Our Team

Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

President

Steve Adubato, Ph.D., enjoys a distinguished career as a broadcaster, author, syndicated columnist, university professor, lecturer and motivational speaker.  A trainer and coach in the areas of leadership and communication skills, Steve also served in the mid 1980’s as New Jersey’s youngest state legislator at the age of 26.

Steve currently anchors three television series produced by the Caucus Educational Corporation (CEC) — State of Affairs with Steve Adubato, the weekly, public policy series exploring the critical issues being addressed in the New Jersey Statehouse; One-on-One with Steve Adubato, the nightly series that bring viewers in-depth interviews with

some of the region’s most compelling personalities, including artists, authors, academics, media personalities, health experts and sports icons; and Think Tank with Steve Adubato, featuring leaders, innovators and experts who tackle broader national policy issues impacting New Jersey and the tri-state region.

Steve has also anchored many high-profile television specials including exclusive specials with NJ Governor Phil Murphy as well as US Senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.  Steve has been the recipient of four prestigious Emmy® Awards for his work on public television, including “Best Host,” from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The CEC’s series air on PBS stations Thirteen/WNET (the flagship station in New York), NJ PBS, WHYY and WHYY’s Y2; on cable on News 12+; on radio on NPR stations WBGO and WQXR; and on digital platforms including Steve Adubato.org, NJ.com, YouTube, Thirteen.org, MyNJPBS.org the Thirteen Explore app, the NJ PBS app and in social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

As a media, leadership and communication expert, Dr. Adubato is a regular contributor to MetroFocus, a PBS series in the New York region and has appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC and FOX5 NY as a media and public policy analyst. Steve has appeared on national radio, providing analysis and commentary on SiriusXM and has also done significant work on regional radio on NPR as well as 77WABC and AM970.  Steve is also the host of Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership with Co-host Mary Gamba, based on his latest book, Lessons in Leadership.

Dr. Adubato currently serves as a Buccino Leadership Institute Fellow at Seton Hall University teaching a master class in the spring 2022 semester. He has previously served as a distinguished visiting professor on the subject of leadership at New York University and has also lectured at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as Seton Hall University. Dr. Adubato has published well over 1,000 articles on leadership and communication-related issues in a variety of publications.

A much sought-after motivational speaker through his firm Stand & Deliver, Steve has conducted communication and leadership workshops for a variety of clients in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Stand & Deliver is a dynamic, hands-on professional development and executive coaching program, which Steve created to help today’s professionals reach their potential as leaders.

Through Stand & Deliver, Steve developed the “Lessons in Leadership” platform to provide leadership advice, tips and tools in the form of columns, videos, seminars, as well as his book, Lessons in Leadership. Columns and videos can be found through numerous print and online platforms including NJ Business Magazine, Meadowlands USA Magazine, Stand-Deliver.com and SteveAdubato.org, among others.

As a syndicated columnist, Steve also writes a monthly column for New Jersey Monthly magazine. He is the author of five books, including three focused on interpersonal, professional and crisis communication: Speak from the Heart, which was featured in Fortune Magazine, as well as Make the Connection and What Were They Thinking?  You Are the Brand, examines the brand strategies of over thirty individuals and companies, while Lessons in Leadership explores the connection between leadership and communication offering practical leadership tips and tools as well as powerful case studies from prominent leaders. His sixth book due to be released in 2022 is titled, Lessons in Leadership 2.0: What About the Tough Stuff? and will feature case studies and tips, tools and lessons on innovation learned during the global pandemic.

Steve has been named as one of New Jersey’s “Power 100” – New Jersey’s 100 most influential people – by InsiderNJ.com. He has also been named on the New Jersey Globe Power List as one of NJ’s Most Powerful Personalities in Public Policy and Politics. In addition, New Jersey Monthly magazine named Steve one of the top five most powerful media figures in the state, as one of the “50 Most Interesting People in New Jersey,” and as one of the “25 Most Influential People in New Jersey.”

