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 the 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 Vice President of Commercial Banking for Bank Rhode Island. Formerly he was 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 a trustee at Salve Regina University, is on the board of newportFILM and is a governor of Newport Hospital. Mr. Lucey graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Business Management and earned an M.S. in Information Systems Science from Salve Regina University. He resides in Middletown, R.I., with his wife, Kathryn.
Janet L. Robinson joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2012. She was named the first woman President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company in 2004, retiring from that position in 2011. She also was the first woman to be named the President of The New York Times newspaper, a position she held from 1996 to 2004. She was named several times to the Forbes magazine list of “100 Most Powerful Women in the World,” the Fortune magazine list of “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and the Financial Times list of “50 Top Women in Business.” Ms. Robinson serves as vice chairman of The Carnegie Corporation and has served as Chairman. She is a member of the Board of Directors of OceanPoint Financial Partners, Steward Partners Global Advisory LLC, Rhode Island Public Radio and The Rhode Island Foundation. She serves on the International Advisory Board of Fleishman Hillard and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of Salve Regina University and completed executive education at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
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, Mr. Harris has extensive senior-level management experience with both public and private companies. He 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 is a published author. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Society for Professional Consulting. His education includes a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in National Security from Georgetown University. He also received an MBA from Suffolk 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.
Mortimer Berkowitz III is President and CEO of InnovaHealth Partners, L.P. a leading private equity firm in the high-growth medical technology industry. Mr. Berkowitz 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.
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, 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.
Holly M. Bannister, M.D. is a physician of
Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practiced for over 30 years at
NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Bannister 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. Currently, 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
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 in 2017, received a second Doris Duke award for the restoration of a Richard Morris
Hunt-designed carriage house in Newport.
Margaret W. Braff is an interior designer with clients throughout the United States and the Caribbean. After attending Vanderbilt University and the Parsons School of Design, she was an associate at Ellen McCloskey Associates and later worked with Jeff Lincoln before launching her eponymous firm in 1994. Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, among other publications. Her book, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, was published by Rizzoli in April 2017. Ms. Braff also is a member of the boards of The Bone Marrow Foundation and The Decorator’s Club.
William J. Corcoran is the General Manager and Vice President of Newport Tent Co. and counsel at the law firm of Corcoran, Peckham, Hayes, Leys & Olaynack. He has been a board leader of many key institutions including the Aquidneck Land Trust, Newport Hospital, the Newport Redevelopment Agency, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the Cliff Walk Commission.
Angus Davis is CEO and founder of Upserve, a software company providing the market-leading point of sale system for restaurants, Breadcrumb, as well as restaurant analytics and payment services. In 1999, he co-founded Tellme, a speech recognition business that was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. In 2006, BusinessWeek named him one of the top ten entrepreneurs under age 30, and in 2013 Forbes named him one of “America’s most promising CEOs.” A New England native, Mr. Davis lives in Newport with his wife and three sons. He has served a number of charitable organizations in board or committee capacities including the Providence Foundation, Providence Preservation Society, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Sail Newport, Center for Education Reform and Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, among others.
Peter C. Erichsen joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2019. He is a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he is the head of the firm’s corporate department, co-head of its colleges and universities practice, and its hiring partner. He has extensive knowledge of the governance and compliance challenges of nonprofit institutions, as well as significant experience with the legal issues facing private foundations and museums. He also has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Associate Counsel to the president of the United States. He also served for four years as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Erichsen holds a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
David B. Ford is President of DBF Associates, a private investment firm, and Senior Advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, a private wealth and institutional investment management firm. Mr. Ford was previously with the Goldman Sachs Group, where he was a Managing Director and co-head of Global Asset Management. Prior to that he was a General Partner and head of Fixed Income Sales for Goldman Sachs & Co. He devotes significant time to a number of philanthropies. Mr. Ford received his B.S. from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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.
Beverly Y. Little joined the board of the Preservation Society in 2018. For many years, Beverly and her family have been instrumental in organizing a Weekend of Coaching in Newport where historic four-in-hand coaches drive throughout the Island to great fanfare. Beverly graduated from Yale University in 1988 with a BA in History. Beverly was a commodity banker for 15 years, first at Chase Manhattan Bank and then at ABN AMRO Bank. She has spent summers in Newport since childhood and now splits her time between Newport and Palm Beach.
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.
Earl A. Powell III was the Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from 1992 to 2019. He formerly headed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1980 to 1992 and held several curatorial positions. He has a doctoral degree from Harvard University with expertise in 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Dr. Powell serves as Chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and trustee of the American Federation of Arts, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Norton Simon Museum. He is a member of numerous cultural organizations and committees. He served in the Navy from 1966 to 1969.
Susan C. Petrovas joined the Board of the Preservation Society in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy. She was employed by United HealthCare as a Clinical Pharmacist until 1995. Ms. Petrovas then served as Corporate Director of Pharmacy for Oxford Health Plans in New York City for 10 years. She left Oxford to have her first child and co-founded a company called the Managed Care Network (MCN). MCN was sold to Amerisource Bergen. In 2009, she co-founded CDMI (Chronic Disease Management) in Newport, R.I., and was President of the company. CDMI was sold to Magellan Health in 2014. She is a member of the Rhode Island and Connecticut Pharmacists Associations and The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Pharmacy at URI, and the Collections and Breakers Landscape Committees for the Preservation Society of Newport County. She resides in Newport with her husband, George, and her two children, Zoë and Sophia.
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.
Edward F. Sanderson served for 33 years as the executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, retiring in 2017. His master’s degree from Brown University was in American Civilization and he received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Salve Regina University. Mr. Sanderson is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and co-author of the book Providence, RI: A City-wide Survey of Historic Resources (1986) that chronicles 350 years of civic development. He was a founder of Grow Smart RI; served on the Rhode Island Historical Society Board of Directors; served as President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and was a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost historic preservationists.
Cynthia Stewart Reed joined the Board of the Preservation Society in 2019. She is President and CEO of LTR Holdings LLC, a private investment and consulting firm based in Providence, R.I. She founded the firm in 2001 after a long career as an attorney in private and corporate practice. She began her career as an Associate at Edwards & Angell in Providence before joining Hasbro Inc., where she became its Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, one of only four females to hold that position in a Fortune 500 company at that time. Through LTR Holdings, she has provided angel investment capital and strategic consulting services to a variety of companies, primarily in the telecommunications, consumer products and biotechnology fields. Ms. Reed is a founding member of the Cherrystone Angel Group and of Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island. She graduated from Wellesley College as a Wellesley Scholar, magna cum laude, and received her juris doctorate degree from Northeastern University. She has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Rhode Island Foundation, a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Women and Infants Hospital, a Director of Delta Dental of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and a Rhode Island Commodore.
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.
Melvin D. Wesley, A.I.A., is an architectural consultant with more than 25 years of experience in architectural design and development, construction oversight and overall project leadership with Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, R.I. While with Fidelity, Wesley managed a portfolio of international projects including urban office buildings, historic restorations and elaborate museum expansions. Mr. Wesley has a master’s degree in architecture in urban design from Harvard University and has extensive experience in landscape and master planning, as well as interfacing with the design, development and construction communities to produce high-quality, distinctive projects.
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.