Doreen Caruso: President and Co-Founder
Wendi Taylor: Treasurer
Melissa DeMartin: Creative Director
About the Members:
President and Co-Founder
Doreen is Co-Founder and President of The Pilot House. She has extensive leadership experience in a variety of organizations serving the special needs community. Prior to the birth of her twins in 1999, she worked for the Bridgeport Board of Education in the Federal and State grant department as an accounting specialist. From 2003 – 2005 she was President of the Early Childhood Center Parent Support Group, spearheading fundraising efforts and selecting parent speakers. During that time she also organized a Walk for Autism in Fairfield, CT for the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, and served as a Board Member of that organization.
After serving as Vice President of Fundraising for the Fairfield, CT SEPTA (Special Education Parent-Teacher Association) in 2004, Doreen became President, a post she held from 2005 – 2007. With a board of 20 people, she organized programs, engaged speakers and created the model for and development of the first SEPTA summer camp. For her summer camp experience, she was invited to deliver the Inspirational Address to the 2007 CT State SEPTA Council. At that time, she was also on the Honorary Committee for the Kennedy Center “Autism Project Benefit” from 2006 – 2007.
Doreen and her husband Nicholas live in Fairfield, CT, and have a teenage son named Michael, and twins, Allison and Christopher. Christopher was diagnosed at 2 with autism. The Pilot House was a dream of Doreen’s not only for her son, but for the countless families searching for a place for their children to have fun and just be kids.
Wendi has over 24 years of banking and finance experience. She worked at People’s United Bank for 21 years and Bank of America for 4 years she was involved in many different aspects, from being a teller to becoming the Operations Manager for the Greater Fairfield County branches. She maintained the budgets and all financial operations.
Wendi has since been the Operations Manager for The House Designers, an architectural design company, which is web based and has published magazines that are sold nationally. Her position there was to maintain the budget and all incoming and outgoing finances for the entire company. Now Wendi is working at The Pilot House.
In addition, Wendi was the treasurer for her Condominium Association; she is a notary and has been involved with many events that pertain to Special Needs Children. She lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband Brian and her dog’s Emmett, Smitty and Charlie.