For more information, visit www.stand-deliver.com


Mary Gamba

Mary Gamba

Executive Director

For more than 20 years, Mary Gamba has worked closely with Steve Adubato and the CEC fundraising team to develop, guide and oversee the growth and management of the CEC from a small, single-program production company into the multi-media content provider it is today.  As Executive Director of the CEC, Mary works closely with the CEC fundraising team to continually meet and exceed the individual needs of current and prospective underwriters. Mary’s expertise focuses on client service, team coaching and engagement and overall sponsor relations to ensure satisfaction on all aspects of each partnership.

Mary has also been a major influence on the development and execution of Stand & Deliver: Communication Tools for Tomorrow’s Leaders—a youth leadership program serving over 400 young adults in Newark, Paterson and Union County. Mary works hand in hand with the Stand & Deliver project director and workshop leaders to design and customize the curriculum, plan and execute weekly workshops, symposia and special events, and is the program director for the annual “Night of Eloquence,” the culminating celebration of the program and the largest fundraiser for the organization.


Jacqueline Heyer

Jacqueline Heyer

Executive Producer, State of Affairs with Steve Adubato & Program Director

Jacqueline Heyer oversees all aspects of State of Affairs with Steve Adubato, which features New Jersey’s top government and industry leaders, policy experts and pundits.

Jacqueline is also the Program Director for the CEC, creating regional public affairs programming for some of the country’s most-watched PBS stations (Thirteen/WNET, NJ PBS), as well as various other public television and cable outlets. The widely-viewed and enduring series include State of Affairs with Steve Adubato; One-on-One with Steve Adubato, and Think Tank with Steve Adubato.


Lauren Brusaferro

Lauren Brusaferro

Executive Producer, One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Executive Producer, Digital and Post-Production

Lauren is a skilled producer and journalist with over 10 years of experience. As the executive producer of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Lauren oversees the booking and production of the PBS series, which features CEO’s, non-profit leaders, television personalities, professors, artists, authors, educational innovators, and more.

Lauren also segment produces informative and educational television programming from the control room and in the field for the CEC series State of Affairs with Steve Adubato and Think Tank with Steve Adubato.

Additionally, Lauren is the line producer of all three CEC series, which entails creating rundowns, leading the control room crew during tapings, and managing the post-production process through delivery for broadcast.

Lauren contributes to the CEC's marketing department by producing compelling commercials, promos and digital content while implementing creative strategy to reach larger audiences.

Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in broadcasting with a minor in communication studies from Montclair State University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.


Jacqui Tricarico

Jacqui Tricarico

Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato and CEC Special Projects

Jacqui has over 15 years of experience in Television Production & Project Management. She has been part of the Caucus Educational Corporation team since 2009 and has also been a freelance producer for NJ PBS and Rutgers iTV.

As Executive Producer of Think Tank with Steve AdubatoJacqui oversees all production of this informative and educational series, which features thought leaders, innovators and experts from a variety of fields to explore the critical issues, trends and challenges facing society today.  

Jacqui also oversees CEC Special Projects, including on-location productions.

Additionally, Jacqui produces television programming for the CEC series State of Affairs with Steve Adubato and One-on-One with Steve Adubato.

Jacqui holds a bachelor's degree in television broadcasting from Montclair State University.


Linda Toro

Linda Toro

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Linda oversees all aspects of marketing strategy, communication and branding for Steve Adubato, the Caucus Educational Corporation and its three programs, One-on-One with Steve AdubatoState of Affairs with Steve Adubato and Think Tank with Steve Adubato.

Working closely with CEC President Steve Adubato and Executive Director Mary Gamba, Linda is also responsible for managing the business development pipeline with both existing and potential underwriters for the CEC. She works directly with c-level executives and decision-makers at organizations ranging from small non-profits to large-scale corporations and institutions in New Jersey who see the value in supporting the CEC’s programming initiatives. Linda is responsible for maintaining these relationships, as well as seeking new and creative ways to engage in new partnerships.


