12.14 Leadership

 12.14 Foundation Leadership


Michael Baroody, MD

Founder and President

Michael Baroody, MD is a plastic surgeon who lives in Newtown, CT, with his wife and two daughters.  “The 12.14 Foundation’s vision of a Performing Arts Centre was born from a need to not only heal, but to enrich and strengthen the lives of those effected by the events of 12/14.  Because there are no words that accurately describe how we feel, we choose expression through architecture and the Arts. Through a premier school for the Arts, we will instill tools for creativity, innovation, and confidence that will spill over into every other aspect of our lives.  Via collaborations between the world’s best and the incredible local community of Newtown, we will provide opportunities for our children and those around the globe, to reach their potential.”




Fred Holahan


Fred Holahan is a software executive who lives in Woodbury, CT.  The father of three, Fred has many ties to Newtown and the surrounding area.  He is the founding CEO of three Connecticut-based software companies, bringing a wealth of business operations experience to the 12.14 Foundation.  “We will create a lasting memory of those who were lost on December 14, 2012, and of those who responded with selfless courage.  The Newtown performing arts center will bring joy and light to our community, and provide a gathering place for many forms of positive expression. I’m honored to be involved in such important work.”



Richard Pilbrow


Richard Pilbrow is one of the world’s leading theatre consultants.  He is also an internationally known author and stage lighting designer, and a theatre, film and television producer.  Richard founded Theatre Projects in London in 1957.  Under his leadership, the company has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world, with over 1,200 projects in 70 countries to its credit.

“The Newtown performing arts center specifically aims to create an environment for young people to appreciate, enjoy and actively participate in all arts, including music, dance, and theatre.  It is among the most important undertakings any of us will know during our lives.”

Jay S. Winuk


Jay S. Winuk is the president of Winuk Communications, Inc., the PR agency he founded in 1994.  Previously he was the PR director for Radio City Entertainment, and an executive at Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris, both top tier PR firms. He also served as a managing director of the branding firm Dirty Water Integrated.  His clients have included leading brands such as the NFL Alumni Association, The Coca-Cola Company, General Foods, Pfizer, Citibank, Clear Channel Entertainment and many others.  Jay is co-founder and a board director of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit organization that successfully advocated to establish 9/11 as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” now the largest annual day of charitable engagement in U.S. history.  He is a leading national voice on volunteerism and charitable service.  His work and commentary have been included in major news media reports throughout the world.  Jay is the recipient of the “Daily Point of Light Award” from former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute; the “President’s Call to Service Award” from The White House; Silver Anvil Awards from the Public Relations Society of America; and many other awards. He earned an M.S. in public relations from Boston University and a B.A. in communications from SUNY Oneonta.


Michael Unger

Artistic Director

Michael Unger recently directed Seussical the Musical with 84 Newtown-area children for the 12.14 Foundation, and the concert From Broadway With Love (recently on PBS). Both were remarkable examples of healing through the arts. Other directing credits: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre – since 1998), The Happy Time, The Rink, My Sister in this House (Deaf West  – Ovation Recommended), Grease (Paramount Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Theatre Aspen) and Pippin (Depot Theatre). World premieres include: Caligula, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Retribution (Off-Broadway). Opera directing credits include Of Mice and Men, The Duchess of Chicago (in Russia), A View From the Bridge, The Consul, HMS Pinafore, The Crucible and Die Fledermaus. Upcoming credits include: Two Point Oh (Off-Broadway – 59 E 59th), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), the opera, Susanna (St. Petersburg Opera) and several new works. He is married to actress, Janet Metz. Favorite production: twins, Phoebe and Nathaniel. 

Pete Fisher
VP GM, Grand Ole Opry


Van Dean
Tony® Award-winning Producer

Theater Arts Committee

Sarah Baroody

Newtown Outreach Committee