Board Members of the Archives Partnership Trust

Current Board Members

Stephen Pagano, Chair
George R. Hearst, III, Vice Chair
Barbara A. Brinkley, Treasurer
Bronwyn Hannon, Secretary

Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq.
Dr. Nedda C. Allbray

Tom Birdsey
Dr. Kimberly Gilmore
Harold Holzer
Harold N. Iselin

Hon. John J. McEneny
Pamela Sawchuk Brown
Joyce Shenker
Gary Smith
Rosemary S. Vietor
Christine W. Ward

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, 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 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 as Trustee, The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York; and Trustee, 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. (Appointing Authority: Board of Regents)

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)

Kathy A. Ahearn, Esq., of Troy, NY, is a partner in the law firm of Guercio & Guercio, LLP, where she represents school districts, schools, BOCES, higher education institutions and licensed professionals.  Before joining Guercio & Guercio in July 2009, Ms. Ahearn served for 16 years as Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs in the New York State Education Department, which oversees K-12 public and private education, higher education, vocational education, cultural education, and the licensing and regulation of 48 professions.  In that capacity, she was General Counsel to the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents.  During her tenure as General Counsel, she also served as Acting Commissioner of Education and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of Education.   Before becoming Counsel, she served as Deputy Counsel (1991-1993) and Assistant Counsel (1989-1991).  In 1988, Ms. Ahearn was appointed by then Attorney General Robert Abrams as an Assistant Attorney General specializing in litigation defense. Before joining state government, she was in private practice as a litigator at the Manhattan law firms of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Battle, Fowler, Jaffin & Kheel.  Ms. Ahearn is a member of the New York State Bar Association. She serves on the boards of the New York State Association of School Attorneys and the Capital District Center for the Arts. She is a frequent speaker at school law seminars. (Appointing Authority: Governor's Office.)

Dr. Nedda C. Allbray, of Brooklyn, is an independent scholar and author whose current research interests include cultural, historical and sociological considerations of the urban built environment.  Dr. Allbray has served on the faculties of Brooklyn College, Baruch College, Queens College, and St. Peter’s College and also as a contributing editor/writer for Jewish World, a contributing editor for The Phoenix, and Director of Public Information for The Williamsburg Community Corporation.  She is President of the Prospect Park South Association and active in the New York City landmark preservation community.  Dr. Allbray has also served as the Director of the Fort Greene Non-Profit Improvement Corporation and is a frequent contributor to professional association journals.  Dr. Allbray is the author of Flatbush: The Heart of Brooklyn  (“The Making of America Series”, Arcadia, 2004). (Appointing Authority: Assembly Speaker)

Tom Birdsey is President and CEO of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architects & Engineering, an integrated architecture and engineering firm with a global reach.  For more than 30 years, he has prominently contributed to the firm’s growth and prestige, leading its higher education practice to national prominence and forging strategic partnerships with higher education, government, and business. Under Birdsey’s leadership, EYP has successfully secured and/or completed projects for an impressive array of clients including: the United Nations; the country of Azerbaijan; the National Park Service; Harvard and Princeton Universities; the National Archives and Records Administration and their entire Presidential library system; and the Department of State; as well as others in the industrial, higher education, commercial, government, and healthcare sectors.   A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he is a frequent speaker who advances the local and national discourse on the role of architects in creating a sustainable world.  Birdsey’s projects have been featured in national media including: The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; Preservation Magazine; National Geographic; The Chronicle of Higher Education; Business Week; Building Design & Construction; National Public Radio; and the History Channel. He was appointed to the Archives Partnership Trust Board by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.(Appointing Authority: Senate Majority Leader)

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, of Rye, is Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is one of the country's leading authorities on Lincoln and Civil War iconography and the political culture of 19th Century America. Author or co-author of 36 books and more than 350 articles for popular magazines and scholarly journals, Mr. Holzer is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and formerly co-chaired the commission 2001-2010.  He is winner of the National Humanities Medal, and has served as consultant to ABC, PBS and A&E documentaries. For eight years prior to joining the Metropolitan Museum staff, he was Special Counselor and Director of Communications for the State Director of Economic Development. (Appointing Authority: Senate Minority Leader)

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)

Hon. John J. McEneny, of Albany, represents the 104th District of Albany County.  He began his public service in 1965, led human resource/employment programs for the City of Albany under Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd, was appointed overseer of the 1980 Census for the four-county Capital District, and then became Assistant County Executive and County Historian for Albany County.  He is a well-known teacher, writer and speaker on local history, ethnicity and related fields.  He wrote and narrated WMHT Public Television's Tricentennial Documentary of Albany and authored Albany, Capital City on the Hudson. (Appointing Authority: Assembly Speaker)

Pamela Sawchuk Brown of Albany, NY, is one of Tech Valley's most respected communications professionals.  She has been involved in community development, marketing and public relations in the region for more than 30 years and has provided exceptional strategic communications counsel to many of New York State's leading corporations, organizations and institutions. Since her appointment in October 2010, she has served as the vice president for community development at Albany Medical Center, the Capital Region's largest private employer.  She is responsible for overseeing community development activities to establish partnerships and alliances that further Albany Med's mission and strengthen the economic vitality of the region that Albany Med serves. Prior to joining Albany Med, Ms. Brown spent 30 years at Sawchuk Brown Associates in Albany, which she founded in 1979, and with her late husband, David P. Brown, grew to one of the region's most successful public relations agencies.  The firm was part of the team that coined "Tech Valley" in the late 1990s.Before founding her agency, which was recognized with many national, regional and local honors, Ms. Brown was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Albany Times Union and Knickerbocker News.  She is active with a number of community organizations, including the board of trustees of the Howard & Bush Foundation and the board of directors of the Center for Economic Growth.  She also serves on the Capital Region advisory board of KeyBank and on the steering committee of the Forum for Executive Women, which she helped create.  She previously served on the board of directors of the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Albany Medical Center, the University at Albany Foundation, Proctor's Theatre and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, which she chaired in 2003. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the Capital Region Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) "Communicator of the Year" Award; the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Woman of Excellence" and the Chamber's 100 "Women of Excellence of the 20th Century;" and Excelsior College's "Salute to 20 Partners in Lifelong Learning." She is a graduate of Saint Agnes School in Albany, attended NYU and graduated from the University at Albany.  She has lived in downtown Albany for more than 30 years.

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, 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 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.