Board of Governors

Board of Governors
Arthur H. Barnes
Member since 2013

Arthur H. Barnes is a Trustee of Gramercy Park for nearly ten years. From 1993 - 2008, he was HIP Health Plan of New York's Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Corporate Contributions, where his primary responsibility was to promote the health, arts and culture of the diverse communities that make up New York City.

For almost 20 years before joining HIP, Mr. Barnes was President and CEO of the New York Urban Coalition. From 1972-1975, he was Vice President for Mediation Services at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Prior to that, he had a 21-year association with Consolidated Mutual Insurance Companies, where he started his career as a file clerk and worked his way up to become Vice President of Administration.

Mr. Barnes has served on numerous volunteer boards, including the New York Public Library. He is the former Chairman of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and a member of the Board of Governors for the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at New School University. He was a founding member of the New York City Partnership, Associated Black Charities and Black Agency Executives; former President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc., and Black Agency Executives; and former Vice President of the Police Athletic League Board of Directors.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York City, Mr. Barnes attended the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn College.

Paul Cardile
Member since 2011

Dr. Paul Cardile is a professional appraiser with world-wide experience in valuing works of art, antiques, residential furnishings and decorations. He has been involved professionally in estate planning, damage and loss, donation, consultation and purchase and sale situations. His clients include public collections, trust and estate departments of law firms and banks, insurance agencies, private collectors and homeowners. Additionally, he was the former Museum Director of the Denison Art Gallery in Granville, Ohio and an Assistant Professor at Denison University. Dr. Cardile is a graduate of New York University, has a Master’s Degree in Arts from Queens College and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He is a also a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. and has served on its Board of Directors.

Dr. Cardile is also a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Life Academician of the Etruscan Academy, Cortona, Italy. He has written extensively on art and art history and published research on antiques and decorative arts, appraisal methodology and valuation. Additionally, he is a member of the New England Society, St. George Society, the Order of St. John of Russian Grand Priory, and the Episcopal Actors Guild.

Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Member since 2008

Dr. Tara Cortes is currently the Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatrics, and a Professor in Geriatric Nursing at the New York University College of Nursing. She has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as nontraditional settings to enhance the care of the American elderly population.

Prior to joining the NYU College of Nursing, Dr. Cortes was President and CEO of Lighthouse International. Dr. Cortes spent the initial phase of her career in nursing education at Hunter College, and then as the Head of Nursing Research and Information Systems at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She was the Chief Nursing Officer at Rockefeller University Hospital and continued her career in nursing and hospital administration at Mount Sinai Medical Center and at Bridgeport Hospital, before assuming the senior leadership role at Lighthouse International.

Dr. Cortes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She completed her PhD and Masters degrees at New York University and BSN at Villanova University, where she served on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Cortes also serves on the boards of several medical institutions, including the Visiting Nurse Regional, the National Accreditation Council for Blindness, Low Vision, and the US Army Regional Advisory Board.

Helaine Fendelman
Member since 2000

Helaine Fendelman is a generalist fine and decorative arts appraiser specializing in estate, divorce and donation work and a certified member and past President of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. In addition to being a longtime contributor to Hearst’s Country Living Magazine with her column, “What is it? What Is it Worth?” she co-authors a weekly syndicated column “Treasures in Your Attic” for Scripps Howard Media Service and is the co-host of “Treasures in Your Attic,” a television show seen on PBS stations. She has extensive non-profit board experience and has worked as a consultant for numerous museums and historical societies throughout the US.

Additionally, Ms. Fendelman has served as a curator for exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum, and has written over 14 books on antiques and collecting including All About Appraising: The Definitive Appraisal Handbook; Price it Yourself, Treasures In Your Attic; Tramp Art A Folk Art Phenomenon; Silent Companions; Dummy Board Figures of the 17th Through 19th Centuries; and The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Folk Art and Holiday Collectibles.

Ms. Fendelman is also an instructor at New York University’s Appraisal Institute.

Stephen Fredericks
Member since 1999

Stephen Fredericks is a professional artist and entrepreneur working and living with his family on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. His primary focus is as a printmaker specializing in etching, and related graphic arts. He is an artist member of numerous organizations including the Art Students League of New York, the Salmagundi Club, and the American Print Alliance. In 1998 he founded The New York Society of Etchers, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, of which he is president. Mr. Fredericks is also the owner of the New York Etchers Press – a publisher of limited edition portfolios of fine art prints.

Stephen has also worked in New York City’s real estate industry since 1980. Today he is a senior executive at the privately held Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation where his responsibilities place him in the heart of the design world managing the leasing of four renowned design centers including New York’s D&D Building, and the Pacific Design Center.

