Meet Our Staff

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Laura Monaco-Martino

CEO

With over two decades of experience in the music industry, Laura Monaco-Martino sees the business as an artist, songwriter, and music business insider. In her early career, she shared the stage with artists such as Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and more.

Additionally, she is a certified music business professional and vocal styles specialist from Berklee College of Music. 

 

Her songwriting catalog contains over 300 songs in various genres with placements on networks such as E!’s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", "Chelsea Lately", "America’s Got Talent", the Hallmark Channel, Oxygen Network’s "Bad Girls Club", and more. Laura has guided and written for artists who have gone on to tour the world and land on major playlists and iTunes Charts. She has scouted and developed artists on shows such as "American Idol", "The Voice", "X Factor", and "America’s Got Talent". Her strengths lie in coaching and inspiring artists to become confident and self-sufficient in the pursuit of their dreams. Laura continues to add many facets of positivity, creation, and art to her Emerging Talent brands. Together, along with her husband, Joey Martino, they successfully opened ET Studio Productions in 2013, and have many plans for making a difference in the local youth and community. The recent launch of their integrative learning company, ET Labz, is only the beginning of the many opportunities underway.

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Alexis Bruno

Staff - Can't Stop Yoga, I AM Light

Alexis Bruno is a yoga/mindfulness teacher and mother of 3. Practicing yoga for over 10 years, she decided to make her passion for yoga a profession. Connecting mind to body through postures and breath is her primary philosophy to gain flexibility in the body, strength in the mind, and peace in the heart. When not practicing yoga, Alexis is dedicated to her 3 kids. She volunteers at their school and has been a Girl Scout leader. Alexis has her Bachelor's degree from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Conflict Resolution. She received her yoga certification through Yoga Farm in Ithaca, NY and is a proud member of Yoga Alliance. Currently, Alexis is working toward her 500RYT through an apprenticeship with celebrity yogi Jade Alexis. When Alexis isn't working, her happiest moments are spent with her family and dogs, being outside, and traveling.

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Brian Licata

Partner/Business Strategist

Brian has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning for nonprofit and for-profit businesses, with the goal of helping serious business owners generate more clients, close more sales and increase their overall revenue and profits, quickly and inexpensively.
 

Brian specializes in creating structure, lead generation, joint ventures, and evaluating the marketing for small business owners. Over the years, he's developed a keen understanding of the complex issues facing small business owners in the type of volatile economy we have today. His experience has helped him develop the skills to quickly and effectively teach business owners how to successfully apply the right strategies in the right order that allows them to grow their business to its maximum capacity.
 

Brian's team has spent more than 10 years and $2 million dollars developing the world’s first E-Learning Marketing System – currently being used by more than 5000 small business clients in 50 countries around the world to grow their business to multimillion-dollar status and beyond. It’s considered by many of the world’s top business professionals to be the most powerful client attraction program available anywhere today.
 

Brian has a special talent for helping business owners create competition-crushing marketing. He begins this process by exposing the flaws in marketing that almost all small business owners fall prey to and explain why these flaws are stifling the growth of all business owners today. In addition, his team has developed numerous training programs for business owners who prefer a do-it-yourself model. Each video lesson provides a step-by-step approach that enables any business to instantly produce more leads, close more sales, and see a dramatic increase in revenue and profits.
 

Brian's Business Growth model is perfectly positioned to help business owners realize their dream of creating their own multimillion-dollar business that feeds their passion to achieve personal, financial, and professional freedom.

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Alyssa Falcone

Office Manager, Free Your Voice

Alyssa Falcone holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the College of Staten Island. She works as a substitute teacher for the Department of Education and as a Direct Support Professional for the Community Habilitation Departments at Person Centered Care Services and Children at Play. Alyssa began her career as a substitute para, working in district 75 schools from the ages of 18 to 23. After working with various students with disabilities, she knew teaching was her true calling. Helping students achieve their goals was always number one in her eyes and she continues to serve the community with her passion for teaching, while incorporating music. In her free time, Alyssa sings in the local band, Early A.M., performing at local bars and restaurants all over Staten Island. Alyssa is a singer/songwriter and has music available on all major platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music and YouTube! She has a passion for music and helping her students learn and grow.

