Chautauqua Institution

Directory of staff telephone numbers and email addresses. Chautauqua's primary administrative offices are located in the Colonnade on Bestor Plaza.


Chautauqua Institution President's Office

EmailThomas Becker President 716.357.6222
EmailRindy Barmore Executive Assistant 716.357.6221

Program Office

EmailMarty W. Merkley Vice President/
Director of Programming
EmailDeborah Sunya Moore
Associate Director of Programming 716.357.6232
EmailDawn Spicer-Dake Housing Coordinator 716.357.6249


Sarah Malinoski-Umberger
Coordinator of Student Services 716.357.6233
EmailRachael Kistler-Igo Program Coordinator 716.357.6399

Treasurer's Office

EmailSebastian Baggiano Vice President/Treasurer/
Chief Operating Officer
EmailAntoinette Ferrino Administrative Assistant 716.357.6212
EmailRichard Erickson Director of Accounting 716.357.6307
EmailTena Dills Director of Payroll 716.357.6228
EmailRachel Kinal
Assistant Controller 716.357.6479
EmailDebie Coburn Financial Office 716.357.6224
EmailCindy Mando Director of Information Services 716.357.6260

Education & Youth Services

EmailSherra Babcock Vice President/
Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education
EmailMatt Ewalt Associate Director of
Education and Youth Services
EmailLori Franklin Education Assistant,
Special Studies & Youth Services
EmailMary O'Meara Holl Education Assistant,
Lecture & Literary Arts
EmailJonathan Schmitz Archivist 716.357.6332
EmailScott Ekstrom Director, Smith Memorial Library 716.357.6296
EmailSara Toth Lecture & Literary Arts Associate 716.357.6376


EmailMeg Pickard Director of Recreation/
Fitness Center Manager
EmailElizabeth Freay Fitness Center Asst. Manager/
Aquatics Supervisor

Marketing and Communications

EmailGeorge Murphy Vice President/
Chief Marketing Officer
EmailDanica Olson-Walter Customer Experience
and Marketing Assistant
EmailMyra Peterson Accommodations Manager 716.357.6231
EmailRay Downey Graphic Designer/
Multi-Media Manager
EmailJordan Steves Director of Communications 716.357.6434
EmailKaren Williams Customer Experience Manager 716.357.6250
EmailLaurie Ennis Ticketing Manager 716.357.6250
EmailLeslie Mathis Digital Communications Manager 716.357.6346
EmailJoshua Clark Junior Graphic Designer 716.357.6248
EmailVanessa Weinert Marketing Manager 716.357.6402
EmailJim Freay Office Services
and Equipment Administrator

Community Services/Operations

EmailJohn Shedd Director of Operations/
Administrator of Architectural and Land Use Regulations
EmailJennifer Majewski Administrative Assistant 716.357.6245
EmailAlan Akin Chief of Police 716.357.6225
EmailJack Munella Manager of Buildings and Grounds 716.357.6237
BlankCindy Williams Housekeeping Manager 716.357.6325
EmailConstance Paul Accounts Payable 716.357.6267

Department of Religion

EmailThe Rev. Dr.
Robert M. Franklin, Jr.
Director of Religion 716.357.6242
EmailMaureen Rovegno Associate Director of Religion 716.357.6386
EmailNancy Roberts Administrative Assistant 716.357.6274


Conferencing / Extended Programming / Group Sales

EmailBruce Stanton Athenaeum Hotel General Manager 716.357.4444
EmailLaurie Paterniti-
Coordinator of Group Sales 
& Senior Programming
716.357.6262 or 357.6269
EmailEarl Rothfus Bookstore Manager 716.357.2151
EmailCarly Davis Special Events Administrator 716.357.6389

Chautauqua Foundation

EmailFundGeof Follansbee Vice President/
CEO, Chautauqua Foundation
EmailFundLinda Jordan Loomis Corporate Secretary/ 
Assistant to CEO, Chautauqua Foundation
EmailFundJackie Chagnon Stewardship and Donor Relations 716.357.6407
EmailFundChris Baglia Gift Administrator 716.357.6214
EmailFundDeborah E. Moore Chief Financial Officer 716.357.6408
EmailFundDusty Nelson Director of Gift Planning 716.357.6244
EmailFundTina Downey Director of the Chautauqua Fund 716.357.6406
EmailFund   Jill Cummiskey Assistant Director of the Chautauqua Fund 716.357.6405
EmailFundKaren Blozie Senior Major Gifts Officer 716.357.6220
EmailFundMegan Sorenson Associate Director of the Chautauqua Fund/
Communications Manager
EmailFundNicole Szydlo Research Associate 716.357.6447
EmailFundGail Lemke Administrative Project Manager 716.357.6404




We are here to help

If you have a question about any aspect of your trip to Chautauqua, we have knowledgeable staff members ready to assist you.

Ticket Office
Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(716) 357-6250