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Tommy Bonnano was the original person who came up with the concept of the New England Music Hall of Fame. He was a friend, a father, a advocate for people with disabilities and the reason why there is a New England Music Hall of fame. He was the greatest merch cat of all time. We miss you.
Chris is advocate for people who are different as he was born with numerous disabilities. He is a former firefighter and multi sport athlete who competed both amateur and professionally, a award winning filmmaker https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0030399/
EDUCATION: Mitchell College - BA Communications, Ct School of Broadcasting, CT Fire Academy, Certified Chaplain, Western Governors University-Masters Educational Leadership (Attending),
Call and Emergency Response
HONORS: National Thespian Society, Phi Theta Kappa, National Leadership Society, NCAA Athlete , Massachusetts Blues Ambassador
Kathleen Steahle Leader of the NEMHOF All Star Band and co founder. Kathy is a Newly Endorsed Amedia Cymbal Artist Kathy Steahle. She has performed with multiple bands such as: Euclid’s Bakery, Milk of Wonder, Puss in Boots, REVOL, MILK, Quest of the Moon Breed, Sisterfunk, Run Jenny and If Not For Dreaming. She performed at the Vatican in Italy for Pope John Paul with Ed Perez and Our Lady of Assumption.She has opened up for such National Acts as: Joan Jett, NRBQ, The Ramones, Taylor Dayne, Crystal Waters, Bethany Yarrow, B52s, Foreigner and UH HUH HERCheck her website out http://steahle.com/
Gary is co-chair of the NEMHOF Planning committee and is the GM of NEMHOF Pro Wrestling. Trained by Larry Sharpe. Wolf formed a tag team with Anthony Durante, they called themselves The Pitbulls. Gary Wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)., WWE , and eventually Paul Heymans legendary ECW. With Rob Zombie's permission The Pitbulls would go out to Rob's music.
Championships/ Awards APWF Tag Team Championship, ECW World Television Championship ,ECW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Pitbull #2, Hardcore Hall of Fame (2014), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (New Jersey version) (2 times) - with Pitbull #2
Ranked No. 80 of the 500 top wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1996
Queen of the Paranormal Kadrolsha Ona Carole s is an award winning actress, producer who is one of the top people in the paranormal world. She also has healed many with her abilities. Kadrolsha is a NEMHOF News reporter and contributing writer. She is also a Assistant Chaplain for the New England Music Hall of Fame's retreat program. For more information https://queenoftheparanormal.com/
Heidi is from Woonsocket , RI and has a huge fondness of music especially from New England. Is recently widowed and enjoys the Boston Celtics. She is originally from Bangor, Maine and went to a all girls school where she excelled in English literature. Heidi writes for Patch https://patch.com/users/new-england-music-hall-fame?fbclid=IwAR2LYBDeirc8BXhsmrKFd7wn19ZrP1Zl1xFwsFE61vht-WLxEEx1fHjD9m0
Education: Sweet Briar College Associates Degree.
Angel Orsini, is a pro wrestler , actress and martial artist
NEMHOF Reporter: Ivana is a multitalented Indian-born entertainer, educator, and journalist. She has had various international film and TV appearances. Ivana has also worked in theatre. Ivana is a reporter for NEMHOF News.
EDUCATION: MBA Healthcare (Long Island University) , MS IT Management (Campbellsville University) , MBA, (New England College)ROLE: President of Education Dept, NEMHOF News Reporter,
Editor- Steve Prescott Steve Prescott is a freelance music journalist. He enjoys early cinema especially old 8mm and 16mm films. He is a graduate of Nathan Hale-Ray High School and later attended Central Connecticut State University.
Columnist- Paul Gabriel is a Blues Music Award nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter. In March 2018 Paul Gabriel was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Blues Society for excellence in guitar playing, singing and songwriting; also for outstanding bandleader and entertainer.
