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MANY Board of Directors

 Meet the experienced museum professionals who represent each of the 10 REDC Districts and the wide variety of disciplines within our field.

Each board member serves a three (3) year term and serves on one of seven (7) committees including membership/fundraising, governance, programming, 


Rob Cassetti
Senior Director, Creative Strategy and Engagement
Corning Museum of Glass
Region: Southern Tier

Rob Cassetti joined The Corning Museum of Glass in 1999 as manager of education and creative services. He became a director of the Museum in 2001 and was named senior director in 2007. He is responsible for marketing, communication, visitor experience, and creative direction for the Museum, in addition to the operation of the Museum’s live glass demonstrations.
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During his tenure at the Museum, Cassetti has developed a series of signature programs—including the popular 2300° events, hot glass demonstrations, mobile glassblowing initiatives, and GlassLab—that have transformed the public profile of the institution. From 1993 to 2001, Cassetti helped to plan a major expansion of the Museum. He created the Museum's glass demonstration program, the Hot Glass Show, and led an exhibit development team composed of writers, designers, and scientists to plan the Museum's Glass Innovation Center.Since 2001, Cassetti has championed and further developed the Museum's hot glass outreach initiatives. Under his leadership, the Museum has become a global leader in mobile glassblowing technology and hot glass programming. These outreach initiatives are seen each year by more than 400,000 people around the world.

In 2005, Cassetti was asked to explore the next phase of expansion for the Museum—this time to better accommodate guests and the Museum's expanding collection of contemporary glass. The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of the Museum, based on Cassetti's master plan, opened in 2015.

Cassetti holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Architecture. He has spoken widely on museum planning and glass technology, including broadcast appearances on Discovery, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart, The History Channel, and PBS.

Prior to joining the Museum, Cassetti worked for more than 10 years as a glass designer with Steuben Glass. He was named design director in 1992. From 2002 to 2004 he consulted with Steuben to help facilitate the planning and execution of the company’s 100th anniversary.

Cassetti is President of the Board of Trustees of The Museum Association of New York, and a member of the Corning Incorporated architectural advisory committee. He lives in Trumansburg, N.Y., where, in his spare time, he holds the office of Village Trustee and serves as Fire Commissioner.

Suzanne LeBlanc
Long Island Children's Museum
Region: Long Island

Bruce Whitmarsh
Executive Director
Chemung County Historical Society
Region: Southern Tier

Beth Levinthal
Arts Management Consultant
Region: At-Large

Beth E. Levinthal is an art professional with more than 30 years of deep commitment to the fundamental role of the arts in educating individuals across the life span. She is currently an Arts Management Consultant and Lecturer in the fine arts and of non-profit management and strategic oversight.
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Her career includes serving as Executive Director at the Hofstra University Museum (2006-2017) and Executive Director of the Heckscher Museum of Art (2000-2006). Among other affiliations Ms. Levinthal is currently on the boards of the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA); Huntington Arts Council; Secretary of the Museum Association of New York (MANY); and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM). She is a Peer Reviewer for institutional accreditation for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Ms. Levinthal received the 2015 Anne Ackerson Innovation in Museum Leadership Award of Merit from MANY. In addition, she is a recipient of a “Woman of Distinction Award,” Distinction Magazine in 2006, a George Estabrook Alumni Award from Hofstra University in 2005, and a 1996 Malcolm Arth Fellowship Award from MAAM, among other honors.

Executive Committee
Tracy Kay
Executive Director
Westchester Children’s Museum
Region: Mid-Hudson

Tracy Kay is the Executive Director of the Westchester Children’s Museum located in the National Historic Landmark bathhouses at Rye Playland in Westchester County, NY. Prior to his current post, Tracy was Deputy Commissioner for the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, directing the operation of the County’s extensive museum system and coordinating its partnerships with other museum institutions.
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Tracy is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and received his master’s degree from Yale University. He began his museum career as Director of the Rye Nature Center and later was Executive Director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the adjunct faculties at Swarthmore College and Arcadia and Temple universities. He also serves as a field reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and as a grant panelist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Executive Committee
Tom Shannon
Manager of Facilities
Region: Mid-Hudson

Board Members

Ian Berry
Dayton Director
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum
Region: Capital

Ian Berry is Dayton Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Berry has organized over ninety museum exhibitions including interdisciplinary collaborations on subjects from the Hudson River to Shaker furniture, and monographic exhibitions with artists such as Terry Adkins, Nicole Eisenman, Nancy Grossman, Jim Hodges, Nina Katchadourian, Corita Kent, Nicholas Krushenick, Shahzia Sikander, Amy Sillman, Fred Tomaselli, and Kara Walker.
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Berry received his MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 1998 and served as Assistant Curator at the Williams College Museum of Art before coming to Skidmore in 2000. In his role as Professor of Liberal Arts at Skidmore he teaches the Art History seminar Inside the Museum and is a frequent guest speaker for a wide variety of academic departments. Berry is also the author and editor of many volumes devoted to contemporary art practice.

