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SONYMA Advisory Council

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SONYMA is pleased to announce the creation of the SONYMA Advisory Council. The council is comprised of lenders and other industry professionals in New York State who play vital roles in the home buying process.

The purpose of the SONYMA Advisory Council is to provide input and recommendations to help SONYMA maximize its role as an important provider of affordable and sustainable mortgages to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers across New York State.

To carry out this mission, the SONYMA Advisory Council will offer advice and make recommendations on issues such as:

  • SONYMA programs, policies and procedures;
  • Key issues and challenges facing SONYMA and its Participating Lenders; and
  • Future SONYMA initiatives.

SONYMA Advisory Council Members:

Affordable Housing Partnership

Susan Cotner

Astoria Federal Savings Bank

Michelle Bage

Citibank, NA

Linda Owens

Davis and Prager, P.C.

Larry Davis

First Niagara Bank

Julie Symes

First Niagara Bank

Philip Swetz

Freedom Mortgage Corporation

Gerard Troha 

Freedom Mortgage Corporation

Joyce Frazzitta

Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Barbara Martin

Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Bill Wippich


Paul Battaglia 

M&T Bank

Jim Ahrens

M&T Bank

Kelley Godino

M&T Bank

Kim Knoll

Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Denise Quinn

Mortgage Master, Inc.

Kelly Zeigler

Mortgage Master,Inc.

Judith Liu

NeighborWorks America

Eileen Anderson

New York Mortgage Coalition

Rebecca Senn

New York State Association of Realtors

Duncan MacKenzie

Nothnagle Home Securities Corp.

Christine Nothnagle

SEFCU Mortgage Services

Mike Curtis

Tompkins Trust Co.

Greg May

Ulster Savings Bank

Lisa Schatzel

Wells Fargo Bank

Robert Silva


SONYMA would like to thank all of its council members for their contributions and continued support of SONYMA and its programs designed to encourage first-time homeownership in New York State.

Please click here to view SONYMA Advisory Council Updates.

If you are a SONYMA Advisory Council Member, view our council member's page.