Board of Directors


Karen Dumont has performed many lead roles in operetta and musical theater, most notably 18 shows with the Savoyards. She has appeared in the Kitchen Sink series, at the Firehouse Theatre, with Gateway Theatre, and in Savoyard collaborations with Cornell’s Summer Concert Series.  She is also a longtime member and frequent soloist for the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Other solo work includes appearances with Women’s Works, the Savage Club, Music’s Recreation, CSMA’s First Friday Recital Series, with Cortland’s Choral Union for Orff’s Carmina Burana, and with local composer and pianist Christopher Morgan Loy. In addition to performing, she has actively served on the Boards of the Cornell Savoyards and Women’s Works.  She has a wealth of experience producing both full shows and concerts, and her current position is the Savoyard board president. When she's not singing, Dr. Dumont works as a veterinarian (Cornell DVM 2002) and raises her family with husband Chad and three boys.

Vice President, Marketing, Educational and Community Outreach

Justin Cray is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Electrical Computer Engineering. He has been an avid Gilbert and Sullivan fan since he discovered the duo in middle school and regularly attended performances by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan players back home as well as Cornell Savoyard productions for the past several summers. He is excited to see the group grow over the next few years. In his "free time" Justin is involved in Cornell's Mars Rover Team, Model UN club, Splash!, and student government as well as local political activism.

Vice President, Fundraising and Growth

Wendy Kimble-Dugan joined the Savoyards ten years ago for The Mikado, again three years ago for HMS Pinafore, and in 2014 and 2015 for The Mikado and Princess Ida.  A community volunteer, she has served on the Campaign Committee of the United Way and chaired the Allocations Council.  Presently she is on the Board of Directors of Tompkins Cortland Habitat for Humanity, and is active with Women Build.  She and her husband Dirk have three daughters.


Ellen Hobbie joined the Savoyards in 1970 as an undergraduate.  She served as Vice President, President, Treasurer and Technical Director at various times until 1983. She rejoined the Savoyards in 2011 and has performed every summer since. She volunteers with the Municipal Historians of Tompkins County and the Fine Arts Booster Group. She presently works for a local art book company in acquisitions.




Anthony Di Renzo joined the Cornell Savoyards this year, playing Pooh-Bah in The Mikado. A freelance publicist and copywriter, he has served such nonprofit organizations as Barnert Memorial Hospital, Greyhound Rescue of New England, and the Readers' Theatre of Ithaca. When not teaching proposal and grant writing at Ithaca College, he sings in regional music companies, specializing in Gilbert and Sullivan and Italian opera buffa. A published novelist and essayist, he is working on a collection called Nights at the Opera.