Board of Directors
Deidre Dinnigan is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), and a longstanding member of the Archivist Round Table (ART). Deidre has served on the ART Board of Directors as Vice President (2018); President (2019); and Director of Programming (2021-2023). She holds a Masters of Arts from New York University and a Masters in Libraries and Information Science (with a specialization in Archives and Special Collections) from The Pratt Institute. Deidre is the Owner/CEO of ForKeeps Inc. which provides a range of heritage services to institutions and private clients. Since founding her company in 2016, Deidre has worked with a diverse clientele from both the profit and nonprofit sectors including hotels, hospitals, theaters, churches, restaurants, and academic institutions to help them harness, safeguard, and share their histories.
Nicholas Martin (he/him/his) is the Curator for Arts and Humanities at NYU Special Collections, where his responsibilities include collection development, outreach, instruction, and exhibitions. He holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Masters’ Program, and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining NYU in 2017, Nicholas was the Librarian for Archives and Special Collections at NYU Abu Dhabi. Nicholas is an active member both of the Society of American Archivists and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, where he currently serves on the security committee and is a co-chair of the task force to revise the section’s guidelines on exhibition and interlibrary loan of archives and special collections. His current research interests include quantifying the operational impacts of archival collection development, the implications of the use of archival materials in museum and gallery exhibitions, the intersections of the art market and the archives world, and the commoditization of archival materials as art objects and cultural artifacts.
John Attanasio first joined ART in Sept. 1990. He did a joint internship at the Rockefeller Foundation and Rockefeller Archives Center, and went on to work at the Edison National Historical Park as an Archives Technician from 1991-1993. Subsequently, he was at the Music Division of the NYPL and Archivist for the Queens Historical Society in 1994. John went into Records Management starting in 1995, doing part time work in the Medical Records department of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He then went on to MIMI LLC of Rockville, Maryland and then to a series of positions at Forest Laboratories. In all, John spent 15 years in Life Sciences Records Management. In addition to ART, John is a member of ARMA (Association of Records Management Administrators) and belongs to the ARMA New York City-Long Island chapter and ARMA New England. He is currently serving as the Secretary of the ARMA New England chapter.
Michael Andrec has been the lone arranger at the Ukrainian History and Education Center (UkrHEC.org) in Somerset, NJ since 2010, where he has been responsible for preserving and making accessible hundreds of legacy and recently acquired collections, as well as exhibition curation, digitization of audio and paper-based archives, outreach, and reference services. Since 2021 he has also been an archives consultant for the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York, NY (shevchenko.org). He completed the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. He served as Treasurer of the Archivists Round Table from 2015 to 2017. In 2022, Michael and the UHEC received the MARAC New Jersey Caucus Innovative Archives Award for his rapid shift from archival duties to education and advocacy after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Director of Programming
Samantha Rowe is an archivist and art historian, and the Digital Archivist and Research Associate of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc. (WPI), a non-profit foundation dedicated to the publication of digital catalogues raisonnés and archival material that support research in art history. Her role is to prepare, describe, arrange, and conduct item-level processing of digital archival materials using the WPI’s relational database to provide free public access to over 50,000 art historical resources and research materials on its growing digital platform, which she helped develop with an international team of researchers, developers, and UI/UX designers. In addition to her current role, she's held positions at the Museum of Modern Art; Archival Collections Management at New York University, Division of Libraries; and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists for Oxford University Press. Her research is grounded in the investigation of the intersections of art and archives. She holds an MSLIS from Long Island University and MA in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Nicole Font, MA [she/her] is the Shelby White and Leon Levy processing archivist at the Center for Brooklyn History, Brooklyn Public Library. She received her MA in Archives and Public History from New York University in 2022 and has worked on projects for the American Song Archives and the New-York Historical Society. She's currently on the programming committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and the social media coordinator for the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section of the Society of American Archivists.
Bill Dinnigan has been a friend of ART for years and a "Friend of Art '' for two years. Since joining he has served as a member of the Programming Committee helping to organize events and build a sense of community among members. Professionally, Bills' career has been focused on cyber security, and spanned many aspects of the field and he has been employed in the financial sector for over three decades.
As a Special Needs Educator in New York City’s Board of Education, Bernard Jean helps his students to be their best regardless of their disabilities. He has been a member of ART for over two years and, during that time, has served as member of the Programming Committee. As Outreach Director, he hopes to leverage his skills as an Educator and his love of Archives by helping to build a bridge between ART, Archives, and the K- 12 academic communities that he engages with daily.
Director of Publications
Elizabeth Kobert is an archivist at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, and has previously worked in the archives of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Pratt Institute, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. She received her MLIS from Pratt in 2019 and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She has contributed writing to the SAA's Reviews Portal, Library Journal, and the Frick's blog, and has volunteered with Interference Archive and the Prison Library Support Network.