Board of Trustees


  • Brian Beglin, Secretary

  • Kate Cordsen

    Kate Cordsen is a photographer well known for her large-scale, minimalist landscapes. The Hartford Courant, in reviewing a solo exhibition, wrote, “The natural world is transformed by Cordsen’s astonishing eye.” She employs alternative photography techniques including cyanotype and gum bichromate along with digital technologies to create her painterly photographs. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Gallery in New York and her photographs have been published widely in publications including, The New York Times, Elle Décor and Vogue.

    Trained as an art historian with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese art, she brings a scholarly eye to her work. She received a B.A. in the history of art and East Asian Studies from Washington & Lee University where she has the distinction of being the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree. Cordsen has an MPP from Georgetown University and studied the history of art at Harvard University and photography at The International Center of Photography. She has served on numerous arts related boards including, the Japan-America Society, The Japan Society of Boston, Concordia Conservatory, and the Connecticut River Museum.

  • Judy Cotton

  • Eileen Eder

    Eileen Eder is a fine arts painter who exhibits her work in several galleries along the east coast. She exhibits frequently in local and national juried shows and has won numerous national and regional awards for her work. Eileen currently teaches classes through the Lyme Art Association and at Lyme College Center for Arts programming. Ms. Eder has taught studio classes at Sacred Heart University, Gateway Community College, and at the Yale Center for British Art. She also has served as a department chair and instructor with the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.

    Mrs. Eder joined both the Lyme College of Fine Arts Board of Trustees and UNH Board of Governors in 2014. She is an elected artist at the Lyme Art Association, serves on the Board of Directors of Artspace in New Haven and is a former board member of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

    Eileen earned a B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. She has studied studio arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, New York Studio School and twice has participated in a master class in Italy with internationally renowned painter Israel Hershberg.

    Mrs. Eder resides in Guilford, Ct., with her husband, Andrew, who is chairman of Eder Brothers Inc. Their son, Wesley, is a 2010 graduate of UNH’s Executive MBA program, and their daughter, Stacey Smith, is a 2010 graduate of the University of New Haven master’s degree program in education.

  • Suzanne Clum Joffray

    Suzanne Clum Joffray joined the Board of Trustees in 1998. And has served on a variety of committees including: Academic, Student Services, Finance Committee, Development and Marketing Committees. She has also served as a member of the Steering Committee to bring an Alumni Association to the Academy. She is now working to develop an Archives for the College.

    She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University with a B.A. in Speech and Drama. She received a MALS degree from Wesleyan University and a Professional Certificate from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the area.

    Mrs. Joffray is retired from Loomis Chaffee School, in Windsor, CT, where she taught, and then became Associate Director of Development.

    She is married to Donald M. Joffray and they have three children: Marshall, Rexford and Jeffrey.

    She is an owner and member of the Board of Directors of Product Development Corporation in Monterey, California.

    Mrs. Joffray volunteers at the Nearly New Shop and in other capacities at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church.

  • Robert Manice, Vice Chairman

  • Alison McCall

  • Alex Richardson

    Alex is Vice President, Global Business Development and Digital Operations at Tory Burch LLC, New York City. Considered one of the architects of omnichannel retailing technology, Alex was the recipient of the 2007 Industry Innovator of the Year for his work on developing the interactive store windows for Ralph Lauren Corp. Prior to Ralph Lauren, Alex was Founder , CEO & Board member of Netkey Software, acquired by NCR Corporation. Alex pioneered the development of a new enterprise software market for the management of digital and interactive displays. Alex is co-holder of two multi-channel technology patents Alex also had brief stints at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising (New York City) and with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (CT). Alex has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Physics and Economics from Connecticut College. Alex is married to E.H. (Liddy) Karter, General Partner at Enhanced Capital and their year son, Nicholas, is a Senior at St Pauls School, Concord, NH.

  • Allen Rosenshine

  • Wayne O. Southwick, MD (1923-2016), Lifetime Trustee

    Wayne was Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University, where he was in charge of the residency training program for more than 20 years, and remains on the staff and faculty as Professor Emeritus. He has been extensively published in medical periodicals and widely recognized for his interest in and development of surgical approaches and the biomechanics of the spine. In 1979, he began to study drawing and sculpture with instructors of the Lyme Academy and continued to study with Bruno Lucchesi. He has bronzes at the Museum of Nebraska Art, Yale School of Medicine, Loomis Chaffee School and others. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

  • John Schroeder

    John Schroeder is Principal of John R. Schroeder, AIA, specializing in architecture, planning and interior design. His firm has won several design awards and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski. He is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the USGBC (United Stated Green Building Council). Before starting his own firm in 2003, John was with Centerbrook Architects and the S/L/A/M Collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his design practice, John is owner of eo art lab art consulting, offering art procurement services to corporate, institutional, hospitality and residential clients. He is also owner of Monroe Properties, a property development company, which designs and builds high value projects throughout Connecticut.

  • Susan Skelsey

  • Patricia Spratt

  • Stephen Tagliatela, Chairman

Founding Trustee
  • Elisabeth Gordon Chandler de Gerenday (1913-2006)

    In 1976 at age 63, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler founded Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which later was accredited as a college and renamed Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She was inspired to do so because at that time, representational art and the traditional education of artists were disappearing in the Western world.

    As a young girl, Elisabeth trained as a professional harpist and became an accomplished performer. Later she studied sculpture with Edmondo Quattocchi and anatomy under Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students League in New York City. Over her long career she received many awards and honors, notable among them The Thomas R. Proctor Prize from the National Academy of Design; the 1992 Silver Medal and Citation from the National Sculpture Society; The 1982 Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America; The 1971 Gold Medal from the National Arts Club; the Governor’s Arts Award from the State of Connecticut; and an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Joseph’s College in 2001.

    Chandler’s sculpture is held in many private and public collections including St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the National Academy of Design; National Sculpture Society; Old State House in Hartford; Fairfield University; The Paul Mellon Art Center; The British Museum; Columbia University School of Law; Princeton University and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

    She was married and widowed twice; first to Robert Chandler and later to Laszlo “Laci” de Gerenday. Her life was filled with a passion for music, sculpting and teaching. Elisabeth Gordon Chandler is properly described as Renaissance woman who firmly but gently led by the example of her own principled life, and who shared with others her boundless generosity and dedication.

    As its founder, Chandler set a course for the Academy and College with its mission to “provide the best education in drawing, painting, (illustration) and sculpture through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts, thereby establishing a comprehensive foundation for the development of the artist.” She remained active as a sculptor, Professor of Sculpture, and trustee of the College she founded until the very end of her life on November 29, 2006 at age 93.