In July 2018 he was inducted into the CT Blues Hall Of Fame
as a Master Blues Artist, in 2020 he was inducted into the New England Music Hall Of Fame for his musical contributions to the music business over fifty years.
New England's first triple crown hall of famer.
Journalist: Kristina Kolosova
Kristina Kolosova, a graduate of the Moscow State University (Russia) with a degree in African studies, is an artist and sculptor, currently based in Middletown, Connecticut. Although Kristina studied various African regions, she took a keen interest in the origins of African American music culture, and especially in musical traditions such as blues and jazz. This music became the main sours of inspiration for her artwork She works in acrylic, paper, metal, mosaic, and ceramic. In 2016 – 2018 Kristina lived and worked in Houston, TX, she spent the following year in Tel Aviv, Israel.
@bluesyghetto is her Instagram page, where she shares her artistic process and artwork.
Contact email is email@example.com
NEMHOF Reporter Richard Demko is a classically trained pianist who started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. He went on to study drums, guitar, bass, and eventually, the art of production and engineering. He is also a producer and composer. Richard is incredibly valuable as he is a one man gang of music. Check him out https://www.neurotronixrecords.com/
Chief Chaplain -Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller is the official NEMHOF Director of the Chaplain and outreach program. She is also Chief of Chaplaincy at Chaplains on Call and Emergency Response, Inc"As a trans Muslim woman I am happy to be part of such a open an d diverse organization like New England Music Hall of Fame" Sarah Miller.
Education: Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy Management at Esoteric Theological Seminary
Chaplain- Kay Bauer
Kay a contributing writer for NEMHOF News and is is one of our Chaplain's. Kay began playing music at the age of 16. She has played for 35 plus years and has been on various stages from NY to LA . She can play classical to prog metal, countless studio hours, opening for the likes of Steelheart, the Spinners, Paul Rodgers with Jason Bonham, Dee Snyder, countless others and the list continues...Website: . https://planetkay.com/
Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn”) A true American of the mid-Atlantic region, his family includes indigenous Pocomoke heritage, Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, Swiss, English, Scots-Irish, Boyko Ukrainian and Ashkanazi Jewish, he honors all of his ancestors as a practicing living historian of the 17th and 18th century, regularly participating in colonial era reenactments, interpretations and public educational events. He works diligently in the research and preservation of the Eastern Woodland languages, particularly Renape and Mahican and is educated in the many European languages at use in the Colonial Period. He was the first garden manager of Western Connecticut State University’s Permaculture Garden, and practices Native horticulture. He has been a frequent model for historical artist Don Troiani and has been used as a model by David Hasseler as well as sculptor Michael Keropian; lastly he has also been featured in three historical films, “ Washington’s Armor” a film about Washington’s French and Indian war years and “ Rumors of War” which was about King Phillips war (1675-1676) where he served as the Algonkian historical consultant , he also has worked for two other films which have not been released , one of which he served as an Algonkian historical consultant.
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University cum laude
Certificate Degree in Archaeology from Norwalk Community College.
Bio: Thomasina Levy, poet and award winning, internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her four years of studies and graduation as a Facilitator of Music Improvisation with cello master, David Darling and Music for People reaffirm her belief that music is in each one of us and is just waiting for the right time to emerge. In January of 1999, she was accepted to become part of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts’ Master Teaching Artist Program and is now a Teaching Artist Mentor who helps fellow artists, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts into their programs. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. Described as a charismatic performer, she touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. Thomasina has recordings and instructional books for both children and adults. We are Thunder, We are Lightning , https://youtu.be/5MqTPU36XG4 is a song/video that is a call to action to address the climate crisis looming over us all. Visit her website for more information about her music at www.thomasinalevy.com.
Masters of Science Degree in Education
Connecticut State Troubadour 2005-06
NAMA Award Best Song “Out of Many We Are One”
NAMA Award 2016 “We are Thunder we are Lightening”
3 Silver medals 2013 Global Music Awards “Parallel Universe”