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Andrea Damon

Staff- "Art" for the Smart

Andrea studied Media Arts at the Parsons School of Design where she trained her art skills to become a Stage Craft teacher with the NYC Department of Education. For 15 years, she worked with students to create scenery for school plays and to paint murals across the school. Andrea then became a special education teacher, working with students who have dyslexia and processing delays. She is a strong supporter of fine arts education and is excited to use her talents to allow her students to build communication skills, creativity, problem solving, and promote a higher self esteem with ET Labz.

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Alyssa D'Agosto

Staff - Dancercise

Alyssa D’Agosto is a marketing and communications professional with almost 10 years industry experience and is a certified Zumba instructor. She received her Bachelors in Corporate Communications and Marketing, and her Master of Science in Business Management at the College of Staten Island. Through many internships and professional experiences, Alyssa’s creativity grew in her advertising and marketing campaigns. While on her journey to gain professional experience through her college years, Alyssa fell in love with Zumba fitness and finally pursued her certification to become an instructor in 2019. Alyssa currently works as the Communications Manager at Person Centered Care Services where she oversees a team of talented and creative individuals, spearheads the Disability Ally Initiative workshop, and is the cohost of PCCS emPower (h)Our’s Facebook live series where members of the community join together to discuss advocacy, equity, and integration for people with and without disabilities. She believes we all should practice confidence and build each other up, because “we all deserve to be celebrated” and does this through many outlets, one being Zumba for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Brendan Oliveri

Staff- Piano, Guitar

Brendan began playing the guitar at the age of 10 and has been defining his musical style ever since. He has played in multiple bands, composed music for films, and worked in many recording studios. Since he began learning the piano at age 15 his musical immersion has doubled. With a fantastic ear for pitch, rhythm, and melody, Brendan can tune into just about any style of music and find his place within it. Amongst his skills are reading music, sight-singing, and songwriting. You can typically find Brendan teaching a lesson, playing on stage, or recording at the studio. He has even toured the country twice! Brendan welcomes anyone to the studio who wants to improve themselves musically and can’t wait to have his first session with you!

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Emilie Crupi

Crochet Your Way

Emilie Crupi is a singer-songwriter and has been a part of the ET Studio Productions' family since she was just a high school freshman. Emilie attended the University of New Haven and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music and Sound Recording. She interned at Nashville's Blackbird Studio during college where she had the pleasure of meeting studio owner, John McBride, his wife Martina McBride, and some other pivotal country artists. She learned an immense amount of audio engineering skills and has continued to utilize the knowledge she has gained daily. Currently, she is in Southern New Hampshire University's graduate program to receive her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business. Emilie currently works part-time with dogs and is a certified Com Hab worker with A Very Special Place Inc., where she loves being able to work with kids. While in college, she discovered a love for all sorts of hands-on crafts, organizational hacks, and hand-made items, which helps her be productive during her leisure time. She loves crocheting, knitting, bracelet-making and bullet journaling. Emilie has a bright, playful and love-filled outlook on life and is always excited to see what’s next for her.

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Heather Martino-Valente (Virtual only)

Staff- Can't Stop "Yoga", "Video" Storytelling, "Picture" Perfect

Heather Martino-Valente is a yogi and filmmaker, and believes a healthy mind and body is key to unlocking creativity. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and has a background in dance, theater, and cheerleading. Heather's experience working with youth stems from her previous roles as a Children's Fitness Instructor at The Little Gym, a cheerleading coach, and as a counselor at CYO Youth Summer Camp in Staten Island, New York. When she's not practicing yoga, Heather works with the award-winning production company, Redglass Pictures. Having trained at the International Center for Photography (ICP) and the Newmark School of Journalism, Heather has taught numerous filmmaking workshops at CUNY and Downtown Community Television in New York City. Previously, Heather worked at Teen Vogue as the EP, producing high profile shoots with Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Maggie Rogers, Millie Bobby Brown, Camila Cabello, Kaia Gerber, Amandla Stenberg, and Hunter Schafer, to name a few. In her spare time, Heather enjoys gardening, photography, and going on long walks with her puppy, Gracie. 