From 2006-2012 Berry served as Consulting Director of the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College and in 2009-10 was the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay University. He serves on the Saratoga Springs Arts Commission, has chaired the Visual Arts Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and serves on several advisory committees for regional and national arts organizations.

Billye Chabot
Executive Director
Seward House Museum
Region: Central

Billye Chabot began her tenure as the Executive Director for the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY in 2010. Chabot was previously the Executive Director of the Blount Mansion, also a National Historic Landmark, in Knoxville, TN.
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Chabot holds a Master’s of Public Administration, specializing in Museum Administration, from Southern Illinois University. Chabot has over 30 years experience in non profit administration and has received numerous grants and awards. Chabot is also a founding board member for AADUNA, a diverse literary journal, serves on the grant review board for the United Way of Cayuga County, and is an appointee to Auburn’s Historic and Cultural Sites Commission. Recognized for building partnerships, Chabot is keenly aware of the ways in which museums work in our communities to offer lifelong learning opportunities, promote civic engagement, and celebrate our cultural heritage. Much of Chabot’s work is now focused on strategic planning and training the next generation of museum leaders. Chabot and her husband Cristofe, a native New Yorker, enjoy living in the Finger Lakes and are especially fond of the abundance of nature’s bounty in the Central New York Region.

Starlyn D’Angelo
Executive Director
Albany Shaker Heritage Society
Region: Capital

Starlyn D’Angelo currently serves as Executive Director of the Shaker Heritage Society. She has a strong background in both museums and historic preservation. In recent years, Starlyn secured a one million-dollar REDC grant for capital improvements, completed a digital reconstruction of the Shaker historic site, and curated several exhibitions. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and previously served as Curator of the Old Stone Fort Museum and the Shaker Museum Mt. Lebanon.

Nomi Dayan
Executive Director
The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
Region: Long Island

Nomi Dayan is the Executive Director at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, where she oversees the museum’s diverse functions, including education programs, exhibits, collections, publications, and partnerships. She joined the Whaling Museum in 2008 as Director of Education in an effort to strategically revitalize the organization's vision and transform its offerings to the community. She redeveloped the museum’s approach and implemented new offerings and events which took a creative, out-of-the-box interpretation of the museum's historic collection.
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Her work is her life’s passion: bringing others closer to the wonders of the world. She received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Originally from Brooklyn, previous experiences include teaching about nature, science, and environmental studies in the education departments of the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and running inquiry-based, interdisciplinary programs about science, botany, and culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Nomi has contributed her work and inspiration at various museum conferences and served on the board of NYCMER. She is thrilled for the opportunity to further contribute to the field through continuing board membership at MANY.

Aside from her work with museums, she enjoys exploring nature with her husband and daughter. Other interests are herpetology, entomology, archaeology, Native American cultures, and creative writing. She is committed to living compassionately and eco-consciously.

Alexandra Drakakis
Associate Curator
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Region: New York City


Georgette Grier-Key
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Eastville Community Historical Society 
Region: Long Island

Dr. Grier-Key is currently the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, New York, the President of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies, Cultural Partner for Sylvester Manor of Shelter Island, New York. Dr. Grier-Key is also an adjunct history and political science professor and Nassau Community College. She has been a guest curator at various outlets, namely the Sara Nightingale Gallery of Watermill, New York and the Suffolk County Historical Society of Riverhead, New York.
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She is one of the most outspoken advocates for the preservation and celebration of Long Island history with an emphasis on African-American, Native-American and Mixed-Heritage historical reconstruction. Dr. Grier-Key contributes commentary regularly to media outlets; delivers lectures at CUNY Graduate Center, LIU Brooklyn, Hofstra University, Dowling College, and Suffolk County Community College; publishes her research in the Long Island History Journal and the Suffolk County Historical Society Register; serves on the Black History Commission of the Town of Brookhaven and lends her services as a docent and special events volunteer at the Parrish Art Museum of Watermill, New York. Moreover, in her capacity as Town of Brookhaven Black History Commission trustee and founding member of the Pyrrhus Concer Action Committee (P.C.A.C.), Dr.

