CNY Arts, Inc.


Board of Directors


Rita Paniagua

Board President

Consultant; Not for Profit Project Management & Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large

Rita is also a member of the NYS Council of the Arts Board of Directors. She was a dancer (prima ballerina) at Bristol Virginia Company, opened a dance school in Puerto Rico (DANCE CENTRE), and worked with The Weaner Brothers Latin Record Division creating and implementing promotional tours for artists visiting Puerto Rico

Anastasia Urtz

Anastasia Urtz

Vice President

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President
Onondaga Community College

Anastasia is responsible for all academic programs at Onondaga Community College, including arts programming.  She also plays Bb clarinet with the Silverwood Clarinet Choir.

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Phylisa Clark-Sova

Board Treasurer

Business Development Manager
Canale Insurance and Accounting

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Nancy H. Ketz

Board Secretary

French Teacher (retired)
Hudson, Poland, Holland Patent School Districts

Nancy, a member of Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, studied piano with Eva Sciutto. She was accompanist for the SUNY Albany University Singers, and the Hamilton College Choir under G. Roberts Kolb for 30 years. She has also played keyboard in pit orchestras, organ in local churches, and has accompanied level 6 students for NYSSMA adjudication.

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Dori K. Bailey

Board Member

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Dori is a subscriber of Syracuse Stage and Broadway in Syracuse, and proud parent of Syracuse Children’s Theater performer.

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Leroy Collins

Board Member

CEO/Author, Motivational Speaker
Owner, DC3 Consulting

Leroy, a former NFL runningback for the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars, is a motivational and inspirational speaker and storyteller and author of "The Runningback". He also serves as President of Upstate NY NFL Alumni Association.

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Jefferson Dedrick

Board Member

Coordinator of Staff Relations for the Office of Human Resources
Syracuse City School District

The arts were always an important component of my life - growing up I was in the percussion in my school band, sang (badly) in the school choir, participated in each school musical or play, and explored pottery and other art forms in classes. When I went to Fredonia and met many talented artists and musicians, I found a new role celebrating the arts and promoting arts education and clubs as a student leader. Since then, I have witnessed first-hand the healing and transformation art offers to both artists and consumers as my mother embraced pottery through her cancer recovery journey. My mom is in remission, I have a household full of "TShed Originals," and I believe now more than ever that all forms of art are essential to not only the culture and vitality of our community, but to each of us as individuals.



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Elizabeth Dunbar

Board Member

Director and CEO
Everson Museum of Art
Elizabeth is also a board member of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation

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Bill Fisher

Board Member

Non-profit volunteer

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Catherine Gerard

Board Member

Associate Director
Executive Education
Syracuse University Maxwell School

Carol has a lifetime history of choral singing, is past president of Capitol Hill Choral Society, and currently a member of the choir at St Paul ‘s Church, Syracuse.

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Daniel Hammer

Board Member

Purchasing Director
Onondaga County

Dan connects to art through music and photography.

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Jane Malin

Board Member

Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (MVCA)

Jane has been the Executive Director for MVCA in Little Falls, NY, since 2015. Jane is a lifelong musician, vocalist, and choir director throughout the Mohawk Valley, New England, North Carolina, and Minnesota. Jane also teaches voice lessons at MVCA. Within the Bassett Healthcare Network, Jane serves on the boards of Valley Health Services and Valley Residential Services in Herkimer, NY. Passionate about the Arts and her now “second career” working for a non-profit, she has found a home with the MVCA family.

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Carmen Sonia Martinez

Board Member

Co-Founder/Chairman/Executive Director
Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Inc.

Sonia is the first Executive Director for the Mohawk Valley Latino Association and a Munson Williams Proctor Institute Board Member.

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Nicholas Shires

Board Member

CPA, Partner in Charge of Tax Services
Dannible & McKee, LLP

I have been involved in organizations promoting the arts in the past. Specifically, I served on the board of directors of Music for the Mission, which is an organization that raises funds by promoting musical events.  Those funds are distributed annually through mini-grants aimed to support grass-roots organizations helping to aid the hungry and homeless.

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Honora Spillane

Board Member

Senior Director of Business and Economic Development
Centerstate CEO

Honora grew up in Syracuse doing ballet and poorly playing instruments through high school. She was part of local corps de ballet for touring productions of the Nutcracker and the annual Cultural Resources Council’s (now CNY Arts) holiday ballet production. She was lucky enough that her mother found the time and resources to expose her and her brother to museums, musicals and Broadway, and cultural experiences whenever they travelled around the Northeast – but especially when visiting family in the New York City area.  

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Tracy Tajbl

Board Member

Assistant Dean of Advancement
College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

Tracy has served arts organizations in both staff and consulting roles, such as the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies, Arena Stage, and the Smithsonian Institution. She played a leadership role in raising $123 million to build the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tracy is an enthusiastic arts patron, and enjoys theater, concerts, dance performances, and museums.

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Carol Dumka

Board Member, Ex Officio

Arts in Education Coordinator, Herkimer BOCES

Carol is past President of the CNY Arts Board of Directors. She is a former music teacher and a performing musician and saxophone instructor. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 78, and President of the Crane School of Music Alumni Board.

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Lauren Kochian

Board Member, Ex Officio

President, Arts & Cultural Leadership Alliance
President, Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology

Lauren also serves on the board of Gigi's Playhouse and worked in marketing and development for Syracuse Stage.

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Sue Stanczyk

Board Member, Ex Officio

Chief of Staff
Onondaga County Executive Office

 Sue is also a Board Member for Visit Syracuse and NYS Blues Festival, Inc.