Board of Directors Posted April 15, 2016 by admin



Jessica S. Mansmith, MNA (President):

Jessica began her nonprofit career at the age of 16, working with youth at YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs. After graduating from University at Albany (’99) with a degree in English (Fine Arts minor), she volunteered for ACG and then joined the staff as Gallery Associate. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2005 to 2012, Jessica worked for Silicon Valley Community Foundation and managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of more than 110 donor advised and discretionary funds. She credits her experiences with ACG and the community foundation for inspiring a lifelong career serving nonprofits. While attending the University of San Francisco for a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration (’09), Jessica worked for the YMCA of San Francisco and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. She launched her consulting career with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and Clausen House in Oakland before returning to New York. She currently is the Principal Consultant for her own firm, Jessica Mansmith, Inc., and assists nonprofits of all sizes with incorporation, development, board engagement, strategic planning, and marketing.


Kevin Dubner (Vice President): 

For over 30 years, Kevin Dubner has guided investors toward pursuing their personal and financial goals while providing sound advice and superior service to each and every client. He currently serves as a Financial Advisor in the Albany, New York, office of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Prior to joining Janney, Kevin held positions with Advest, Inc., First Albany Corporation and Paine Webber Inc./UBS Financial Services. Active in his community, Kevin volunteers his time and expertise in fundraising for numerous local charitable organizations. In 2007, Kevin was the recipient of the “You’re an Angel” award from To Life! (Breast Cancer Support & Education Foundation) for designing a software program to run their fund raising Gala. The success of this program led other organizations to seek out Kevin’s expertise for their fund raising events, specifically: The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America of Northeastern New York and The Center for Community Justice and Albany Center Gallery. In 2012, Kevin was nominated to the Board of Directors at To Life!, lending his expertise in finance to the organization. Kevin was nominated to the Board of Directors at Albany Center Gallery in December 2014 and has served in the role of Board Vice-President since April 2015. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys attending Albany Center Gallery openings and broadening his knowledge of the art community in the Capital District, RPI hockey games, travel, actively keeping up-to-date with his computer knowledge, wine tastings, and spending time with his family and friends. Kevin and his wife, Cindi, currently reside in Albany, New York.


James Carr (Secretary): 

Jim is a member of the education and government relations departments at Hinman Straub Advisors in Albany. Before joining Hinman Straub, Jim was president of Carr Public Affairs, Inc., a lobbying, public affairs and association management firm. He often represents clients working to protect the environment while also spurring economic growth in New York. He serves a number of groups important in education policy, and specializes in assisting clients with interests that often require public relations counsel as well.

Jim is active in a number of not-for-profit and community groups, including St. Catherine’s Center for Children, the Adirondack Experience and the Albany Roundtable. He is a former trustee of the Guilderland Public Library, the Upper Hudson Library System and a former board member of the Historic Albany Foundation. Jim is also past president of the Albany County Land Conservancy, and the former chair of the American Diabetes Association Capital District Chapter Board of Directors.


David Brickman (Treasurer):

David is a native of Albany and has been involved in the regional visual art scene for nearly 40 years as an esteemed exhibiting photographer, art critic, professor and curator. He has been on the Exhibits Committee of Albany Center Gallery for more than 10 years and a board member since 2011. David’s working life has taken him from stevedore to newspaper editor to tax collector. He now concentrates his efforts on auditing state programs for the Comptroller’s office, supporting the arts, and playing basketball, a passion he shares with ACG Executive Director Tony Iadicicco.


Lisa Brown: 

Lisa Brown has been the Associate Head of School at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer  since 2000, served as Interim Head of School from 2011-2013, and teaches  independent study classes in art history, as well as classes in social ethics. She has served as a trustee of Brown School, Schenectady, and the Saratoga Independent School.



Carlsbury Gonzalez:

Carl is a retired Human Resources professional.  He retired as an Agency Labor Relations Representative 3 from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 2010 before working as the Human Resources Administrator for the City of Saratoga Springs from 2012 – 2013.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1981 with a Masters of Art degree in Studio Art, specializing in painting.  Carlsbury has been a gallery Board Member since 1981 and has served as Secretary, Vice-President (2 years) and President (3 years).  He is also a long-time member of the gallery’s art exhibition selection committee.  He has volunteered as a Wish Granter for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of NENY since 2003.  His hobbies are playing golf, painting, cooking and listening to music, and he is a fan of the New York Yankees, Giants and Knicks.


Rebecca Haizmann:

Rebecca Haizmann is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District where she is responsible for, among other things, the traditional and new media communications and marketing, social media channels, and website; among her accomplishments since joining the organization in 2014 is growing followers on each of the BID’s platforms by over 100%. Her previous work experience includes The Record newspaper in varying capacities including audience engagement editor, where she focused on building relationships with Capital District residents, organizations, and businesses to engage the community through online and in-person events.


