Key Staff

OUR TEAM

At AKC Museum of the Dog, our staff is focused on celebrating the role of dogs in society and educating the public about the human-canine bond. Get to know our key staff members and read their bios below.

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Deborah Kasindorf

Executive Director & CEO

Deborah Kasindorf comes to the Museum with over 25 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit companies, including strategic planning, fundraising, communications, marketing, trustee engagement, and resource management. Most recently with The Newark Museum of Art where she served as the Vice President and Deputy Director of External Affairs. She also has worked as Director of External Affairs at the Seattle Children's Theatre, held various roles at Starbucks Coffee Company, The Clorox Company, and several blue-chip advertising agencies in senior client management roles.

Kasindorf is also a member of the American Alliance of Museums as well as the original executive sponsor for The Newark Museum of Art’s Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion Committee. She is a past board member of the Newark Downtown District and the Seattle Children’s Theatre.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from Mills College.

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Alan Fausel

Adjunct Curator

Alan Fausel brings with him over 30 years of art-world experience as a scholar, curator, and appraiser. His curatorial career began at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Art. He was then appointed curator of the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh. He has been with the auction houses Butterfields in San Francisco and Doyle and Bonhams in New York since 1990. Mr. Fausel has been a regular on the paintings table of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW since the series' first season in 1997. He taught at New York University in the Graduate School of Arts Education from 1999-2017. He is a frequent lecturer to groups including the Appraiser's Association of America.

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Alan Grossman

Director of Development

Alan Grossman has over 25 years of experience in development and leadership, including public and private universities, social service organizations, consulting, and the corporate sector. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.  He has served on many boards throughout his career, including AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) and has earned the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) designation. Grossman has also selected pieces from the estates of artists, bequeathed to Universities for their collections. He holds a BS from Rutgers University, a Masters from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and attended Rochester Institute of Technology for the MFA in Photography program.

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Nicholas Popoli

Manager of Membership & Visitor Experience

Nicholas Popoli oversees the Museum’s Membership & Visitor Experience, bringing with him a decade’s worth of experience in the Museum & Nonprofit world. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Nicholas started his career at The Italian American Museum and followed that with experiences at The Newark Museum, The September 11th Memorial & Museum and The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, working in a variety of fields including development, membership, education & visitor services. Not to mention his experience working in the Sports Industry for The New York Cosmos, his alma matter Seton Hall University and as a credentialed sports photographer. An avid sports fan, Nicholas bleeds Blue, whether that’s the blue of the Seton Hall Pirates, Yankees, Cowboys, Rangers or Knicks depends on the season!

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Almerry Martins

Digital Media Manager

Almerry Martins is a Communications dean’s list graduate with more than a decade of Operations experience in the private sector who’s currently pursuing his M.B.A. with concentrations in Business Analytics and Digital Marketing. His lifelong passion for filmmaking (behind and in front of the camera), and photography, has allowed him to direct and write ‘The Garden of Life’, a successful Giving Tuesday campaign for Several Sources Shelters that raised thousands of dollars in donations, and, in becoming an award-winning published photographer.

Linda Perry

Development Assistant

Beginning her career with nonprofits at the age of 10, Linda collected donations for the Arthritis Foundation in her neighborhood. While studying environmental studies at The George Washington University, she decided to pursue a career in computer science and database management. Linda has worked with John Hopkins Applied Lab on projects for Northrop Grumman, the Smithsonian Institute, and several non-profits. These technical opportunities culminated into website design, and united with a life-long knowledge of dogs, gained from attending a myriad of dog shows where she owner-handled sighthounds to national championships, ultimately bringing her full circle to the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog.

MUSEUM OF THE DOG BOARD MEMBERS

Class of 2022

Gayle Bontecou, Vice President 

Brandi Hunter

Carol O’ Brien

Daphna Straus

Peter Rohslau, Treasurer 

Alan Kalter

Dr Thomas Schutte

 

Class of 2023

Jeffrey Ansell, Chairperson 

James Crowley, Secretary 

Gina DiNardo

 

Class of 2024

Ellen MacNeille Charles, President 

Jane V. Love

Hon. David C. Merriam, Vice Chairperson 

Nancy J. Shaw

Dr. Robert E. Tainsh

Janet York

Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.


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Accessibility

Service animals are welcome in the museum. The museum entrance is wheelchair accessible via the building’s main plaza on the corner of Park Ave and E 40th Street. Accessible elevators are located on the first floor of the museum to the left of the admissions desk and gift shop. Public restrooms include accessible facilities.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact the museum.

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Photography Policy

Non-flash photography is permitted in the Museum for personal (non commercial) use except where noted. Flash photography, videography and tripods are not permitted in the Museum.