Meet The Team
Linda has been a studio teacher for over 40 years. She founded Famous Fone Friends in 1986, with assistance from her family, friends and other studio teachers. She became aware of the easy access she and other studio teachers had to actors, facilitating connections with hospitalized children. The joy each child feels in being cheered by a favorite actor is something Linda is most proud of. In her spare time, Linda enjoys pickleball, scuba diving, square dancing, biking and relaxing in Palm Desert.
Laurel Geare is a California native who can be found studio teaching, planning a trip, baking a pie, or playing with her twin boys. She earned he BA in Film at UCSC, her MA in Mass Communications from CSULA, and her high school and elementary school teaching credentials at CSUN. Laurel worked in TV casting and production before finding her true path as a studio teacher! She loves history, documentaries, popcorn and pug dogs.
Jeff owns three pharmacies and is a 3 rd generation pharmacy owner. After working for an international accounting firm, he became a regional controller for a NYSE publicly traded LTC Pharmacy. In 2001, Jeff started working with his father at Mickey Fine in Beverly Hills, CA and took over when his dad died
suddenly in 2003. Jeff was a founding member of CPESN California and has served on numerous national boards, most recently on McKesson’s National Independent Pharmacy Advisory Committee.
A native Californian, born in Santa Barbara, Linda lives with her husband Jeffrey in Los Angeles. The Resnicks have four children, a daughter-in-law, two son-in-laws, and two grandchildren. Linda, a graduate of UCLA, was a graphic designer for an advertising firm, when she decided to go back to UCLA to get a teaching credential. She taught elementary school for six years for the Los Angeles Unified School District and for the past 25 years, Linda has worked as a full time Studio Teacher, primarily on long running television series. Linda’s interest in education extends beyond the entertainment industry to various leadership roles that she has taken within the community. She has served on the Board of the BJE, as the chair of the Early Childhood Committee, and has been an active board member on both the Wise School Parent Boards, and the Brentwood School Parent Board. Currently Linda is on the BJE board, the Wise Temple Board, and is serving as Historian for Studio Teachers, IATSE, Local #884.
Alisa Gichon is a seasoned entertainment executive, working in celebrity talent booking, producing, and development across a diverse production landscape. Alisa delivers and produces high-profile celebrities and talent for unscripted TV, streaming, podcasts, print, charities, fundraisers, and major events. From her start at Entertainment Tonight and many years in late-night television at CBS’ The Late Late Show, to running her own company, AG Talent Productions working with The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Celebrity IOU with The Property Brothers, and the Hollywood Critics Association to name a few, Alisa is a savvy executive familiar with every aspect of working with talent. Alisa's extensive background and strong relationships with the entertainment industry, specifically publicists, managers, agents, studios, record labels, and production professionals, enable her to provide exceptional results and expertise and she is a huge asset to Famous Fone Friends.
In the fall of 1991, Kelly and Gary' six-year-old son, Patrick, was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor, and soon after, Clear Cell Sarcoma of the kidney. In just a few months, they went from being told that the disease was very treatable to being told that a stem cell transplant was his only hope. Patrick became a patient at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and in July,1992, he and Kelly relocated from their suburban Atlanta to the Potter' House in Omaha. The Potter' House was a home away from home for transplant families. During Patrick' stay at the UNMC, his Child-life specialist referred him to Famous Fone Friends, and the rest is history. Since the movie Hook was one of Patrick' favorites, he was very excited to receive the first of many calls from Robin Williams. Once Patrick was released, he then received another call from Bradley Pierce (voice of Chip, the Teacup), who was kind enough to also speak with their youngest son. Famous Fone Friends was a respite for Patrick and his family during this troubled chapter of their lives. It was a reminder that children going through difficult circumstances, are not only patients, but are still allowed to be children. Serving as Tribute Coordinator is a meaningful way for Kelly to thank FFF for brightening up the life of Patrick and their lives during a difficult time.
Max has been interested in technology as early as can be recorded. He is a 15 year old high school student who loves to program and design websites, as well as scripts and applications.