Daniel M. Kasper, Cris C. Raymond, and Richard C. Seltzer
(Lenox, MA) The Mount, the former home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the addition of three new members, Daniel M. Kasper, Cris C. Raymond, and Richard C. Seltzer, to its Board of Trustees.
The new board members, who represent the Berkshire region as well New York City and Boston, bring to The Mount their collective expertise in finance, litigation, consulting, and publishing. All three are passionate about The Mount and have the utmost respect for Edith Wharton. They are joining a distinguished group of volunteer Board members who are all tasked with sustaining The Mount for years to come.
“The Mount has transformed from struggling historic house museum to one of Massachusetts’s most important and recognizable cultural attractions,” said Lila Berle, The Mount’s Chairman of the Board. “We are thrilled to have attracted such incredible talent to the Board. We are very excited to start planning the next phase of this property’s future and its place as a national treasure for all citizens to experience.”
“It is encouraging to see the energy and growth of the Board,” said Susan Wissler, The Mount’s executive director. “It reinforces the commitment to constantly move The Mount forward…to find answers to our most serious challenges, including long-term financial sustainability. We are so please to welcome Daniel, Cris, and Richard to the Board of Trustees.”
Daniel M. Kasper is a graduate of the University of Chicago with MBA and juris doctorate degrees. He is currently a Senior Consultant for the Boston office of Compass Lexecon and has served as a consultant to governments, airlines, and airports. He previously founded and led the Boston office of the Law & Economics Consulting Group and headed Coopers & Lybrand Consulting’s Transportation Industry Program. Dan led a Congressionally-mandated review of the Federal Aviation Administration and was one of fifteen members of the US National Airline Commission in 1993. Previously, he served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and the University of Southern California. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Wellesley, MA Cable Access Television Station and on the board of the Wellesley Conservation Council, a private conservation organization.
Cris C. Raymond, a native of the Berkshires, returned to the county after 12 years in New York City and 20 years in Europe. As an undergraduate she studied at Barnard College, Chatham University, and Oxford, and she did graduate work at New York University. Ms. Raymond’s professional background is in book publishing. In New York City, she was an editor for publishers Harcourt, Brace and Simon and Schuster, and in Germany for Vieweg Verlag. Her past and current board service includes the Albany Berkshire Ballet; the Lenox Library; the Stockbridge Bowl Association; The Literacy Network of South Berkshire; the Lenox Club; and the board of visitors at Miss Hall’s School. For ten years, she worked with the children of victims of 9/11 who came to the Berkshires for a one week retreat each summer. In 2009, she published a book, Where Can I Get a Phoenix?, about the incredible artwork the children created while at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in Stockbridge.
Richard C. Seltzer, whose primary residence is in Stockbridge, MA, also resides in Lincoln Center in New York City. During nearly 30 years living in the Berkshires, Mr. Seltzer has worked to protect and enhance the 370-acre Stockbridge Bowl; he is now the president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association. He also serves on the board and executive committee of Hancock Shaker Village. During most of his professional career, he was a partner in the New York City office of the international law firm Kaye Scholer, where he was the chair of its real estate litigation practice and also active as a patent lawyer. Mr. Seltzer graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Columbia Law School.
About The Mount:
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.
Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.
For more information, visit EdithWharton.org.