Press Room

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2006

Hyde Announces New Board Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2005
CONTACT:  Stacey Mattison, Communications Manager, 518-792-1761 x 20,

GLENS FALLS, NY – The Hyde Collection, is proud to announce appointments that include: a new Chairman, Officers, and Trustee to serve on the Museum’s board of trustees effective January 1, 2006. The Hyde’s newly elected chairman is Bernard Brown. New officers elected are: Michael P. Brassel, treasurer; Michael Rapaport, Esq., secretary, and Beth Saunders, vice chair.
Bernard Brown, Vice-President and Treasurer of Brown and Fitzgerald, P.C., CPAs, Latham, NY has held the positions of Vice Chair of the Hyde Board and Chair of the Collection’s Committee at the Museum. Brown has also served as Treasurer of the Shaker Museum & Library. As a result of his personal interests in fine art and antiques, he has formed a parallel career as an art dealer and consultant and has loaned to numerous museum exhibitions. Michael P. Brassel is presently the Senior Vice President of Glens Falls National Bank. In addition to The Hyde Collection, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls Rotary Club, and Fort Hudson Residences, Inc. Brassel is now serving his second term as Treasurer of The Hyde Collection Board of Trustees. Michael Rapaport, Esq. has been a member of Rapaport Brothers, P.C., a general practice law firm since 1964 and is currently Chairman of M. Rapaport Co., Inc., a privately held real estate investment group. Rapaport is a supporting member of other organizations including: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Adirondack Mountain Club, and American Women’s Economic Development Corporation.  Beth Saunders is an active volunteer at the Museum and has begun her second 3-year term as a Hyde Trustee. Prior to her appointment as Vice Chair of The Hyde Board, she served on the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Education Committee. Saunders has held many volunteer positions with the Queensbury United Methodist Church, the Board of the Friends of Crandall Library, and others.

The Hyde is also pleased to introduce a new board member, Kate Leavitt, associate professor of art and chair of the art and art history department at Skidmore College. Leavitt teaches courses in printmaking, drawing, and painting and manages the department's printmaking studio.

Trustees elected to serve a second 3-year term are: Alan Redeker, Beth Saunders, and Mike Brassel. Trustees continuing their terms through 2006 are: Hon. J. Timothy Breen; Gary Dake; Christopher Detmer; Sean L. Hickey; Samuel P. Hoopes, Jr.; James Marshall; Thomas F. McGowan; Philip C. McIntire, Esq.; Richard. M. Meyers, Esq.; Evelyn Muller; Carol Newlin; Elizabeth Gambee Osborne; Frank Pusateri; Mary W. Renz; Thomas I. Soule, MD; James Taylor; Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq.; Candace Wait, and Louis H. Whitney, Sr.


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