Board of Trustees – Bios


Raised in Brooklyn, Shelley Gliedman trained as an early childhood teacher at Hunter College, but her interest in art history led to a career as an independent agent representing photographers from various countries working with magazines, card companies, advertising agencies, as well as the Encyclopedia Britannica. After her marriage to her husband, Ken, and the birth of their child, Shelley took a time out to be part of her daughter’s life and run a host of volunteer activities at her school.

In 1979, Shelley went back to work outside her home, as an insurance broker for Mutual Benefit Life, and later New York Life. She is now an independent broker, advising business owners in developing and administering employee group benefit programs, as well as providing individuals information on life, disability, annuities and long-term care insurance.


Fred Howard has been a corporate lawyer and financial executive for nearly 30 years. He now spends most of his working hours practicing mediation in commercial, community, and family settings. A dedicated internationalist, he has authored and co-authored several books and articles on economic development. He also worked for several years at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. and on the personal staff of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

He holds a AB degree from Harvard College, a JD degree from Columbia Law School, and a LL.M degree from NYU Law School. He has served on several non-profit boards and remains active in many professional associations.


Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan has been the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society since 1999. Previous to that she was Curator of Greek Coins in the British Museum in London. Dr. Wartenberg Kagan, whose research interests focus on ancient Greek coinage, has organized many exhibitions both in Britain and the United States. In 2002, she was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and subsequently to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, of which she was Chairman from 2003 to 2004. Since 2008 she has served as a Trustee of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, which promotes the work of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Educated in Saarbrücken, Germany, Dr. Wartenberg Kagan was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she was awarded a doctorate in papyrology. Her publications include more than 50 books and articles on papyrology and numismatics. In her spare time she works with her husband and daughter at her farm in upstate New York.


Salonika Lal has been a member of the National Advisory Council since 2009. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Parents Association at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, which was founded in 1920 and has approximately 1,100 students of all ages. She has been an active contributor to nonprofit organizations for over 20 years.

Salonika was previously a Vice President in Strategy and Marketing at Lazard Asset Management and a Manager of Internal Corporate Strategy at Deloitte. She has also worked as a consultant at KPMG and Arthur Andersen. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from James Madison University. Salonika resides in New York with her husband and daughter.


Hope Tate is the risk manager for the Emigrant Capital Corporation (the private equity investment vehicle for Emigrant Bank), and for Emigrant Bank’s corporate, leveraged lending and leasing businesses. She also serves as the Deputy Chief Credit Officer of Emigrant Bank. Ms. Tate joined Emigrant Bank in 2006 to start up Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance, a leader in the field of monetizing and financial advisory of art assets, after 29 years in management at Citigroup. Ms. Tate has taught and lectured widely on the topic of art as a financial asset.

A graduate of Meredith College, she holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Fund for UNICEF and is president of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the North Carolina State University Libraries and a trustee of the Blue Ridge School in St. George, VA.


Isabel Spencer was hired as beneficiaries manager of the Annie Tinker Association for Women in 2001, after a 40-year career as a newspaper editor and reporter. A native of North Carolina, Mrs. Spencer graduated from the Garrison Forest School in Maryland and Bryn Mawr College. She was the first woman to become a fulltime crime reporter in Philadelphia, and went on to work at 10 newspapers, serving variously as the editor of the Daily Journal in Elizabeth, N.J., the managing editor of the Denver Post, and deputy city editor of New York’s Daily News. Her civic work includes stints as president of her co-op and condo boards in New York and Denver, as well as being a member of the vestry of Episcopal churches, including the Church of the Ascension in New York City, where she is currently co-chair of buildings and grounds for that National Historic Landmark. Her husband, the editor F. Gilman Spencer, died in 2011. She has a daughter, four stepchildren and 10 grandchildren.


Ralph Weindling, former president and vice chairman of the Diebold Group Inc.and John Diebold Inc., has performed projects for larger non-profits as well as smaller ones, like the Tinker Association. Diebold is an international management consulting and entrepreneurial firm pioneering the application of information technology to business and Weindling has focused his pro bono work on such matters as strategic plans, organization and operations and grants research and writing.

The clients he has represented include some that the Tinker Association works closely with, such as the Visiting Nurse Service of NYC, as well as such cultural institutions as the Queens Public Library and the National Academy of Design.

Like our CEO, Dyke Benjamin, and others associated with the Tinker organization, Weindling holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Asked why he has chosen to add the Tinker Association’s National Adcisory Council to the portfolio of organizations he assists, Weindling wrote, “it is a dedicated group of people fulfilling a real need in a dignified way.”