Board of Trustees 2014-2015

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.

Paul Foster

Paul Foster spent 17 years at Reebok International, Ltd. as the vice president of Trade, Community and Governmental Relations and director of the Reebok Human Rights Foundation. Prior to joining Reebok, Mr. Foster spent eight years as the vice president for corporate communications at Boston Whaler, Inc., and before that he worked for the City of Boston for 14 years, including six years as deputy commissioner at the Boston Transportation Department.

Paul is vice chairman of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, managing director of the Massachusetts Sports Partnership and Film Office, and serves on the boards of directors for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston's Courageous Sailing Program, the Canton Association of Industries, and The Salvation Army.

Mr. Foster holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Boston University's College of Communications. He and his wife Cecily are residents of Boston's North End/Waterfront; they have two children.

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 Vice 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 is the current Chair of MassArt's Board of Trustees and also 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.

Alexander Nally

Alexander Nally is the 2014-2015 Student Trustee. This position is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and is elected annually by the student body. Mr. Nally served as the Student Trustee in 2013-2014 and was re-elected to serve in AY 2015. He is currently a Junior in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) program and has been very involved in MassArt's student organizations and governance committees, including All College Committee.

He is currently a member of the Queer Artists' Union and has previously served as a Resident Assistant (RA) in MassArt's residence hall, the Treehouse. In 2014, Mr. Nally was appointed the MA Commission on LGTBQ Youth.  In 2012, he was appointed to the Marble Collection's Student Advisory Board, and his work has been featured multiple times in the The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine for the Arts. He was also featured in the Republican's 2012 edition of Talented Teens in the Arts.

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 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.

Rick Shea

Rich Shea is Associate Dean for Physical Planning and Facilities at Harvard Medical School. In this role he oversees facility planning, real estate, and operations for the 2.2 million square-foot Boston campus. He was most recently vice president for Facilities Management at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he led the design and public approvals process for the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, a new 275,000 square-foot clinical building.

He has also held the positions of president of MASCO, the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, a charitable corporation established to create and implement area-wide programs that assist the institutions in Longwood Medical and Academic Area and several other positions in facilities and planning.

He is on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Cooperative Society. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master's degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University.

John Taylor "Ike" Williams

Ike Williams is a founding director of the Kneerim & Williams Agency, LLC, a literary and dramatic rights agency and Of Counsel to the law firm of Stern Shapiro Weissberg & Garin, LLP. His law practice emphasizes intellectual property, first amendment litigation, and entertainment law including the creation, production, and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of publishing, film, television, music, and new media.

He has served as a trustee of many organizations including The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The Huntington Theatre.

Mr. Williams has lectured at many renowned higher education institutions, panels and events. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2004-2010. He is the recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee and the Henry Cabot Lodge Award for public service from Middlesex School. Mr. Williams holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard College.