A twenty-five-member board is authorized in the New York State Archives Partnership Trust's legislation. Board members are selected for their leadership and commitment to education and cultural affairs.
The Governor appoints thirteen members. The Board of Regents names four. The Majority Leader of the Senate and Speaker of the Assembly each appoint three members of the board, and the Minority Leaders in the Senate and Assembly each appoint one member.
Archives Partnership Trust Board Members:
Stephen Pagano, Chair
Stephen Pagano, of Niskayuna, is the Trust Board Chair. Mr. Pagano is a former executive of Time Warner Cable. During his 30 year tenure with the company, he served in various capacities. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of the company’s West Region, an area with more than 2.5 million basic subscribers and revenues in excess of 3 billion dollars. The region encompasses Los Angeles, San Diego and Hawaii and includes over 7,000 employees. Pagano joined a Time Warner Cable predecessor, ATC, in 1982 as a Director of Marketing. He served in several marketing and customer care roles until 1992, when he became President and General Manager of Staten Island Cable, a division of Time Warner Cable. In 1999, he was named Division President of the company’s Albany Division. Stephen currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of WAMC. Prior board memberships include Executive Board member of Capitol District YMCA; board member WMHT television, board member of Schenectady Science Museum and Board of Directors of Historic Richmond Town Staten Island, NY. (Appointing Authority: Governor's Office)
George R. Hearst, III, Vice Chair
George R. Hearst III, of Menands, is the Trust Board Vice Chair. Mr. Hearst was appointed to the Trust Board by the Senate Majority Leader to the Partnership Trust Board. Mr. Hearst is a fifth generation California native, who moved to the Capital Region in the fall of 1989 to join the Times Union and now serves as Publisher. Over the last decade, Mr. Hearst has been instrumental in leading several multi-million dollar capital renewal programs, including the implementation of digital publishing standards and content systems at the Times Union. An advocate for the community, Mr. Hearst is an active board member in several local organizations covering health and human services, education and cultural arts. He recently chaired the very successful Heritage Campaign for the Albany Institute for History and Art, as well as serves on the boards including St Peter's Hospital, University at Albany Foundation, Inc., Double H - Hole in the Woods Ranch and the Community Foundation for the Capital Region. Mr. Hearst is a graduate of Pepperdine University and is the recipient of numerous distinguished service awards for his community work. He resides in the Village of Menands with his wife Christine. (Appointing Authority: Senate Majority Leader).
Barbara A. Brinkley, Treasurer
Barbara Brinkley of Jay, NY is the Trust Board Treasurer . Ms. Brinkley is a descendent of 1st New York State Governor George Clinton. Retired from her position as Senior Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in 2001. Barbara serves on the Advisory Committee to the Lake Champlain Heritage Area Partnership; as Trustee Emeritus, The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York; and Trustee Emeritus, St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund (NYC). She previously served as Directress General, Society of Daughters of Holland Dames; Regent, New York City Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution; Board Member, Daughters of the Cincinnati; Board Member, Brooklyn Heritage, Inc; and was named Conference of Historical & Patriotic Societies “Volunteer of the Year 2004”. Barbara initiated and organized a number of volunteer projects and activities, including Renaming the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge for 1st NYS Governor George Clinton; the 225th Anniversary of the NYS Constitution of 1777; Alliance Day, 2003; and the 100th Anniversary Gala for a Stained Glass Window honoring Petrus Stuyvesant. Barbara is active in The Pleasant Valley Chorale (Elizabethtown, NY) and in the St. Eustace Church (Lake Placid, NY) Choir. (Appointing Authority: Board of Regents).
