John Freed, President
Dr. Peter Feinman, Vice President
Stew Driller, Treasurer
Anthony Bellov, Secretary
Dr. Anh Nguyen, Webmaster
Trish Coletto, Newsletter
A native Brooklynite and a long-term Upper West Sider, Anthony’s multi-faceted list of professions includes award-winning videographer, classical pianist and tenor, singing teacher, real estate flipper, community activist, preservationist, historian and public speaker. Anthony’s first exposure to the ancient world was a trip to his ancestral roots in Italy/Croatia as a four-year-old, leading to a life-long fascination with the past.
A Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master’s in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College fueled his endless curiosity about NYC’s long history, its quirks, delights, and surprises. He is easily recognized from the scores of video, radio and pod casts he appears in, as well as his ever-popular live presentations. He has been an ARCE-NY member for more than a decade.
Stephanie Denkowicz is a special counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in New York City. She has been an ARCE member since 2003, a Board member of the ARCE NY Chapter since 2010 and former Chapter President from 2017 to 2022. She is currently a Member of the Board of Governors of ARCE National. Stephanie earned her B.A. in anthropology and government from the University of Arizona, her J.D. from Rutgers University, and her M.A. in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. She is a member of the Nuri Archaeological Expedition currently excavating at Nuri, Sudan and previously excavated at the Temple of Tausret in Egypt.
Dr. Peter Feinman
Peter Feinman received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. from New York University, an MBA from New York University, and an Ed. D. from Columbia University. He is the founder of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education. His interests cross disciplinary boundaries including American history, ancient civilizations, biblical history, and New York history. He is the president of the Westchester Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Vice President of the American Research Center in Egypt, New York Society. He advocates for the importance of local and state history in the curriculum, community, and tourism and is the author of a blogs on The State of State History and The State of American Civics. He is a contributor to the recent book Five Views of the Exodus (Zondervan, April 2021). His current book is The Exodus: An Egyptian Story (Oxbow, November 2021).
John Freed has a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from City University of New York and has published several articles on Ancient Egypt. Mr. Freed has served on the Board of Directors of the New York chapter of ARCE as the Secretary / Webmaster and is currently the President of the board. He also serves on the ARCE National office’s Bylaws and Practices committee.
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Dr. Stephen Harvey
Since 1993, Stephen Harvey has been Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, which centers on excavation of the pyramidal complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, southern Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 1987. Harvey’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose (ca 1550-1525 BC) has resulted in major discoveries, including several previously undiscovered temples, the identification of the pyramid of Queen Tetisheri, and the analysis of thousands of fragments of the temples’ decorative program. In addition to extensive fieldwork at Abydos, Harvey has worked in Egypt at Giza and Memphis, as well as on archaeological projects in the United States, Syria (Tell es-Sweyhat), and Turkey (Gordion).
Harvey has held teaching and curatorial positions at a number of leading Egyptological institutions. From 2003-2006, Harvey was Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago. In 2006, he led the reinstallation of the Picken Family Nubian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum, together with co-Curator Bruce Williams. From 1998 to 2002, Harvey was Assistant Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art of the University of Memphis, TN. Harvey was Assistant Curator for Egyptian Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland from 1996 to 1998. He has been interviewed for and consulted on many international television documentaries, including the series “Scanning the Nile/Mystères du Nil,” (Label Films, France, 2020); “Unearthed” (Windfall Films, 2018-2021); “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel Channel, 2018); “Building Pharaoh’s Chariot” (NOVA, PBS 2013); “Egypt: Engineering an Empire” (History Channel); and “Egypt’s Golden Empire” (PBS), and “Lost Treasures of Egypt” (National Geographic), in addition to national and local news programs in the US. He has been invited to public and academic audiences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Egypt, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Since 2000, Harvey has also been a popular lecturer and host on 19 tours to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. He has also taught several courses for the Bloomsbury Summer School in London and in Egypt.
Dana Ivey is an Egyptophile who discovered ARCE on her first major trip to Egypt when her group went to ARCE headquarters Cairo and had a tour and lecture. She has been a member of ARCE since 1998, and a NY Chapter board member for over 10 years. Now retired, she had a long career in theatre and film.
Dr. Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen is a pharmacist in New York City who first discovered her love for Egypt on a third grade class trip to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. She has been an ARCE member since 2016 and a Board member of the ARCE NY Chapter since 2022.
Anh earned her B.S. in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. She is a member of the South Asasif Conservation Project currently excavating at Luxor.
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