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.

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.

Don Butters Emertitus West Potsdam, NY
Susan Carl Emerita Potsdam, NY
Carol Neubert Emertita Canton, NY
Ned Potts Emeritus Norwood, NY
Congrieve Quimby Emeritus Burlington, VT
Ray Toland Emertitus Potsdam, NY
Fred Wilson Emeritus Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Alan Wioskowski Emertitus Potsdam, NY