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Stephen Butler
Executive Director 

Stephen Butler is a native of Onondaga County. He received his BA in Theatre from Oswego State University and relocated to New York City. During his years in NYC Stephen worked as the Director of Membership/Programs for the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils and at several producing organizations including Manhattan Theatre Club, the Hudson Guild Theater, and Creative Alternatives of New York, a drama-therapy organization serving the greater metropolitan region. He was also an AEA stage manager. Stephen is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient in Strategic Planning. He returned to Syracuse and obtained a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Before coming to CNY Arts, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County. 



Elizabeth Lane

Elizabeth Lane
Director of Programs

Elizabeth Lane is a native of Madison County and a graduate of Purchase College with a B.A. in Arts Management. Elizabeth first became familiar with CNY Arts (then the Cultural Resources Council) as a performer for seven years in The Adventures of Rudolph. Liz has served as the Decentralization and Grants Manager for CNY Arts since 2013. Prior to working at CNY Arts, Elizabeth gained experience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Ballet, and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, and locally at Syracuse City Ballet and the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. 


Allison Mitura
Operations Manager

Allison Mitura is an Oswego County native and received her Master’s degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from Syracuse University.  Allison received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from SUNY Geneseo.

Allison has worked at a variety of local arts organizations including the Everson Museum of Art, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY Cortland, and Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn.  She has also served as the Director of Education at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and Public Art Manager at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Most recently, Allison was an Events Coordinator for the American Heart Association.




Christopher Malone
Grants & Public Programs Associate

Christopher Malone is a native and current resident of Syracuse, NY. He returned home after attending SUNY Oneonta, where he majored in writing and literature. He's has a strong history in communications, working in the business office at Loretto, as a constituent representative for the New York State Senate under Senator John DeFrancisco, and in marketing and development for The Salvation Army.

He currently performs with Syracuse Improv Collective, serves as a board member for the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, and is on the committee for Social Media Breakfast Syracuse. Christopher has written for the Syracuse New Times and The Citizen among other contributions, and he writes for CNY 55 Plus, Rochester 55 Plus, Oswego Business Magazine, and Eagle Newspapers.


Charlie Poag
CNY Film Fund Program Officer

Charlie is a native of Asheville, N.C., and a former Communications Strategy and Operations Chief with the U.S. Marine Corps where he served for over fifteen years.   With a background in Visual Information, he’s served in positions as a Combat Cameraman, Production Specialist, Educational Media Specialist, Visual Information Manager, and Communications Strategy Chief.  His primary training comes from the Defense Information School located in Maryland, and he attended the Military Visual Journalism program at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.  After managing a Visual Information hub in Japan he returned to New York to settle down in the Syracuse area with his wife and two children. He has been the recipient of multiple Merit Awards as well as second place in the Department of Defense’s Military Videographer Awards Program in the Video Editing category. Upon completion of the CNY Arts Leadership Fellowship for Marketing & Communications he remained to help in managing the CNY Film Fund.


Kara Greene

Program Coordinator for On My Own Time, Special Projects





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