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Robert Carreau, Chair

Carreau croppedRobert A. Carreau has more than 25 years of professional experience in the philanthropic sector, as a CEO, grant-maker, fundraiser and strategic consultant.  Carreau has held the position of Secretary of The Schenectady Foundation since 1992, and was appointed the Foundation’s first Executive Director in 2010.  In this role he has led transformational community initiatives including a long-term flood recovery coalition, an anti-poverty movement, and a child mental health initiative.  He is also a Trustee of the Carlilian Foundation and serves as Chair of the Grants Committee.  Carreau has served in numerous volunteer and leadership roles, including the Community AIDS Partnership (founder), Northeast Parent & Child Society, the Schenectady Enterprise Community and the Arts Center of the Capital Region.  Currently Chair of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Board of Directors, Carreau is also a member of the executive council of the Bigelow Corners Partnership in Schenectady NY, which is developing a cradle to career pathway for impoverished children and their families.  He was appointed to the NYRising Task Force charged with developing flood recovery programs in Schenectady County.  Mr. Carreau earned an MA in Political Communications from the State University at Albany, NY.  He has completed courses of study in nonprofit management with the National Academy for Voluntarism, Empire State College, The Rensselaerville Institute, and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.  He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife Karin.  Mr. Carreau joined ESYO’s Board in 2011.

Nancy Burton, Vice Chair

Nancy M. Burton is currently Artist’s Representative for her husband, Peter Leue, a multi-talented artist and sculptor. She enjoyed a varied and successful career in New York State and local government, including service as the Assistant Comptroller for Retirement Operations for the State of New York, Albany City Comptroller, and Albany Common Council member. She has been recognized for excellence in public administration and for leading change by both community and professional groups, and in 2000 was named one of 100 Women of Excellence in the 20th century by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude and has a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from the School of Public Administration, University at Albany. Since retiring in 2010, Ms. Burton and her husband have traveled extensively as his work has been shown in venues in the Eastern US and Taipei, Taiwan. As of July, 2015, she is the President of the Board of the Historic Albany Foundation.  Ms. Burton joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 2014.

Dr. John Spinelli, Vice Chair

Spinelli - J from 2012Dr. John Spinelli is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Union College, where he has been a faculty member for more than 25 years. His research interests include computer network protocols and ad hoc wireless networks.  He received his Ph.D. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union. During his daughter Terry’s eight years in various ESYO ensembles, Dr. Spinelli was a frequent parent volunteer and also chaperoned at the annual Frost Valley rehearsal retreat and on the Youth Orchestra’s 2008 European tour.  Dr. Spinelli enjoys singing and is a tenor in several area choruses. He joined ESYO’s board in 2011 and currently serves as Vice Chair.

Michelle Woodley, Secretary

Biography pending

Kevin O'Bryan, Treasurer

Kevin O’Bryan was in banking for 37 years, 17 of those as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of Troy Savings Bank (later Troy Financial).  Since 2006, he was the Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of First Niagara Financial Group until his retirement in June 2013.  He has served on numerous boards of local not-for-profit organizations and currently is Chairman of the City Of Troy Industrial Development Agency and the city’s Local Development Corporation. Mr. O’Bryan is also a Board Member and Secretary of The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.

Mr. O’Bryan holds an undergraduate degree from Canisius College, and an MBA from Sage College.  He and his wife Pat reside in Brunswick NY; they have two grown sons both of whom are ESYO alums and two wonderful grandchildren.  Mr. O’Bryan joined ESYO’s Board in 2013 and  currently serves as Treasurer of the Board and chairman of the Finance Committee.

