The Board of Advisors for the Fleming Museum of Art consists of leaders in the arts, the humanities, education, and business appointed for the purpose of advising the Director of the Fleming Museum and the Provost and President of the University on all aspects of the Museum’s operations. The Board plays an active role in advancing the Museum’s programmatic goals and facilitating the growth of financial resources.
David Carris, Chair
David Carris is an Endowment and Foundation Consultant with the UBS Institutional Consulting Program in South Burlington, Vermont. He helps nonprofit organizations efficiently and effectively navigate the unique challenges of foundations and endowments in order to focus on their most important task: their mission. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on the growing interest of nonprofits to better align their endowments with their purpose through mission-based, sustainable and impact investing. Previously he spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, where he served as Branch Manager. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from the University of Vermont. In 2008, Carris received the Endowments and Foundations Certificate through the Wharton School and the Investment Management Consultant Association. Prior to his work in finance, he spent thirteen years working in economic development, community planning, and historic preservation.
Kimberley Adams, M.D.
Dr. Kimberley Adams received her A.B. from Harvard, her M.A. from Oxford University, and her M.D. from Cornell, and practiced ophthalmology for 25 years. She has been passionate about art since growing up in Europe and being exposed to its great museums and architecture. Adams took art history courses throughout college as well as in England while studying for her M.A. She was connected to the New York art world in the 1970's and 80's while doing her medical degree and residency in the City, and then in Connecticut where she continues to be an active supporting member of the Yale Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art. She and her husband Dr. Mark Depman, a practicing physician and artist, now live in Northfield, Vermont. Adams spends part of the year in Europe to stay current with museums and contemporary art.
Steve Budington received his MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art and his BFA in painting and art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Budington’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in New York, at Exit Art, Misc. Gallery, and Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs; in San Francisco, at Mirus Gallery; and in Italy, at the Fondazione Ambrosetti Arte Contemporanea. His paintings have been discussed in frieze magazine and other publications. Budington lives in northern Vermont, where he is an associate professor of art at the University of Vermont and plays electric guitar in a collective dedicated to improvised music.
Mary Jane Dickerson
Mary Jane Phillips Dickerson, born and raised in North Carolina, has spent most of her adult life in Vermont where she lives in Jericho Center. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began her teaching career at Campbell University in North Carolina (then Campbell College). After moving to Vermont, Dickerson taught literature and writing in the English Department at the University of Vermont where she remained for more than thirty years, retiring as an Associate Professor of English. Dickerson continues to offer an annual workshop on reading and writing poetry, serves on several community boards in Jericho and University of Vermont boards, and is active in civic work, contributing her time to the Democratic Party and to the town of Jericho as Justice of the Peace on the board of Civil Authority.
Lily deJongh Downing '85
Lily de Jongh Downing, a partner in Downing Yudain LLC, is an art dealer and consultant with over 32 years of experience. She works with private clients, museums and institutions advising on the acquisition and de accession of works of art with a focus on American Paintings, Contemporary and European Modernism, as well as appraising collections for clients. With her husband and business partner David Yudain, she co owns The Barn @ Downing Yudain, LLC, a gallery in historic Long Ridge Village in North Stamford, Connecticut. The Barn gallery specializes in 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculpture, American Modernism, Contemporary and 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European decorative works of art. For over 20 years Downing was the Director of the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York. During that time she oversaw numerous exhibitions, including four Georgia O’Keeffe painting shows: four Max Weber exhibitions; Robert Henri In Santa Fe; Robert Henri, The Painted Spirit; American Modernism, The Francoise and Harvey Rambach Collection; Edward Potthast; Albert Bierstadt; and Alfred Jacob Miller among others. She was the gallery representative for the Max Weber Estate, and also directed the contemporary department at the gallery. Downing serves on the Collections Committee of the Greenwich Historical Society. She recently served on an advisory committee to the Chairman of the Board of the Bruce Museum.
David Genser was born in Canada and attended McGill University where he earned a degree in honors economics and political science. He received his MBA from New York University. Genser founded worldwide art insurer Genser Insurance after selling various businesses in 1986. In addition to being on the Fleming’s Board of Advisors, Genser is currently an active board member of Israel cancer USA, Palm Beach Opera, the Tel Aviv Museum, and serves as chairman of the American Friends of Museums in Israel. He is married to Joan Genser and has 2 children —daughter Mira attended UVM—and 5 grandchildren. Genser resides in Boston, Palm Beach and Florida.
