Board of Directors

Timothy Savage President Canton, NY

Timothy Savage is the Director of Bands Grade 7-12 at Canton Central School.  He also serves in an adjunct capacity at the Crane School of Music and in the St. Lawrence University Music Department.  Tim became involved with the Orchestra when wife Jill joined the violin section in 1992.  He has served as board president since October 2011.

Michael G Draper Vice President Massena, NY

Michael G. Draper is currently a Music Teacher for the Massena Central School District.  He received his Bachelors in Music Education from the Crane School of Music as a Saxophone major under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher L. Creviston and his Masters in Business Administration from Clarkson University.  He joined the Board of the Orchestra of Northern New York in 2011.

Mary Jane Watson Treasurer South Colton, NY

Mary Jane Watson is a retired Certified Public Accountant and was a founding partner of Pinto, Mucenski & Watson, PC located in Potsdam.  She received a B.A from Elmira College in Classical Languages, an M.S. from Clarkson University in Accounting, and an M.S. from McGill University in History.  She joined the Board of the Orchestra of Northern New York in 1995.

Lily Ianaconi Secretary Malone, NY

Lily Ianaconi is the high school band teacher from Malone CSD. Originally from Skaneateles, NY, she earned her degrees in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. She is the president of the Franklin County Music Educators Association, and a NYSSMA Solo Festival Woodwind Adjudicator. She is an active saxophone performer in the Northern NY area. Lily joined the board in 2016.

Steve Bateman Ogdensburg, NY
Marc Boyer Ogdensburg, NY

Marc Boyer lives in Ogdensburg, New York. He received degrees from Walsh College (BA) and Syracuse University (MLS). He is a retired librarian from the Ogdensburg Public Library. A generous donor to ONNY's Music Fund, Marc is pleased to join the ONNY board.

Kimberly Busch Hannawa Falls, NY

Kimberly Busch currently teaches Vocal Music and Technical Theater at Canton Central School. A graduate of the Crane School of Music, Kimberly has been teaching music and directing plays and musicals in public schools for over twenty years. Her love of symphonic music and a desire to give back to the community has lead her to the position of ONNY Volunteer Guild President. She is proud to serve on the ONNY board and encourages everyone to invest in live music by attending concerts and bringing friends!

Jeremy Carney Potsdam, NY

Jeremy Carney is the co-owner and co-founder of Brick & Mortar Music, in downtown Potsdam. He brings over 20 years of music industry experience to the orchestra, as well as a devoted focus on the school music programs in the north country. He and his wife Allison, who together opened Brick & Mortar Music in 2015, live in Potsdam where they have dedicated their lives to supporting small business, the arts, and music education.

Vernice Church Norwood, NY

Vernice Church moved back to the scene of her Bachelors degree upon retiring as Superintent of Schools in Afton, NY. She earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration at Syracuse University and is definitely not a musician, but served as President of the Board of Directors of the Orchestra for several years in order to help provide the live music experience still needed in this electronic age.

Victoria Day Hermon, NY

Victoria Day is currently the East Side Elementary School principal in the Gouverneur Central School District.  Vicki received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and a Masters in Educational Administration from St. Lawrence University.  Vicki has served on both the Crane Alumni Board and the Community Performance Series board prior to joining the ONNY board in 2017.  

John Ellis Potsdam, NY

A native of Chicago Illinois, John Ellis has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He holds the degree of Doctor of Music from Arizona State University. A versatile performer and educator, Dr. Ellis has appeared with a variety of musical organizations and artists, including the Canadian Brass, the Moody Blues, Calgary Philharmonic, Les Violons du Roy, Chris Botti, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, as well as Grammy Award winners David Clayton-Thomas, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and Anne Murray. He performs frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, and has been heard internationally on broadcasts by the CBC and PBS. He has presented clinics and recitals at prestigious institutions and festivals throughout the world, including The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory, Summit Brass, the Banff Festival, and the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Festival in Bangkok Thailand. He performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Les Violons du Roy for their 25th anniversary tour in December 2009. Currently Principal Trumpet of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Northern New York, a member of the Capital BrassWorks and the Potsdam Brass Quintet, Dr. Ellis holds the position of Professor of Music at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he teaches trumpet and the history of Rock and Roll. Dr. Ellis is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

John J Gray Jr. Colton, NY

John J. Gray Jr. is a managing partner of Hoffman Eels & Gray CPAs, P.C. with offices throughout Northern New York. He was the founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray, Certified Public Accountants, P.C., Canton, NY where he practiced in partnership with his daughter, Angela. The firm was established in 1977 in Saranac Lake and operated out of John's home office until 2001. In 2001, he resigned his full time CFO position and purchased the firm of Canfield and Menz in Canton, which he merged with his own. During the first 25 years, the firm was operated on a part-time basis as John worked as Vice President for Finance and Information Systems in area hospitals for 18 years, including Canton-Potsdam Hospital (8 years), Adirondack Medical Center (10 years), as well as 7 years as the Fiscal Officer for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Dr. Michael Greenwald Canton, NY

Dr. Michael Greenwald is an associate professor of religious studies emeritus who just retired after 28 years at St. Lawrence University.  Originally from Kingston, New York, Dr. Greenwald earned his B.A. in astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1973 where he was ordained “rabbi” in 1975. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University in 1989.  His academic focus is the history of the New Testament Canon.  In what he calls his “other life,” he is also an avid birder who has travelled to many parts of the world looking for birds and has served for 39 years as a volunteer naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, most recently training hut naturalists in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  His membership on the board is the culmination of a life-long interest in classical music. 

Adrienne Hartman Potsdam, NY

Adrienne Hartman is an elementary school teacher in the Massena Central School district, and a long-time arts advocate. She served as co-chair of the Potsdam Music Friends for many years, and has been a volunteer for the New York State School Music Association Regional Festival, the Potsdam PTA, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. Adrienne is honored to have the opportunity to serve the Orchestra of Northern New York, an important piece of our North Country fabric.

Michael Sitton Potsdam, NY
Ronald Berry Emeritus Potsdam, NY
Don Butters Emeritus West Potsdam, NY
Susan Carl Emerita Potsdam, NY
Eleanor Hopke Emerita Rochester, NY
James Madeja Emeritus Potsdam, NY

Dr. Madeja is a founding member of the Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds, and has been a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet since 1985. He currently conducts the Crane Concert Band and Crane Brass Ensemble. His ensembles have performed for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. From 1990 to 2002, Madeja served as Associate Editor of The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. His research interests include the history of the American wind band and in particular the contribution of Herbert L. Clarke.

Carol Neubert Emerita , MA
Ned Potts Emeritus Norwood, NY
Congreve Quinby Emeritus Burlington, VT
Fred Wilson Emeritus Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Alan Wioskowski Emeritus Potsdam, NY
Suella Young Emerita Potsdam, NY