Board Members

President - Amy Fitzner (

Amy Fitzner currently teaches in the Cheektowaga-Sloan UFSD. She teaches Elementary General Music K-5, Choir, and Drama. Amy has served on the WNYOSA board as Membership Chair, President, and currently the Vice-President. Amy has also received her Level I Orff Certification from the Eastman School of Music. When she is not doing music things, Amy can be found hiking, camping, kayaking, or riding ATV's with her boys!

Vice-President - Debbie Imiolo (

Debbie teaches professional development levels for AOSA, is an active clinician, and also she teaches at Heritage Heights Elementary School in the Sweet Home Central School District. Debbie has completed three levels of Orff training at Hamline University, Kodaly Level I and Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the University of St. Thomas, and attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for another Orff level III. Awards include Classroom Music Teacher of the Year Award by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Erie County Council for Music Educators and Teacher of the Year by the New York State English Council for combining children’s literature with music. She is currently a contributing author author for the Lorenz corporation and contributing composer for “Activate Magazine,” and “Ten to Teach Melody.”

Secretary - Jill Cumbo (

Jill Cumbo is entering her twelfth year teaching elementary vocal music in the Ken-Ton School District. She previously taught preK-2 music in the Fredonia Central Schools. Jill earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a vocal concentration from SUNY Fredonia in 2001, and a Master’s degree from SUNY College at Buffalo in 2005. She has since completed three Orff Levels at Buffalo State College and the Eastman School of Music.

Treasurer - Audrey Maguda ( )

Audrey teaches General Music to grades Pre-K through Fourth, helps out with instrumental lessons in the Middle School, and accompanies the High School Chorus at Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central. Her district is located an hour south of Buffalo. She has two daughters who attend CLV, and her husband, Chris, is the High School Band director at the same school. She was introduced to Orff by a good friend and retired Music Teacher, Becky King. Becky invited her to her first WNYOSA workshop around 2007 and she hasn’t looked back. She took Level I at Eastman in the Summer of 2010 and spent the entire month of August revamping her entire curriculum as a result! She took Level II at Eastman the Summer of 2017 and is still processing all that she's learned and how to incorporate it into her teaching.


Membership Chair- Patricia Hills (

Patricia Hills teaches PK–5 vocal music at Windermere Boulevard School in the Amherst Central School District. She earned Orff Level I with Debbie Imiolo and Orff levels II and III from the Eastman School of Music. Imaginative play is the foundation for her lesson planning and she feels very fortunate to work in a district that values this approach to music education. Patricia presented for the 2008 ECMEA Classroom Music Festival and enjoys sharing her original material with the WNYOSA Chapter. Patricia has a Bachelor of Music Ed. (Voice) from Houghton College and a Master of Music Ed. from SUNY Fredonia. She enjoys singing with the Vocalis Chamber Choir and with the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Choir, Buffalo. She teaches Music Theory to the Boy and Girl Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, and continues to study voice with Dr. Margaret Kuhl. She and her husband, Robert Patterson, enjoy residence in the Allentown area of Buffalo.

Website Chair - Jill Reese (

Dr. Jill Reese is assistant professor of music education at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches include general music methods, early childhood music, history and philosophy of music education, and research methods. She has completed Orff Level I and GIML levels I and II. She earned a doctoral degree from Temple University, master's from the University of Michigan, and undergraduate from Michigan State University. She taught vocal/general music in the public schools of Michigan, and early childhood music in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Website:

Past President - Veronica Schucker (

Veronica Schucker is music teacher in Niagara Falls, NY, currently teaching at the high school level after previously teaching Pre-K – 6th grade, choirs and drama club. She is currently President of the Western New York Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA chapter) and Vice President of Membership for the Niagara County Music Educators Association. Veronica is certified through Level 3 of Orff-Schulwerk training and is Nationally Board Certified in Elementary Music.

Board Member - Lauren Helper (

Lauren Helper is an elementary vocal music teacher in the West Seneca Central School District, working with grades K-5. She completed her Orff Level 1 certification at SUNY Fredonia in July 2015 under the instruction of Debbie Imiolo and Patrick Ware. She is a vocalist and flutist, and is a cantor for St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in South Buffalo, as well as a private lesson instructor for the South Buffalo School of Music. She also subs for voice classes at the Wahl Performing Arts Studio in Orchard Park. Lauren resides in West Seneca with her three "little ladies"--ages 9, 5, and 3.

Board Member - Dr. Kerry Renzoni (Buffalo State)

Kerry B. Renzoni is assistant professor of music and coordinator of the undergraduate music education program at Buffalo State.

For six years, Dr. Renzoni taught pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade music in the Western New York area where she prioritized creativity and improvisation in music curricula. Additionally, she served as Lead Teacher for the Early Childhood Music Foundations program at Temple University and taught through the Early Childhood Music program at the Eastman School of Music.

Board Member - Jessica Wheaton

Jessica teaches at Sycamore Trails and Timber Trails Elementary Schools! Jessica went to North Central College in Naperville, IL where she studied Music Education and graduated in 2014.