Board of Governors

Arthur 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.

David Doty

Member since 2006

Doty  is  a recognized leader in the new media world of digital marketing, and a sought-after speaker at industry conferences around the world.  

Most recently, he launched his own consultancy firm, David Doty Digital Perspectives, LLC, after 11 years as EVP & CMO of the IAB, where he was a key executive in the transformation of that membership-driven association into the leading trade body in digital media.

He has taught the History of Paris at the New School and has lectured throughout the United States. He has broad experience in international business from China to Africa.

He has been Treasurer of the East Hampton Conservators, founded by Alec Baldwin to support candidates who have a record of environmental and historic preservation on the East End of Long Island. Previously, he was director of marketing for Booz Allen Hamilton, the global consulting firm, and has written about the arts and other topics for Departures, GQ, Wired, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, Zagat Guides, and Frommer’s Guide to New York City.

Doty is the recipient of the high honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, conferred by President Jacques Chirac of France. He holds a Masters of Art from the University of Michigan and lives in the Flatiron District of New York City and in Wainscott.

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.

David M. Glanstein
Member since 2010

David M. Glanstein is a partner in the law firm Glanstein LLP.  An experienced contract negotiator and litigator, he also counsels his clients on fiduciary duties, internal audits and investigations, and in formulating compliance and governance policies.   His clients are involved in myriad industries including transportation, real estate, financial services, construction, professional sports, hospitality, and health care.  

David received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1994.  He is a member of The Cornell Club of New York, and served on the Cornell ILR Alumni Association’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013, chairing its Nominating Committee in 2012.  He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Laws Degree (L.L.M.) from New York University School of Law.  David previously worked as a staff attorney for the National Basketball Players Association from 1997 to 2000.   

From 2009 to 2016 David was a member of the Board of Directors of Chashama, Inc., a not for profit corporation which converts commercial real estate in New York City for use by artists as work, display, and performance space in partnership with landowners, private foundations, and corporate sponsors.  From 2014 to 2016 David was Chair of Chashama’s Board of Directors, and in this position he oversaw its compliance with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013.  

David has been a member of The National Arts Club since 2010 and previously served on the Club’s Finance Committee.  He presently chairs the Kesselring Committee which administers the Joseph Kesselring Fund and annually awards the Kesselring Prize, a $25,000 award along with a residency in the Club’s Studio Building to a promising but not yet nationally recognized playwright. 

Rhoda Elison Hirsch 
Member since 2011

Rhoda Elison Hirsch, Ph.D., did her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University, obtained her Master’s degree from Columbia University, with an interlude teaching in NYC Community Colleges before studying for her Doctorate in Biology at New York University. She is Professor Emerita at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology. She was awarded a Columbia University Fellowship; a New York University Teaching Fellowship; The National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hematology; First Prize, Evelyn Gaynor Award, Resident’s Night, The Society for the Study of Blood; The New York Heart Association J. Fred Weintz Investigatorship; and named the Jeanette and Samuel Lubell Fellow in Hematology of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine.   

Rhoda is the recipient of numerous research grants from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, Universities Space Research Association; and The Einstein Global Health Center. To date, she has authored more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in professional journals. At Einstein, she taught first-year medical students and mentored graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.   As a Board Member of the non-profit Hudson Highlands Music Festival, Cold Spring, NY, she obtained funding from the NYS Council of the Arts and participated in planning fund-raising concerts with the goal of bringing live music programs to children in the local schools.      

Rhoda is an active member of  The National Arts Club Literary Committee, Roundtable, and Music Committee. 

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.

Steve Kass

Member since 2003

Mr. Kass is currently Architecture Chair at The National Arts Club, a position he has held for three years.  In his eleven years on the Committee, he has been an active contributor to Architecture programming, raising programming and attendance to ever higher levels.  

Steve Kass has worked in a long career of Management Consulting for numerous large corporations, institutions, and government agencies.  He has led large corporate initiatives for IBM Global Services, KPMG, JPMorgan Chase, Guardian Life, and Johnson & Johnson, et al.  His government clients have included NY State DMV, NY City Housing Authority and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, among others. He has been a frequent participant in leadership of industry conferences, frequently as a speaker and often leading workshops.  

