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.
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||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.
Member since 2011
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.
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
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
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.
Member since 2000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Member since 2009
Rob Harley has spent the last 16 years in
the financial services industry in sales and fundraising positions in
New York and San Francisco. He currently holds the position of Director
of Business Development for Criterion Capital Management, a San
Francisco based technology hedge fund with $1.6bln in assets under
management. Based in New York, Mr. Harley has primary responsibility for
client relations and fund raising globally.
Prior to Criterion, Mr Harley spent 13 years
working for investment banks in various institutional equity sales
roles. Most recently, Mr. Harley was with Credit Suisse, joining the San
Francisco office in 2000, and moving to New York City with the firm in
2005. He started his Wall Street career with Kleinwort Benson in New
York in 1996, after earning his MBA from the New York University Stern
School of Business that same year.
Mr. Harley has dedicated much of his personal
time to supporting the arts. In 2005 he helped found Monte Azul, an
artist residency program in the mountains of southern Costa Rica. Mr.
Harley met his future wife, Ms. Christina Casey, at The National Arts
Club in 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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 and New Jersey state bar exams. 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
|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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Member since 2010
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
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.