Board of Directors

Donick Cary 
President

Emmy-winning writer and producer Donick Cary got his start writing for “Late Night with David Letterman.” He continued working with the show through its move to CBS, serving as both head writer and the “guy in the bear suit.” 

After five years in late night, Cary moved to “The Simpsons,” where he served as a co-executive producer for four seasons. He later spent a season in the same capacity on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me” and HBO’s “Bored to Death.” Cary has produced pilots for and developed with: Brillstein Grey, Sony Television, Happy Madison, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, FX, HBO, the WB and Nickelodeon. In 2004 Donick created the animated series “Lil’ Bush” for Amp'd Mobile network. The show was then picked up by Comedy Central and became the first mobi/web-series ever to move from mobile phones to television. To handle the animation Donick co-founded Sugarshack Animation with offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Cary has served as Co-Executive Producer on Fox’s “New Girl” and is currently Co-EP on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and also directing a feature documentary entitled “Bad Trip” (a comic exploration of tripping) for Red Hour films. Cary grew up on Nantucket, graduating from Nantucket High School in 1986.

Meg Ruley 
Vice President

Meg grew up on Nantucket Island and was a classmate of founding MUSACK directors Donick Cary and Alex Stancioff. After graduating from Nantucket High School, Meg attended Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA and earned an MBA from Hood College in Frederick Maryland. 

Working in college admissions for over 10 years, Meg held several positions including the Director of Admissions of Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. After leaving higher education, Meg worked as a project manager for Investors Bank and Trust (now part of State Street Bank). In 2003 Meg returned to Nantucket fulltime and is a real estate broker at Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate. Meg has served on the board of the Nantucket Education Trust, and was co-founder of the Parent Network at Small Friends on Nantucket. In addition to MUSACK, Meg volunteers for the Nantucket Lighthouse School. 

Alex Stancioff 
Treasurer

Alex is the co-founder and CEO of Shooger, a smartphone marketing automation platform. He is also co-founder of the digital animation studio SugarShack Animation, which he and Donick launched in 2006. SugarShack produced “Lil’ Bush”, the first mobile show to migrate backwards to primetime TV on Comedy Central.

SugarShack employs some of the most talented and experienced artists stateside and abroad including Emmy Award winning writers and producers. They offer all phases of the animation process for projects of all size and scope, from animated videos for businesses and charities to full television series productions. Alex has an MBA with honors from Georgetown University, and an honors-free BA from Connecticut College. He lives in Miami with his wife Lissette and boys Julian and Daniel, and grew up on Nantucket with Meg and Donick.

 

Dave Finkel 
Clerk

Dave is a native of Los Angeles but after a series of aborted attempts at college, he ended up at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theater Wing (from which he also dropped out). After meandering around New York for several years, trying his hand at several things and just wasting everyone’s time and energy, he eventually dragged himself back to Los Angeles, hat in hand, where he made his way to the ACME Comedy Theater. 

There he met his writing and producing partner, Brett Baer. Soon after the pair began writing on Steven Spielberg’s animated programs “Animaniacs” and “Pinky and the Brain”, for which they received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. Finkel and Baer transitioned into primetime television where they’ve written for a wide variety of shows, including “Just Shoot Me!”, “Happy Family”, “Norm”, and Showtime's “United States of Tara”. In 2007 they won their first Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards as Co-Executive Producers on “30 Rock”. Currently Dave serves as writer and Executive Producer on Fox’s “New Girl”. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marni and three kids, Roscoe, Clyde, and Trixie. He encourages all young people to not follow his example, go to college, and be focused.

Staff

 

Katie Kerins
Events and Operations Manager

In 2015, Katie was two years into living in LA and being Lisa Loeb's assistant when she was lucky enough to start babysitting for Dave Finkel's kids. She found out Dave was behind the Rock n' Roll Carnival that her boss, Lisa, had performed at in 2014, and dropped hints like crazy that she wanted to be involved. 

From there, with a giant desire to be involved in the music industry and to help the kids, Katie started volunteering to plan the Carnival, digging into her experience from planning college concerts. Musack must have been happy with the event because Katie moved on to helping Musack regularly as a part-time Events and Operations Manager. She gets to be on the front lines of all things Carnival, come up with digital and social media marketing ideas, AND see everything through to the rewarding part of seeing the kids make music and making sure the programs run smoothly.