Board of Governors

Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Member since 2008

Dr. Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, is recognized for her distinguished career spanning executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. She is currently the Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and a Professor in Geriatric Nursing at the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Cortes has provided significant contributions to advance the health of people, particularly those with limited access to the health care system. Importantly, 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, a leading not-for-profit organization, dedicated to fighting vision loss and helping people prevent vision impairment. 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. Dr. Cortes serves on several boards including Archcare: the Catholic Healthcare System of NY, the Visiting Nurse Regional Health Care System, Isabella Geriatric Center, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the National Accreditation Council for Blindness and Low Vision, and the US Army Community Advisory Board.

Raymond J. Dowd

Member since 2006

Raymond J. Dowd is an experienced trial lawyer and partner with Dunnington Bartholow & Miller, LLP where he serves on the Executive Committee.  Mr. Dowd handles disputes over contracts, shareholder issues, copyright, trademark, art law and trusts and estates in federal and state courts and in arbitrations and mediations.  His book Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2015-2016) has been updated annually since 2006.

In the mid-1990s Mr. Dowd successfully removed butler Bernard Lafferty and the U.S. Trust Company as co-executors of American Tobacco heiress Doris Duke’s estate.  Trademark and unfair competition matters include having FASHION TELEVISION declared generic.  In 2014, he recovered a 3200 year-old Assyrian tablet for the Pergamon Museum and an important Egon Schiele artwork for a Holocaust victim’s family.

Mr. Dowd has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association and was its General Counsel (2010-2011).  He co-chairs the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyer’s Association and served on NYCLA’s Board of Directors (2003-2006). A graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, he received his B.A. from Manhattan College and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was the Articles Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal.  In 2017, Fordham Law School appointed Mr. Dowd as Co-Chair of its International, Comparative and Foreign Law Affinity Group. 

He speaks French and Italian, lectures and writes frequently on copyright and art law, and is passionate about restoring the local wild oyster population.

Robert Duvall

Member since 1996

Robert Fenton Duvall, MA, PhD, DHL, has a life-long interest in education and the arts. He currently serves as Director & Advisor for PNP Staffing Group, a staffing company which recruits talent exclusively for nonprofit organizations, headquartered in New York City, where he resides.

From 1995 to 2009, Dr. Duvall was President & CEO of the Council on Economic Education (CEE). Prior to leading the CEE, Duvall served from 1983 to 1995 as President of Pacific University in Oregon. There, he led the first-ever capital campaign in Pacific’s 150-year history, resulting in doubling the endowment and constructing five new buildings for core academic programs, including an award-winning Performing Arts Center.

He has his PhD in English Literature from The Claremont Graduate University and professed English at Pitzer College, Claremont. He served subsequently in the faculty and administration of Rollins College in Florida and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the chief development officer for Penn’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Duvall is a widely recognized speaker, poet, and essayist. His first book-length collection of poems, Seeing and Saying, was published in 2016. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, the college for advanced study and research, Cambridge University, England.

Douglas Friedlander
Member since 1996

Douglas Friedlander holds a PhD in English Language and Literature, with a specialty in Shakespeare Studies.  He has been a member of the faculty and administration of Hofstra University for over forty years, having taught in the University’s interdisciplinary New College, in which he oversaw the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. At Hofstra, he created and administered the Writing Program for the School for University Studies, where he also served as Director of Outcomes Assessment.

Dr. Friedlander was the founding Chairman of The National Arts Club’s Architecture Committee.  His interest in Architecture and Urban Studies also led to his development of a series of walking tours of  Manhattan focusing on the design, political, and economic forces that shape the borough’s neighborhoods.  That experience has served him well as a guide for tours of the Tilden Mansion. 

Having served for four years as the Chairman of the World Ship Society, Port of New York Branch, Dr. Friedlander continues to serve on it’s board as Special Events Coordinator. 

Dr. Friedlander earned his BA from Boston University; an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a PhD from SUNY Stony Brook.
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.

Michael Kantrow

Member since 2003

Michael Kantrow is a Founder of Makeable, The Innovation Company. With a business mission of innovation designed to deliver profitable growth, Michael and Makeable work with clients, businesses and organizations across the intersection of strategy, design and technology to make and take new products, services and experiences to market.
With 20+ years of experience working with both Fortune 500 and venture-backed companies across almost all industries, Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the company’s clients, partners and team. His professional background spans executive leadership, corporate development, general management, operations, strategy, innovation, creative direction, product development, brand development, design, advertising, digital marketing, integrated marketing, social media, web, app and content development.

Outside of the office, Mr. Kantrow pursues involvement and leadership in the innovation, creative and technology industries at large–as executive member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, judge of the Effies, and as an investor/board member/advisor in a variety of startups.

Additionally, Mr. Kantrow is a leader, advocate and supporter of the Arts––as board member of Performa, member of The National Arts Club, advisor to The Kitchen and a number of emerging artists.

Charlotte Kent
Member since 2012

Charlotte Kent, Ph.D. is the Professor of Visual Culture at Montclair State University in the Department of Art and Design.