Bronwyn Hannon, Secretary
Bronwyn Hannon, of Garden City, is the Trust Board Secretary. Ms. Hannon is Curator of Acquisitions, Special Collections/Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island. She is a former senior archivist at the Australian Archives and Australian government researcher. As well as the NYS APT Board she is a member of the NYS Commission on the Restoration of the Capital. (Appointing Authority: Senate Majority Leader)
NYS Assemblymember Patricia Fahy
NYS Assemblymember Patricia Fahy represents the City of Albany and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. A leading advocate for job creation and education, Pat has been the prime sponsor of over 25 bills and co-sponsored more than 200 bills, including legislation to provide substantial cost savings to municipalities by allowing them to own and update street lighting equipment; protect residents and businesses from potential petroleum disasters; provide state funding for Pre-K transportation; enact greater penalties for public lewdness; and provide tax relief for owners of undeveloped land to encourage conservation. Pat serves on six committees, including Environmental Conservation, Higher Education, and Tourism. During her first term in office, Pat was awarded Freshman Legislator of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and Advocate for Choice award by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP). Before her election in 2012, she served as Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal Policy in the NYS Department of Labor, where she advocated for economic stimulus, extended unemployment benefits, and youth training initiatives. Pat is a former elected member of the Albany School Board. She serves on the Board of Directors of the UAlbany Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and recently served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. Before moving to Albany, Pat served as the Executive Director to the Chicago Workforce Board. She spent nine years in Washington D.C., including service in the Clinton Administration as the Associate Director for Employment and Training in the Congressional Affair’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Robert Reich. Pat is married to Wayne Bequette, a professor at RPI in Troy, NY. They have two children and live in the City of Albany. She has a Master of Public Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, of New York City, is Director of History and Corporate Outreach at History Channel/ A&E Television Networks. Dr. Gilmore received her doctorate in American History from New York University in 2005. As an on-staff historian, her primary focus is to create curricula and education outreach initiatives for middle and secondary school classrooms, museums, and cultural institutions. She serves as an editor of The History Channel’s Save Our History publications and the Idea Book for Educators, and has written lesson plans in American and Global history. Gilmore has collaborated with school districts throughout the country as part of the Teaching American History grant program to help design course units emphasizing critical thinking, reading comprehension, and media literacy skills. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Organization of American Historians Magazine of History and is active in numerous historical and educational professional organizations including the National Council for History Education, the Organization of American Historians, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the American Historical Association. (Appointing Authority: Board of Regents)
Harold Holzer is the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also served for six years as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and the previous 10 years as co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 52 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His recent Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion won the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Holzer’s 2012 book, Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America was the official young-adult companion book for the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, for which Holzer served as script consultant. He also authored The Civil War in 50 Objects, which traces the conflict through the collections of the New-York Historical Society, where he served for three years as the Roger Hertog Fellow.
In addition, Holzer (www.haroldholzer.com) has written some 550 articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines, published 15 monographs, and contributed chapters or prefaces to more than 50 additional volumes. Among his many other awards are a second-place Lincoln Prize in 2005 for Lincoln at Cooper Union, and book prizes from the Freedom Foundation, the Manuscript Society of America, the Civil War Round Table of New York, and the Illinois State Historical Society, along with lifetime achievement awards from the Lincoln Groups of New York, Washington, Peekskill, Kansas City, and Detroit; as well as honorary degrees from nine colleges and universities. Holzer is a member of many history boards and advisory committees, and for 20 years has served as vice chairman of The Lincoln Forum.
Holzer lectures throughout the nation. One of his programs, “Lincoln Seen and Heard,” with actor Sam Waterston, has been staged and telecast from such venues as the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Bill Clinton Presidential Library, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre. Holzer also appears frequently on C-SPAN and the History Channel, has served as an on-air commentator on CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC, and has created and performed Lincoln programs onstage with such actors as Kathleen Chalfant, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Stephen Lang, Norm Lewis, Liam Neeson, Chris Noth, Fritz Weaver, and Dianne Wiest.
Before joining the Met in 1992, Holzer spent his early career as a journalist, a campaign and Congressional press secretary for Rep. Bella Abzug, an aide to New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and as spokesman for New York’s PBS station, WNET. He and his wife Edith live in Rye, New York, and have two grown daughters and a grandson. Biography in Brief/ January 2016
Harold N. Iselin
Harold N. Iselin, of Albany, is a shareholder in the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Mr. Iselin served as Law Clerk to Hon. Robert H. Bork, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1986-90, he served as an Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York. Mr. Iselin concentrates his practice in the areas of health care, government relations, and complex civil and administrative litigation. He is counsel to the New York Health Plan Association, which represents the majority of health plans in New York, and he provides strategic guidance and advice to numerous other health plan clients across the country. Mr. Iselin appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994 in New York State Conference of Blue Cross & Blue Shield Plans v. Travelers Ins. Co. and has spoken widely on issues of health care reform, ERISA preemption, Medicaid managed care, hospital reimbursement and health plan liability. He also served as a member of the Managed Care Compliance Program Guidance Advisory Committee of the New York State Office Medicaid Inspector General. (Appointing Authority: Governor's Office)
Peter J. Millock
Peter J. Millock, of Albany, NY, is a partner in the law firm Nixon Peabody, LLC and senior member of the firm’s Health Care practice, which encompasses hospital-to-hospital alignments; affiliations among physicians, hospitals, long-term care providers and mental health and disability services providers; purchases and sales of nursing homes, clinics and medical practices; enforcement matters before New York State agencies; certificate of need and other applications requiring New York State agency approval; and Medicaid and other payor audits. He has crafted innovative health care arrangements in New York, including the first alignment between a New York and an out-of-state hospital, the first alignment between a Catholic and a secular hospital, one of the first affiliations of long-term care providers and one of the first applications for an assisted living residence in New York State. Prior to working at the firm, Peter served for 15 years as general counsel to the New York State Department of Health and is very familiar with its regulations, procedures and protocols. In addition, he routinely appeared before state regulators. Peter participated in the development of state health regulatory policies and health related state legislation. He contributed to deliberations on barriers to private investment in New York health services providers, the future of New York’s certificate of need process, parent/subsidiary relationships in hospital systems and corporate practice of medicine prohibitions. Peter is past Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Section. (Appointing Authority: Governor’s Office)
Desiree Potvin, of Woodbury (Highland Mills), currently is the Woodbury Town Clerk (since 1999), the Woodbury Village Clerk/Treasurer/Budget Officer (since 2006) and Secretary to the Woodbury Fire Chief. Desiree also serves as President of the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers (NYALGRO), a member of the Local Government Records Advisory Council (LGRAC) and a grant reviewer for the State Archives LGRMIF program. Desiree also serves as Treasurer of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, Woodbury Historical Society and Woodbury Beautification Committee. Desiree is also a member of the Woodbury Lions’ Club and a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers national football team. She is married to her husband, Timothy, and spends as much time as possible with her nephews and nieces.