Mr. Fredericks graduated from Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts in 1976 with a degree in Geography and minor in economics. Later he attended The American Graduate School of International Management and earned a Masters degree in International Management in 1978.

Ira Goldberg
Member since 2005

Ira Goldberg is the Executive Director of the Art Students League of New York. His 32-year commitment to the institution began in 1979 when he became a student of the renowned anatomist and lecturer Robert Beverly Hale. In 1982, he joined the League staff as an administrator and continued his art studies with painting instructors David Leffel, Knox Martin, and Frank O’Cain.

For the next fourteen years, he worked closely with Executive Director Rosina Florio, and served as Administrative Manager beginning in 1996. In August of 2001, he was appointed Executive Director. Mr. Goldberg’s years with the League as a student and an administrator, his deep rapport with the artists who make up the League’s world-renowned faculty and his in-depth knowledge of the art world have made him uniquely qualified to serve as a guardian of the League’s rich history and a leader with a clear vision of the League’s future. In that time new programs have been launched that include an Artist in Residence program at the League’s Vytlacil Campus in Rockland County, Model to Monument, in which 7 selected students are trained in the process of public sculpture and have their work displayed in Riverside Park South in Manhattan and Exhibition Outreach where the work of League artists is shown in venues throughout the city.

Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Goldberg’s work has been shown in galleries, exhibited in juried shows, and included in numerous private collections across the United States.

Philip Hackett
Member since 2008

Philip Hackett is an associate of Fine Art Restoration involved in cleaning and restoring 17th through 19th century art. He also consults for, and is affiliated with, Roland Auctions, NYC.

Mr. Hackett is a theater professional by training and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Theater for the New City (TNC) and serves as that organization’s Treasurer. He is a veteran of Off- and Off-Off Broadway Theater, having performed for decades with New York theater companies and national tours. Additionally, he was a member of the award-winning Street Theater Company for 10 years and has performed in New York venues including Theater for the New City, The Public Theater, The Living Theatre, The Duplex, Rose’s Turn, Synchronicity Space, Rockland Opera and The Village Voice Obie Awards. A political junkie, Phil also writes for avant-garde, experimental political theater and cabaret groups.

Anne Lacombe
Member since 1999

Anne Lacombe holds the position of Vice President of Public Relations for The Corcoran Group, the real estate firm. A lifelong patron of the arts, she has been a supporter
of various artists, film makers, architects, photographers, writers, singers, chamber ensembles and dance companies. Additionally, she has studied landscape architecture
at the New York Botanical Garden and maintains interests in architecture, architectural history and art history in general.

Prior to joining Corcoran, Ms. Lacombe was a partner at the public relations firm HWPR, which specializes in luxury lifestyle brands, where she led the Real Estate development practice. Additionally, she has served as Vice President of Advertising at Carlson & Partners, working on the Ralph Lauren brand. Further, she has managed numerous advertising campaigns at Publicis for Lancome and Giorgio Armani.

Anne grew up in the town of Northport, on Long Island’s North Shore, where she attended Northport High School. She is a graduate of Harper College at Binghamton University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature.

Lynne Lerner
Member since 1996

Lynne Lerner is a native New Yorker with more than thirty years of executive management and marketing experience. After a successful career in marketing and merchandising in the women’s apparel business, she now works in residential real estate.

Throughout her lifetime, Ms. Lerner has been a patron of the arts and an art collector and holds a Certificate of Art History from Seton Hall University. Lynne is a Life Member of the National Arts Club and serves on the House Committee. Additionally, she is a Life Member of the Players Club, where she is on the Financial Audit Committee. She is the creator and producer of Jazz at the Players, a resident music program.

Lynne founded, and was President of, Pet Project Alliance, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the understanding of the human-animal bond. Earlier, she received a grant to write and produce a cable television series for public access on the arts. She is passionate about historic preservation and is a member of Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society and The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

Samuel P. Madden
Member since 2006

Samuel Madden is a native New Yorker and recent law school graduate. He holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law at Lincoln Center, and in 2013, passed the New York state bar exam. While in law school, he worked at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, assisting artists (musicians, filmmakers, and photographers) with legal issues they had regarding their creative works.  

Mr. Madden holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The University of Vermont. While at UVM, Sam spearheaded the creation of a residential community of musicians, and an annual music festival hosted by the community. In addition, Sam served as an undergraduate member of the UVM Board of Trustees, and as president of his graduating class.  

Mr. Madden has served as Assistant Secretary of The National Arts Club since May 2012. He is an avid jazz pianist, and regularly plays at venues throughout New York City and Long Island.

