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.
Executive Director & CEO
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.
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.
Manager of Educational Programs
Emily Brostek develops and facilitates programming for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy as the Museum’s Manager of Educational Programs. She has experience in fine arts and museums from her work in curatorial, education, and development positions throughout her career. Brostek is a devoted football fan of her alma mater, Penn State University, where she studied History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She is published as a co-curator for RISE. at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery, during which time she earned her MA in Museum Professions. Brostek is excited to assist, challenge, and inspire visitors to view art with new perspectives at the Museum.
Originally from Connecticut, Jeana Wunderlich earned her BA in Studio Art and Arts Administration from Drew University and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has done administrative and educational work in museums and fine arts organizations across the country, including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, New Jersey and the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan. Though not a current dog owner, she grew up with a cocker spaniel-beagle mix named Susie, whose hobbies included snoozing on the couch and digging up moles in the backyard.
Manager of Membership & Visitor Experience
Ellen PutneyMoore has a diverse background that includes working in various development and service management capacities at the Metropolitan Opera, the Wall Street firm TABB Group and the American Kennel Club. Ellen is also a former opera singer, earning dual undergraduate degrees at The University of Michigan in American Culture and Vocal Performance, and a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Ellen has a passion for retail and is a dedicated nonprofit warrior. The only thing she loves more is her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sydney, who is named after the famed Sydney Opera House.
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.
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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.
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