CNY Arts, Inc.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Carol Dumka

Board President
Arts in Education Coordinator
Herkimer BOCES

Carol 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.

Rita Paniagua

Board Vice President
NY Community Relations & Engagement Manager
Molina Healthcare

Rita is 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. 


Catherine Gerard

Board Secretary
Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Phylisa Clark-Sova

Board Treasurer
Business Development Manager
Canale Insurance and Accounting

Dori K. Bailey

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

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

Leroy Collins

CEO/Author, Motivational Speaker
DC3 Consulting

Leroy is a motivational and inspirational speaker and storyteller and author of "The Runningback".

Kieran J. Daley, CPA

Staff Accountant
Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC

Kieran's art connection is through family. His grandmother Christine Lightcap ran the Talent Company in Syracuse and performed years of shows at the Empire Theater at the NYS Fairgrounds.

Elizabeth Dunbar

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

Bill Fisher

General Manager
Greater Syracuse Soundstage Development Corp.

Daniel Hammer

Purchasing Director
Onondaga County

Dan connects to art through music and photography.

Nancy H. Ketz

       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.

Carmen Sonia Martinez

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.

Fritz Messere

Retired Dean Emeritus, School of Communication
Media & the Arts, SUNY Oswego 

Fritz also serves on the Board of Directors of Symphoria and View Center for Arts and Culture. 

Alden Smith

Independent Medicare Agent
Maximum Medicare Services

Alden (Max) is a singer who has performed with bands and choirs, etc. for most of his adult life. He also participates in theater.

Tracy Tajbl

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

Anastasia Urtz

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.

Merike Treier

Executive Director
Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.


Lauren Kochain (ex officio)

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

Sue Stanczyk, (ex officio)

Chief of Staff
Onondaga County Executive Office