Grier-Key has raised awareness about and fights to protect endangered historic African American sites on Long Island’s East End. Champion of the rights and welfare of all Long Islanders, Dr. Grier-Key held an appointed position on the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission, assumed the role of executive secretary for NAACP Eastern Long Island Branch, and acted as moderator and original local planning committee member for the 2010 National Think Tank for African American Progress Long Island, co-chairing the Health and Fundraising/Advertising Committees. Dr. Grier-Key has recently been awarded the Legacy Award from the NAACP, Islip Town Branch this past January.

Brian Howard
Executive Director
Oneida County History Center
Region: Mohawk Valley

Brian Howard is currently in his tenth year as Executive Director at the Oneida County History Center in Utica. He has spent most of the last 25 years as a museum professional in upstate New York. His early career included collections and development positions at the former National Warplane Museum and the National Soaring Museum in Elmira. In 2002 he left the field to join his family's building supplies business; five years later he accepted the director's position at the Oneida County History Center. For seven years he also taught American history as an adjunct instructor at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica. A graduate of SUNY Potsdam and the Texas Tech University Museum Science program, his background includes extensive writing and presenting on both United States and aviation history. He lives in Sherburne with his wife, Paula, and two teenage sons.

Peter Hyde
Peter Hyde Design
Region: New York City

Peter Hyde is a highly accomplished designer with over 20 years of experience in the professional design field. Peter worked independently and for internationally recognized design firms before realizing his long term goal of founding Peter Hyde Design in 2012 to provide dynamic and innovative exhibit and experience design solutions for a wide range of project subjects and client types.
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A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in performing arts design and technology Peter has worked in theatre, film, television, themed entertainment, branded environments and museums. His career has taken him from coast to coast of the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Peter’s clients include museums, historical societies, learning centers, science centers, sports facilities and Fortune 500 companies. These include Beacon Memorial Hospital, Campbell Historical Museum, Chicago Bears Football Club, Consumers Energy, Liberty Science Center, National Hellenic Museum, New York City Fire Museum, Pelopidas, LLC, Saks Fifth Avenue, United States Golf Association Museum, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the Waukesha County Museum.

Peter is active in several design and museum associations and is an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Garet Livermore
Executive Director
Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks
Region: Northern

Hillarie Logan-Dechene
Director of Philanthropy
The Wild Center
Region: Northern

Hillarie Logan-Dechene’s career has been about building the capacity of non-for-profit organizations. As The Wild Center’s Director of Philanthropy she is responsible for all membership and development activities. After studying at The American University in Paris and earning her BA from the State University of New York at Albany, she worked in for-profit marketing and public relations and then joined the Development Department at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake where she worked for more than sixteen years. She progressed from Development Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement. Upon leaving the Adirondack Museum in 2006, Logan-Dechene became the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith’s College, a private college in the Adirondacks. After nearly four years, Logan-Dechene left the college in 2010 to accept her current position at The Wild Center and led the Center through a successful $23 million fundraising campaign. She is an adjunct professor in the Arts Administration Program at Skidmore College, and an invited guest lecturer at Syracuse University, Adirondack Community College, and NYU.
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Logan-Dechene is also Chair of Governor Cuomo’s New York State Commission on National and Community Service, which administers the AmeriCorps program in New York State and is an active board member the Museum Association of New York, and past board member of Adirondack Health Foundation. She has a Masters of Arts in Non-Profit Leadership and Community Sustainability from Skidmore College.

Ken Meifert
Vice President for Sponsorship and Development
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Region: Mohawk Valley

Ken Meifert is the Vice President of Sponsorship and Development at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Ken has served at the Museum for more than 20 years and now oversees fundraising activities, membership and government relations. Ken has a long track record of success at the Hall of Fame, helping to grow the Museum’s retail operations, group sales and facility rentals, membership program and most recently the organization’s fundraising programs. In addition to his work at the Hall of Fame, Ken is heavily involved in marketing the Museum and economic development in the region, serving as the treasurer of the Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County, and as member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. He also serves on the board of the New York State Tourism Industry Association. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale and SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica.

Sara Pasti
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Region: Mid Hudson

Andrew Saluti
Chief Curator for Programs & Exhibitions, Special Collections Library
Syracuse University Libraries
Region: Center

Andrew J. Saluti joined Syracuse University in 2002 as an adjunct instructor of drawing in the Department of Foundation and began teaching in the graduate program in museum studies in 2009.
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Saluti teaches the practical base for the program, including Museum Installation and Preparation and Museum Design and Communication, as well as Fine Arts Curatorship. He has also taught classes on the history and process of printmaking and Introduction to Museum Studies.

