Board of Trustees
Theodore S. Bartwink (1928-2014), Executive Director 1968-2014
Bernard E. Brandes (1914-1997)
Barrett G. Kreisberg (1925-1997)
Joan Finkelstein, Executive Director; Treasurer; Assistant Secretary bio >
William A Perlmuth has been of counsel to the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP since January 1997, a partner from 1962-1996, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 1976 to 1994. Mr. Perlmuth was previously associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore (1955-1961). He has also been a member of New York State and City Bar Associations (formerly Committees on International Law, Corporate Law, Securities Regulation and Municipal Affairs). Mr. Perlmuth received his LL.B from Columbia University Law School (1953), where he was a Stone Scholar, Columbia Law Review Editor, and a member of Kent Court and Phi Delta Phi. He also received his A.B. from Wilkes College (1951). Mr. Perlmuth is a Trustee of the following organizations: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (Chairman of the Board 1996-2007); NYU Langone Medical Center; Wilkes University; School of American Ballet; Brooklyn Academy of Music; New York City Center; The Aeroflex Foundation; The Weininger Foundation; and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Etta Brandman, as Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has counseled clients over the last three decades on lifetime planning for the intergenerational transfer of wealth and on succession and tax planning for businesses. Apart from her practice in all areas of estate planning and administration, she has extensive expertise in the laws governing charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations. Etta both advises and serves as a director for numerous public charities and private foundations, and she has written and lectured on the subjects of charitable giving and charitable organizations to both expert and mass audiences.
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, dance educator/advocate and founder of 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), taught dance in NYC public schools for over 20 years. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at NYCDOE and Co-Chair of the Committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12. She is on the Board at 92Y, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Hunter College and Chair of its Dance Advisory Committee, Honorary Chair at Ballet Hispanico, and on Dance/NYC’s Advisory Committee. Jody has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst.
Joan Finkelstein (MFA, BFA NYU Tisch Dance) joined the Harkness Foundation as Executive Director in 2014. A native New Yorker, she has extensive professional dance experience, performing in modern, contemporary and Afro-Haitian companies and on Broadway; choreographing for ballet and modern companies and for theatrical projects; and teaching children, college students and adults nationwide. As Director of 92Y Harkness Dance Center (1992-2004) she supervised classes, the DEL program, performance festivals, workshops, space grants, lectures, and social dances. While Director of Dance for the NYC Department of Education (2004-2014) she spearheaded the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, citywide dance assessments, and dance teacher professional development. Participating Writer: National Core Arts Standards in Dance (2014), New York State Learning Standards in the Arts – Dance (2017). Board service: Dance/USA, International Committee for the Dance Library of Israel, Actors’ Temple. Advisory boards: Dance/NYC (founding year), Dance Teacher Magazine, Martha Hill Fund, EFSD, NYFA. Honors: ICDLI (Hall of Fame, 2003), NDEO (2009 Leadership Award), La Mama (2011), NYSDEA (2014 Outstanding Leadership Award). Awards: NEA and NARB Choreographer Fellowships. Joan was a BESSIES NY Dance and Performance Awards Committee member for 16 years.