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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. 



Kara Greene
Operations Manager
Program Coordinator for On My Own Time

A native of Syracuse, NY, Kara graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Speech Communication and earned graduate credits in Broadcasting at Montclair State College and an A. A. S. from OCC in Radio/TV. She has worked extensively for the CNY nonprofit sector in communications, media relations, program and event management, and fundraising. She also worked in research and patron services for the OCPL Local History and Genealogy Department. Kara has acted with various area theater companies, such as Salt City Center for the Performing Arts, The Talent Co., Theatre A La Carte, Contemporary Theater of Syracuse, Appleseed Theater, and Off the Cuff improv troupe, and currently performs with The ACME Mystery Co.





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.  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.  


Matthew De Bellas

Marketing Consultant

Jon Wilson

Program Coordinator for Dasher's Magical Gift, Michael Harms Theater Festival, Special Projects



CNY Arts Fellows / Apprentices / Interns


Keonna Franklin
CNY Short Film Accountant Intern




CNY Arts Volunteers