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Katie Wilcox

Marketing Chair & Secretary of the Board of Directors

Musical Theatre Instructor for Theatre eXceptional

      Katie Wilcox is a girl of many trades. She completed statewide and nationally in commercial photography competitions with SkillsUSA, co-founded Accio Actors, a nonprofit community theater group that performed parodies of popular fiction free to the public, and now has started her career in Public Relations and Social media Management with Blue Butterfly Productions.  Away from Blue Butterfly, Katie also is a senior intern at B2 Communications and is the communications and social media manager for the Plaza Beach Resorts.

       With an undying love for theater, Katie has always found a way to be involved in the community.  After high school, she joined Actors Reaching Out and performed children's theater at local libraries and schools.  Then she co-founded Accio Actors where she directed and produced their first production A Very Potter Musical by Starkid Potter, and took on the role of her favorite literary character: Molly Weasley. She also played various colorful aliens in Trek: An Intergalactic Spoof Musical at Studio @620 in St. Petersburg. Most recently, Katie has been seen in Theatre eXceptional's various performances including The Boys Next Door, The Wizard of Oz, and competing in the 2016 and 2017 4x6 Fest.
     Aside from managing the website and social media for Blue Butterfly, Katie also teaches Theatre eXceptional’s Theatre 101 for Adults with Disabilities class with Alicia Carrillo. She is excited to be a part of such a loving and giving program and cannot wait to see where Theatre eXceptional and Blue Butterfly Productions soar for years to come.


Jim Yerman

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       Jim grew up in Ohio and graduated from Muskingum University (1974) with a B.A. in Psychology and Kent Statue University (1975) with a Masters in Special Education. He taught students with autism for 4 years in Ohio then moved to Florida where he taught students with autism for another 35 years in the Pinellas County school system.

        Jim began teaching in Florida at a time when all students with autism in Pinellas County were taught in centers. He had the privilege of taking the first class for students with autism into a regular middle school setting at Osceola Middles School, which then led them to a high school setting at Osceola High School once they grew.  He also had the privilege of teaching the first class for students with autism in northern Pinellas County at East Lake High School.

       During his teaching tenure, Jim was a finalist for Special Education Teacher of the Year and Pinellas County Teacher of the year. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from the local branch of Rotary International for his work in the community with students with autism.  In 2001 Future Horizons published Jim’s book, “So You Want To Be A Special Education Teacher… hold on to your hats you’re in for a wild ride" which is currently still in print. Two years after his book was published, Jim lectured around the country at Future Horizon workshops and had articles published in Autism/Asperger’s Digest.
        Jim is currently retired and working part-time at Back in the Day Books in Dunedin. Jim has been married to his wife Deborah for 32 years and together they have three children; Bryan, Alison, and Ryan. They also have four grandchildren; Damien, Taylor, Aden, and Ava.

Johanna Frediani

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Linnea Paolillo

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Perry Larson

President of the Board of Directors      

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Rick Hart

Vice President of The Board of Directors


        During his 25 year career, Rick Hart had the opportunity to work in several different areas within the financial services industry. For the first 6 years, Rick worked as an insurance agent at Florian Insurance, helping clients with their insurance needs. In 1997, Rick transitioned to work for one of the largest bank broker-dealers in the country. In this role, Rick worked with regional banks to develop, implement and manage investment programs within their branches. In 2002, Rick was promoted to Senior Vice President, with this new title Rick was responsible for more than 200 financial planners. During this time, Rick had the opportunity to travel extensively within the US visiting clients and working with financial planners.

         In 2005, Rick was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed. Although confined to a wheelchair, Rick continued traveling both personally and for his job and learned to play golf, tennis, and softball from a wheelchair. In 2015, Rick decided to retire to explore other opportunities with several different areas within the disability community. Rick is currently working with Indego, a robotic exoskeleton company helping demonstrate their device. This exoskeleton allows persons with paralysis to be able to walk with robotic assistance. Rick is also the Volunteer Regional Director for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

         Rick has been married to his wife Laura for 29 years. Rick stays very active with golfing, tennis, biking, boating, theater and traveling. Rick is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County.

Susan Huddelson

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Volunteer Coordinator for Theatre eXceptional

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