Board of Trustees 2015-2016
Donald O. Ross
is a full-time Newport resident and has been on the Board of Trustees since 1989, becoming chairman in 2010. He is a managing director of Wainwright Investment Counsel in Boston, and was previously a managing director, corporate finance, with Smith Barney, Harris Upham in New York City. Mr. Ross is a member of the Board of Governors of Newport Hospital, and is a former board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Bryant University. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Angela Brown Fischer has been a member of the board of the Preservation Society since 1988. She is also a trustee of the Hope Foundation and an honorary overseer of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in addition to many years of service to dozens of other non-profit and philanthropic organizations, including the Redwood Library,Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence Preservation Society. Mrs. Fischer is secretary of the Brown & Fischer Corporation, and a graduate of Radcliffe College.
David B. Ford became a member of the board of the Preservation Society in 2009. He is president of DBF Associates and senior advisor to Gatemore Capital Management LLC, a private wealth and institutional investment management firm, and chairman of Princess Pictures, a family entertainment company. He is currently chairman of the board and a director of the National Audubon Society, and a member of the boards of The World Monuments Fund, The American Agora Foundation, The Animal Medical Center and The International Tennis Hall of Fame. He received his BS from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's 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.
Vice President & Assistant Secretary
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimberly W. Darden first joined the Preservation Society's board in 2011. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and also serves on the boards of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Foundation, Performing Arts Fort Worth, The Van Cliburn Foundation, and Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co.
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.
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.
Sarah M. Gewirz joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2003. A resident of Washington, DC and Newport, she is on the board of the United Way of Palm Beach County, and chairman of the Women's Committee of the Washington Ballet. She has also served on the boards of the Newport Art Museum, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, and Georgetown University.
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.
Ala Isham joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2011. She is a director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and of the International Neurotrauma Foundation. She resides in New York City and Newport.
Edward W. Kane has been a member of the Preservation Society Board of Trustees since 2014. He was a founder and currently senior advisor to HarbourVest Partners LLC. He is also a trustee of the Redwood Library. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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 W. Leatherman joined the board in 2002.
Ronald K. Machtley, president of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2011. Prior to assuming his duties at Bryant he was a U.S. Congressman from Rhode Island for six years. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.
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.
Eugene B. Roberts, Jr. first joined the Preservation Society's board in 1986. He is president of EBR Properties, LLC, which rehabilitates, builds and maintains small retail properties in Clarendon, VA. He is on the board of Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation (MALPF),and also on the board of the Accokeek Foundation. He is governor of The Society of The Ark and The Dove, Maryland’s equivalent of the Mayflower Society. He is the former president of Fairwood Turf Farm Inc., an 1100 acre Maryland sod farm, the Maryland Turf Grass Association and former chairman of the Maryland Agriculture Commission. He was previously a senior director of corporate development for Northwest Industries in Chicago. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
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.
Alice D. Ross has served on the board of the Preservation Society since 2011. She also serves on the Boys Club of New York Women's Board and the board of the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, as well as the Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball of New York. She won the Doris Duke Historic Preservation award for the restoration of Berkeley House in Newport in 2010. She residents in New York City and Newport.
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.
Mark E. Watson III has been a member of the board since 2010. He is president and chief executive officer of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He is also a trustee/board member of the US Chamber of Commerce, Association of Bermuda Insurers, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, International Yacht Restoration School, International Insurance Society, Texas Cultural Trust, and is an active member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).
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.