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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 resides 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.
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.