Monsignor Robert Weiss was ordained in May 1973. Over the years, he has served in several parishes and in 2007, he was given the title Monsignor, Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI and as Lieutenant Commander of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2017. Presently, he serves as pastor at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, CT where he officiated the funerals of eight children who were victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. He continues to be called upon as a support to the families and the Newtown community and to other communities experiencing similar tragedies.
Maria Cuomo Cole is the award-winning producer of the feature documentary, Newtown, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Through film, she has tackled such relevant subjects as gun violence, homelessness, veterans’ PTSD, domestic violence and sexual assault. She has produced the Emmy and Peabody award-winning film, The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick, the 2014 Oscar® nominated documentary, The Invisible War, and Living for 32, which was short listed for an Academy Award® and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Since 1992, she has led HELP USA, the national nonprofit leader in both homeless and permanent supportive service housing and employment programs for veterans, families and survivors of domestic violence.
Mary Ann Jacob is a survivor of the shooting at Sandy Hook School where she was a Library Clerk for 12 years. She recently completed serving on the Newtown Legislative Council as an elected Republican representative and as its Chairman for four years. She is the primary author of the Firearms Ordinance in Newtown written in response to safety concerns stemming from target shooting on private property. Since 2013, Mary Ann has volunteered as a Fellow in the Survivor Network for Everytown for Gun Safety. She speaks on gun violence prevention topics to Medical School residents and others.
Kim A. Snyder is a NYC-based director/producer, with her most recent documentary Newtown premiering at 2016's Sundance Film Festival. Also known for Welcome to Shelbyville, both films broadcast nationally on PBS's Independent Lens. Kim graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Ryan Deitsch is a Senior Journalism and TV production student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Ryan is the founder and president of the Improv Club by day and Activist for Sensible Gun Legislation by night.
John Slattery is a renowned actor of TV, film, and stage. He received four Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Roger Sterling in AMC’s critically-acclaimed Mad Men and starred in Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-winning feature film, Spotlight. On Broadway, Slattery appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole, earning him a Drama League Award, the revival of Betrayal, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and The Front Page. Slattery has also directed multiple episodes of Mad Men and Love, and his first feature, God’s Pocket, which premiered at Sundance in 2014. Most recently, Slattery starred as in Matt Weiner’s The Romanoffs.