Michael Jager is the Founding Partner/Chief Creative Officer of Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly JDK Design). For more than twenty-five years, Jager, Vermont’s first awarded AIGA Design Fellow, has been creating and collaborating with brands, driven by the idea that design distinction matters most. His groundbreaking work with JDK Design continues with Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, a studio that conceptualizes and realizes ideas that help guide and create culture and positive change within it. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most recognizable and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox, Nike, Levi’s, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Yara, Seventh Generation, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide. He is also the cofounder of the Karma Bird House, a creative-economy coworking space now home to more than 60 inspiring entrepreneurial entities.
Joan L. Kalkin of Bernardsville, New Jersey has been a member of the Fleming Museum’s Board of Advisors since 2003. Kalkin and her husband, Eugene Kalkin ’50 have been actively involved as volunteers with UVM for more than three decades and have served in a number of leadership capacities. In addition to her service on the Fleming Museum Board of Advisors, Kalkin has been a member of the UVM Board of Trustees, the UVM Alumni Association’s Regional Board of Greater New York City, several UVM Campaign committees, and the UVM Foundation’s Leadership Council. She has also served on the Boards of the Newark Museum of Art and the Shelburne Museum. In 2006, Joan and Eugene and their family established the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment at the Fleming Museum. Joan and Eugene received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from UVM in 1998 in recognition of their distinguished service and philanthropic leadership and were subsequently recognized by the UVM Foundation in 2012 with the Lifetime Philanthropy Award. The Kalkins’ extensive service to and generous support of numerous UVM projects and programs have earned them additional recognition by the UVM Foundation in 2018, with the creation of the Eugene and Joan Kalkin Lifetime Distinguished Leadership Award.
Lillian Mauer lives in Montreal and Stowe, Vermont. She is the founder of Art Speaks, a speaker series based in Montreal which is dedicated to presenting a platform of international artists and thinkers to further our understanding of the world through the lens of contemporary art. Mauer is currently chair of Art Collections Committee at the Fleming Museum and also chairs the acquisition committee at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: International Art after 1900. She has served as a member of the North American Acquisition Committee at the Tate Modern and as a board member at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Mauer’s involvement with museum boards in Canada, the US and Europe has strengthened her understanding that art can affect social change.
Dr. Nalin served as Senior Surgeon , U.S. Public Health Service, in Dhaka, Bangladesh (then E. Pakistan); as Research Associate, Office of International Research, NIH; Ass’t Professor, medicine and pathobiology at Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Research; and Assoc. Professor of medicine, international medicine and epidemiology and Director, U. Md. Pakistan Medical Research Center, Lahore. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Center for Immunology and Microbial Diseases, Albany Medical College(AMC). Dr. Nalin was Director, Clinical Research, Vaccines and Infectious Diseases and Director, Vaccine Scientific Affairs at Merck (1983-2002). Dr. Nalin led the team that first demonstrated that oral glucose-electrolyte solutions(ORS) reduced maintenance I.V. fluid needs by 80% in severe cholera. For this and other work, Dr. Nalin has received numerous international awards as well as an Honorary Degree from the University of Vermont in 2017.
E. Thomas Pierce
Tom Pierce was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. After receiving his degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont he pursued a career in advertising at Benton & Bowles in NYC during the ‘Mad Men’ days. However, after his college years he knew Vermont was where he wanted to eventually settle. By 1977, with his business partner, opened a retail men’s clothing shop at Church and College Streets, Michael Kehoe Ltd, which is still enjoying business after over 40 years. Pierce was inspired by art at an early age having grown up in a family of artists and collectors and incessant museum visits with his parents and grandparents. His first term on the Fleming Board was in 1996. In 2001 Pierce co-curated the Fleming exhibition of 19th Century Vermont Landscape artist Charles Louis Heyde and co-edited its accompanying book. Currently he still maintains Heyde’s catalogue raisonné having added an additional 60 paintings since the 2001 exhibition.
