Board of Directors 2019-2020

ONNY’s Board of Directors is comprised of: from left to right, seated:  Kimberly Busch, Hannawa Falls, ONNY President, and Vocal Music and Technical Theater Teacher at Canton Central School; Timothy L. Savage, Canton, Past ONNY President, Director of Bands, Grades 7-12 at Canton Central School, Improv Lab Director and Private Lesson Instructor at St. Lawrence University, and Jazz Ensemble Director at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Standing: Jeremy Carney, Potsdam, co-owner/founder of Brick & Mortar Music in Potsdam; Michael Greenwald, Canton, retired Associate Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, St. Lawrence University; Rebecca Weissman, Potsdam, ONNY Social Media Coordinator and Director of Alumni Giving at SUNY Potsdam; John J. Gray Jr., Colton, ONNY Finance Committee chair and Managing Partner of CPA firm, Gray & Gray and Associates, Canton, Massena, Potsdam and Spring Hill, FL;  Victoria L. Day, Hermon, Vice President, Board Development Committee Chair, and Principal of East Side Elementary School in Gouverneur; Marc Boyer, Ogdensburg, Marketing & Publicity Committee chair and retired librarian at Ogdensburg Public Library; Mary Jane Watson, South Colton, ONNY Treasurer and retired CPA and founding partner of Pinto Mucenski Watson, P.C., in Potsdam; Steve Bateman, Lisbon, retired Registered Nurse and health care worker; Adrienne Hartman, Potsdam, ONNY Secretary, School teacher at Madison Elementary in Massena Central School District; Michael Sitton, Potsdam, Dean, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam; and John Goloski, Theresa, Music Teacher at Indian River Central School. Missing from photo:  Vernice Church, Canton, retired superintendent of Afton Central School District; Michael Draper, Brasher Falls, Music Teacher at JW Leary Junior High, Massena Central School District; and John Ellis, Potsdam, ONNY’s Principal Trumpet and Musicians’ Representative, Professor of Trumpet at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam.

Kimberly Busch President 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 led 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!

Victoria Day Vice President and Board Development Committee Chair Hermon, NY

Victoria Day is currently the East Side Elementary School co-principal in the Gouverneur Central School District.  Vicki received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and a Master's 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.  

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.

Adrienne Hartman Secretary 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.

Steve Bateman Ogdensburg, NY

Steve Bateman is a retired health care worker from St. Lawrence County with a great appreciation for orchestral music. He is an integral part of the production crew and serves on ONNY's Finance and Fundraising Committees.

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.

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 Bachelor's degree upon retiring as Superintendent of Schools in Afton, NY. She earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration at Syracuse University and is definitely not a musician. She served, however, 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.

John J Gray Jr. Colton, NY

John J. Gray Jr. is a managing partner of Gray & Gray and Associates with offices in Canton, Potsdam, Massena and Spring Hill, FL. He worked as Vice President for Finance and Information Systems in area hospitals for 18 years, including Canton-Potsdam Hospital (8 years) and Adirondack Medical Center (10 years). He also was the Fiscal Officer for the Diocese of Ogdensburg for seven years. John is the chair of the ONNY Finance Committee.

Charles Guy

CHARLES GUY is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He performs with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, Orchestra of Northern New York, the Northern Symphonic Winds and annually with the Tuba Bach Tuba-Euphonium Quartet at the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival in Big Rapids, Michigan. Dedicated to the development of young students, he teaches at the Crane Youth Music Camp and has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp, New England Music Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has also developed a video series of tutorials aimed at empowering music educators with tools to teach beginning tubists. 

Before joining the Crane faculty, Charles held a similar position at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and performed with the Lawrence Brass, the Oshkosh Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist, he has performed at many International and Regional Tuba and Euphonium Association conferences, the Army Band Tuba-Euphonium workshop and many university recitals. In 1999, he won the prestigious Leonard Falcone Festival artist division solo tuba competition and has served the festival as an adjudicator on several occasions. He has presented numerous master classes and clinics for music educators and tuba-euphonium students at the New York State School Music Association, New York State Band Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association conventions and in public schools. 

He has commissioned several works for solo tuba and tuba in chamber settings, including the Potsdam Brass Quintet’s most recent collaboration with Anthony Plog on a piece entitled Polychromes in celebration of the group's 50thanniversary. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Syracuse Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Midland Symphony Orchestras. He has published articles and reviews in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal and has been recorded on the Madstop, Mark and Bernel Labels.  He serves on the Orchestra of Northern New York Board of Directors and was the Co-chair of the Performance Department at the Crane School of Music. 

He earned both the Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Akron.  When not teaching or performing, he enjoys time with his wife, Lorie, and two boys, Ethan and Miles. Charles is a Buffet Crampon USA Artist/Clinician and performs exclusively on Melton Meinl Weston.

Michele Meyers Canton, NY

Michele Meyers is a native of Syracuse and has lived with her husband Jack in Canton for 46 years. She began college as a music major, but finished with an elementary education teaching degree. Her Master's degree in Special Education is from SUNY Potsdam and a second Master's degree in Public School Administration is from St. Lawrence University.  Michele taught at Canton Central School, and later worked in school administration for the Massena, Heuvelton and Canton School Districts. She also taught courses at SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.  Retiring as Director of Special Education from the Canton District in 2015, Michele subsequently served as principal at St. Mary's School in Canton from 2017-2019.  She has been a pianist/organist in catholic churches since 1968.

Timothy Savage Past President Canton, NY

Timothy Savage is the Director of Bands Grade 7-12 and Chairperson of the Professional Development Committee 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 from October 2011 - June 2020.

Rebecca Weissman Potsdam, NY

Rebecca Weissman is a classically trained clarinetist with professional experience in arts management, non-profit fundraising, and marketing and communications for the music industry. She is graduate of Ithaca College (B.S. ’95) and the Eastman School of Music (M.A. ’06) Rebecca is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 443, and has performed as a bass clarinetist with orchestras throughout New York State.

Board Members Emereti

Ronald Berry Potsdam, NY
Don Butters West Potsdam, NY
Susan Carl Potsdam, NY
Eleanor Hopke Rochester, NY
Carol Neubert Northhampton, MA
Edward "Ned" Potts Jr. Norwood, NY
Rev. Congreve Quinby (dec.)
Fred Wilson Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Alan Wioskowski (dec.)
Suella Young Potsdam, NY