Organization

Dr. David William Voorhees, Director
Dr. David William Voorhees (Ph.D., New York University, 1988), Director of both the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History and of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, is also Managing Editor of de Halve Maen, a quarterly scholarly journal devoted to New Netherland studies published by The Holland Society of New York. Formerly Managing Reference History Editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and a co-editor of The Papers of William Livingston, his published works include The Concise Dictionary of American History (1983), The Holland Society: A Centennial History 1885-1985 (1985), and Records of the Reformed Protestant Church of Flatbush, Kings County, New York, Volume 1, 1677-1720 (1999), Volume 2, Deacons’ Accounts, 1654-1709 (2009), as well as numerous articles on late seventeenth-century New York. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands presented him with knighthood in the Order of Orange Nassau in 2010.

Board of Trustees

Dr. Firth Haring Fabend
Dr. Firth Haring Fabend (Ph.D, New York University, 1988), President of the Board of the Jacob Leisler Institute, is Past President of the Huguenot Society of America, a link to Jacob Leisler also of the French Reformed tradition. She is the author of several books on New Netherland and early New York, the most recent being New Netherland in a Nutshell: A Concise History of the Dutch Colony in North America, as well as many shorter works on the subject.

Dr. Courtney Haff
Courtney Haff, Vice-President of the Board of the Jacob Leisler Insitute (Ph.D., New York University Wagner School of Economics, AICP) is President of Haff Associates, an economic development, conservation finance, historic preservation, and land planning firm established in 1996 and based in Massachusetts since 2004. He specializes in conservation finance, historic preservation, and land planning services. He was a special student at the Architectural Association, Graduate School of Planning in London, England. His many projects include creation of digital models of historic New Amsterdam and feasibility studies for emerging historic based institutions. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He currently serves as an associate commissioner with the Massachusetts Southampton Conservation Commission working on creating bicycle paths and hiking trails out of old rail lines. His most recent publication is Imagine New Amsterdam available on www. amazon.com.

Annette van Rooy
Annette van Rooy, Secretary of the Board of the Jacob Leisler Institute, served as Executive Director for The Holland Society of New York from 1994 to 2012. Fluent in Dutch, as well French and German, she currently volunteers at The New Netherland Institute in Albany, New York, as program and book graphic designer. She is also social director at the Northern Lake George Yacht club and a co-editor of The Netherland Club of New York Newsletter.

Ruth Piwonka
Ruth Piwonka, Treasurer of the Board of the Jacob Leisler Institute, is an independent scholar with long and ongoing investigations of the enduring Dutch cultural legacy in the colonial and Federal era Hudson River Valley, especially in the communities between Beverwijck/Albany and Nieuw Amsterdam/New York City.

Dr. Jaap Jacobs
Dr. Jaap Jacobs (Ph.D. Leiden, 1999) is affiliated with the University of St. Andrews. He has specialized in the early American history, specifically the Dutch in the Americas in the early modern period. He has taught at Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. He has published widely on New Netherland and New Amsterdam, including The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth Century America (Cornell University Press, 2009). He is currently working on a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant. He regularly gives lectures and presentations on Dutch New York.

Dr. Lou H. Roper
Dr. L. H. Roper is Professor of History at SUNY–New Paltz. His work on colonial Anglo-America has appeared in such venues as Itinerario, The New England Quarterly, and The William and Mary Quarterly. He is a founding co-General Editor of The Journal of Early American History and the related book series, “The American Colonies, 1500–1830″ published by Brill.

Dr. William Starna
Dr. William A. Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He has held visiting and adjunct appointments at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; the University at Albany; Binghamton University; and Hartwick College; and has served as adjunct curator of ethnology at the New York State Museum. A longtime student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal-state-Indian relations, he is co-editor of The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert (1988, 2013); Iroquois Land Claims (1988); Adriaen Van der Donck’s Description of New Netherland (2008); A Quaker’s Tour of the Colonial Northeast and Canada: The 1773 Travel Journals of Jabez Maud Fisher of Philadelphia (2014); and the two-volume Gideon’s People, Being a Chronicle of an American Indian Community in Colonial Connecticut and the Moravian Missionaries Who Served There (2009). His book From Homeland to New Land: A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600-1830 was published in 2013.

Kees-Jan Waterman
Kees-Jan Waterman (MA, University of Amsterdam; MA, Catholic University of America) specializes in the history of commercial interactions between Native American peoples and European settlers in New Netherland and early New York. He has translated into English two editions of annotated Dutch account books of the fur and skin trade in Albany and Ulster County, respectively. For his article on Native women in the fur trade, published in New York History, he received the Kerr History Prize in 2014. Kees-Jan is a Fellow of the New Netherland Institute and works at an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Charles Zabriskie Jr.
Charles Zabriskie Jr. (BS, University of Vermont) is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Zabriskie Family Foundation. He is a former Trustee and President of the Holland Society of New York, and member of the Board of Advisers of StartupLeak and Chairman and Trustee of Capital Campaign. After his military service, Charles continued to serve as a member of the Active Reserve while beginning a successful career in banking. He has held positions as the Senior Vice President with major banks in Detroit and Cleveland; Partner of Worldwide Public Accounting and Consulting Firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co; Executive Vice President of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance at Faulkner, Dawkins & Sullivan; President and CEO of Boston-based Banking Organization; and President of the executive recruiting firm, Charles Zabriskie Associates, Inc. He is also a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Civilian Distinguished Service Medal.

Library

Mary Collins
Mary Collins, Library and Archival Consultant, is genealogist at East Sixth St. Genealogy and a special collections librarian. She holds a library degree from the Palmer School of Library and Information Service, Long Island University, and is a certified genealogist. She has worked most recently as Special Collections Librarian at the Mercantile Society and as the Librarian to The Holland Society of New York.