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Monday, Jan 12, 2009

Hyde announces first woman board chair, 2009 officers

The Hyde Collection has announced the installation of its 2009 board of trustees officers and its first female chair, Beth Saunders.

Saunders, who has been a member of The Hyde’s board of trustees for six years, has served the organization’s board as vice chairman, chairman of the governance committee, and chairman of the education committee. She succeeds Bernard R. Brown, who concludes his third year as chairman of The Hyde’s board and, as immediate past chairman, will continue to serve as a board member.

The Hyde’s Executive Director David F. Setford said of Saunders, “I am certain that Mrs. Hyde, as a woman of foresight and dedication to the fine arts, would be thrilled to know that the leadership of our board of trustees for the coming year will be another forward-thinking and accomplished woman... Beth Saunders.”

Officers for 2009 include Alan E. Redeker as vice chairman, Michael P. Brassel as treasurer, and Michael S. Rapaport, Esq. as secretary. Redeker is principal of Redeker Management Consulting and past president of Glens Falls Lehigh Cement Company. He has been a member of The Hyde’s board since 2003. Brassel, who also joined the Museum’s board in 2003 and has served as treasurer for five years, is president of the Community Development Corporation of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company. Rapaport, who is a senior partner of Rapaport Brothers, PC of New York City, has served on The Hyde’s board since 2004 and as secretary since 2006.

The Hyde has also announced the addition of four new trustees. John K. Desmond, III, vice president of Delta Holdings (Desmond Hotels), who is also involved with such organizations as the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the NYS Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Michael J. Gardner, M.D., a practicing internist in Albany, NY and immediate past president of Prime Care Physicians P.C., is a member of the Albany County Medical Society, serves on the board of the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, and is affiliated with St. Peter’s Hospital. Evelyn Muller, associate broker with Warburg Realty Partnership, Ltd. in New York City, has returned to The Hyde board. Muller’s first nine-year term ended in 2007 and she continued to participate at the Museum as an active emeritus trustee. Charlotte Pruyn Whitney, great-granddaughter of Mrs. Hyde and owner of Kismet, a gift boutique in downtown Glens Falls, is a member of the Museum’s fundraising committee and most recently led the Louis Hyde Whitney $10K Giveaway, named for her late father who was a life trustee of the Museum.


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