Steering Committee

Alliance for Response, NYC has been guided by a volunteer committee chair and volunteer steering committee since its inception in 2004. This team of individuals from both public and private institutions has partnered together to provide programming, professional development, networking opportunities focused on disaster preparedness and response, and administered critical information to the membership at large in event of a local disaster.

Since 2013, generous funding from the New York Community Trust has allowed the present leadership to focus on building AFR’s first website with social media integration.  The committee is also currently working on creating the training modules for New York City’s first Heritage Response Team. The Heritage Response Team will assist our membership and cultural community at large when disaster strikes.

Alliance Co-chairs:

Beth Nunan
Associate Conservator
American Museum of Natural History

Derya Kovey 
Associate Registrar
New Museum

NYCT Grant Project Manager:

Cindy Albertson
Assistant Conservator
Museum of Modern Art

Alliance Steering Committee:

Harriet Irgang Alden
Conservation Director

Rachel Danzing
Conservator of Paper
The Brooklyn Museum

Kevin Devorsey
Electronic Records Format Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration

Lisa Elkin

Chief Registrar and
Director of Conservation
American Museum of Natural History / AIC Cert

Amy Hau
Director of Administration and External Affairs
The Noguchi Museum

Kala Harinarayanan
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
American Museum of Natural History

Katherine Lewis
Attorney-Advisor (contract)
Office of Contracting, Smithsonian Institution (NY)

Scott Merritt
Assistant Director Operations and Program Support
National Museum of the American Indian – New York

Eugenie Milroy
A.M. Art Conservation

Sheila Palmer
Assistant Vice President Loss Control Services
Chubb Insurance

Diana Pardue
Chief, Museum Services Division
Statue of Liberty NM & Ellis Island
National Park Service

Faye Rosenbaum
General Manager
Martha Graham Dance Company

Julia Sybalsky
Associate Conservator
American Museum of Natural History

David Ward
Senior Director of Facilities and Capital Planning
New York City Center

Alliance Advisors:

Kelly Britt
Archaeologist, Region II

Angela Campbell
Assistant Conservator
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christina Farrell
Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs
New York City Office of Emergency Management

David Hart
Creative Production and Project Management

Mary Neustadter
Deputy Regional Environmental Officer
DHS/FEMA Region II, Mitigation Division

Steve Pine
Museum of Fine Arts Houston / AIC CERT

Ira Tannenbaum
Director of Public and Private Initiatives
New York City Office of Emergency Management

Corine Wegener
Preservation Specialist for Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Institution