Ralph Aversa - President


Ralph Aversa serves as President of Oakwood Cemetery. He also serves as Oakwood’s Treasurer. In addition Aversa is also the Project Manager for Oakwood’s $425k+ Crematory Project expected to break ground sometime in May.  Aversa is retired from KeyBank,N.A. where he served as a Banking Officer, Appraiser and Sr. Loan Officer in Key’s Community Development Banking Department. He is also retired from The City of Niagara Falls having served two terms on the City Council as well as Director of the Department of Water Facilities. In addition he also served as Executive Director of the NFC Development Corporation and Sr. Business Officer of the Niagara Falls Urban Renewal Agency serving in total five Mayors dating back to the Late Mayor Michael C. O’Laughlin.

He is married to the former Rachele Satarian, the father of four and grandfather of six.

Whitney Mallam - Acting Vice 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.

Judie Glaser - Secretary


Judie Glaser is the Clerk of the Niagara Falls Board of Education. She has also worked in Public Relations for 20 years and is a published children’s book author. She is an alumna of the State University of New York College at Buffalo and holds a BA in Public Communication and an MS in Multi/Public Relations Management. She has volunteered time for the Niagara Street Business Association, HANCI, Literacy Volunteers, NF Headstart, and Rotary, among others. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Niagara and in 2015 was awarded the Gerald J. Kozak Award for Community Service by Family & Children’s Service of Niagara.

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.

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.