Steve has served on several industry and arts Boards including The Project Management Institute and The University Glee Club.  Mr. Kass brings a portfolio of professional and mature skills to the task.  His dedication, sincerity and experience drive an ethic that adds levels of capable leadership to boards.
Mr. and Mrs. Kass are also socially active in the club, with many friends in the membership.  They lead a life in Manhattan and the Berkshires combining business and arts in richly rewarding ways.

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.

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.”

Angela Lui
Member since 2008

Angela Lui is Chair of the Fashion Committee at The National Arts Club, which presents events for Club members and the public. As a member on its host committee, Mrs. Lui is helping to organize the April 2019 “Miracle in Rwanda” commemoration at the United Nations. As a pianist, she was a gold medalist in the U.S. Open Music Competition. Mrs. Lui received a BS Degree in Business Administration from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.    

Mrs. Lui is a Director in the Investor Group at Autonomy Capital. Before joining Autonomy, she worked as a Director at Sibilla Capital, a global macro hedge fund based in New York. Prior to that, Mrs. Lui was the Vice President and Principal at Malbec Partners working to launch and develop an alternatives investment platform with multiple hedge fund strategies. Before joining Malbec Partners, she worked as a strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory, conducting due diligence and valuations on M&A transactions in the financial services industry.        

She lives in New York and enjoys volunteering with her church, music, and Off-Broadway shows. 

Samuel P. Madden

Member since 2006

Samuel Madden is a native New Yorker, and an attorney practicing copyright, art, and entertainment law 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 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 currently serves as the Secretary of The National Arts Club. He is an avid pianist and keyboardist who regularly plays at venues throughout New York City and Long Island.

Deborah Montaperto

Member since 2010

Deborah Montaperto is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor and a partner of The Polk Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.  The 20 person team advises on more than $16 billion, as of December 2018, for ultra-high net worth families, their foundations, and businesses.  Within the Polk Group, she is responsible for strategic business development as well as executing liability management transactions for the team’s clients. Additionally, she has developed the team’s family advisory platform – a holistic approach to dealing with the interface between wealth, family dynamics, and the next generation.  

Deborah began her career on Wall Street in 1986. As a Managing Director in Citigroup's Investment Banking division, she was responsible for fostering client relationships between the Institutional Clients Group and Global Wealth Management. Deborah joined the Polk Group in 2008 and has been named to Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors (2010-2018), Forbes’ Top 100 Women Wealth Advisors (2018) and Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors (2018-2019). She is a frequent presenter at Morgan Stanley and industry conferences. She and the team have been featured in the following publications: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Barron’s, and Worth Magazine. 

Within the community, Deborah is an active member of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, the Lincoln Center Women’s Leadership Council, and The Economic Club of New York.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Cancer America and Hunts Point Alliance for Children.   

Deborah graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Tufts University and earned an M.A. degree from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy. 

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John Olsen

Member since 2015

John Olsen serves as Chairman of the National Arts Club’s House Preservation Committee which is responsible for maintaining and improving the Club’s 1845 Tilden mansion, a federal and state landmark, as well as its adjacent residential studio building completed in 1906. In this role he works with fellow committee members and the Club’s staff supported by a host of professional conservation specialists who all bring their unique expertise to the property. John has had lifelong interests in fine art, architecture, landscape design, gardening and automobiles. He is an active supporter of Bideawee, one of the nation’s oldest no-kill animal welfare organizations. There he contributed as chairman of its 2016 and 2017 benefit galas which raised more than $1 million for the charity’s important work. 

Outside our clubhouse John manages large private collection of historic houses, fine and decorative arts, photography, rare books, literary and music manuscripts, with works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries predominating. He was born and reared in Dayton, OH, is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH and lives in New York City.

Jane Pakenham
Member since 2016

Jane Pakenham is currently the General Counsel at the Calder Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting the art and archives of the great American artist Alexander Calder. She has served as in-house counsel to the Calder Foundation since 2014.     

