Board of Directors

Robert Leo Costello Leo Costello is a tenured associate professor of art history and director of graduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He worked for two years at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston prior to joining Rice University in 2004. He is the author of J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press), published in 2012, and has contributed to numerous catalogs and anthologies on Turner. He has also worked on 20th-century art, including an essay on Wyndham Lewis (Gordon Hughes, et. al., eds., Apocalypse 1914: Artists and the First World War, Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Trust, 2014).

Dr. Costello hold a B.A. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from American University, where he wrote a thesis on the English artist Raymond Mason, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. He currently at work on a book about Romantic painting in Britain, France and the United States entitled Pictures of Nothing: Romantic Figurations of the Void.


Patrick B. Fenn Patrick B. Fenn is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he co-heads the firm's tax practice group. He was also one of the founding partners of the New York office in April 1993. Mr. Fenn's work focuses on the tax aspects of private equity funds, hedge funds and asset management.
He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the area of tax law (2012-2015). Mr. Fenn earned his B.A. with honors from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Deborah J. Neff Deborah Neff is president of Louis-Dreyfus Family Office LLC in Wilton, Connecticut, where she oversees planning, investment, tax, legal and administrative matters for William Louis-Dreyfus and the trusts and partnerships established for the benefit of his descendants. From 1992 to 2008, Ms. Neff held various legal and administrative positions, including senior vice president and chief administrative officer, with Louis Dreyfus Holding Company, the US holding company for the Louis Dreyfus Group, a Paris-based group of companies engaged in commodity trading and merchandising. From 1984 to 1992, she was an associate at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine in New York City.

Ms. Neff holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Her collection of handmade 19th and early 20th century African-American dolls was exhibited at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California, in 2015, and at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, in 2017. It is the subject of a book published by Radius Books, a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to encourage, promote, and publish books of artistic and cultural value (Frank Maresca, ed., Black Dolls, Radius Books, 2015).