Board of Trustees 2016-2017
Fanchon M. (Monty) Burnham
, an independent accountant in Washington, DC, has been a trustee of the Preservation Society since 2001. She has been active in community service, including the board of Family & Child Services of Washington, DC (now known as Family Matters of Washington DC) and the finance committee of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. She graduated from Vassar College and received a Masters of Science in Accounting from Georgetown University.
William N. Wood Prince joined the Preservation Society's board in 2010. He was managing partner and chairman of F.H. Prince & Co. Inc., a family-owned business. that was active in real estate in the United States and investments in America, Europe and Asia. He was on the board of CETA/WTTW and Illinois Institute of Technology. He was also on the board of The Art Institute of Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he served as chairman for five years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.
William P. Egan II became a member of the Preservation Society's board in 2013. He is founder and general partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners, Massachusetts-based venture capital firms. He is a former trustee of Fairfield University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a former member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School. He is a trustee of the Duniry Foundation. He graduated from Fairfield University and earned an MBA from The Wharton School.
David P. Leys was first elected to the board of the Preservation Society in 1990, and also served as interim executive director. A past trustee and chairman of BankNewport, his civic involvement also includes president of the Newport Fire Department Relief Association, trustee of the Newport Historical Society, the Board of Governors of Newport Hospital, and trustee of St. Mary's Church, Newport; vice chair of the Middletown Beach Commission, chairman of downtown Christmas decorations, and member of the Washington Square Commission.
Archbold van Beuren has been a member of the board of the Preservation Society since 2012. He is also a director of the Campbell Soup Company, Bissell Inc., Brandywine Trust Group and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. He serves also as a member of Christie's American Advisory Board. He graduated from Yale University and earned an MBA from Columbia University.
Mary Van Pelt joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2008. She is the principal in Mary Van Pelt & Company, Inc., an event management and consulting firm. She is also a member of the board of the Horticultural Society of New York and the Resurrection Episcopal Day School in New York City. She earned a degree in Art History from Washington & Lee University.
William F. Lucey III is the publisher of The Newport Daily News, Newport Life Magazine and The Independent. He joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2010 and currently serves as treasurer. He is also on the board of NewportFilm and is a governor of Newport Hospital. He graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Business Management and earned a M.S. in Information Systems Science from Salve Regina University. He resides in Middletown, Rhode Island with his wife Kathryn.
Janet L. Robinson joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2012. She was the first woman ever to be named president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in 2004, retiring from the position in 2011. Ms. Robinson served as chairman of Carnegie Corporation and currently serves as a trustee. She is also chairman of the Presidential Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University, and a member of the board of directors of Ocean point Financial partners, Steward Partners Global Advisory LLC and Rhode Island Public Radio. She is a graduate of Salve Regina College.
William F. Hatfield serves as managing director and market executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and president, Bank of America-Rhode Island. He joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2014. He also serves on the board of the Providence Foundation, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Bankers Association and the Junior Achievement of Rhode Island CEO Council. He graduated from Boston University and received an MBA from Suffolk University.
Arthur W. Murphy has been practicing law in Newport for over fifty years and has served on many social service boards in the City. He has been on the board of the Preservation Society since 2008. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Brown University, and the University of Virginia Law School. He served three years as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.
Dr. Holly M. Bannister is a physician of Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practiced for over 30 years at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC. She served on the board of the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, was a founding member of the board of New Beginnings Family Academy, a charter school in Bridgeport, CT, and served on the boards of Saugatuck Child Care Services and Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Dr. Bannister is on the advisory board of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Martha Stewart Center for Living and the boards of The Redwood Library and Athenaeum and The Newport Hospital Foundation in Newport, RI. In 2014, she and her husband received the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award from the Newport Restoration Foundation for the restoration of “Seaweed” in Newport, and they have recently completed the restoration of a Richard Morris Hunt designed carriage house in Newport.
Mortimer Berkowitz III is President & Managing Director of HealthpointCapital, a leading private equity investment firm focused on medical technology. He joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2012. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Duncan A. Chapman joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2010. He is a managing partner of Lexington Partners, Inc., and former president and co-founder of Butler, Chapman & Co. LLC, a New York-based investment banking firm. He is a graduate of Columbia University.
Carol J. Epstein joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2015. She is also a board member of the Washington University Women's Society and a member of its National Council of Arts & Sciences, receiving the University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Ms. Epstein has been personally involved in several important historic preservation projects, including restoration of Newport's Aerie Cottage (1896) and the James E. Wheeler House in Portland, OR, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Steven B. Gewirz is a founder and principal of Potomac Investment Properties, Inc., a company that develops and invests in real estate assets primarily in Washington, DC. He joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2017. He is a board member of the Coldwater Conservation Fund of Trout Unlimited, a past Trustee of the Landon School and past advisory board member of the National Outdoor Leadership School. He is a graduate of Tulane University.