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Olivia Centonza

Staff- Together In Tune, Piano

Olivia Centonza is a singer, musician, and songwriter from Staten Island, New York. Her family has always been big lovers of music and she decided to start singing in her elementary school, middle school, and high school choirs. She started writing her own songs and playing piano when she was 14 years old and then began taking voice and piano lessons at ET Studio Productions when she was 16. She started to realize that music was something she couldn’t live without and she wanted it to be a part of her career and life forever. Olivia saw how powerful songwriting could be for expressing your emotions and feelings. She became the recording artist known as Liv C and has recorded and released 9 original songs since 2018. As she began college, she knew music was something she couldn’t give up and she graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BA in Music and two minors in Music Industry and Psychology. She excelled in music theory (I, II, and III), music history, music composition, and various branches of psychology course work, earning her a 3.95 GPA. Her love for children and spending time with her family is extremely important to her which is why Fall 2020, she began the Masters of Music Therapy Program at NYU. Helping children and individuals through the gift of music combines both of Liv’s passions. She cannot wait to become a certified Music Therapist and is excited to see what the future holds.

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Cheyenne Poidomani

Staff- Free Your Voice

Cheyenne Poidomani is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a degree in Musical Theatre. She is a striving singer, actress, and songwriter. She has performed at Madison Square Garden and in numerous Theatrical Productions in Manhattan and Staten Island. Some of her other talents include piano, ukulele, guitar and drums. Her biggest aspiration is to be on Broadway. She loves working with all her students and is excited to continue with more!

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Gabe "St. Gabriel" Vasquez

Staff- A Moment of "Science", "Picture" Perfect, In The Beat, In The Mix (DJ Mixing)

Gabriel “Saint Gabirel” Vaquez is a studio production and assistant engineer at ET Studio Productions. He graduated at the top of his class from SAE Institute in New York City, and because of his extensive knowledge base and talent, is able to produce and assist on various genres of music. Gabriel’s love for music was conceived in 2009 as a student of the nationally recognized P.S. 22 chorus. The experiences and professionals he has met have molded his drive to pursue a career in musical production and engineering. Gabriel’s talents do not end with music production. His skillset extends into live sound, mixing, photography, and youth leadership. As an award winning YMCA counselor, he teaches children how to balance school work and fun by designing new kinesthetic activities. Gabe is continuously learning and striving to improve his skills on a technical level. His work ethic, creativity, and compassion for others is what sets him apart from others in his craft.

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Isaiah Gattas

Staff- Dancercise, Act It Out

Isaiah Gattas is currently a student at the Brooklyn on the road to becoming an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher. As the captain of Port Richmond High School’s football team and the lead of their main stage musical “In the Heights”, Isaiah has always displayed a love for both fitness and the arts. Born with a natural stage presence, Isaiah Gattas started performing at an early age. Isaiah discovered his love for performing when accepted into the infamous P.S. 22 chorus and quickly moved his way up into commercials with the television series, “The Electric Company”. For years after, Isaiah continued to be a part of local productions all the way until his senior year of high school when he played Usnavi at Port Richmond High School. During his performance, Isaiah was noticed from members of the musical theatre community who then gave him the opportunity to take Usnavi to the Broadway stage through the Schubert Foundations High School Theatre Festival. Isaiah’s powerful performance shined through and led him to get picked up by Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. Isaiah played the lead Marco in their off-broadway production of Colored Lines in Manhattan, NY. During this time, Isaiah received months of professional training from Roundabout Theatre Company on several acting and performance methods. Isaiah’s love and knowledge of performing went on to be used in the direction of Port Richmond High School’s theatre productions, music videos for local Staten Island talent and with artists from ET Studio Productions. He knows the importance of health and coordination and urges everyone to discover the joy of dancing. Isaiah is vibrant, optimistic and caring, making him a wonderful teacher for all students. 

