Board of Directors

Mrs. Marylou Whitney

Ron Riggi

Jeff Vukelic

Julie S. Fuller

Anthony Ianniello, Esq.

Elizabeth Sobol

Elizabeth Alexander
Sonny Bonacio
Amy Cantanucci
Susan Law Dake
Carol Farmer
Meyer S. Frucher
Julie S. Fuller
Judy Harrigan
John J. Gilbert III
Geraldine Golub
George R. Hearst III
Richard Higgins
Anthony R. Ianniello, Esq.
E. Stewart Jones, Jr.
Samantha Kercull – ex-officio
Heather Mabee
I. Norman Massry
Donald J. McCormack
Norma Meacham
Eleanor K. Mullaney
John J. Nigro
Ron Riggi
Linda Toohey
Jeff Vukelic
Charles Wait, Jr.
Jason C. Ward
Candace Zlotnick – ex-officio

William P. Dake
Nancy Norman Lassalle
Charles V. Wait

Matthew Bender IV
Hon. Susan Phillips Read
Edward P. Swyer

April 2017

To: All Voting Members of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Inc.

The Annual Meeting of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. in the Hall of Springs, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, New York. Following the meeting, please join the SPAC administration and Board of Directors for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres in the Jazz Bar.

The purpose of this meeting, in accordance with Article 1, Section 3 of the By-laws of the Corporation is to elect Directors, review the current position of the Center and transact all other business which may come before the meeting. The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors has proposed the following slate of Directors:

Slate of Directors for re-election to the Board for a term of three years:

  • Julie S. Fuller
  • Anthony Ianniello, Esq.
  • Heather Mabee
  • I. Norman Massry
  • Norma Meacham
  • Ron Riggi

Proposed for the Board as new Directors for a term of three years:

  • Judy A. Harrigan, Ph.D.
  • Jason C. Ward

Information on the proposed new Directors is available on the reverse side of this letter. This information may also be obtained at SPAC’s administrative offices in the Hall of Springs or at For planning purposes, we would appreciate your return of the Attendance and Proxy form by May 15, 2017.

Thank you for your membership support as we continue to present the very best classical programming to our surrounding community and beyond.

Elizabeth Sobol President and CEO

Get to Know Our New Board Members

Judy A. Harrigan, Ph.D.

Judy A. Harrigan, Ph.D. is a Saratoga resident who has been deeply involved with Saratoga Performing Arts Center since returning to the area in 2008. A Manhattan resident for 30 years, Ms. Harrigan built a successful career as an executive and consultant in the field of market research and strategy, holding positions at General Foods and several advertising agencies before launching her own firm, HarriganBodick, Inc. The firm works with Fortune 500 clients on their market research and strategy needs. Since her return to Saratoga, Ms. Harrigan has supported SPAC as a patron, founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and 50th Anniversary contributor. She serves as vice chairman on Saratoga ArtsFest board and is a member of Saratoga Springs Citizen Advisory Committee to the Community Development Block Grant program. Ms. Harrigan received her B.S. from Cornell and her Ph.D. from SUNY Albany. She fondly recalls seeing performances at SPAC during its opening season.

Jason C. Ward

Jason C. Ward is the CEO and founder of Candy Factory Films, a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly multimedia company which, since 2007, has been dedicated to producing and distributing unique, compelling and high-impact films such as The Midnight Swim, Being Canadian, 2016 Tribeca Film Fest Award-Winner Children of the Mountain and 2017 NY Times Critics' Pick Saving Banksy.

After an early turn as a theater actor, Ward has spent his entertainment career behind the scenes in all facets of production and distribution with Candy Factory Films. CFF is at the forefront of a new vanguard of independent distributors maximizing profit by reaching distinct audiences in unique ways. Candy Factory Films has distributed films theatrically nationwide, and globally on all leading digital platforms including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu and cable and satellite Video on Demand providers.

Their sister company, Candy Factory Productions, also lead by Ward, oversees all facets of film production and recently launched one of the few FAA-approved drone production companies in New York State. CFP has produced films for NY State Parks, LaGuardia landscape architecture firm in the Hamptons and Summit Senior Living facilities.

Prior to Candy Factory, Ward was involved in production of shorts and industrials including "Bicycle Lessons" and "Regular Guy" and post production on films such as "Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life". Ward has also served as executive producer, and was an investor in the well-regarded music documentary "Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest".