CREATIVE ADVISORS

<strong>LISA CLAIR</strong>
LISA CLAIR
Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Community Outreach Programs. A principal in ClairStone Communications, LLC since 1988, she has created and executed dozens of dynamic communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, and non-profit organizations. A longtime resident of Fairfield, she enjoys the charms and challenges of things that grow, including homes, gardens, animals, and developing businesses.
<strong>GABI COATSWORTH</strong>
GABI COATSWORTH
Gabi is an award-winning British-born writer and blogger, who has spent half her life living in the United States. A member of several national writing associations, she’s active in the Connecticut writing community, and runs a number of groups for writers. Her essays, short fiction, and poetry have been published in anthologies and literary journals, both in print and online. Her most recent awards were two first-place 2019 Connecticut Press Club Awards: for a short story, Misconception, and for her Writers’ blog, The Write Connexion. Her long fiction is represented by Joelle Delburgo Associates.
<strong>CONNIE CUSICK</strong>
CONNIE CUSICK
Connie is an entrepreneur who has successfully launched a social media consultancy and two lines of accessories by leveraging creative design skills, social media marketing savvy, and an eye for lifestyle trends. She is sought out by social media clients for ability to propel a brand message with compelling visual storytelling. Her background in finance combined with her passion for film, photography, and travel make her a creative force to be reckoned with
<strong>BILL HARRIS</strong>
BILL HARRIS
Bill is the Executive Director of the SHU Community Theatre in Fairfield, CT. He is also an adjunct professor for the Master’s program in Film & Television Production at Sacred Heart University. A television exec with 30+ years of broadcast and cable experience, Bill has worked with ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, and spent 16 years as head of production for the A&E Television Networks. A multiple Emmy, Telly, Ace, Cine, and Vision Award winner, Bill is inducted into the NAMIC Hall of Fame and was named a Cable Maverick by the Cable Center
<strong>LINDA KAVANAGH</strong>
LINDA KAVANAGH
Former chef turned publicist, Linda Kavanagh launched MaxEx Public Relations, LLC in 1997, and has since worked over 300 restaurant brands to date. MaxEx is the architect of the Best of Norwalk, a media-marketing company that spearheads small business support through all-access communications, event production, and modern technology, including the Best of Norwalk mobile app.  Linda’s is a regular contributor to regional publications, including Total Food Service and VENU Magazine.
<strong>ROBIN PHILLIPS</strong>
ROBIN PHILLIPS
Robin was the editor of Fairfield Magazine from 2012-2020 as well as the organizer of the popular culinary events Taste of Fairfield, WinterFest, and Savor Local. She has over 25 years of publishing experience, on both the editorial and business / promotional sides of books and magazines. She worked with Condé Nast Publications on such titles as House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bon Appétit, and at Meredith Corporation, with Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal. Currently, Robin is a contributing writer for VENU and Tableau Magazines. She spends her time between Newport Beach, CA and Fairfield, CT.
<strong>SEAN KELLY</strong>
SEAN KELLY
Sean Kelly is an award-winning creative director and illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek, IBM, and Simon & Schuster. He has received honors from the Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society. Kelly leads creativity seminars that teach corporate groups how to be more innovative, and he has lectured at Columbia University, University of Southern California and Fairfield University, among other schools. A graduate of Brown University, Kelly was a Getty Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School. He resides in Southport, CT.
<strong>MARIA STYLIANOU</strong>
MARIA STYLIANOU
Maria has been in the international film and media industry for 20 years. With a career that has taken her across Europe and throughout the United States, Maria has worked with distinguished directors and production companies such as Showtime, Discovery, BBC, Netflix, and others. Now a new resident of Fairfield county, Maria is collaborating with others to build an online community that spotlights the talented creatives and artists in the region, as well as their young, upcoming peers through a mentorship program.

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