Staff

Dr. Carla Walter

Executive Director

 Carla Walter, PhD, MBA comes to the Executive Director role at Killing My Lobster with extensive leadership experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit fields. Most recently she led Presidio Graduate School after having been Vice President and Dean at Chabot College in Hayward, California.  Before relocating to the Bay Area, Dr. Walter served as Director, Arts Management Program and Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California. Earlier in her career, Dr. Walter spent time as Associate Professor, and MBA Program Director at Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin, Missouri.  Ahead of moving into a career in academia, Dr. Walter held the distinction of Founder and Executive Director, West Coast Festival Ballet Theatre, Temecula, California. She incorporated this professional company from inception as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit enterprise, and produced contemporary ballet programing with stellar reviews.  Dr. Walter loves to write and has published books, journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications. Her most recent text, Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach (Routledge 2015) provides a view of the nonprofit field that considers a wide array of topics confronting the culturepreneur, including cultural policy and social fundraising. Additionally, she published Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality (Palgrave MacMillian) in October 2014. Her latest article will be featured in Unity Magazine, “Dance that Really Delivers,” in June 2018.  Dr. Walter received her doctorate in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, an MBA from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from UC Riverside.

Carla Walter, PhD, MBA comes to the Executive Director role at Killing My Lobster with extensive leadership experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit fields. Most recently she led Presidio Graduate School after having been Vice President and Dean at Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Before relocating to the Bay Area, Dr. Walter served as Director, Arts Management Program and Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California. Earlier in her career, Dr. Walter spent time as Associate Professor, and MBA Program Director at Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin, Missouri.

Ahead of moving into a career in academia, Dr. Walter held the distinction of Founder and Executive Director, West Coast Festival Ballet Theatre, Temecula, California. She incorporated this professional company from inception as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit enterprise, and produced contemporary ballet programing with stellar reviews.

Dr. Walter loves to write and has published books, journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications. Her most recent text, Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach (Routledge 2015) provides a view of the nonprofit field that considers a wide array of topics confronting the culturepreneur, including cultural policy and social fundraising. Additionally, she published Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality (Palgrave MacMillian) in October 2014. Her latest article will be featured in Unity Magazine, “Dance that Really Delivers,” in June 2018.

Dr. Walter received her doctorate in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, an MBA from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from UC Riverside.

Max Maliga

Managing Director

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.

 Max has been performing comedy for more than a decade in multiple cities around the US. His love of improv and sketch comedy blossomed at HUGE theater and The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where he graduated from their improv and sketch programs. Maxreceived his BFA in film from Occidental College in Los Angeles and has more than 10 years experience working in the film industry. Shortly after moving to Oakland in 2014 Max found his “comedy home” at KML, where he has worked as an actor, director and teacher.  He is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists to make the best sketch comedy in the Bay Area.

Max has been performing comedy for more than a decade in multiple cities around the US. His love of improv and sketch comedy blossomed at HUGE theater and The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where he graduated from their improv and sketch programs. Maxreceived his BFA in film from Occidental College in Los Angeles and has more than 10 years experience working in the film industry. Shortly after moving to Oakland in 2014 Max found his “comedy home” at KML, where he has worked as an actor, director and teacher.  He is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists to make the best sketch comedy in the Bay Area.


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.

Paul Charney

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.

  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

Gregg DiGiacomo

 Gregg DiGiacomo, PHR, SHRM-CP is a Human Resources consultant and self-described “HR Geek”. He provides consulting and coaching services to CEOs, Executive Directors and Managers of for-profit and non-profit organizations. He also recruits for all levels of an organization from administrative staff to middle management to C-level. Before beginning his consulting business, Gregg worked as a HR & Administration Manager at the Women’s Foundation of California and a HR Representative at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. In his spare time, Gregg loves to read science fiction books, practice yoga and spend time with his husband and their dog Valentina at the beach.

Gregg DiGiacomo, PHR, SHRM-CP is a Human Resources consultant and
self-described “HR Geek”. He provides consulting and coaching services to
CEOs, Executive Directors and Managers of for-profit and non-profit
organizations. He also recruits for all levels of an organization from
administrative staff to middle management to C-level.
Before beginning his consulting business, Gregg worked as a HR &
Administration Manager at the Women’s Foundation of California and a HR
Representative at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of
Dentistry.
In his spare time, Gregg loves to read science fiction books, practice yoga
and spend time with his husband and their dog Valentina at the beach.

Greg Fortescue

 Greg is excited to return to service of the Lobster after a long hiatus, having served as KML’s first Board President some 15 years ago.  By day, Greg is a Lead Attorney for the California Supreme Court.  By nights and weekends, he can be found either coaching his sons in baseball and basketball (whether they want him to or not), struggling to master the minor Pantonic scale, or taking out the garbage.  Before law school, Greg studied theater at University of Michigan and American Conservatory Theater.

Greg is excited to return to service of the Lobster after a long hiatus, having served as KML’s first Board President some 15 years ago.  By day, Greg is a Lead Attorney for the California Supreme Court.  By nights and weekends, he can be found either coaching his sons in baseball and basketball (whether they want him to or not), struggling to master the minor Pantonic scale, or taking out the garbage.  Before law school, Greg studied theater at University of Michigan and American Conservatory Theater.

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. 


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.