Board of Directors
Joe Stanley, Founder & President
A native of Syracuse, Joe has called Central New York home his whole life. Joe graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1981 and founded Stanley Law, where he devotes most of his time to advocating for those who have experienced serious personal injury.
After witnessing family members experience homelessness and food insecurity, as well as volunteering for the Rescue Mission, Joe founded Music for the Mission in 2009. Through Music for the Mission Joe hopes to provide relief to the homeless and the hungry in the local community, because, as he somberly puts it, “at any moment, you or your neighbor could be experiencing the same hardships. We cannot turn a blind eye to this suffering.”
Angela Moonan, Board Member (and Director of Communications & Marketing)
Angela is a mom, business owner, corporate storyteller, marketer, advocate and ambassador for Music for the Mission and those we serve to help meet the basic needs for survival. The world has certainly changed during her twenty-five years in media and marketing. For over a decade she’s worked side by side with Joe Stanley and the Stanley Law Team as the firm has grown and prospered… into being able to create Music for the Mission to do good works throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
A musician herself, Angela’s dedicated to believing that our instrumental job in life is to ensure there’s hope, there’s inspiration, there’s a way to help one more person, and the next, and the next… strive for a more purpose-filled and beautiful life.
Nick Shires, Board Member
Nick was born and raised in the Syracuse area. After graduating from Syracuse University, he began working at a regional accounting firm located in downtown Syracuse. His commitment to the accounting profession and the Central New York region have led him to his current role as a tax partner at Dannible & McKee, LLP.
He is bringing that same commitment to helping those in need through his involvement with Music for the Mission. Nick has always been a believer in the power of community involvement, and he is excited about the impact music can have in the betterment of lives in his hometown.
Melissa A. Bassett-Graetz, Executive Director
Originally a Northstar from Cicero, NY, Melissa has a strong connection and love for the Syracuse area.
She earned a B.A. in Music (Percussion) and M.A. in Arts Leadership Administration in the Janklow Arts Leadership program, both at Syracuse University. She is focusing her studies on how Displacement impacts Culture and has begun studying at American University’s School of International Service, in their Social Enterprise M.A. program to pursue this area.
Stepping out of the classroom, Melissa has interned and worked with various arts organizations in the Syracuse area to gain experience in community engagement and artistic leadership. These experiences have furthered her interests in sharing music and art to the community, how to use these avenues to benefit the lives of those around us, and the ability we have to empower our organizations to do the same.
When Melissa is not studying or working, she enjoys road trips, performing with the Syracuse University Percussion Ensemble, and watching Star Wars, Star Trek and sitcoms with her husband and two amazing cats.
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Previous Executive Directors –
2016-2017 Melissa A. Bassett-Graetz
2015-2016 Eric Hovarth
If you are interested in participating on our Board of Directors,
please send a letter of interest to email@example.com
with the subject line “Board Inquiry.”
We are interested in speaking to people from various fields and are currently
interested in those in social work and the creative sector.