Jason is a native of the Jamestown area, graduating from Falconer Central School and then attending Jamestown Community College for two years. During his time at FCS and JCC, he was involved in various art-related classes and programs, including theater and photography. Following JCC, Jason attended West Virginia University, majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. While at WVU he was involved in the college radio station, worked for various television networks covering local sporting events and worked on various local television programs.
Since graduating from WVU, Jason’s work has included news reporter, newspaper/online writer and editor, sports broadcaster, disc jockey, videographer, website development consultant, and commercial/audio producer. He currently serves as Public Affairs Director of WRFA-LP, a radio station owned and operated by the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
Jason joined the Infinity Board of Directors in November 2010 because he felt Infinity provides an invaluable opportunity for area youth who want to be involved with the arts. In addition to Infinity, Jason is also a trustee for the Chautauqua County Historical Society.
Leslie Calimeri is a contemporary, realist painter and illustrator residing in Jamestown NY. Having grown up in Chautauqua County Leslie went on to receive a BA in Commercial Art with a minor in Art History, from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester N.Y. in 2005. Upon receiving her BA Leslie spent six years in Northern Virginia working as a print/web designer and freelance artist before relocating back to Chautauqua County.
Over the past ten years Leslie has regularly shown her oil paintings at regional and national galleries and competitions, including Women Create – Jamestown NY, Maryland Federation of Art – Annapolis MD, and Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art – Chautauqua N.Y. Her gallery work focuses mainly on industrial and regional landscapes that juxtapose shape and color to convey mood and a unique perspective in compositions.
Leslie also regularly free-lances and enjoys taking on a variety of commissioned work on portraits and illustrations in oil, watercolor and mixed media. She also works professionally in web design and programming/communications and has enjoyed working full time at Chautauqua Institution for the past five years as their Digital Communications Manager.
Harold Brunacini, grew up in Kennedy, and graduated from Falconer High School. He then graduated from Jamestown Community College with an AS degree in accounting, and transferred to SUNY Fredonia where he received a BA degree in accounting in 1989. In 1990, he sat for and passed the CPA exam and joined the firm of James W. Vanstrom, CPA, where he became a partner in 1994, and where he continues to practice as CPA. The firm serves a wide range of clients, both for-profit and non-profit, with accounting, tax, and auditing services. Harold is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Harold is a past-president and current treasurer of the Rotary Club of Falconer. He and his family live in the Kennedy area. Harold joined the Infinity Board of Directors in July 2012 because he believes strongly in the importance of the arts to the youth of our community.
Tamu Graham-Reinhardt is a resident of Jamestown, NY and currently serves as District Curriculum Coordinator for Jamestown Public Schools
She holds a BA in Spanish from University at Buffalo, her NYS – Teacher Certification from University at Buffalo, a MA in Public Relations from Ball State University, Muncie, IN and SDA School District Administrator Certification from SUNY Fredonia
She believes that music and the arts are an important part of an individual’s development and quality of life. When people are provided with an outlet to express themselves creatively, it can be a rewarding and gratifying experience.
Infinity strives to provide that experience to people from all ages and walks of life, regardless of background.
Tamu also has a personal interest in the success of Infinity. Her father, Ron Graham, started Infinity with just seven very talented students; all rehearsing in a living room. From there it has developed into a well-known organization under the thoughtful and careful stewardship of a committed board of directors and Shane Hawkins, Executive Director. Tamu says, “I am honored to be a part of this organization.”
Tamu lives in Jamestown with her husband, David, two daughters, Olivia and Natalie and cats Sam and Simba.
Kevin was raised in the Buffalo, New York area and migrated to Jamestown in 1978 to begin his career in law. He is a partner in the firm of Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo and concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals injured in accidents. He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo Law School and a member of numerous legal organizations.
When his now adult children were younger he spent 19 years as a parent-coach in many sports organizations. He also is the founder of the Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo Athletic Club, which raises money for various youth sports activities through the annual Sports 4 Kids Golf Tournament.
Kevin and his wife Mary live in Ashville, New York.
Gary Madar spent 35 years of his professional life as an educator in the Pennsylvania Public School System. After matriculating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, he secured a teaching position as a Science Educator in the North East School District where he remained his entire teaching career. Teaching at the High School, his area of concentration were the Natural Sciences as he taught, Biology, Ecology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Additionally, he served as Science Department Chairperson overseeing curriculum and professional development, scheduling, and mentoring those he was responsible for directing.
Gary also coached a variety of sports including varsity football and wrestling, as well as golf. He served as the Director of the Senior Class Play for numerous productions as well. He has always felt that many of live’s lessons can best be taught outside the confines of a classroom so extra-curricular activities were an avenue to do just that.
As an adolescent and young adult, Gary had an appreciation of music and throughout high school and college he was a member of numerous Rock n Roll bands as a drummer. Until just recently, he continued to play for pleasure. The experiences he gained as a result of these activities as well as his background in education and dealing with teenagers was what lead him to volunteer his services and expertise as a member of Infinity’s Board of Directors following his official retirement from education in 2007. Gary continues to work part time as a Medical Assistant at Family Health Medical Services in Mayville.