Before joining the faculty of the School of Design, Saluti was the chief curator of exhibitions, programs and education for the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries; the assistant director of the SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University; and an instructor and gallery technician at Louisiana State University’s College of Art and Design.

Saluti’s primary research revolves around the curatorship and history of contemporary printmaking, specifically the relationship to prints in social context. Recent research includes the paper Politics on Paper: Exploring the Marriage of Art, Activism and Printmaking, presented at the 2017 PCA/ACA National Conference in San Diego, California; the 2014 article “Defenders of the Floating World” in Art In Print, volume 4, number 4; and the nationally touring exhibition The New Humanists: Introspective Impressions.

Saluti will complete his three-year term on the board of the Museum Association of New York in 2018 and has recently been elected to serve on the board of trustees of the nationally recognized William H. Seward House Museum in Auburn, New York. Saluti has twice been awarded Syracuse Symposium grants for exhibitions: in 2017 for You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place at the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries and in 2015 for The Rosenquist Network: Connections and Collaborations in the American Print Workshop. Saluti received a 2013 International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation Grant for his exhibition Print Making Revolution: Mexican Prints and the Taller de Grafica Popular.

Herbert Schmidt III
Executive Director
Buffalo/Niagara Heritage Village
Region: Western

Schmidt brings more than 12 years of nonprofit experience to BNHV, having held positions with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He currently serves as a planning board member for the Town of Alden, and most recently worked as consulting editor for Buffalo Standard Printing and events and promotions manager with the German-American Musicians Association.
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“I was born and raised in Western New York and I have stayed because I love it here,” said Schmidt. “The culture, the people, the possibilities, simply everything. Being able to tell the story of Buffalo-Niagara through a state-of-the-art museum, which provides education and recreational opportunities through living history in an authentic early American village, is a dream come true. We must know about the past to better appreciate the present, and what better way than through experiential education in our own backyard.”

“My vision is to see that all of Western New York becomes fully aware that Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is ‘the’ regional attraction showcasing the history and culture of the story of Buffalo-Niagara through a world-class museum and unequaled living history programs and exhibits. The future is bright and there is always more work to do. With the volunteers, staff and other members of our community, this vision will surely come into fruition.”

Schmidt holds an Associate’s degree in Forest Recreation from Paul Smith’s College of Arts & Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Recreation Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s of Public Administration from SUNY Brockport. He currently resides in Alden with his wife Shannon and their three children.

David Swarts
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. 
Region: Western 

David J. Swarts currently serves as the President/CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc. He was appointed to this position by the Society’s Board of Directors in January, 2011. David was appointed New York State Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Eliot Spitzer in January of 2007 and served in that capacity through 2010. He also served as Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the organization administering federal funds for state and local highway safety projects.
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Swarts has an extensive career in public service. From 1987 until January 1, 2007 he was the Clerk of Erie County where he directed five major public service delivery sectors including serving as an Agent of the State Department of Motor Vehicles, the Chief Registrar, Clerk of County and Supreme Court, Records Management Office and Director of the Pistol Permit Office.

From 1982 – 1986, David Swarts was Clerk of the Erie County Legislature and from 1978 – 1981 he served as Special Assistant to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly. He began his career as a secondary education teacher for the Buffalo City School District where he taught Social Studies for ten years. Swarts has also taught at institutions of higher learning including serving as a professor at Daemen College and an Instructor at Erie County Community College.

David Swarts is committed to giving back to the community and has served as a member of various professional and charitable organizations. He is a former member of: the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers, the New York State Local Government Records Advisory Council and former Chair of the Erie County Records Commission. He is a lifelong member of the NAACP and currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance.

David Swarts is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his Masters Degree in Social Sciences and completed most of the requirements for a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration. He is a native Buffalonian and lives in East Aurora with his wife. They have one adult son.

Becky Wehle
President & CEO
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Region: Finger Lakes 

Becky Wehle is President & CEO of Genesee Country Village & Museum, the largest living history museum in New York State, located 25 miles southwest of Rochester. The Museum features 68 historic structures from the 19th century, moved from locations throughout Western New York, a gallery of sporting art, and a nature center and attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year. She manages 45 year-round staff and over 150 seasonal staff and a budget of over $3.5 million. Prior to joining GCV&M in July 2016, Becky worked in the University of Rochester's advancement office for over 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Allendale Columbia School and was a Board member at GCV&M for 18 years before joining the staff.

Advisory Committee
Roy McDonald, New York State Senator, Retired
Jack McEneny, New York Sate Assemblymember, Retired 

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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