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Board of Directors

The Bedford Historical Society is governed by a Board of Directors whose 21 members are elected by the general membership at its Annual Meeting in May.  Members of the Board serve terms of three years and officers are elected annually by the Board. The Board meets quarterly, usually on the second Monday of the month.  The bylaws of the organization are available on request.

Peter Hennessy, President

John Fink, Treasurer

Stacy E. Albanese

Cyndi Azima

Shawn Carmody

Mary Cox
Mimi Freund

Abby Gerry

Anthony Giordano

Will Gourd

Alison Gregory

Randy Hall

Alex Hamer

Anna Kenoff

Nancy Markhoff

Chris Pachios

Cutler Whitman

David Worby

Leslie Wortmann

John J. Stockbridge, Town Historian



evelyne ryanPreservation has become my passion and I’m deeply committed to keeping Bedford’s historic vista intact.  Sharing Bedford’s unique heritage allows me to share my love of all things old – objects, architecture, art, landscape – and to connect the history of those things with the living village that Bedford is today. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the reaction of a new visitor to the 1787 Court House; I open the door, they walk in, pause, and say “Wow, this is cool.”                                 - Lynn Ryan, Executive Director


Evelyne (Lynn) Ryan joined the Bedford Historical Society part-time in 1996 and became the first full-time Executive Director in 2001.  Raised in the tri-state area around New York, she attended Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, Kirkland College in Clinton, NY and St. Peter’s College, Oxford, England.   She is a cum laude graduate of Boston University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received her degree with distinction in English Language and Literature.

She enjoyed a nine year career as an Assistant Vice President at Sotheby’s New York, working first in Oriental Rugs and Carpets and later as a Business Manager for five decorative arts departments before assuming responsibility for the Fine Arts Division.  After the birth of her second child she returned part-time to the office of the Sr. Vice President of Finance and Operations where she improved administrative systems in expert departments and trained department staff.   She later became responsible for numerous special projects in many aspects of Sotheby’s business. 

She left Sotheby’s when she moved to Westchester in 1987 and devoted the next years to raising her three children and becoming active in the community.  When not running around the Village Green, camera in hand, she can be found on a tennis court, deep into a book, or casting a dry fly.

Sophia Bernier  joined the Bedford Historical Society after taking time off from her career to raise her children and volunteer herself silly. She's held a variety of positions involving marketing and communications but hopes to learn french and become a trapeze artist.

Richard Carpino, Properties Manager