Steve is a long-time resident of Chautauqua County where he graduated from Jamestown High School. Steve attended Jamestown Community College and the State University of New York at Fredonia, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.
Steve has spent the majority of his career working for The Resource Center in various capacities including directing the mental health, health and pharmacy programs and, currently, as Strategic Project Director.
His musical interests began at the age of five when he started taking drum lessons and continued through his involvement in marching and concert bands during his grade school and high school years. He spent several years teaching drum lessons and performed in several local rock and jazz bands.
Steve has extensive volunteer experience including serving on the JCC Alumni Board of Directors, Falconer Rotary Club, Healthcare Action Team and many other community-related organizations. Besides music, his interests include fitness, nature and cooking.
Steve looks forward to reinvigorating his love for music and the arts as well as continuing his contributions to the community through his involvement with Infinity.
Will was born and raised in the Russell/Warren area of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Warren area high school and soon after joined the International Union of Operating Engineers,where he spent 4 years in there apprenticeship program, graduating as a journeyman. He has spent over 40 years working on bridges, highways and many other construction projects all over Pennsylvania. Will has always had a great love for guitar playing and songwriting and has played with many area musicians and bands. He also loves Fly fishing, Kayaking, camping and anything to do with nature. Will knows how important music has been in his life and that this world would be a sad place without it, he hopes that by being a board member he can contribute to Infinity and help them to grow and meet there goals !
Karen Schiavone grew up in Chautauqua County and is a graduate of Southwestern Central School.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business management from Grove City College, Karen spent a few years in Pittsburgh, Pa., working in marketing. Having the desire to change the world for the better, she went on to obtain her juris doctor from Albany Law School with a concentration in health law.
Karen moved back to the Jamestown area in 2012 to pursue a career in nonprofit work after realizing that changing the world must start with making a difference in one’s home town. She is currently the Special Studies and Youth Programs Associate in the Education Department at Chautauqua Institution, and previously served as the Membership and Marketing Director at the Jamestown Area YMCA. She also works with the youth at the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown.
Karen believes that arts education is critical to the growth and development of both child and community. Infinity provides arts experiences to students of all ages and all backgrounds, and she looks forward to playing a role in its continued growth in the community.
Karen and her cat Elphaba live in Mayville, NY.
Sherry Hutley has been a Jamestown resident for the past 15 years. She grew up in Bemus Point and graduated from Maple Grove High School. She received her Associates degree in Applied Science with a major in Marketing and Management from Jamestown Business College.
Sherry is currently employed at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena as the Director of Sponsorship Sales and Marketing. She was previously employed at the Post-Journal for over seven years as an Advertising Sales Representative. She is a member of the Jamestown Afternoon Rotary Club and an Auction Committee member for LINKS Charity.
Sherry joined the Infinity Board of Directors in May of 2016 because of her love of art and the desire to help the youth in our community.
She lives in Jamestown with her two sons Brandon and Cole.
Kirk D Young (Ph.D) is a resident of Lakewood, NY. He attended Utah Valley University (Bachelor’s Degree), Brigham Young University (Master’s Degree), and Gonzaga University (Ph.D) obtaining degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Leadership Studies.
Kirk is currently the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement at Jamestown Community College. He lives in Lakewood with his wife, Katie, and their three children, McKay, Connor, and Halle.
Kirk became a member of the Infinity Board of Directors because, “The majority of my graduate research deals with the art of leadership and leadership development. I am fascinated and deeply impressed with the work that Infinity is doing in the intersection of leadership and the arts. I was attracted to the organization following a presentation by the Executive Director in which she spoke about the elements of creativity that Infinity seeks to instill in its students. I am intrigued by how that creativity makes better leaders.”
Jeffrey Yeates moved to Jamestown in 2013 from the New York City area where he worked at the NYC Board of Education to implement a web-based computer system to digitize the paper-based Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) of 190,000 special needs students and to automate the business processes of the 150,000 district professionals who service them across 1,600 schools. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and over 30 years experience in technology and organizational transformation initiatives in business, financial services, industry, government, and education. In addition to his role at Infinity, Jeffrey also sits on the Board of Directors of the Jamestown Concert Association (JCA) and the new Advisory Board of the Chautauqua Regional Ballet Company (CRYB).
With two other siblings, Jeffrey grew up taking piano. “I was exposed to the joy – and discipline – of music at an early age and have continued to patronize musicals, plays, symphonies, ballet, and the opera into adulthood. I strongly believe an academic education is complemented and enhanced by training and participation in the creative arts: music, theater, painting, writing, etc. One’s full potential can only be realized with the regular exercise of both the left and right sides of the brain, and I hope my own experiences will contribute to Infinity as it also continues to thrive.”