Caroline Pizzano 

Caroline Pizzano 

Marketing Communications and Social Media Manager

As the Marketing Communications and Social Media Manager at the Caucus Educational Corporation, Caroline assists in curating and promoting marketing initiatives alongside our VP of Marketing. In addition to marketing, she is also responsible for the engagement and communication between our underwriters and producers regarding programming, branding and visibility. 

Previously, as an intern with CNBC, Caroline developed a foundation in production and live television. Her interest in media eventually led her to a full-time position at the CEC. With a BFA from Montclair State University, Caroline has several years of digital marketing and design experience. In addition to having a degree in the arts, she’s also heavily involved in the community. She enjoys volunteering over the weekends at soup kitchens and local animal rescues. Caroline is a firm believer that staying connected with the rest of the world is an important part of being human, which is the primary reason she has found herself in the media industry.


Elvin A. Badger

Elvin A. Badger

Director

Elvin A. Badger is an Emmy® Award winning director with over 15 years of experience directing live and studio television.

Elvin currently directs State of Affairs, Think Tank and One-on-One for the Caucus Educational Corporation.

Elvin also directs various programming at NJ PBS, including NJ Spotlight News, On the Record, Reporters Roundtable, Matter of Faith and any special events such as the NJ debates and the NJ PBS In Your Neighborhood series.

Elvin has worked for several companies over his career including CUNY TV, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Fox News & Activision and has directed Moyers & Company, Theater Talk, SciTech Now & Long Island Business Report, which airs on PBS.


Frank Brown, Jr. 

Frank Brown, Jr. 

Audio Engineer

Frank Brown, Jr., is a two-time Emmy® Award-winner who brings with him more than three decades of experience as an audio and mixing engineer.

Frank is the audio engineer for One-on-One, State of Affairs and Think Tank for the Caucus Educational Corporation. He is also the audio engineer for Steve Adubato's Lessons in Leadership with Co-host Mary Gamba.

Frank also is the senior audio engineer for other programs airing on WNET, NJPBS and WLIW, including American Songbook from NJPAC. Frank is also an accomplished percussionist having attended The Manhattan School of Music and Lincoln University and is currently an endorsed drummer for the S.J.C. Custom Drum Company.  


Scarlyn Veloz

Scarlyn Veloz

Video Operator/Engineer

Scarlyn Veloz has over 10 years of experience in Camera Operation and Video Engineering for Television. He also has experience in filmmaking, where he has worked as camera operator for feature films and several music videos.

Scarlyn is in charge of all home studio operations for the Caucus Educational Corporation and Stand & Deliver.

As a freelance Video Operator/Engineer, Scarlyn travels around the country providing video expertise to various TV stations and large Broadcast events. Some of the events he has worked on include the 2018 Spotify’s Pre Grammy-Bash, New York Time’s “Time Talks” and Call of duty World League among others.

Scarlyn currently works as a Robotic Camera Operator, Video Operator and Engineer for different Companies including, CUNY TV, FOX NEWS, SNY, NE Productions, Cue 2 Cue and Jib Tek.

Scarlyn worked on the film “Early light” directed by Geoffray Barbier which is currently on Amazon Prime Video.


Marcus Bonilla

Marcus Bonilla

Video Editor

Marcus Bonilla has more than 20 years experience editing video content for television, independent filmmakers, successful corporations and large financial institutions. He currently handles the post-production duties for Think Tank, State of Affairs and One-on-One for the Caucus Educational Corporation.

Marcus graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as a film and television production major. Entering the field just as it was becoming predominately digital, Marcus was able to spread his skills and interests into other categories such as graphics, animation, digital photography and even DVD authoring.

Working professionally in Manhattan for 20 years has allowed him to sharpen his talents on creative and compelling video projects for clients such as Deutsche Bank, Lancôme, Fuji Television, Verizon, Guggenheim Partners, Estée Lauder, BNY Mellon and NetApp.

Marcus also served as the sole film editor for New Jersey’s own independent horror-cult filmmaker Dante Tomaselli.


