Lisa Smith, Executive Director for Syracuse Opera, has responsibility overseeing the organizations day to day business operations, which includes fundraising and development, financial management and future planning of the company. Ms. Smith has held various leadership positions throughout her career, most recently as Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society. She possesses extensive experience in system development, staff management, community outreach and fund development. lsmith@syracuseopera.com

Board of Directors and Executive Committee


Chairman of the Board Casey Johnson
Vice Chairman Wendy Neikirk-Rhodes
Treasurer Ronald Ferguson
Secretary Sandy Hurd
 Board Development  Carol Brzozowski

Board Members

Melanie Burnet Relyea
Stephen Byer*
Rebecca Carr
Mark Ciaralli
Michael Connor
Denise Dyce
Lynn Eastwood*
Karin Falcone
John H. Fennessey*
Josephine Gregg*
Richard Jaeger
Tarky Lombardi, Jr.*
Tere Paniagua
Amy Peitrafesa
Eleanor Peterson*
Graham M. Ritchie*
Stephen A. Rogers*
Chuck Simpson
Barbara Stone
Richard F.Taylor, Jr*
Camille Tisdel
William W. Wakefield*
Sieglinde Wikstrom*

* Honorary Director +Executive Committee as of 6/30/18