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.

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.

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!

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.

Susanne Daye Massena, NY

Susanne Daye is a radiologist living in Massena and practicing in Watertown. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Chemistry, and earned a MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She completed her internship at Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, CA and her radiology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. She was on staff at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany for three years. Susanne is co-chair of Massena Music Friends. Her children have acted in Community Performance shows.

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.

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.

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.

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