John Morisano
Member since 2006

John Morisano has spent his professional life helping to build and run entertainment, media and art inspired companies. A CPA and graduate of Pace University, Mr. Morisano started his career in 1986 at the independent film company, Vista Organization, Ltd. He then joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers in its entertainment and media practice. In 1993, he moved to Paris to take over the European operations of Activision, the World’s leading video game publisher and then relocated to the company’s L.A.-based headquarters.

In 1996, he joined the Sunshine Companies where they focused on media, art and technology start-ups and turnarounds. While at Sunshine, and through its investments which included the Sunshine Theater, Pickerel Pie Entertainment, Cumulus Studios and SaysMe.TV, John has overseen a wide variety of film, television and Internet content, helped to manage significant modern/contemporary art portfolios and been involved in a wide variety of corporate transactions. Currently John is the founder and CEO of PRG Media, Inc., a global social media and social commerce space for women aged 35 to 50 with offices in New York and London.

Peter Norton
Member since 2001

Peter Norton is best known as a computer software publisher, creating the Norton Utilities and Anti-Virus products for personal computers, as well as extensive technical writing about computers. A graduate of Reed College in Portland Oregon, in a self-described “varied and wandering career” he worked as a computer programmer in both business and aerospace, studied for five years in a Zen monastery, back-packed around the world, founded his software business, which was sold to Symantec Corporation, and became prominent as a collector of contemporary art.

In later life he has devoted himself to philanthropy and board service on arts and educational institutions. In the arts, he serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also known as LACMA), and in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Signature Theatre Company. In education, he serves on the boards of Reed College, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), California Institute of the Arts and Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. In business, he is the lead investor and Board chair of Acorn Technology.

Mr. Norton lives in New York City with his wife, Gwen, and Schrödinger’s cat.

Robert Pickus
Member since 2005

Robert Pickus, Esq. is a Managing Director of GCA, Holdings, LLC and the Chief Executive Officer of GCA Leisure, LLC. He has more than 30 years of executive experience in the casino entertainment industry and broad expertise in strategic corporate planning, administration of legal affairs, and governmental compliance. While an officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts (TER) for over 25 years, he held positions of increasing responsibility including chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary. He was responsible for the legal, human resources, risk management, development and governmental affairs of the $1bln in annual revenue company.

Prior to his responsibilities at TER, Mr. Pickus was an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law teaching casino law and a lecturer at the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, Casino Management Seminars. He has been active in the initiation of various responsible gaming programs and was recognized for those efforts by commendation of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.

Admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Pickus received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law in 1979 and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Rutgers College in 1976.

Chris Poe
Member since 2006

Chris Poe is currently the Head of Brand & Advertising for Hartford Funds, the asset management firm. He is responsible for leading development of the brand through strategic advertising, public relations and internal communications. Prior to this post, he was a Managing Director and Head of Global Brand Management & Advertising for BlackRock, responsible for managing the Firm’s portfolio of brands and coordinating advertising activities of the business globally.

Before joining BlackRock, Mr. Poe was an independent marketing and brand strategist consulting to firms in a variety of categories including healthcare, large pharmaceuticals, retail and financial services. Previously, he spent 12 years at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor organizations managing marketing planning, direct response marketing, sales promotion and merchandising.

A resident of New York City, he supports a number of not-for-profit, arts and education organizations.

Alex Rosenberg, Sc.D., A.A.A./A.S.A.
Member since 1984

Dr. Alex Rosenberg is a certified and accredited Senior Appraiser of Personal Property/Fine Arts by the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He is a former President of AAA and member of the Personal Property Committee and Board of Examiners of ASA, co-chair of AAA Education Committee and Chairman of the Salvador Dali Research Center. With over 35 years of experience as an appraiser and expert witness, Dr. Rosenberg is recognized as a leader in dealing with problems related to the Internal Revenue Service regarding estates and gifts.

Dr. Rosenberg holds a number of academic distinctions including being a Visiting Professor of Fine Art at the Instituto de Arte in Havana, Cuba and being Adjunct Professor of Appraising at New York University. He received his Doctor of Science from I.S.A., an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Hofstra University, Honorary Fellow from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the 2005 President’s Award from the Appraiser’s Assoc. of America and various other citations for his work as an appraiser.

In addition, Dr. Rosenberg has authored a number of important writings, including most recently, Advanced Problems in Appraising, Curriculum for Masters of Art degree course in Appraising at ISA and The Art, Science and Business of Appraising.

Dr. Rosenberg is a recipient of The National Arts Club Lifetime Achievement award.

