Stephen Butler Executive Director
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. He also serves as the Executive Director of CNY Arts, Inc.
Charlie Poag - Program Officer
Charlie is originally from Asheville, North Carolina. He served for fifteen years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Combat Cameraman and a Communications Strategy & Operations Chief. His background is primarily in visual communications, educational media, and communications management. He is a graduate of the Defense Information School where he earned certificates in Video Production and Documentation, Digital Multi-Media, and Visual Information Management. He earned his B.S. in Public Relations and a certificate for Military Visual Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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