Martha Richardson '76
Martha Richardson opened Martha Richardson Fine Art in 2006, a gallery specializing in American and European paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Richardson has a Master of Arts degree in Italian Renaissance Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and she has completed her Ph.D. coursework and examinations at the same University. From 1988-1994, Richardson was the Director of the Fine Arts Department at Grogan & Company, an auction house located in Boston. Before moving to Boston in 1988, Richardson was employed by Sotheby's, New York. Richardson currently serves on the Fleming’s Collection Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Committee of Gateway Arts, a non-profit organization in Brookline that supports artists with disabilities.
David A. Spector has spent almost five decades on Wall Street with various NYSE member firms. For over fourteen years he had served as president of Little Pond Management, a financial consulting and advisory firm for money management. Spector, a native New Yorker, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and his MBA in Management from New York University. He serves on the Boards of the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum, and on the university’s National Advisory Council. In addition to his investment activities, Spector has been chairman of a not for profit acute care nursing home, and served on the NY Board of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. He has been involved in many other charitable and eleemosynary endeavors through the years, and has been particularly active in the horse show world. He has spent over thirty years studying, and lecturing on, the language and culture of Ancient Egypt, and is the author of “A Popular Guide to Egyptology,” as well as seven other books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects.
Mateus Teixeira '12
Mateus Teixeira is Product Manager for digital reading and assessment publishing platforms at W. W. Norton & Company, the largest and oldest independent and employee-owned publisher in the United States. Prior to his current role, Teixeira led Norton’s ebook production group and co-directed the company’s research and development in educational technology (the Norton Lab). Before joining Norton in 2013, Mateus conducted research in radio astronomy with UVM Professor Joanna Rankin and volunteered at the Fleming Museum. Mateus graduated from UVM in 2012 with majors in English, physics, and pure mathematics.
Ed von Turkovich '74
Ed von Turkovich joined the Fleming Museum of Art Board of Advisors in January 2017. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shortly after his parents emigrated from Spain, von Turkovich moved to Vermont in 1975 and earned his B.S. in Education at The University of Vermont. Von Turkovich went on to a 28-year career with the State of Vermont, serving as State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Director of the Division of Emergency Management, and, from 2002 until recently, Director of Government Business Services. Known for his entrepreneurial mindset and business acumen, von Turkovich established the State Visitor Center Advertising Promotion Program (“Better than Billboards”) and successfully spearheaded the use of public-private partnerships to enhance statewide visitor services. Anyone who has stopped by a State Visitor Center has probably enjoyed a complimentary cup of Keurig Green Mountain coffee courtesy of the self-funding Motorist Aid Refreshment Program that von Turkovich instituted. As a member of VT Governor Richard A. Snelling's senior staff, he provided policy research and support and served as liaison from the executive branch to State agencies in the Legislature. Early on in his career, von Turkovich co-founded Leunig's Bistro, Sierra Construction, and Cheese Traders (now Cheese & Wine Traders). A skilled strategist, von Turkovich is known for questioning underlying assumptions and finding creative solutions to fiscal challenges. He and his wife, Michele, live in South Burlington, VT. They have three daughters, Ana, Gabby, and Mica, who live on two continents in three time zones.
Leslie McCrorey Wells '98 GA'06
A lifelong resident of Vermont, Leslie McCrorey Wells is the co-owner of three area restaurants: Pizzeria Verità, Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca. Wells has followed a passion for fine food and entrepreneurship throughout her life. Wells worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at UVM while completing her undergraduate degree, during which time she also founded her first business, Ellington Cody, a family products business. After graduating from the University of Vermont, she joined Ben & Jerry’s marketing department, where she managed flavor promotions, client hospitality and the annual report. In 2001, she co-founded her first restaurant, Purple Knights Pizza. During the next few years she split her time between New Haven, CT, where she worked in Adult Education and Distant Learning, and Vermont, where she completed a Master of Arts in History at UVM. In 2012, she opened Pizzeria Verità, an authentic Neapolitan pizza restaurant which has won local and national awards for culinary and hospitality excellence. In 2017, Wells and her business partner, John Rao, added Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca to their restaurant group. In addition to the Fleming's Board of Advisors, Wells currently serves on the board of The Intervale Center, an organization whose mission is to strengthen food systems and the University of Vermont's Fleming Museum.
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- Harry D. Nelson Jr. '50
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