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The Junior Committee Mission

The Junior Committee at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) connects young professionals who support and promote world-class performing arts and educational programming. These culturally-minded ambassadors collaborate with each other to support overall mission of SPAC through fundraising, donor cultivation, and community outreach to engage a younger demographic in the classical arts. The Junior Committee achieves these goals through organizing various fundraising events, social media interaction, and community involvement throughout the year. 

The SPAC Junior Committee is invested in assuring the future of SPAC. SPAC has exponentially increased the number of educational offerings to the community, especially for local children, in the pursuit of the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts. All funds raised by the Junior Committee’s efforts directly contribute to classical education and programming for local children. 

Junior Committee in front of SPAC

Steering Committee

Ashley Budd – President 
Caitlin Goetz – Vice President
Mallory Willsea – Membership
Andrew Williamson – Treasurer 
Samantha Reilly Secretary 
Katrina Railton – Past President 

At-Large Members

Katie Caporta
Thomas Marola 
Gretchen Piwinski 
Anne Van Vorst 

Current Members

India Adams
Meaghan Aldridge
Marissa Ainsworth 
Kendra Astemborski
Paige Bernstein
Laura Bolan
Andrea Bonacci
Julie Burke
Adam Burn
Kristina Brousseau 
Lauren Capozzi
Alexandra Crayne
Jennifer DeCrescente
Christian DeLollo
Nick DeCaprio
Amanda Ettinger
Josh Ettinger
Desiree Farley 
Victoria Fast Dunn 

Paula Gadomski
Keely Griffiths
Christina Herkenham
Amanda Jackson
Shawna Jenks
Samantha Kercull
Monika LaPlante
Sarah LeRoux
Lauren Loschiavo
Laura Lyeth
Christopher Mackey
Amanda Martini-Hughes
Kelly MCauley
Chelsea Merrill
Chelsea Palmer
Caroline Ray
Elizabeth Reardon  

Ashley Richardson
Marissa Romero
Tatiana Roupas
Kristina Saar Gaschel
Ettie Seymour
Lauren Seward
Danielle Shea
Jenna Smith
Eric Snell
Timothy Tyrrell
Joseph Vidarte
Ally Wyle
Mackenzie Zarzycki 


The Junior Committee is a dynamic group of more than fifty young professionals and performing arts patrons who work in tandem with the SPAC strategic planning and fundraising teams. The Junior Committee primary focus is to cultivate a younger demographic to support SPAC and ensure the vitality of the performing arts in our community. The Junior Committee is actively recruiting community members to aid in the continuation of the important cultural programming at SPAC. 

While there is no application review process, the Junior Committee currently only allows new members to join twice each year during the Spring and Fall General Membership Meetings (GMM). To participate, a variety of membership levels are available for committee members to choose from. To learn more about membership or for general questions about the Junior Committee, please contact Heather Varney hvarney@spac.org or Ashley Budd ash265@cornell.edu. 

WB Group

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

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