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.

Alan Wioskowski Vice President Potsdam, NY

Having recently relocated back to northern New York, Alan rejoins the ONNY Board of Directors.  With a life-long interest in choral and symphonic music, he has performed in many varying venues over the years, in addition to assisting the organizational development of multiple fine arts entities.  Most recently, he served as founding President of the 501(c)3 Symphonic Chorale of SW FL, where he and his Board coordinated and implemented its inaugural season of performance.

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.

Michael G Draper Secretary 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.

Suella Young Hospitality Coordinator Potsdam, NY

Suella Young is a long-time resident of the Village of Potsdam, a retired elementary teacher from the Potsdam Central School system, and an ONNY audience member since its earliest days.  Currently, Suella provides support to ONNY as coordinator of musician hospitality.  She has been a member of the ONNY Board of Directors for five years, during which time she has worked on special events, fund raising, and numerous other activities.

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.

Barbara Friend Saranac Lake, NY

Barbara Friend received a B.S. in Japanese language and linguistics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  Other 501-c-3 involvements include the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in Lake Placid (first Executive Director and established its 510-c-3 status); past advisory board member, Hill and Hollow Music, Saranac, NY; volunteer in winter sports events since 1988 Calgary Olympics.  Barbara Friend practices law in Saranac Lake.

Ralph Hastings North Bangor, NY

Ralph Hastings, retired from the music faculty of Malone Central School, received degrees from Onondaga Community College (Syracuse - A.A.S.) and the Crane School of Music (B.S., M.S., M.M. - music education and music history and literature).  He is president of the Julia E. Crane Alumni Association and Dean of the St. Lawrence River Chapter, American Guild of Organists.  Ralph has been on the ONNY Board since 2004.

Eleanor Hopke Potsdam, NY

Eleanor Hopke is an almost retired Analytical Chemistry technician, and has been an ONNY enthusiast since seeing a flyer for ONNY’s first Baroque concert in a local restaurant while on a family visit to decide if her husband should accept a job offer at Clarkson University.   They continue to buy tickets and attend concerts, now host out-of-town musicians, as well as continuing to work on special events. 

James Madeja Potsdam, NY

James Madeja is Professor of Music at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, a position he has held since 1985.  He received his EdD in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include the history of the American wind band and specifically the contribution of Herbert L. Clarke.  Dr. Madeja is a charter member of the Orchestra of Northern New York.

Bradshaw Mintener Canton, NY

Brad Mintener, retired marketeer/entrepreneur, was Executive Director of Clarkson's Management Institute, American Management Association staff leader and 20 years manager with NY State.  Early Peace Corps staffer, he served in D.C. and Africa. He has a Middlebury BA and Indiana U MS. He has been a Grasse River Players singer/actor and wilderness canoe guide. Brad is now a small business owner, history author, and publicist.

Carol Neubert Canton, NY

Carol Neubert enjoyed attending concerts and musical events all of her life, but not until after her retirement did she get ‘inside’ the world of music. She has served on the ONNY Board since 2012. She also joined the New Horizons Band of Northern New York in 2009, a band for adults who never played a band instrument or haven’t played since high school.

Ray Toland Potsdam, NY

A native of Rochester, New York, Ray grew up in a musical family, developing interests in both science and music. As a youth, he took lessons at Eastman School of Music. He has played and sung in many musical groups, including Augusta Symphony and Choral Society, Fairport Fife and Drum Corps, and Potsdam Community Chorus.  However, Ray’s  ‘other’ career has been in physics and math (Clarkson 1968) and the military (20 years Army). He has taught Physics and math at West Point, U of Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Faulkner University, Clarkson, and SUNY Canton and Potsdam.  In 2000, Ray was the founding President of Potsdam Community Chorus, has been active in the Hosmer Organ renovation, local church choir, and on the Board of the Julia Crane Piano Competition.

Don Butters Emertitus West Potsdam, NY
Susan Carl Emerita Potsdam, NY
Nedd Potts Emeritus Norwood, NY
Congrieve Quimby Emeritus Burlington, VT
Fred Wilson Emeritus Brockville, Ontario, Canada