Whitney Mallam - President

Whitney W. Mallam has been a practicing attorney in Niagara Falls for over 40 years.  He has served both on community boards and as volunteer for several organizations.  

Whitney's Great, Great, Great Grandfather is Parkhurst Whitney who came to Niagara Falls in 1810.  Mr. Whitney was one of the owners of the Cataract House.  The hotel was located right on the bank of the Niagara River by the Falls.  Under his ownership, it became the largest hotel in Niagara Falls at the time.  Mr. Whitney's wife, Cylinda, traces her roots to the Mayflower in 1620.   The Three Sister Islands are named in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Whitney's daughters.  Little Brother Island is named after their son.  Both Parkhurst and Cylinda are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, as are their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Mallam resides in Lewiston, NY.

Alan Kranitz - Financial Secretary

Alan Kranitz has served as President of the Life Underwriters Association, his Synagogue and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and as a Board Member of several Civic and Charitable organizations including Rotary and Mount Saint Mary's Hospital.  He has been an invited speaker by several Industry Forums and Public Educational Seminars relating to Financial Planning issues.  Alan is both a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant and is a life member of the International Million Dollar Roundtable in the Financial Services Industry.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, Alan is the third generation of his family in the area business community.

Trudy Christman - Director

A native of Niagara Falls and Lewiston, Trudy graduated from Lewiston-Porter Central School and NCCC with a degree in Tourism Management and Event Planning.  While living in New Orleans, LA and West Palm Beach, FL., her career expanded to Licensed Interior Designer and fashion consultant.  “It seems, I have an affinity for tourist destinations with great historic significance and vibrant communities.”

Returning to Niagara Falls in the late 1990’s, she held positions with the Niagara County Builders Association, Home Show event assistant; HANCI, Program Assistant; Realty USA, sales agent; Pine Avenue Business Association, Membership Director; NYS Senator Marc A. Coppola, Niagara Falls Assistant; The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Director of Development.

Well-known for her volunteer contributions, she served as:  president, vice president, treasurer of AARP Chapter #283 and Black Creek Block Club; a participating member of the Niagara County Block Club Council, the Niagara Beautification Commission, LaSalle Business and Professional Association; and a representative to NIMAC.

Trudy first served on the Friends of Oakwood Committee in 2012.  Since then, she has served two terms on the historic Oakwood Cemetery board of directors with responsibilities regarding public relations, event planning, and fundraising.

Three years ago, partnering with Marge Gillies and Pete Ames, Trudy helped create the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage: “I love the architecture of the past and the gardens that have been preserved from an earlier era. When Oakwood was named to the National Register of Historic Places, I was thrilled. The Oakwood Cemetery motto is so timely:  Niagara’s History is at Oakwood.”

Dorothy Marsh Rolling - Director

A resident of the Town of Niagara, daughter of the late William Marsh and Mary Vince.  She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Buffalo Mercy School of Nursing.  She worked at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital from 1960 - 1985 as a registered nurse.  In 1986 she was hired as the Niagara County Historian and worked until 1999.  She has been the Town on Niagara Historian for the past several years.  Her husband Jerauld Roderick is a resident at Oakwood, a descendant of the Roderick Porter and Frederick Dean families.  Her four children and eight grandchildren live the in the Niagara Falls area.

Audrey Young-Zygand - Director

Audrey M. (Young) Zygand was born August 2,1962. She is the oldest child of Michael L. and Audrey M. Young and has two siblings. She is married to Keith C. Zygand  they have one son.

Audrey attended LaSalle Senior High School , Sunstate Academy of Hair Design in Fort Myers, Florida and along with her husband and son owned and operated a Barbershop in Fort Myers from 1999-2008. Returning home to Niagara Falls, attended NCCC 2011 for Medical Billing degree.

Audrey is a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, was in the church choir as a youth and is past church secretary and vestry member.   In 1980 was Installed as Beloved Queen of Niagara River Triangle #120 at the Masonic  Lodge on South Avenue.

Audrey has 4 Generations of the Transportation Business starting in the late 1800’s , her Great, Great, Great Grandfather started William Young Transportation in Niagara Falls. Her family members which include William and his wife Emma and a few other family members are in the Mausoleum and buried throughout Oakwood , Her husband’s family are also in Oakwood.

She resides in the Niagara Falls area.