Peter W. Harris joined the Board of the Preservation Society in 2016. He is Founder and President of Yankee Foxtrot, Inc., a consulting firm that provides specialized guidance on security management issues worldwide. A leader and well-known expert in the aviation security industry, Peter has extensive senior-level management experience with both public and private companies. Peter serves on a number of US company boards including PathSensors and Qylur Intelligent Systems. He has been a featured speaker at security trade shows around the world and has been a published author. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Society for Professional Consulting. Peter’s education includes a B.S. from the US Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in National Security from Georgetown University.
Eaddo Hayes Kiernan joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2007. A resident of Greenwich, CT, Manalapan, FL and Newport, she also serves on the boards of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and is chair of The Headwaters Youth Education Board. She is a graduate of Duke University, and has a Master's Degree in Art History from Tulane University.
Elizabeth Wright McMillen is a principal in McMillen Yachts, Inc., a business which restores, manages and maintains a fleet of classic American built wooden yachts in Newport. She was elected to the board of the Preservation Society in 2015. She is also a trustee of Middleton Place Foundation in Charleston, SC and former trustee of Historic Beaufort Foundation, Beaufort, SC. She was manager of Charlotte Moss & Co., NYC. She is a graduate of Sotheby's Institute of Arts (The American Arts Program) and a graduate of Hollins College, majoring in Art history.
Ann Mencoff joined the Preservation Society's board in 2016. A native of Milwaukee, her volunteer and philanthropic involvement has been extensive, including the Junior League of Chicago, Children's Place of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She and her husband Sam established the Mencoff Family Foundation, and the Ann and Sam Mencoff Scholarship Funds at Wheaton College and Brown University. The Mencoffs received a 2013 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award for their restoration of the historic Aloha Landing Boathouse on Brenton Cove in Newport. Ann received her degree in economics from Wheaton College.
John D. Muggeridge left his position as Vice President of Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments in June 2017 to found his own consulting company in Rhode Island, Mugg Ventures. He rejoined the Preservation Society board in 2017, and is also a member of the Boards of the Highlander Institute, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the June Rockwell Levy Foundation, and a vice-chair of WaterFire Providence. John was the former Chairman of the Board of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, a former Board member of the RISD Museum, and a former board member and chair of the strategic planning committee of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. John received an engineering degree from MIT.
Naomi Neville has over 17 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. Before forming Neville Architecture, LLC, in 2005, Naomi worked with several internationally recognized architectural firms, such as Robert A.M. Stem Architects and Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Naomi received her B.A in Art History from Yale University in 1990; her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in 1995; and received the William Kinney Memorial Fellowship upon graduation. She holds professional licenses in RI, MA, NY and CA. An active member of the community, Naomi is a past elected Newport City Councilor and a member of the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority, (AIRPA) in charge of excessing Navy property along the West side of Aquidneck Island. She was a founding member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment). She currently teaches design at the University of Rhode Island and is the author of Gracious Living: Home Design for Your Future, an aging in place guidebook published by Schiffer Press.
John Peixinho joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is the principal and founder of Franklin and Company Design Associates, a Newport-based residential design and management firm specializing in the restoration, renovation and decoration of historic properties. He is a life-long resident of Aquidneck Island and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He is currently in the process of restoring and rehabilitating a 17th century farm in Kenyon, Rhode Island.
John G. Picerne became a Preservation Society trustee in 2016. He is Founder and CEO of Corvias Group, an East Greenwich, RI-based, privately owned family of companies that provides creative and sustainable solutions for clients within the military, higher education and public sectors. John has more than 30 years of professional real estate experience. He is also the founder of Corvias Foundation, which has awarded $5.5 million in scholarships and grants to support the spouses and children of active-duty service members in their pursuit of higher education since 2006.
Jocelyn C. Sherman joined the Preservation Society's board in 2014. She is also a corporator of Newport Hospital and member of the Board of Advisors of the Aquidneck Land Trust. Mrs. Sherman is an accomplished gardener, a Garden Club of America horticulture judge, and a past co-chair of the Newport Flower Show. A native of New Zealand, she was educated at Gilbie's Business College in Wellington, NZ.
Merrill W. Sherman is the principal of Sherman Consulting LLC and former president and CEO of Bancorp Rhode Island. She joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2013. She chairs the RI Infrastructure Bank and also sits on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Crossroads Rhode Island, and the Providence Foundation. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and earned a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.
Dale J. Venturini is President/CEO of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) and Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). She joined the Board of the Preservation Society in 2017. She is currently serving as a Commissioner of the RI Convention Center Authority, Chairman of the Board of the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, a board member of the Council of State Restaurant Associations based in Washington, DC, and on the Board of Governors for Miriam Hospital. She is past president of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association, the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Graduate School Advisory Board, and the Wm. M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School. Dale was also a Board member to the 100 Club of Rhode Island. She also served on the Board of the Cranston Redevelopment Agency as well as the Dean's Board of Distinguished Counselors to the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University.
William F. Wilson, FAIA, first joined the Preservation Society's board in 1992. He is CEO of Wilson Architects, a Boston-based architectural firm specializing in college and university design. He graduated from Lawrenceville School, Harvard College and the Graduate School of Design, plus a year of travel as a Kennedy Fellow.