Board of Trustees 2015-2016

Hope Barkan

Hope Barkan an independent curator. She most recently co-curated a ceramic exhibition that had an international tour — From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics.

She has been on the executive committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps and currently serves on the advisory board of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine and the Tufts Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center. Ms. Barkan is also an overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a masters degree in art history from Tufts University.

Ms. Barkan is married to Mel Barkan, and they have two married sons and four grandchildren.

Julia Dudley-Kramer

Julia Dudley-Kramer is the 2015-2016 Student Trustee. This position is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and is elected annually by the student body. She is currently a Junior in Illustration and aspires to illustrate for young adult novels. Julia is a Massachusetts native, originally from Reading. She has also served as a Resident Assistant (RA) in MassArt’s residence hall, the Treehouse, for the college's summer programs. Julia is excited and honored to serve on MassArt's Board of Trustees and hopes to use her time on the Board to address the needs and concerns of current and far future MassArt students.

Elisa Hamilton ('07)

Elisa Hamilton is a graduate of the MassArt Painting department. A resident of Watertown and member of the Fort Points Arts Community, she has remained an active participant in the college's community. She has served as Chair of MassArt's Alumni Leadership Council and has been on the Council since 2009.

Ms. Hamilton presently teaches at the Eliot School in Crafts and Fine Arts, while maintaining a professional practice. Her work has been extensively shown in both solo and group exhibitions, as well as recognized by the press and her peers.

David Lee

David Lee, FAIA, is a principal with Stull and Lee, Inc. where he directs a wide array of architectural, urban design, and planning projects. He spent many years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has been on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Lee is the current Chair of MassArt's Board of Trustees and served as president of the Boston Society of Architects in 1992 and in May 2007, he was one of three design resource persons invited to present at the National Endowment for the Arts and Conference of Mayor's first International Mayor's Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Richard Marshall, MD

Dr. Richard Marshall is a pediatrician at the Copley office of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston and also serves as director of Research, Teaching, and Education for the medical group. From 2001 until 2007 he served as its chief medical officer. He is a clinical assistant professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School. He has been collecting art and photography since 1978, with a focus on younger artists who live or show work in the Boston area and is a long-time supporter of the MassArt auction.

He serves as a board member of Fenway Health, a community health center serving the Fenway area and Boston's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Previously he served on the board of the Park School in Brookline, where his two sons attended elementary school. A native of rural California, he graduated from Stanford University and the Medical School of the University of California, San Diego, before moving to Boston in 1974 to complete his pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital.

Peter Nessen

Peter is the founder and president of Nessen Associates. He is a public accountant who has served as Chief Executive Officer and on the governing Board of Advisors for national investment-banking firms. From 1987 to 1990, Peter was Assistant Secretary of Administration and Finance responsible for human and social service purchase reform. From 1991 to 1993, Peter was Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In that capacity, he was the senior cabinet member and the chief financial officer in Governor Weld’s cabinet. Peter has also been a partner in the accounting firms of BDO Seidman and Henry J. Bornhofft Company, and the Dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School. He chaired the Massachusetts Cultural Council and served on the Governor’s Commission evaluating school reform, as well as representing Massachusetts as the public commissioner on the New England accreditation commission.

Peter holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business Administration. He currently serves on the boards of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Pamela Parisi ('67)

Pamela Parisi is a graduate of the MassArt Graphic Design department. In 2005, she received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Corporate Leadership Award and was the first woman in the world to have been appointed in a senior design position within a publicly traded corporation. In 2007, she retired from her position as Director of Global Design for Packaging at Proctor & Gamble (The Gillette Company), where she worked for nearly 30 years.

She is the current Vice Chair of MassArt's Board of Trustees and served on the Alumni Leadership Council from 2003-2007. In 2008, she joined Kay Sloan on the friends trip to Egypt trip and since then has given generously to student travel scholarships. She has consistently attended alumni events and has expressed a deep commitment to student travel initiatives. Pamela is married to Philip Parisi, who is also one of MassArt's distinguished Graphic Design graduates.

Susan Schechter 

Susan Schechter formerly owned an investor relations business, where she provided financial communications coaching and guidance to high tech companies. Prior to that, she had an extensive career in high technology at IBM and Lotus with senior management positions in sales, marketing, and human resources.

She has served on the boards of the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Big Sister, the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance camp, the Wang Center and Squasbusters. She was also co-chair of the Boston City Hospital's Food for Thought fundraiser and Overseer of Angell Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Schechter is also a painter and has been a frequent participant in MassArt's Annual Auction, which she chaired from 2003-2007. In 2012, after ten years of service as a Foundation Director Susan was elected Chair Emerita. She currently serves as the Trustee Representative to the MassArt Foundation. Susan served as co-chair of the Foundation's Comprehensive Campaign Committee, and a member of the Investment, and Nominating Committees.

Linda L. Snyder

As Vice President for Operations for Tufts, Linda Snyder oversees the departments responsible for facility O&M, campus planning, capital project management, dining, public and environmental safety, energy and infrastructure and real estate on the Tufts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts. These campuses consist of about 5 million square feet. The Operations Division has an annual operating budget of $108M in FY17 and about 400 employees. Since Linda came to Tufts in 2012 approximately $300M in capital projects have been undertaken.

Prior to joining Tufts, Linda was VP, Campus Planning and Facilities at Dartmouth College where she oversaw the departments responsible for campus planning, design and construction and O&M, accomplishing a successful departmental reorganization and completion of $350M in strategic capital projects. As Associate Executive Dean of Physical Resources and Planning for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard University, she managed planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations for FAS buildings, including the successful delivery of $500M in new construction projects for life science and physics research. Under her leadership the House Capital Renewal Program was launched.

Under Linda’s leadership as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority from 1997-2005, the Authority received legislative authorization for $500M in bond financing and managed construction of 1800 new student beds, including the Mass Art Artists Residence, and other revenue-financed facilities for Mass Art, Mass Maritime and the seven state colleges (now universities). She pioneered an innovative harmony-based construction project delivery process for public agencies, now written into the Massachusetts law. Linda managed the construction of the Chelsea, Massachusetts school system, from 1993-97 in an innovative partnership for urban school reform between the City of Chelsea, Boston University and the Commonwealth.

Ms. Snyder holds a 1981 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) from Utah State University and is a 1996/97 Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Fitchburg State College in 2006. In 2008 she received a distinguished alumnae award from the Utah State University Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP). She is currently Co-Chair of the LAEP Advancement Board and is a board member of Riverside Community Care, a behavioral health services delivery organization. Linda was appointed to the Mass Art Board of Trustees by Governor Baker on October 6, 2015. Ms. Snyder lives in the South End of Boston, MA with her husband, Steven Kadish.