Georgette Reilly Timoney

Georgette Reilly Timoney

Contributing Producer

Georgette Reilly Timoney is an Emmy® Award-nominated freelance producer who has been associated with Steve Adubato’s television programs since 2002. Georgette specializes in booking guests from the worlds of the Arts, Entertainment, Media, and Politics and excels in preparing both interviewer and guest for their interview. Georgette has also worked with a global network out of Istanbul, Turkey.

Georgette provides media & communications coaching services and works as a speechwriter for corporate and arts & entertainment clients (including actor Bryan Cranston of TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Georgette is also a professional actor (member Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild) and a veteran voice actress who can be heard on many Japanese anime (including the long-running TV series “Pokémon”).

Georgette earned her Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, and her Master’s degree from Rutgers University.


Aimee Brooks

Aimee Brooks

Contributing Producer

As a Marketing Specialist, Aimee manages CEC video content shared on our partner websites and social media outlets and manages online advertising and email marketing.

As a CEC Producer, Aimee assists in aspects of pre-production and production for all of the CEC programming including One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Think Tank with Steve Adubato and State of Affairs with Steve Adubato. In this role, Aimee books guests, conducts pre-interviews, prepares the host for tapings and produces segments on-site

Aimee worked for CBS News On-Air Promotion and Marketing for over 20 years.  Her career started in the 90's as an NBC Page.     

Aimee received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Rider University in 1992.


Abi Ishola

Abi Ishola

Contributing Producer

Abi Ishola is an Emmy® Award-nominated journalist who has written and produced for various platforms including ELLE.com, PBS, Ebony.com, CUNY TV, and more.  During her 14-year long career, she's covered extraordinary  people, communities, and events in New York City, DC, London, Paris, Nigeria, Ghana, and beyond. 
 
In 2017, ESSENCE Magazine named Abi among its Woke 100 Women for launching Beyond Classically Beautiful, an acclaimed photo series turned lifestyle brand that celebrates Black women who defy traditional beauty standards.

As a contributing producer for the Caucus Educaitonal Corporation, Abi works closely with the CEC team to book a variety of guests from the worlds of media, entertainment, the arts and more. 
 
Abi earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from The Fashion Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Journalism from CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.


Antoinette Richardson

Antoinette Richardson

Project Director
Stand & Deliver

Antoinette Richardson currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Essex County Board of Commissioners President, Wayne L. Richardson. She is also the Project Director for Stand & Deliver, Caucus Educational Corporation’s public speaking and leadership program that serves over 400 youth at over 20 workshop locations. Most recently, Antoinette served for 4 years as the Chief Education Officer for Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Office of Comprehensive Community Education, where she advised the mayor on education strategies and developed and lead collective impact initiatives, including the Newark Children’s Cabinet and the literacy coalition #NewarkReads.
 
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Newark NAACP Freedom Fund Education Award, the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver’s Shirley Chisholm Education Award. Antoinette currently serves on the Trustee Boards of the Newark Public Library and Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, and the Advisory Boards of the Newark Debate Society and the Newark City of Leadership Collaborative.
Antoinette’s life work has served to increase the capacity of unserved and underserved populations to achieve academic and economic parity. She says, “It’s important to create collaborative environments that enable seemingly diverse interests to focus, align resources, and meet clearly defined goals that empower our community.”


Arianna Weling

Arianna Weling

Production and Research Assistant

As a Production Assistant for the Caucus Educational Corporation, Arianna supports CEC producers in connection with the programming of its three series, State of Affairs with Steve Adubato, One-on-One with Steve Adubato and Think Tank with Steve Adubato.

In addition, as a research assistant, Arianna Weling closely works with Steve Adubato and Mary Gamba as a researcher and editor for their upcoming book, Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff. Specifically, she assists with copyediting, transcription, and conducting research.

In addition, Arianna works as a Production Assistant in connection with CEC’s 3 Series, State of Affairs, One-on-One, and Think Tank.

She is currently a Junior at Seton Hall University majoring in Marketing and English, as well as a member of the Buccino Leadership Institute, Business Leadership Center.