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Isaiah "Zay" Ruiz

Staff- In the Mix (DJ Mixing)

Isaiah "Zay" Ruiz is an event DJ and Producer. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Mass Communications and Production. He also possesses an extensive knowledge in audio production, event production, broadcasting, and video editing. Zay's passion for music developed at a very young age from an uncle who has been in the music industry for nearly four decades. Since discovering his passion for music, Zay has performed at and assisted multiple entertainment platforms ranging from local podcasts to children's birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events. He is also the sole proprietor of a young and striving event business, "Zay Productions." Isaiah is an innately personable and compassionate individual who strives to fulfill the needs and desires of others. He refers to these attributes as direct factors to his success in his career path as he deems it a vital asset. Isaiah enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and genuinely seeks to help achieve the happiness and self-satisfaction of the people around him. 

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Jessica Jaide

Staff - Can't Stop Yoga, I AM Light

Jessica Jaide is an inspired yoga teacher who had grown up around the understanding of the energy of the universe and yoga. This has drawn her to learn more about herself and the mysterious world of our mind, body, and spirit. In the 2020 pandemic, Jessica took the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Yoga by receiving her 200 hrs certification with “alchemy of Yoga" and 25hr continued education training with “Asana for Autism and Special Needs” for children with Autism and Special Needs. Jessica Jaide is also a singer/songwriter, that enjoys using Mantras in her practices. She finds an escape in listening and singing music! Meditation, yoga, and music have changed Jessica's life. She now has found her purpose here on earth, and is intrigued to share this knowledge with others and transform their lives as much as it did for her!

Peace & Love, Namaste

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Kevin Roman

Staff- "Picture" Perfect & Video Storytelling

Kevin Roman is a photographer, videographer, marketer, digital media specialist, and multidisciplinary creative. Despite having a background in illustration and strong growth in video editing and content development, photography remains his first love, being self-taught for twenty years. He combines a decade of work with people with disabilities and his passions to be a leader in community relations with Person Centered Care Services. One of his latest projects with PCCS has been the production of a weekly Facebook Live talk show, emPower (h)Our, covering broad topics relating to disability and inviting guests, both disabled and able-bodied, to share their experiences. Alongside this, he also educates local organizations and community members in advocacy, safety, and equity workshops such as the Disability Ally Initiative.

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Laura Sacco

Staff- I AM Light

Laura Sacco is a Kundalini Reasearch Institute (KRI) certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher. After feeling the calming effects of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, she immediately signed up for Teacher Training where she dove deep into this unique and profound technology. Laura is a Special Education teacher who incorporates the teachings of Kundalini Yoga into her classroom where she has witnessed the astonishing effects of Kundalini Yoga on her students with autism. She is also a singer who enjoys inspiring others with powerful messages, as well as mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. She attributes Kundalini Yoga & Meditation to helping awaken her true potential. She has made it her mission to help empower women through yoga, breathwork, meditation, and mindset work. 

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Madisen Cutler

Staff- Flute & Bass Guitar

Madisen Cutler has been a musician for 13 years. First, starting with flute at the age of 8. At the age of 10, Madisen auditioned and was accepted into the 2009-2010 Staten Island Boroughwide Junior Band. In 2010, she learned to play piccolo, guitar, and bass guitar. She then became the youngest person in the 2010-2011 Staten Island Boroughwide Senior Band. Madisen has performed at Carnegie Hall twice, playing both flute and electric bass guitar. She continued her music studies throughout high school and college under the guidance of Dr. Dan Auerbach and Dr. David Wechsler, both world renowned musicians. Madisen is currently a Biology major with a concentration in Neuroscience and minors in Music and Psychology. Her desired career choice is in the research field of Biotechnology and Music Cognition, to further research brain abnormalities, developmental disabilities, and help heal others through the power of music and science.

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Meghan McGuire (Virtual only)

Staff- Guitar, Piano

Meghan McGuire is well-versed in acoustic guitar, piano, and the ukulele. She began taking piano lessons at six years old and decided to use those skills to teach herself how to play pop and rock songs.  Meghan began playing the acoustic guitar at thirteen years old as well as the ukulele. She plays guitar for an acoustic duo called Early A.M. which perform at local bars, restaurants, and venues throughout Staten Island.  Meghan works as a social worker full-time for an outpatient clinic on Staten Island. She attended the College of Staten Island and received her Bachelors in Social Work in 2016 and went on to attend Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work to receive her Masters in Social Work in 2017.  In addition, Meghan has worked as a direct support professional for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Eden II Programs and The Self-Directed Program through A Very Special Place, Inc. on Staten Island. Her favorite artists include Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, The 1975, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Tegan and Sara, King Princess, The Aces, Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, and many more.

