Staff Page

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 Allers, Community Programs Coordinator & Office Administrator

Lizz Allers returns to CNY Arts after working as the manager at the Kallet Theater in Pulaski. Previously, she worked with CNY Arts for two years as the program associate, assisting in the administrative functions of the agency and stage managing Dasher's Magical Gift. Lizz has an MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and a BA in Theatre Arts and English from Le Moyne College, and is also an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA.


Elizabeth Lane

Elizabeth Lane, Manager of Programs

Elizabeth Lane is 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. She began her career at the organization as an intern and gained great insight into the inner workings of CNY Arts, as well as the arts community of Syracuse and the Central New York region. Prior to relocating to Cazenovia, NY, Elizabeth gained experience at various agencies in the New York City area including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York City Ballet. 

Kara Greene, Program Coordinator for On My Own Time, Special Projects. Email:

Paula Kinev, Arts Education Coordinator. Email:


David Coons, Marketing & Community Programs: 
(Bachelors, Business of Music, SUNY Potsdam, 2018)

Dashel Hernandez, Grants, Development & Administration:
(Masters of Public Administration, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2018)

Anissa Tazari, Community Grants:
(Masters in Arts Administration, University of Kentucky, 2017) 


Mark Nunan

Sarah Anson