About Us

The Action Council Mission

First established in 1977 by SPAC founders Philly Dake and Jane Wait, the SPAC Action Council is a fundraising committee comprised of approximately 40 dynamic individuals who are professionals and civic leaders in communities around the Capital Region. The Action Council was created to work in unison with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in public relations, planning of fundraising activities, and to support the SPAC mission: to present vibrant and diverse artistic performances that engage and enrich the community (be sure we have the newly created mission statement). Members work year-round to plan and present fundraisers that generate approximately $250,000 annually to support world-class residencies by the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC. 

Executive Committee

Keeley Ardman DeSalvo – President
Stephanie Markowich– Vice President
Sue Hensley-Cushing – Recording Secretary
Andrea Spungen – Corresponding Secretary
Rita Forbush – Treasurer  
Janet Equale– Membership
JoAnn Duquette – Nominating
Pam Abrams – CulinaryArts@SPAC Liaison
Gerry Golub* – President’s Advisor
Sequoyah Finkell  – Immediate Past President 

Current Members

Elaine Alfert
Judy Aronstamm*
Suzanne Buhac
Jennifer Connors
Susan Crua
MaryLou Doyle
Karen Eickhoff
Victoria Fast Dunn
Sequoyah Finkell
Doris Fischer-Malesardi*
Andrea Gallo
Andrea Golub*
Maria Harrison 
Barbara Hoehn*
Traci Jersen*
Rolanda Jetter
Robin Kappler*
Audra Lynch Herman 
Dympna Lynch Weil

Karen Macielak 
Wendy MacPherson 
Leah Margolis Nathan 
Sara Mazzuto Regan 
Mary Murphy 
Maureen Parker 
Elizabeth Rutnik
Nicole Sheeler Di Palermo*
Elissa Smith 
Nancy Smith 
Tas Steiner
Micheileen Treadwell 
Kim Vanyo 
Eileen Whelley   


*Action Council past presidents


To learn more about membership or for general questions about the Action Council, please contact Janet Equale.  

Calendar of Events

Action Council Members have dedicated their time to raising funds for SPAC, in particular for SPAC classical programming and youth education.  

2022 Events TBD

Past Events In the News