Board of Directors
Miriam Leuchter, Chair
Miriam Leuchter is a journalist and photographer who served as the editor–in–chief of Popular Photography from 2009 to 2017 and of American Photo from 2012 to 2017 in charge of these brands’ print and digital magazines, websites, college editions, mobile apps, social presence, video, books, and other editorial content. The author of Take Your Best Shot: Essential Tips & Tricks for Shooting Amazing Photos (Weldon Owen, 2011), Miriam has juried many international photography competitions, and her own work has been published and exhibited in the United States and Europe.
Randy Bourne, Treasurer
Randy Bourne recently retired from the position of chief operating officer of GiveBack.org. The Give Back Foundation was established to allow any person to join GiveBack and set up a personal foundation account and direct the accumulated funds from their account to any charity in good standing with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining GiveBack.org, Randy was senior vice president of business development at Interlude Home Inc. and a senior vice president at Williams Sonoma. Randy is well known in the photography community as the founder and president of the Exposure Catalog, which he developed and ran for 16 years.
Craig M. Nisnewitz, Director
Craig M. Nisnewitz, Esq., is of counsel to Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP. With more than 30 years of legal experience, he specializes in construction law, government practice and procurement, commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, prosecution and defense of surety and bond claims, administrative law, and prevailing wage claims under federal and New York State labor laws. He has represented general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, architects, engineers, public owners, suppliers, and vendors of construction materials and systems. Craig was a partner in Feinstein & Nisnewitz, P.C. and Spizz Cohen & Serchuck, P.C., and most recently of counsel to Goldberg & Connolly.
Jackie Augustine, Director
Jackie Augustine is the president of Jackie Augustine Consulting, a company focused on integrated media and marketing solutions. She has been a strong supporter of the Josephine Herrick Project for more than 25 years and is a past president of the board. A 30–year veteran of the photographic industry, she served as group publisher of VNU/Nielsen’s Performance Group of magazines and before that as vice president and group publisher of Primedia’s High Technology Group of magazines, which included Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic and Shutterbug. Jackie also serves on the board of directors of the Imaging Alliance and is the editor of its website.
Adriana Echavarria, Director
Adriana Echavarria is a fine–art photographer with a background in photojournalism. Active in a number of philanthropic causes, she has worked with organizations such as Proof, the Anne Fontaine Foundation, and the American Friends of Fundacion Cardio Infantil, where she has served as a board member and event planner. Before joining the Josephine Herrick Project board in September 2017, Adriana established JHP’s partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation and National Parks Arts Foundation to inaugurate the Josephine@Gettysburg Program for alumni of our military veteran programs in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.
Mark Hempel, Director
Mark Hempel is senior director of sales for Canon’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, where his responsibilities include sales to Canon dealers across the United States, ranging from photo specialty dealers, to regional mass merchants, to on–line dealers. He has had a lifetime interest in photography and imaging. A 37–year veteran of the photo industry, he has worked for Canon for over 30 years. Mark resides in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and works from Canon’s new U.S. headquarters in Melville, New York.
Ellen Jacob, Director
Ellen Jacob is a photographer, artist, and educator whose work focuses on identity, race, gender, and social justice. Her work has been exhibited internationally and widely covered in the media. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation grant and has performed work under grants from the Knight, Kresge, and Google foundations. She has her own publishing and design firm and is a member of the Author’s Guild. Ellen is a Josephine Herrick Project teaching artist working on programs at the International High Schools. She is a member of Soho Photo Gallery in New York City and holds a BFA with honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Ron Sharpe, Director
Ron Sharpe is a software developer and IT consultant who has designed and developed systems for the financial, legal, and healthcare sectors. He has worked with the Josephine Herrick Project for more than 25 years and is a past president of the board. Ron researched and written a monograph on the history of the organization entitled A Photography of Healing: The Origins of the Josephine Herrick Project.