Board of Directors

Joe Stanley, Founder & President

Joe StanleyA 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 (Director of Communications & Marketing)

Angela MoonanAngela 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.

Christina Cole, Executive Director 

Christina Cole

Christina has been a part of Music for the Mission since its inception, having worked with Stanley Law since her early days in radio beginning in the year 2000 as a Marketing Consultant at 93Q and 95X here in Syracuse.  She spent her first 11 years in radio, followed by 5 years in Broadcast Television with the Syracuse NBC, CBS, and CW affiliates.  Christina is the mother of two young girls Sara and BriarRose, residing in Chittenango, NY with the girls and her husband Daniel.

She is an ambassador for Music for the Mission having sat on the Board of Directors for the past year prior to taking on the role of Executive Director in August of 2017.  A vocalist herself, she has orchestrated and performed in multiple events over the years and knows what it takes to create and execute a successful fundraiser.  Christina is additionally part of the Advance Media NY Team for the past three years, working closely with her clients in this state and across the country to help them overcome their largest marketing hurdles in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

Christina has worked side by side with Angela Moonan and Joe Stanley for most of her nearly 20 year career, and has a passion for helping put an end to homelessness and hunger here in Central New York.  She is excited to breathe new life into Music for the Mission and dedicated to increasing our volunteer base and add to our Board of Directors.

Nick Shires, Board Member

Nick ShiresNick 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.

Previous Executive Directors

Melissa A. Bassett   2016-2017
Eric Hovarth         2015-2016
If you are interested in participating on our Board of Directors,
please send a letter of interest to
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.

Thank you!