco called Killing My Lobster. What’s with the name? Paul believes it’s easier to remember something funny than not funny. It’s also more fun. Paul lives in the Mission district in San Francisco with his wife, Amanda, who is his most important creative director, and their son Max. 

Ted Garey

Ted is a long-time resident of San Francisco who is dedicated to nonprofit work.  A lawyer by trade, Ted is currently the Grants & Legal Projects Manager at XQ Institute.  In his past lives Ted has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, notably representing low income HIV+ tenants in San Francisco.  Ted is a dedicated polyglot who loves international travel and a dry rosé.  He's excited to join KML as a board member and will forever remember the legacy of the "high heels" sketch.  

Ted is a long-time resident of San Francisco who is dedicated to nonprofit work.  A lawyer by trade, Ted is currently the Grants & Legal Projects Manager at XQ Institute.  In his past lives Ted has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, notably representing low income HIV+ tenants in San Francisco.  Ted is a dedicated polyglot who loves international travel and a dry rosé.  He's excited to join KML as a board member and will forever remember the legacy of the "high heels" sketch.  


Advisory Board

Irene Liu

Irene hails from the Windy City of Chicago.  She moved to the Bay Area to get her law degree at UC Berkeley and made SF her permanent home so she can trade her 700-fill North Face jackets for hoodies and T-shirts.  She is a tech lawyer by day, but you’ll often find her jogging, eating, or heartily laughing with friends and family and at KML shows. 

Irene hails from the Windy City of Chicago.  She moved to the Bay Area to get her law degree at UC Berkeley and made SF her permanent home so she can trade her 700-fill North Face jackets for hoodies and T-shirts.  She is a tech lawyer by day, but you’ll often find her jogging, eating, or heartily laughing with friends and family and at KML shows.