William Harris, Esq.:

As Senior Counsel and Consulting Attorney, Bill serves as Of Counsel at the firm of Lavelle & Finn, LLP, concentrating in the areas of estate administration, estate planning, real estate and corporate law. Bill is a 1965 graduate of Colgate University and a 1972 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University. He is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and was recommended for The Bronze Star.  Before joining Lavelle & Finn, LLP, he was a partner in the Albany law firm of Roach & Harris and prior to that was a self-employed attorney for many years. A true gourmand, Mr. Harris is Bailli (President) of the Albany chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a prestigious international food and wine society and is a Director of the Fort Orange Wine Society. Also a lover of the arts, Mr. Harris is a current member of the Board of Directors of Albany Center Gallery, a not-for-profit corporation which promotes and showcases the works of regional contemporary artists, after having served as the organization’s President for the last three years.He is a former board member of CapRep and a current board member of the Fort Orange Wine Society and the MS Support Foundation. In 2016, Mr. Harris was elected to the Board of the Albany Institute of History and Art. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates, Elder Law and Real Property Sections), the Albany County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.


Peter Leue: 

International artist and master craftsman Peter Leue has lived and worked in Albany for decades. He received his BFA from The School for American Crafts at RIT in 1968, where he studied with Wendell Castle and William Keyser. Over the decades he has not only created dozens of one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and sculpture, but has also taught woodworking to adolescents, college students and other adults. He became a full time, self-employed artist and craftsman in 1981. Many Capital District residents have integrated his immaculately reproduced architectural parts into their historic houses. He has won two Preservation Merit awards from the Historic Albany Foundation for his meticulous craftsmanship. He finds most pleasure in creating sculpture that, like its cousin furniture, is interactive. Peter has won many honors for his furniture and often-whimsical sculpture.


David Phaff:

David is President of David Phaff & Associates, Inc and is the top team producer in RealtyUSA’s largest Albany County office.  As a full-time REALTOR, a local market expert, successful negotiator, and client advocate, David has been at the top 1% of all agents regionally, working constantly as a teacher and mentor, consistently earning a customer service rating over 99.5%. His mantra is to always provide “Simply Spectacular Realty Services.”

With over 35 years in marketing, real estate and construction, David is passionate about his business, offering clients a tremendous depth and breadth of experience. He’s earned numerous designations from both the National Association of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders and is involved in numerous civic & professional associations at the committee and board levels. His idea of relaxation is to work at something enjoyable, even if it’s work.

David has a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, a minor in photography. He lives in an 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian home in Albany with his wife, Deborah.


Joel Spiro, M.D.: 

Dr. Joel Spiro is a dermatologist in Albany, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 51 years. He is one of 5 doctors at Albany Medical Center and one of 6 at St. Peter’s Hospital who specialize in Dermatology.



Melanie Stevenson:

Melanie Stevenson is an artist and Capital District transplant with a deep love of art and the creative process. Coming from a culturally rich area in Brooklyn, she was delighted to find that the Capital District has a vibrant and inclusive art community on par with any large city.

As a volunteer at the Albany Center Gallery, she has helped organize and plan the annual fundraising gala for several years as well as giving time at various openings and events. Melanie enjoys cooking, yoga and working with leather and textiles.


Edward Ticson, M.A., M.F.A: 

After working a number of years as a freelance commercial artist, Edward pursued graduate studies in drawing and painting at the University of Albany where he received his Master of Arts in 1997 and his Master of Fine Arts in 1999. Since graduating, he has been teaching extensively for Siena College, The Sage Colleges, Empire State College, as well as The Arts Center of the Capital Region in courses ranging in all manners of drawing, painting, and sculpture.  During this time, he has also been teaching a variety of camps and courses directed to aspiring high school students as they prepare for college art programs.  In addition, Edward has been leading and instructing an art group known as the Artists of Studio 76.

Edward has served as a teacher, judge, guest lecturer, panelist, and curator in collaboration with organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the New York State Museum, the New York State Olympics of the Visual Arts, the Fulton Street Gallery and many of the local art leagues.  Edward’s drawings, paintings and prints have appeared in numerous group, faculty, and solo shows in the area as well as in multiple charitable events.


Micheileen Treadwell:

Micheileen Treadwell, with 19 years of experience, is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial. She’s also active within the community, being a member of many boards, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s action council, Albany Center Gallery, and more.



Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle: 

Juan Gabriel is a Colombian artist based in the United States since 2000. His undergraduate degree is in Textile Design, with an advanced degree from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia in Applied Linguistics. Juan Gabriel’s art reflects the beauty of his native Colombia along with the new surroundings he experiences in the United States. His art ranges from oil on canvas, acrylic, pottery, textiles, dimensional, home design, murals, body art and mixed media pieces (glass and carvings). Juan Gabriel’s art has been shown in Bogotá, with expositions at the Museo de Museos (1993), Galeria Frau (1995), Arte Clave Galeria (1996) and Asociacíon Colombiana de Diseñadores Textiles (1997). He has also shown his art in the Catskill Region of New York, Chicago, and New Jersey. Juan Gabriel is also a teacher, teaching at a number of private schools in the United States, and currently is the Assistant Dean for Student Life at The Doane Stuart School.