Robert Aronstein

Biography pending

Susan Storey Bardack

Bardack jan 2012 croppedSusan Storey Bardack, a founder and CEO of Buzz Media Solutions, has over 20 years of experience in the field of communications. At Buzz Media Solutions Bardack oversees marketing efforts for a wide variety of clients across several industries. She has coordinated media attention and events for actress Goldie Hawn, Cirque du Soleil and DreamWorks. Prior to Buzz Media Solutions, Bardack was the chief marketing officer for iZoca.com, a technology start-up company. In this role she coordinated all marketing efforts and raised significant funds to keep the company on track toward achieving its goals. Bardack began her career in marketing as a senior associate at a communications firm where she worked with several high profile clients including, McDonald’s. Previously, Bardack spent a decade in a management role at the Albany CBS affiliate where she managed the reporting staff and coordinated news coverage. Bardack received a professional honor awarded by Freedom Communications for her role in a major national story. Ms. Bardack is an ESYO alumna and has been a member of ESYO’s board since 2006.  She served as chair of ESYO’s Board of Directors from 2011 – 2015.

Liz Bishop

Bishop - Liz - hi res croppedBiography pending




Dr. Leroy E. Bynum, Jr.

Bynum- Leroy croppedLeroy E. Bynum, Jr. joined the College of St. Rose as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities in 2014.  Dr. Bynum comes to St. Rose from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia where he served as professor of voice and opera for 22 years, Chair of the Fine Arts Department from 1996 to 2006, and from 2006 until June of 2014 as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.  Bynum holds degrees from the University of Georgia, the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has received performance certificates from the Mozart Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and the Berlin Conservatory in Berlin, Germany, having been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for vocal study in Germany from 1990-92.

Throughout his professional career Dr. Bynum has remained active as a performing artist, appearing in operatic roles, as featured soloist, and in solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  Also during this time he has maintained a vibrant voice studio from which numerous students have gone on to launch successful careers as performers and pedagogues. As a respected member of Georgia’s community of voice teachers, in 2013 Bynum was elected president of the State’s chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.   Dr. Bynum is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Blue Key National Honor Societies.  He joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 2015.

Mary Clyne

Biography pending

Derek Delaney

An arts administrator for over fifteen years, Derek Delaney was appointed Artistic Director of the Union College Concert Series in June 2012. He previously served for six years as Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, where he led all aspects of the prominent 12-concert summer festival on the East End of Long Island. Among his many achievements was the creation of the festival’s self-published record label – BCMF Records – distributed through Naxos.

Delaney came to Bridgehampton having spent the previous eight years as Assistant Manager of the renowned Marlboro Music Festival (a festival founded by famed pianist Rudolf Serkin and now led by pianist Mitsuko Uchida) and as Development Director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (one of the largest chamber music presenters in the nation) – two diverse organizations working symbiotically toward serving music at the highest level. At both organizations, he worked with the management team and board in all aspects artistic and operational, collaborating and working with some of the leading musicians of our generation.

Delaney began his administrative career at Arts Management Group with William Capone, a respected arts manager for over 30 years. Possessing a deep commitment to chamber music, Mr. Delaney often consults with other presenting organizations and artists in furthering their institutional and performance goals.

Mr. Delaney is a former horn player, having received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and his master’s degree from Yale University, studying with James Chambers, Rainier DeIntinis and Paul Ingraham.  He joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 2015.

Sherley Britton Hannay


Sherley Britton Hannay, a native of Michigan, studied voice, piano, organ and violin beginning at a young age. She received a Bachelor of Music in Education from Wheaton College (IL) where she met her husband, Roger. While raising their four children, she taught music in public schools, gave private lessons in voice and piano, conducted church choirs and instrumental groups, played organ, accompanied soloists and groups, and sang at various music and community programs. She has been the Soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Albany and also for Albany Pro Musica. She has a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from The College of Saint Rose. Ms. Hannay has served on several boards, including that of the Albany Symphony Orchestra where she created, produced, and directed “The Magic of Christmas” concerts for five years. She is currently serving on the Board for the Boys Choir at the Cathedral of All Saints and the Board for ESYO. She and her husband live in Westerlo, NY and are semi-retired from Hannay Reels, Inc. Ms. Hannay joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 2013.

