July 11, 2010


For more information please contact:

Executive Director, American Friends of SMK
Hanne Støvring
Email: hanne.afsmk@smk.dk
Phone: +1  212 812 4362

Cultural Coordinator, American Friends of SMK
Kirstine Bendix
Email: kirstine.afsmk@smk.dk

For direct donations and inquiries, please contact the office of AFSMK:

American Friends of SMK
275 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: +1 212 812 4362 (US)
Email: egrand@ghspm.com
Contact: Emily Grand, administrator

The Executive Director of AFSMK

Ms. Hanne Støvring
Executive Director of AFSMK 
Hanne Støvring is the Executive Director of the American Friends of SMK. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in art history, as well as a diploma in Journalism. She is an EFA Certified Fundraiser and previously served ten years at SMK in Denmark where she was Head of Development and Fundraising. She  currently lives and works in New York City. When she is not busy developing AFSMK, she is painting. Hanne is a skilled artist herself.

Board of Directors and Officers and Honoraries


Ms. Debra H. Norris
Treasurer and Member of The Board of Directors for the AFSMK
Chair, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware
Ms. Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. She is also a member of the visiting committee for the Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the advisory committee for the Foundation for the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Collaborative Photograph Conservation Workshops, and serves on the Board of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) and Delaware Theatre Company Board of Directors. She was formerly a US Commissioner to UNESCO and Council Member of the National Task Force on Emergency Response. She graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary BA degree in chemistry, art history, and studio art and MS in conservation from the University of Delaware.

Ms. Lena Beck Roervig
President and Board Chair for the AFSMK
Co-Founder, Beck Global Consulting
Ms. Roervig is CEO & co-founder of Beck Global Consulting specializing in high performance Board and leadership development.  She has an extensive international background having lived in Copenhagen, London, Cannes and now New York and she holds a MSc in Economics from Copenhagen Business School. She was also educated in INSEAD (France and Singapore) as well as Henley Business School in England. She serves on the Board of Directors for American Scandinavian Society as VP Denmark and is Chairman of Vibeke Roervig’s Ballet Foundation.

Mr. Arthur Zegelbone
Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of AFSMK
Foreign Service Officer, Retired
Arthur Zegelbone is a retired Foreign Service Officer with experience in Latin America, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in East Asia. Mr. Zegelbone was the recipient of two U.S. Information Agency Meritorious Service Awards: one for creative arts programming, the other for negotiating the first ever consensus resolution in the UN’s Committee on Information. Since his retirement, Mr. Zegelbone has served as a consultant to the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership program. He has served as development consultant to several non-profit cultural organizations in New York and has collaborated with the Danish Arts Agency on an exchange of artists with New York City.  He speaks regularly on cultural diplomacy for New York University’s Multinational Institute for the Study of the United States.


Mr. Mikkel Bogh
Director of the National Gallery of Denmark
Mr. Bogh is Director of the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen and the former Rector at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts. He is also an art critic for leading Danish newspapers. Previously he held positions as an assistant Professor at the Department of Art History at University of Aarhus and Head of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen. He is a member of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Board of the Foundation for Danish-Norwegian Co-operation. Mr. Bogh holds an MA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen.

Mr. Ilya Katsnelson
CEO, Internaional Flight Support and owner of R&M Holding ApS
Mr. Katsnelson is an American-Danish businessman and investor, based in Denmark. He is the CEO of International Flight Support and owner of R&M Holding ApS as well as an expert in management, process optimization and logistics. He is a member of a number of corporate and non-profit boards and advisory bodies in Denmark and the USA. His areas of interest range from IT to Medical Devices and Real Estate. Past experiences include start-ups and established legacy business. Mr. Katsnelson is active in philanthropy and politics and resides in Copenhagen. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also studied in Oslo and Mexico.

Mr. René Gross Kærskov
CEO, HBA International
Mr. Kærskov is CEO for HBA, the world’s largest hospitality design firm and has extensive experience in international business. He is also co-founder of the Danish watch brand, BERING, owner of the Danish newspaper in America, BIEN, and THE COPENHAGEN HOUSE. In addition, Mr. Kærskov is an importer of H.R.H the Prince Consort of Denmark’s wine. Mr. Kærskov is a board member of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce in Southern California and presidium member of the World Wildlife Foundation in Denmark. He is the first Dane to visit the North and South Poles and has parachuted over the North Pole. Finally, Mr. Kærskov is the founder Astronaut of Virgin Galactic and a collector of Danish paintings by Skagen painters and supporter of Danish museums in America.

Ms. Colleen Ritzau Leth
Vice President of Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy
Ms. Leth is a philanthropist and museum development strategist, specializing in cultural diplomacy and international affairs. Trained as an Egyptologist, she has worked internationally across the public and private sectors with organizations including ICOMOS, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Rubin Museum of Art, Creative Time, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she helped launch the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium. Ms. Leth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tauck Family Foundation, Co-Founder of BAFA, and Vice President of Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy. She holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College and a MA in Art History & Archaeology from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Ms. Leth is currently completing an MBA at the University of Oxford where she chairs the Oxford Art & Business Network.

Mr. Kasper Monrad
Chief Curator, the National Gallery of Denmark
Mr. Monrad is Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Denmark. He has curated international art exhibitions in Denmark and abroad and is a member of the Board of Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen and former Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition, Paysages d’Italie. He holds an MA and a Phil.D. in Art History from the University of Copenhagen. Formerly, he was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rump Collection at the National Gallery of Denmark.