Prior to receiving her doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center, Charlotte worked on the business side of art and education. She was the Interim Director for a boutique art school in Santa Fe, NM, where she worked closely with local and international artists. In 2006, she moved back to New York, where she became the Director of Operations for a medical publishing company and was charged with the launch of its educational division. In 2010, Charlotte established Script & Type, which provides private consulting services to select artists and business professionals, helping them address both personal and writing blocks that inhibit career success.

Charlotte is an active member of The National Arts Club Literary Committee, a Chair of the Young Members Committee, and a chair of the Education Committee. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cat (Izzy), dog (Newman), and husband, the artist Tim Kent.

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.

Nicholas Lowry

Member since 2006

Nicholas D. Lowry, Nicho, to those who know him, was born into a family of antiquarian book dealers and was raised and educated in New York City as well as attending schools in England and Germany. He is President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries, the third generation in his family to hold that title. He is also the Director of Swann’s Vintage Posters Department. He may be most familiar to all from his almost two decades of serving as the vintage poster appraiser on the popular PBS television show Antiques Roadshow, on which he appears regularly.

After graduating Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1990, Nicho settled in Prague for four years where he worked as an English teacher, entrepreneur, radio presenter, journalist, and guidebook author. Upon his return to New York he joined Swann Galleries and was named President in 2001. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and is also actively involved with many worthy causes and presides over as many as 20 charity auctions a year.

As newly instated Chair of the Fine Arts Committee his focus is on “the interest of realizing the full potential of this revered and magical Club, returning it to its original and idealized purpose as a thriving center for the arts and the artist, a place for discussion of the arts, for appreciation of the arts, and for stimulating the artistic spark and igniting creativity and curiosity in members and visitors alike.”

Samuel P. Madden

Member since 2006

Samuel Madden is a native New Yorker and an attorney practicing in Manhattan. 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 served as Assistant Secretary of The National Arts Club from May 2012 to October 2016, and has served as Secretary of The National Arts Club since October 2016. He is an avid jazz pianist, and regularly plays at venues throughout New York City and Long Island.

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.

Alice Palmisano, SRA

Member since 1999

Alice Palmisano joined the Appraisal Services Group at JPMorgan Chase & Co as a Senior Review Appraiser in 2016.  For the previous 20 years, she was with Brown Harris Stevens Appraisal & Consulting, LLC, thirteen of them as Executive Director. She holds an SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute and is a New York State Certified Residential Appraiser and Licensed Real Estate Broker. Prior to joining Brown Harris Stevens in 1995, she was an appraiser for Douglas Elliman's Appraisal & Consulting Division. She began her real estate career in 1984 as a residential broker at Charles H. Greenthal and M.J. Raynes.

Alice graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Dance and in Education. In addition to performing in professional concert dance companies in Washington, DC, Alice was a senior staff member at the National Endowment for the Arts. After moving to New York, she became the first Director of Development at Theater for the New City and subsequently served on their Board of Directors. Three years in historic preservation at the Royal Oak Foundation and the Municipal Art Society directly preceded her entry into residential real estate.

Alice served on the board of the Association of Real Estate Women and is currently 1st Vice President of the Metropolitan NY Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. She is a member of WBGO Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Leadership Society as well as Chair of the NAC’s Literary Committee.

Dee Shapiro

Member since 1999

Dee Shapiro, raised in Brooklyn, received both Bachelor and Masters degrees at Queens College, is a practicing artist and writer, and has exhibited widely in New York and abroad since the late 1970s.

Her work is included in the collections of several museums and universities as well as corporate and private collections around the country including the Solomon R. Guggenheim, Everson, Mint, Albright-Knox, Dartmouth and Chrysler Museums, and was shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Washington, D.C. Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Ms. Shapiro’s poetry and essays have been published in magazines, journals and small presses including Heresies, Chiron Review and Black Bear Review. She has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Arts Magazine, ARTNews, Art New England and Confrontation. Ms. Shapiro is the recipient of a number of grants for curatorial work, including the Cow Parade New York and Wolf Kahn Foundation.

Ms. Shapiro is currently chair of the NAC's Exhibition committee. She has worked as a gallery director, curator, stylist, editor and photo editor and currently teaches studio art and art history at SUNY, Empire State College and lives on Long Island with her husband, Stanley.

Andrew Terry

Member since 2013

Andrew Terry is an Institutional Director and Head of North America Insurance Asset Management at Schroders. He is focused on the US insurance General Account market and is responsible for developing new business and maintaining existing relationships with the firm’s insurance clients. Additionally, Mr. Terry advises insurance companies on asset allocation, long term investment strategies, and insurance policy issues.

Prior to joining Schroders, Andrew worked in business development and relationship management at both AllianceBernstein and BlackRock. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Terry was a senior research associate covering the property and casualty insurance industry at Macquarie Securities and Fox-Pitt, Kelton, respectively. He also worked for Oliver Wyman as a consultant supporting the Hedge Fund Working Group (HFWG). Mr. Terry began his career at Willis Capital Markets and holds a BA in Economics from Hamilton College.

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, M.D., 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 28 years of being a member of The National Arts Club, Dr. Weise has volunteered much time at 15 Gramercy Park South, and currently Chairs the House Committee. Additionally, 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 has served 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 has served as co-chair of The National Arts Club Roundtable and as secretary of the Music Committee. She was also a founding co-chair of Le Cocktail Français. 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.