Abbe Kovacik

Kovacik - A - July 2015Abbe Kovacik is the Executive Director of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. located in Albany, NY.  The Capital District Child Care Council is a non-profit agency focused on improving the quality of early childhood education and after-school programming across the community.  Ms. Kovacik served as faculty at Schenectady County Community College, Fulton Montgomery Community College, and at the College of Saint Rose where she taught courses in education.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the College of Saint Rose.  She is the co-author of Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Child Development Manual published by Delmar Cengage Learning.  Ms. Kovacik serves on the standards workgroup for the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council.   She has worked with the New York State Education Department on the revision of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Common Core Standards and is a contributor to the New York State Early Learning Guidelines.  Ms. Kovacik resides in Scotia, New York with her husband Steven and their son Adin.  Adin played with ESYO’s Jazz Ensemble and is a music industry student at the College of Saint Rose.  Her son Aaron and daughter-in-law Gwen Carter-Kovacik reside in Troy.  Ms. Kovacik joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 2014.

Dr. Edward S. Marschilok

Marschilok jan 2012 croppedDr. Edward S. Marschilok is an educator, administrator, and musician with over thirty-five years of experience.  In the fall of 2010 he retired as Supervisor of the Curriculum and Instruction Team at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  For many years at NYSED he served as an Associate in Music Education.  He has also held positions at the Hudson Falls and Cooperstown Central School Districts.  Dr. Marschilok was the Administrative Director for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies, which is co-sponsored by NYSED, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York State School Music Association, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

A native of Troy, NY, Dr. Marschilok holds degrees from the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), Syracuse University, and the University at Albany. He regularly performs with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and has played with the Albany, Glens Falls and Catskill Symphony Orchestras. As a woodwind doubler he has played in all of the major venues in the Capital District.  Dr. Marschilok joined ESYO’s Board of Directors in 1996.

Dr. Lorraine Skibo

Biography pending

Patti Vitale

Vitale - P - from 2012Biography pending




George Vorsheim

George Vorsheim is Director of Marketing Communications at Environment One Corporation, an operating company of Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP), in Niskayuna, NY.    Focused on the development and promotion of energy and environmental products in the United States and international markets, he has worked on six continents over the last 35 years.  Mr. Vorsheim also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce- Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee in its mission advising 19 federal departments and agencies pursuant to programs aimed at expanding U.S. exports.  He is a graduate of Trinity University with advanced studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.   Mr. Vorsheim’s musical instrument of choice is the trombone, a passion shared with his daughter and ESYO alumna, Sierra.  Mr. Vorsheim joined the ESYO board July, 2013.



Susan Storey Bardack
Buzz Media Solutions
Ex-Officio member-all committees

Robert A. Carreau
Outcome Works LLC
The Schenectady Foundation
Co-Vice Chair
CHIME/ Development and Nominating (Chair) Committees

Dr. John Spinelli
Union College
Co-Vice Chair
Nominating and Audit/Compliance (Chair) Committees

Michelle Woodley
General Electric
CHIME/Development Committee

Kevin O’Bryan
Retired from First Niagara Bank
Finance (Chair) and Nominating Committees

Robert Aronstein
Schenectady Public Schools
The College of Saint Rose
CHIME/Development Committee

Jonathan Baum
Avenir Law
Finance and Audit/Compliance Commitees

Liz Bishop
Nominating Committee
Serves as emcee for select concerts

Nancy Burton
Peter Leue Designer Craftsman
Development (Chair) and Finance Committees

Mary Clyne
Cengage Learning
Marketing Committee

Kim Fine
Albany Medical Center
Marketing and Nominating Committees

Sherley Hannay
Hannay Reels
Artistic Committee

Abbe Kovacik
Capital District Child Care Council
Development Committee

Dr. Edward S. Marschilok
Retired from NYS Education Dept.
Artistic (Chair) and Finance Committees

Dr. Lorraine Skibo
Development Committee

Patti Vitale
Brown School
Marketing (Chair) Nominating Committees

George Vorsheim
Environment One Corporation
Marketing Committee

Christopher White
NYS Dept. of Labor
Marketing and Development Committees