Ms. Anne Dorte Riggelsen
Consul General of Denmark in New York
Ms. Ambasador Riggelsen has recently become the Consul General of Denmark in New York. In 2009-15 she was the Danish Ambassador to France. Ms. Riggelsen is a lawyer from the University of Copenhagen where she was an assistant professor from 1986-88.  She also holds a Post-Graduate degree from College of Europe, Bruges. After an administrator’s post in the Foreign Ministry, she was embassy secretary first in Paris and then at the UN mission in New York. From 2001 to 2006, Anne Dorte Riggelsen was responsible for Denmark’s European policy. In 2006, Ms. Riggelsen was a member of the Foreign Ministry’s leadership and responsible for personnel and finance. She worked with both colleagues and Internationals at the embassy.

Mr. James C. Shehan
Attorney, Hyman, Phelp, and McNamara PC
Mr. Shehan is an attorney at Hyman, Phelps and McNamara, PC. Previously, he was the General Counsel and Corporate Vice President of Legal, Government, and Quality at Novo Nordisk Inc. He has also worked at Pfizer, the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan as well as the United States Food and Drug Administration. Other board experience includes the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Healthcare Leadership Council. He is a recipient of the FDA’s Award of Merit and a graduate of Georgetown Law School and Columbia University.

Mr. Jolyon Stern
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, DeWitt Stern
Mr. Jolyon Stern is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of DeWitt Stern. DeWitt Stern is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm, specializing in
business, personal, fine art, entertainment & media, employee benefit and executive liability insurance.
He is the grandson of DeWitt H. Stern, the founder of DeWitt Stern and the third generation to lead the century-old firm.
In addition to building the firm’s reputation for placing innovative commercial and personal insurance programs, Jolyon established DeWitt Stern as the premier insurance broker in the entertainment and fine arts worlds. Besides this Jolyon is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, on the Board of Directors of Roundabout Theatre Company,  The New Dramatists, Carnegie Hall and a Director of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Mik Strøyberg
Co-founder and CEO, Lemonsqueeze
Mr. Strøyberg is founder and CEO of Lemonsqueeze. He has a track record as an enthusiastic and highly motivated leader in strategic sales, building new businesses, being the catalyst of new sales processes and experienced builder of businesses in all sizes. This includes innovative customer strategies and strategic partnerships with companies like UN, Redbull, Nike, The Atlantic, Adidas, VICE, V Magazine, New York Times, Smithsonian and 100+ other high-end brands. Besides this Mik founded and grew the stand-alone solutions like Sweetdeal (www.sweetdeal.dk) in 5 countries and more than 80 cities and initiated the US office for the digital publishing company, Issuu.

Mr. Jørgen Wadum
Keeper of Conservation, the National Gallery of Denmark
Mr. Wadum is Keeper of Conservation, the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Amsterdam. He is also a partner in the EU Sixth Framework Programme PROPAINT and former Chair of the ICOM Committee for Conservation. He is the Chief Conservator, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, and The Netherlands.


Ms. Roberta Green Ahmanson
Philanthropist, writer, speaker
A philanthropist, writer, and speaker, Ms. Ahmanson is also a trustee of the private philanthropy Fieldstead & Company, a frequent speaker at the International Arts Movement’s annual encounters, and recipient of the Arts Orange County’s 2010 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Philanthropist.  She was a contributor to Oxford University Press’s 2008 award winning book Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion and previously was Chairman of the Board for the Museum of Biblical Art, New York. Ms Ahmanson received an MA in English from University of Michigan.

Mr. Harlan Crow
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crow Holdings, Dallas, Texas
Mr. Harlan Crow is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crow Holdings, based in Dallas, Texas. He is B.B.A. from the University of Texas. Mr. Crow is Director on several boards, including Crow Holdings, Trammell Crow Residential, American Enterprise Institute, Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Scenic Texas, University of Texas South-western Steering Committee, and the Museum of Dallas History – Old Red Court House. Furthermore he is Honorary Consul of Denmark.

The Honorable Edward E. Elson
Former United States Ambassador to Denmark
Ambassador Elson was United States Ambassador to Denmark from 1993-1998. He is currently a Vice Chairman of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Founding Chairman of National Public Radio. He has held many volunteer positions including Chairman Emeritus, Carlos Museum, Emory University; Trustee Emeritus, Phillips Academy Andover; Rector, University of Virginia; Member, Trustee’s Council, National Gallery of Art; and Trustee Emeritus, Royal Academy of Art. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law.

Mr. Bruce Lauritzen
Chairman of the First National Bank of Omaha
Mr. Bruce Lauritzen is Chairman of the First National Bank of Omaha. He is AB from Princeton University, MBA at University of Virginia. Mr. Lauritzen is President of the Omaha Development Council and Foundation, and he is member of the Chief Executives Organization, and the STRATCOM Consultation Committee. Furthermore he is Chairman of Clarkson Regional Health Services, Chairman of The Nebraska Medical Center, Chairman of Lauritzen Gardens Board of Trustees; Director of Ak-Sar-Ben, Creighton University, Heritage Services, Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, and Strategic Air and Space Museum. Finally Mr. Lauritzen is member of the Federal Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, and he is Royal Danish Consul for the State of Nebraska.

Ms. Heather Thomas
Owner, Eat Your Values
Ms. Thomas is an American/Brit who earned an MBA from Copenhagen Business School and has set up a gastro-entrepreneurial business, Eat Your Values, in Denmark. Previously, Ms. Thomas had a 13-year career in London’s arts and creative industries. Most recently she was the Development and Communications Director for the digital organization, YouthNet. Prior, she held posts including Deputy Director of Development for the Royal Academy of Arts as well as management positions at Tate and Boston Ballet. Ms Thomas has served as an advisor to AFSMK fundraising since 2013 and resides in Copenhagen.