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.
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.
Liam John COM '23
Liam John is a 4th year medical student at the Larner College of Medicine. He grew up in Vermont and attended Saint Olaf College where he received a B.A. in art history. During college, he was drawn to art history through the study of landscape and environmental art. He found a way to connect art and medicine through a project examining the dying experience as portrayed in art and how art analysis could be a useful tool for physicians. Liam returned to Vermont and crossed paths with Mary Jane Dickerson and the late Fleming board chair John Brooks Buxton, both of whom inspired Liam to continue growing his interest in art and engagement with the community. Liam's position on the Fleming Board is directly tied to Mr. Buxton's legacy. At the invitation of Alan Rubin, MD, Liam has had the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at UVM. He is currently working on a project with the Fleming Museum and Dana Medical Library to bring artwork into the College of Medicine.
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.
Barbara Reville, ‘77
Barbara Reville, DNP, NP first entered the Fleming Museum when taking art history courses as a UVM nursing student. Today she is an oncology and palliative care nurse practitioner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Nursing Director for the Adult Palliative Care Division and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. She has a masters degree in oncology nursing from UCSF and a nursing doctorate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her career she has held clinical, leadership and educator roles. Her clinical practice includes inpatient palliative care consultation and teaching in the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, an education platform to train palliative care clinicians in core skills of serious illness care. Her scholarly interests include teaching communication skills, post-graduate nurse training, and museum-based clinician education. The latter is informed by her docent training and volunteer work at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation.
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.
Imogen Walker '22
Imogen Walker is the Fleming’s current student board member and is studying to finish her BA in Art History. Before moving to Vermont, Imogen lived in Prague for four years after growing up in New Orleans. These vibrant and historical cities have helped forge her deep interest in history and art - specifically of social and political activism. After graduation, Imogen plans to get her Masters in Art History and hopes to continue her work within museums to further the process of decolonization and making art accessible to everyone
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.
- Carole Burack
- Bill Davison
- Gerald Francis
- The Hon. Madeleine Kunin
- Harry D. Nelson Jr. '50
- Sylvia Nelson
- Lorna-Kay Peal
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