CNY Arts, Inc.


Board of Directors

Carol Dumka

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 serves as Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large. She 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

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Catherine Gerard

Board Secretary

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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Phylisa Clark-Sova

Board Treasurer

Business Development Manager
Canale Insurance and Accounting

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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.

Leroy Collins

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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Kieran J. Daley, CPA

Board Member

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.

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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

General Manager
Greater Syracuse Soundstage Development Corp.

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Daniel Hammer

Board Member

Purchasing Director
Onondaga County

Dan connects to art through music and photography.

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Nancy H. Ketz

Board Member

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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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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Fritz Messere

Board Member

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.

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Alden Smith

Board Member

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.

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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.

Anastasia Urtz

Anastasia Urtz

Board Member

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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Merike Treier

Board Member

Executive Director
Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

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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.

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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. Previously, she was a Management Consultant, Industrial Engineer, and Project Manager with commercial and government clients domestically and internationally for over 30 years. 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.