New Trustees, Overseers, and Fellows Approved at MHS Annual Meeting

The vote was unanimous. As the governing body, the Fellows of the MHS approved six new Trustees as well as eight new Overseers at the Society's Annual Meeting on 12 June 2019. Eleven Fellows were also officially accepted during the meeting. After business concluded, a tribute was given in recognition of 25 years of service to the Society by employees Jennifer Smith, Operations Assistant, and Mary E. Yacovone, Senior Cataloger. Retiring Trustees Joyce E. Chaplin and Herbert P. Dane were thanked for their years of service along with retiring Overseers Amy de Rahm, Nancy Anthony, Richard W. Cheek, Jonathan Hecht, Thomas M. Paine, Robert Pemberton, Alan Rogers, and William P. Veillette.

The Society’s new Trustees include Edward Baldini, Nancy Cott, Annette Gordon-Reed, René F. Jones, James W. Segel, and Michael Shea.

  • Edward Baldini is the Senior Managing Director, Partner & Associate Director of Equity Product Management at Wellington Management Group, LLP.
  • Nancy Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard. Her work focuses on gender questions in 19th and 20th century U.S. history. She is the author of Public Vows (2000), on the history of marriage as a public institution in the U.S.
  • Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history.
  • René F. Jones is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, M&T Bank.
  • James W. Segel is President of James Segel, LLC. He is a consultant and advisor on federal and state government affairs.
  • Michael Shea is the founder and managing director of Shea & Company, LLC, a technology-focused investment bank with offices in Boston and San Francisco.

The Society’s new Overseers include Richard Batchelder, Leah Camhi, Joyce Chaplin, Karilyn Crockett, Arthur G. Epker, III, Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., Sharlyn Heslam, and Robert B. Minturn.

  • Richard Batchelder is a partner at Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA. He is a business litigation attorney, former Hiring Partner, and member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
  • Leah Camhi is the Executive Director of the Fenway Community Development Corporation. She is an entrepreneurial non-profit leader with experience in the fields of youth education, employment, and development.
  • Joyce Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She teaches the histories of science, climate, colonialism, and environment. Joyce Chaplin has just completed her second consecutive term as an MHS Trustee.
  • Karilyn Crockett is a lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on large-scale land-use changes in 20th century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty.
  • Arthur G. Epker, III is a partner at PAR Capital Management, Inc., Boston.
  • Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr. is pastor of the Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury, Mass. A religious and community leader in Boston, he is involved with the Boston Foundation, the Boston TenPoint Coalition, MSPCC, YMCA of Greater Boston, Gordon College, and Andover-Newton Theological School.
  • Sharlyn Heslam is Managing Director and General Counsel with Berkshire Partners in Boston, Mass. She is a former corporate partner of Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
  • Robert B. Minturn is the Director Emeritus and Co-Founder of Northeast Investment Management in Boston, Mass.

The Society’s new Fellows include Benjamin Bergenholtz, John Carey, Gordon Edes, Eric Foner, Susan Greendyke Lachevre, Elaine Heavey, Cynthia J. Musante, Neil Musante, Anthony Pangaro, Mary Yacovone, and Lawrence J. Yerdon.

  • Benjamin Bergenholtz, nominated by Ken Turino, is principal at Harborside Holdings Corporation. He is a real estate developer with an MS in historic preservation from Roger Williams University and a keen interest in the work of the MHS.
  • John Carey, nominated by Michael Yogg, is a securities analyst and portfolio manager at Amundi Pioneer Asset Management. A lifelong student of history, he has three degrees in the field from Columbia and Harvard, including his PhD. He is the author of Judicial Reform in France before the Revolution of 1789 (1981). Lately, he is interested in pre-Civil-War U.S. history.
  • Gordon Edes, nominated by Catherine Allgor, is the historian to the Boston Red Sox. A sports journalist (for the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe among other notable papers), he has worked with the MHS on several programs. He is the descendant of Benjamin Edes, the publisher of the Boston Gazette in the Revolutionary era.
  • Eric Foner, nominated by L. Dennis Shapiro, is the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. He is a prominent historian and is particularly interested in the Civil War era. 
  • Susan Greendyke Lachevre, nominated by Anne Bentley, runs the State Art Commission for the state capitol fine art and artifact collection.
  • Elaine Heavey, nominated by Brenda Lawson, is the MHS Director of the Library and Security Officer. An accomplished reference librarian, advocate for history and civics education, and National History Day, she is dedicated to the mission of the Society.
  • Cynthia J. Musante, nominated by Anne Bentley, is Senior Scientific Director and Head of Quantitative Pharmacology at Pfizer. She is a numismatics enthusiast.
  • Neil Musante, nominated by Anne Bentley, is the owner of 13th Story Books, specializing in numismatic books, history, literature, and first editions. He is a numismatics expert.
  • Anthony Pangaro, nominated by Catherine Allgor, is a Boston-area private real estate developer and architect with an interest in the history of Boston. He managed the development of the Southwest Corridor transit project and is currently advising the MHS on real estate options.
  • Mary Yacovone, nominated by Brenda Lawson, is the MHS Senior Cataloger. She is an accomplished collections digital and physical cataloging expert and curator of book collections and exhibits. She is dedicated to the mission of the Society.
  • Lawrence J. Yerdon, nominated by Michael Yogg, is President and CEO of Strawberry Banke Museum. He is a professional museum executive with an interest in the work of the MHS.

We are pleased to welcome all of our new Trustees, Overseers, and Fellows.