Andrew Charles Tsunis
Member since 2009

Andrew Tsunis has created an interesting career path as an attorney, international speaker, business executive, teacher, consultant and trusted advisor.  He maintains a private legal practice here in New York City focusing on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Wills and Trusts. Andrew conducts seminars on law, communication, conflict resolution and best business practices. He has presided over trials, boardrooms, classrooms and judicial chambers. Mr. Tsunis is a former Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and Federal Law Clerk. In addition to his law degree, he holds three Master Degrees: International Business and Trade Law, International Affairs and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University with a concentration in leadership potential and conflict resolution.   Raised in the hospitality industry, Mr. Tsunis also owns and operates hotels and restaurants.  

Mr. Tsunis has committed many years of weekly singing lessons with noted Masters. He enjoys singing operatic and Broadway music.  Mr. Tsunis has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and various Churches as a member in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Choir and has played the piano since the age of 5. His other hobbies include photography, reading and traveling. Mr. Tsunis has also completed a three-year program in Kabbalistic Healing at The School for Non Dual Healing and Awakening. Mr. Tsunis has devoted his time to community mediation, various community outreach and lives in New York City. 

Eugene Weise, M.D.
Member from 1982 to 2005 and 2011 to present

Dr. Eugene Weise is an ophthalmologist with an active practice on Manhattan’s upper east side. He is currently an Attending Surgeon at Manhattan Eye & Ear Hospital and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine and served in the United States Army Medical Corp.

Additionally, Dr. Weise has considerable experience in administration having been on the Board of the New York County Medical Society for ten years. During that time he held the offices of Treasurer and President and now serves as a Trustee. He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine (England) and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology.

In his 24 years of being a member of the National Arts Club, Dr. Weise has volunteered much time at 15 Gramercy Park South. He worked on the House Committee for many years, becoming very familiar with the Club’s infrastructure. He has been the Board President of his residential cooperative for a number of years and Vice President of Doctor’s Owning Corporation, where his office is located.

Roger Wight
Member since 2009

Roger Wight currently serves as Artistic Administrator for the Philadelphia Orchestra, creating compelling programming and artistic collaborations for the orchestra at home in Philadelphia, at its summer residence in Saratoga Springs, New York, and on tour internationally.
An arts professional with diverse non-profit management experience, Mr. Wight came to the Philadelphia Orchestra from a variety of positions in artistic management. Most recently, he spent seven years as the Director of Artistic Planning for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, overseeing the organization’s curatorial profile and collaborations with performers of all stripes. Previously he worked as a senior producer for National Public Radio and the classical music program Performance Today, heard in New York City on WQXR and nationally on 250 NPR stations.
After serving as a member of the National Arts Club Music Committee, Mr. Wight was appointed its Chairman in January of 2012. His wife, Jane Cho, is a pianist and the Director of Administration for the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. They divide their time between New York City and Philadelphia.

Linda Zagaria
Member since 1990

Linda Zagaria is the Executive Director of the Beaux Arts Alliance. An educator by profession, Linda has always had an interest in architecture and historic preservation. Her passion for the Art Deco period led her to assume the role of Vice President of the Art Deco Society of New York for over a decade.

Additionally, Mrs. Zagaria is on the Board of Directors of the Omega Ensemble, a chamber music group which features up-and-coming talent; and she has been a long-time supporter – and fan – of the New York Youth Symphony, the esteemed orchestra comprised of young virtuosi aged 12 to 22, which launched the careers of many of today’s musical legends.

As educator and school administrator, Mrs. Zagaria has been responsible for curriculum development and implementation, grant writing, and organizing and conducting professional development workshops and conferences. An ardent Francophile, she came out of retirement to accept a temporary position teaching French at the Professional Children’s School.

Mrs. Zagaria is co-chair of the National Arts Club Roundtable, founding co-chair of Le Cocktail Français, and serves on the Music Committee. A native New Yorker, she resides in New York City with her husband Ralph.

Mrs. Zagaria has twice been the recipient of the National Arts Club President’s Medal.

Ross Znavor
Member since 2010

Ross Znavor is a Director and member of the Account Management Group at BlackRock, the asset management firm. He is focused on the US Institutional Defined Contribution (DC) business and responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional investors, including pension plans, consultants and defined contribution recordkeepers, serving as the Head of Institutional DC distribution in the Eastern United States. Mr. Znavor also serves as a Fixed Income and Stable Value investment strategist and is the Chairman of BlackRock’s New York People and Culture Committee.

Mr. Znavor joined BlackRock following the Firm’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) in 2006. At MLIM, he was responsible for business strategy, marketing, investment and product positioning within MLIM Institutional. Previously he held positions as a fixed income product strategist focusing primarily on the non-investment grade sector and also served as an equity analyst. Mr. Znavor began his investment career in 1999 within Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group holding various business strategy, investment, operational and relationship management positions.

Mr. Znavor earned a BS degree in finance from the University of Central Florida. He and his wife live in the New York City area where they volunteer for several civic organizations.