Joyce Shenker, of New York City, is retired from a career in education. First as a teacher of Business Education in the New York City High Schools; then as Marketing Manager at Scholastic, the educational publisher; and as a Vice-President of Professional Development and Training at the Direct Marketing Association. Currently Ms. Shenker serves on the Board of The New York State Center for the Performing Arts, The Egg, and as a volunteer Explainer at the Children’s Garden of the New York Botanical Gardens and as a Docent at the Museum at the Eldridge Street Synagogue.
Gary Smith, of Clifton Park, brings over 40 years of Hotel Marketing and Operations experience to the Albany, NY, hotel scene. Mr. Smith founded Hospitality Management Group (HMG) in 2000, when he formed a consulting group advising various Hospitality and Food Service Operations around the state. He founded the Desmond American Wine Festival in 1987, and the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival in 2001. He spent fourteen years with the independent Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, New York, as General Manager and concurrently nineteen years as Vice President of Marketing for Village Square of Penna Inc, the parent company of The Desmond. Mr. Smith was employed as Director of Sales with Marriott’s Marco Beach Hotel in 1984 and 1985.Through HMG, Mr. Smith in collaboration with is two sons, Garrick and Justin, developed concept design, participated in construction, and provided management of 74 State, a 74 room boutique hotel and conference facility constructed within and historic building in downtown Albany, NY, opening in January of 2007. He has worked with a variety of hotel openings and management of third party hospitality investments since 2002. Mr. Smith served in many community and civic endeavors including Chairing the Eastern New York Nature Conservancy, Chairing the Albany – Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and serving on numerous boards throughout New York’s Capital Region.(Appointing Authority: Assembly Minority Leader)
Rosemary S. Vietor
Rosemary S. Vietor, of New York City, is President of the Bowne House Historical Society. Bowne House, which dates from 1661, is the oldest surviving structure in Queens. Bowne House has been a museum open to the public since 1947 and is known for its association with the principle of freedom of conscience in America. Mrs. Vietor formerly served on the Board of the Colonial Dames of America. She currently is Treasurer of the New York Committee of the Garden Club of America and is on the board of the Millbrook Garden Club. Prior to retirement, she was an investment manager and Vice President of JP Morgan; Clariden Bank (a subsidiary of C. S. First Boston); and the Mathes Company. (Appointing Authority: Senate Minority Leader)
Christine W. Ward
Christine W. Ward, of Troy, retired from the position of New York State Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust in 2014. She served in these capacities for over a decade. Throughout her career, Ms. Ward published and lectured on topics concerning the archival profession and provided expert advice to national organizations on the management of preservation programs as well as on administration and strategic development for cultural organizations. Ms. Ward has taught at the graduate level and in several continuing education programs, and, most recently, has written on the topics of archives and education, documenting New York State history and archival advocacy. As State Archivist, Ms. Ward represented the New York State Archives on the Board of the Historical Society of the New York Courts, the New York State Freedom Trail Commission, and the Flushing Remonstrance Celebration Commission and she was New York State’s Historical Records Coordinator. She was a member of the Board of the national Council of State Archivists and served as that organization’s Secretary/Treasurer from 2012-2014. Ms. Ward is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, the archival profession’s highest honor. Among her other professional honors is the University at Albany’s Distinguished Public Service Award. She is also a fellow of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and of the New York Academy of History. Ms. Ward was the 2011 recipient of Russell Sage College’s Women of Influence award and the 2014 Walch Leadership Award from the national Council of State Archivists.
Kevin Young, of New York City, is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, recently named a National Historic Landmark, and poetry editor of the New Yorker, where he also hosts the poetry podcast. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown (Knopf, 2018), as featured on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; and Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. His collection Jelly Roll: a blues (Knopf, 2003) was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Young’s second nonfiction book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts & Fake News (Graywolf Press, 2017), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book. He is the editor of nine other collections, including the anthology African American Poetry 1770–2020: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, forthcoming from Library of America in fall 2020. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2020.
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