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Natalie Chen

Staff- Art for the Smart

Natalie Chen is a graduate student at the College of Staten Island pursuing a MS in Business Management. During her undergrad she worked in various public schools. She was an after school counselor that always loved to create crafts with her students. Through her passion for creativity and spreading joy she started her own small business (sweets-N-more) at 22 years old. Arts and crafts has always been one of her favorite hobbies. Now through her “Art” for the Smart class she is eager to turn your kids imaginations into a tangible piece of art they can take home and share with their loved ones!  

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Michele Knight

Staff- American Sign Language

Michele Knight is an Undergraduate student at the College of Staten Island. She is an Education Major and is also minoring in American Sign Language. She has learned so much in the sign language culture from words, sentences, stories, and even expressions just by using different types of hand motions and has learned how to communicate with deaf individuals. She is looking towards becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter for the deaf community. Her passion is to be able to make a difference and connecting with her students by teaching them something that they can use wherever they go.

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Nisha Tumber

Staff- Creative Writing & Socially Talkward 

Nisha Tumber is currently finishing up her Masters in social work at the College of Staten Island with a focus on disability policy and legislation. Nisha is a part of many community initiatives that focus on the advocacy of youth. Nisha believes in the empowerment of the youth and currently serves as an Education Specialist at United Activities Unlimited and is a planning member of the Geraldo Rivera Fund for change which focuses on advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nisha’s background in social work and strong values in youth empowerment has inspired her to work at ET Labz with the youth. She serves as a dance teacher and a creative writing teacher! Nisha also runs the Emerging Leaders group at ET Labz, which focuses on preparing youth with leaderships skills to help them prepare with college and career readiness! 

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Noji Wijerante

Staff- "Art" for the Smart

Noji Wijerante graduated with honors from the College of Staten Island, holding a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She finds joy in several artistic outlets including painting, drawing, photography, sewing clothes, and makeup. Her paintings are greatly inspired by her love for animals, vibrant colors, and film. Noji’s love for the arts allows her to teach others to see the beauty in what surrounds them. 

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Santo Rizzolo

Staff- Drums

Santo Rizzolo is a touring and session drummer based in Asbury Park, New Jersey specializing in R&B, funk, jazz, and rock. Hailing from the Jersey Shore, Santo has been performing and teaching professionally for over decade, backing artists including Dana Fuchs, Kings of Disco (founding members of The Village People), Matt O'Ree Band, Brielle Von Hugel (American Idol, Postmodern Jukebox), and Remember Jones. In addition to performing for sold-out crowds at legendary venues including Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, and House of Independents, Santo regularly tours and performs around the country and internationally. Santo has instructed hundreds of kids and adults of all ages, abilities, and musical preferences as a drum teacher at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park since 2013. Santo looks forward to continuing his drumming journey with new players and artists in the years to come.

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Sara Damon

Staff- Dancercise, Act It Out

Sara Damon can be described as an Indie-Pop singer/songwriter with a large span of musical influences. The entertainment world has been a pivotal part of Sara’s young life, which extended into her high school years as a Musical Theater major at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, New York. Today she is a student at the City College of New York obtaining her Bachelor’s of Arts in Popular Music Studies. She has received private vocal training for 11 years, 7 of which were with ET Studio Productions. Her enthusiasm, passion, and willing personality allows her to connect with her students as she coaches them to properly use their voices.

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Teresa Maresca

Staff- A Moment of Science

Teresa Maresca is currently earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the College of Staten Island. She works as a teacher’s aide at Catholic Charities of New York’s after-school program for students with various disabilities, enhancing their daily life, emotional, and socialization skills. In addition, she is a substitute teacher for the Department of Education. At first, Teresa was planning on entering the medical field but has transformed her love for science into her newly discovered love for teaching. Her journey of gaining experience in the science fields is shown throughout her classroom conversations, presentations, and activities. In her free time, Teresa loves spending time with her family and friends and playing volleyball.