Rachael Wilson Ristau / Founder

Ms. Ristau is a dedicated member of the Fayetteville Memory Garden Board of Directors and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to play a role in its future growth. Like her fellow board members and FMG volunteers, she values community togetherness and creating a safe place for individuals to grieve. After facilitating a grief group at Wellwood Middle School in 2009, Rachael believed in the necessity of building FMG to serve for a setting of reflection for community members struggling to overcome the feeling of loneliness. More thankful than ever, she often cannot believe that her vision has become a reality and would like to thank the Village of Fayetteville and all the various players who made it possible.

Since the garden’s construction Rachael has graduated from Wells College with a degree in psychology and business management as well as the intention to pursue career in public affairs. Currently she is pursing a Master’s degree in Global Thought at the University of Columbia and this upcoming summer, a second Master’s degree in Public Administration at Syracuse University.

Peter Tynan

Fayetteville Senior Citizen Center Liason

Peter Tynan is a retired Sgt. of Detectives for the Syracuse Police Department. He then led the Investigators for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office for eight years, before becoming a supervisor at the Chrysler/New Process Gear plant for 13 yrs. when the plant closed in 2012, he delivered mail in the Fayetteville area for two years before retirement. For the past five years, he continues to drive ambulance for the Fayetteville Fire Department. Besides the Memory Garden, Peter is a member of the Board of the Fayetteville Senior Center. He lives two blocks from the Memory Garden with his two grown sons Jamie & Colin, and dog, Rocky.

Hunter Jane Hillers

Fayetteville Senior Citizen Center Liason

Ms. Hillers sells radio advertising for B104.7, Y94, Hot 107.9, Power 620 and NewsRadio 570 WSYR also on 106.9. Ms. Hillers is an active community member and currently serving as the Fundraising Chair for Prevention Network and as Co-Captain of the Executive Women’s Golf Association’s Green Lakes League. She is grateful her family, Austin George, August George and Rachael Ristau support her community involvement.

Sean Foran


Sean has been a proud and active member of the Fayetteville Manlius Community now for over 30 years. Sean is Executive Project Manager at Hueber-Breuer Construction Company and has managed over $80 million dollars in commercial construction since 2004. Local projects include Holy Cross Church, DeWitt Fire Station, YMCA of Fayetteville (addition), Minoa Municipal Building, and The Fayetteville Fire Station. Sean has served on past boards including 14 years with FM Pop Warner and 6 years with Vera House. Sean managed the construction of The Memory Garden, and has made a long term commitment to support and enhance the gardens growth. Sean and his wife Mary reside in Fayetteville. They are the proud parents of Meghan, Tim, Paddy, and Matt , each of whom have left the nest but still call Fayetteville home.