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Donato (Danny) Pietrodangelo, was born in New York City and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications and a master’s degree in Communication (theory)from Florida State University.
He is president of Pietrodangelo Production Group, Inc., a Tallahassee-based media production and e-learning course development firm established in 1983. Prior to establishing the firm, Pietrodangelo served for 10 years as a senior manager in Florida state government, working as an Assistant to the Attorney General and as Communications Director for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services which, at the time, was the largest state agency in the country. Pietrodangelo's recognition as a media producer/director began in the early 1980s when public awareness campaigns he produced and directed for the state of Florida on AIDS, child abuse, volunteerism and product safety received national attention. During this same period, he served as the Governor's Ad hoc Advisor on Telecommunications, specializing in working with the cable industry to improve distribution and use of public service announcements and programs produced by state agencies.
Since leaving state service and founding Pietrodangelo Production Group, he has produced award-winning documentaries; e-learning courses, commercial advertising and public awareness campaigns; educational, marketing and training programs, print publications, computer animations and interactive multimedia on a wide range of topics including health care, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, naval history, the Caribbean and more. His programming has been shown on cable networks, broadcast throughout Florida and Georgia, and nationally distributed.One of his specialities is producing health and human services related materials, including training and education for and about individuals with developmental disabilities.
Over the past 10 years Pietrodangelo Production Group has entered a new specialitiy area, developing media intensive distance learning courses for the U.S. Navy, specifically the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
The firm's work in film, video, photography, multimedia and animation has garnered various national, regional and local awards in such competitions as the AVA Digital Awards, the Hermes Award, the Houston International Film Festival, the Apex Awards for Print Excellence, the New York Festivals, the Charleston Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, the Sarasota Film Festival, the National Telly Awards, the Healthcare Advertising Awards, the Best in the East Awards, the Silver Microphone Awards, the Golden Image Awards, Angel Public Service Awards, the ADDY Awards and others.
Pietrodangelo is actively involved in community organizations and issues. He is a former FSU Student Body president, recent president of the Hawk’s Nest Homeowners Association and has served on the board of directors of the Tallahassee-Leon County Homeless Shelter (Vice President, 2002), LeMoyne Art Foundation, the Tallahassee Ballet, the FSU Seminole Torchbearers (Chair, 2002, 2007), the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, the Girl Scout Apalachee Big Bend Council, the Florida Association of Voluntary Agencies for Caribbean Action, the Tallahassee Advertising Federation, the Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society and the Tallahassee Urban League.
He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Cuong-Nhu Oriental Martial Arts and teaches a basic class martial arts class, at the Pyramid Program. The class is for adults with disabilities. He is also editor of the award-winning Cuong Nhu Oriental Martials Association magazine, Dragon Nhus
Pietrodangelo’s work in the community has earned him recognition as a two-time recipient of the Florida Association for Retarded Citizens President's Award, the 1998 arts nominee for Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year.
He was honored as one of six finalists in the 2001 Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year and the recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Volunteer Corp for his volunteer work as a communication consultant in Belize, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and other Caribbean countries.
Pietrodangelo is an accomplished still photographer and freelance writer. His photographs have been awarded and exhibited in New York, Europe and the former USSR, and he has been the subject of features in national photography and regional art magazines. His writing on such topics as health care in developing countries, broadcast technology and Caribbean culture has appeared in various regional, national and international publications. He frequently lectures on public sector marketing, independent production, photography and writing.
He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida/National Endowment for the Arts for his photography.
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Pietrodangelo is both blessed and fortunate. He is married to the former Karen Cuba, who is Director of Patient Safety at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. She has the patience of a saint and recognizes that her sometimes difficult spouse is still a work in progress.
They have two extraordinary children:
Amy is a staff attorney at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. She recently married John David Meyer a senior manager at St; Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville.They've given us two grandbabies.
Their son Brian is an electrical engineer with SynTech in Tallahassee. He was recently married to Megan Russell, a pediatric intensive care nurse at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and works at the family business,The Cake Shop. And they've given us two grandbabies.
(Something I was thinking about a newly arrived grandbaby -- and having cancer.) (See Savannah, Cancer and Politics)
The Pietrodangelos have Buddy a lab, Max a coon hound mix and Ginger, a beagle. Zoey their yellow lab, recently died at 12. She was a most gentle and sweet friend. Something I wrote about them,Dogs
So there you have it. And while the above is true - big deal. I hope you'll agree, the only things of any real importance or significance on this page are paragraphs directly above. All in all, by comparison, the rest of this stuff just doesn't really matter. Not even close.
Above: Karen, Amy and David, Brian and Megan, Savannah, Julliette Buddy and Zoey.