About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Vision Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will be the leading source for education and scholarship that inspires cultural and environmental awareness of the American landscape and the continuing impact of Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School.

Mission Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement.  Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today.


Strategic Plan

In 2010, the board and staff of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site wrote and adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide decision-making as the organization entered its second decade.
Download the 2010 Strategic Plan.



Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director

David Barnes, Associate Director

Melissa Gavilanes, Director of Education

Kate Menconeri, Director of Exhibitions & Collections 

Carrie Tuccio, Museum Administrator 

Heather Paroubek, Outreach and Research Coordinator 

Marie Spano, Visitor Center Manager

Alice Tunison, Program Manager

Olivia Lichens, Museum Educator   

Jennifer Richard-Morrow, Museum Educator

Betsy Goodman-Smith, Museum Educator   

Peter and Tone Noci, Caretakers


Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman

Stephen Dunn, Vice-Chairman

Maynard Toll, Treasurer

Marianne Lockwood, Secretary

Elizabeth Jacks, Executive Director

Asli Ay 

David Barnes

Carrie Feder

MaryEllen Gallagher

Linda Gentalen

Michel Goldberg

Nina Matis

Anne Miller

Stephen Shadley

Warner Shook

Hudson Talbott

Sybil Tannenbaum


National Council 

Kevin J. Avery  

Annette Blaugrund  

Gerald Carr

Linda S. Ferber

Ella M. Foshay

Eleanor Jones Harvey

Ashton Hawkins

Patricia Junker

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser

Katherine Manthorne 

Barbara Novak

Paul D. Schweizer

Nancy Siegel

John Stilgoe 

Alan Wallach


2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report