Ms. Pakenham was born in Japan, and spent her childhood moving between Brooklyn, London, and Tokyo. She graduated from Vassar College in 2007, where she studied English and French literature. She spent a short tenure in finance with the Investment Banking Legal Department at Citigroup before heading to Fordham Law School, where she met her husband Nick. After graduating in 2013 she worked briefly in personal injury litigation before an opportunity to work at the Calder Foundation presented itself, and she has never looked back. She serves on the Fordham Art Law Alumni Board to support the student Art Law Association and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee.   

Ms. Pakenham and her husband have been members of The National Arts Club since 2016. They are avid museum goers and share an apartment with their garrulous Russian Blue cat, Chekhov.  

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.

Roland Riopelle

Member since 2013

Roland Riopelle has been engaged in the practice of law in New York City for more than thirty years.  Mr. Riopelle represented the Club nearly full time during 2011-13, and joined the Club as a member shortly after his intensive representation of the Club ended.  Since that time, he has occasionally represented the Club on certain minor matters, and has served as chairperson of the Club’s Governance Committee from 2013 to the present.  As Chairperson of the Governance Committee, Mr. Riopelle and the other members of the Governance Committee recommended that the Club modify its Constitution and By-Laws to make them more democratic and responsive to the membership of the Club. The Constitution and By-Laws as they now exist are the product of that work.  

Mr. Riopelle spends a good deal of time at the Club, and can often be found in the Bar or Dining Room.  He enjoys many of the programs put on by the Club’s Committees, and loves to show the Club off to friends. Previously, Mr. Riopelle  served as a Board Member, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President and President of a not-for-profit organization that is related to his principal area of law practice, and he has also served as the Chairperson of a subdivision of the United Jewish Appeal in New York City.  Although he is not a practicing artist himself, Mr. Riopelle is an avid theater, opera, museum and concert goer, and he is related to Jean Paul Riopelle and Mark Tobey, both of whom are very well-known 20th Century painters.

Paul Schwendener
Member since 2015

Paul Schwendener is Executive Director of the All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of top players from major American orchestras that has produced fiveseasons of public television programming in collaboration with WNET/Thirteen. The programs have won sevenEmmy® awards. The All-Star Orchestra also produces music educational content and lessons for the Khan Academy, providing free instruction to oversevenmillion students worldwide.   

Over a 30-year career in the classical music recording industry, he has been instrumental in producing and marketing the Complete Mozart Edition (180 CDs) for Philips Classics, the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (600+ recordings), and hundreds of recordings with leading artists and ensembles.    

At The National Arts Club Mr. Schwendener is Chair of the Music Committee and is also sits on the Theater Committee. He enjoys spending time at the Club and is continually amazed by the great variety of interests and talents of its members.      

Born in Michigan, Mr. Schwendener studied at the Eastman School of Music and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna where he also performed with the Choral Union of the Vienna Philharmonic for several years. He and his wife Barbara live in Larchmont, NY. 

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.

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.

David Zyla

Member since 2006

David Zyla is an author, stylist, Emmy® award-winning costume designer, and recognized authority on the transformative power of color and design, and its application to wardrobe, home, and lifestyle. A sought-after resource for personal consultation as well as a variety of commercial forums, he travels the globe advocating a person’s right to feel empowered, look fantastic, and live their most authentic self.   

He has held the position of Head Costume Designer for various long-running television shows including All My Children and General Hospital and has designed for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, commercials, and film and continues to do so.   

Earlier in his career, Mr. Zyla launched his own Seventh Avenue label featuring progressive designs of eveningwear that were featured at New York’s Fashion Week and sold at the nation’s top luxury stores. Additionally, he has authored The Color of Style (Dutton), Color Your Style (Plume) and How to Win at Shopping (Workman).   

Mr. Zyla lectures at major design institutions, museums, and schools, and is a faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College, where he also sits on the Advisory Board of the Business School. An advocate for the arts, education, and animal welfare, he is the recipient of New York Animal Cares New York’s Kindest Award.  

He has been a member of The National Arts Club since 2006 and served as Chair of the Fashion Committee for four years.