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. William A. Starna
Dr. William Starna (Ph. D., State University of New York at Albany, 1976), interim Vice President of the Board of Jacob Leisler Institute, 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.

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.

Jeff Rigby
Jeff Rigy, AIC, operates a full service book and document conservation company, assisting public and private libraries, museums, corporations, art and antique dealers, booksellers, and private collectors in all conservation and preservation needs. He began his career with a four-year apprenticeship in archival and conservation at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Since leaving the Newberry, he has had a distinguished career preserving documents for numerous library and archival collections throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, including the Brooklyn Museum, Ellis Island National Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Museum of Modern Art, New York County Clerk’s Office, and the New York Stock Exchange, to mention only a few. Located in Hudson, New York, he has served on the Hudson Area Library Board.

Dr. Lou H. Roper
Dr. L. H. Roper (Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1992) 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. His book, Advancing Empire: English Interests and Overseas Expansion, 1613-1688, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, and he is editor of The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century recently released by the University of South Carolina Press. Dr. Roper received a 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work for his 2014 article in The New England Quarterly, “The Fall of New Netherland and Seventeenth-Century Anglo-American Imperial Formation, 1654-1676,” for which he also received the New Netherland Institute’s 2017 Clague and Carol van Slyke Article Prize. 

Gary Laube
Gary Laube is founder and co-owner with his son of Liberty Gas, a full-service source for residential and commercial propane needs on Long Island’s East End.  Formerly an agent with Town & Country real estate and a business partner with Chris Leaden in Village House Wrights LLC, specializing in building fine eighteenth-century reproduction homes, he has a love of colonial history. Over the years he purchased and restored several pre-Revolutionary homes built as far back as 1690. His former home in Southold, New York, was featured on HGTV and in Early American Life. Mr. Laube also collects military items from the Revolutionary War period; including the oldest U.S.flag ever made, the New England Pine Tree Flag. The History Channel did a story on Laube’s flag, which is the only known pre-Revolutionary Pine Tree flag in existence. Mr. Laube is a direct descendant of Col. John Young, who was one of the chief justices on Jacob Leisler’s 1691 trial.

Sarah Burrows Winch
Sarah Burrows Winch (B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges), is a writer, poet, historian, and photographer, with a business background in sales with multiple companies, including Boston publishing company, CFO Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of The Economist, London.  Her soon to be published works, based on ancestors, under the nom de plume Sarah Tracy Burrows, include the nonfiction manuscript, Affectionately Yours, Osgood: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Osgood Vose Tracy, 122nd New York State Volunteers, to his Mother, Sarah Vose Osgood Tracy, 1862-1865, which she collaborated on with Civil War historian, professor and author, Ryan Keating, Ph.D., and a historical novel inspired by the true story, titled Fighting for Nellie. A native of Syracuse, New York, she lives in Wenham, Massachusetts, with her husband, with whom she has three sons. She is also a direct descendant of Jacob Leisler through his daughter Hester.

Charles Zabriskie Jr., Trustee Emeritus
Charles Zabriskie Jr. (B.S., 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.


Mary Collins
Mary Collins is a librarian and genealogist, with research interests in New York and expertise in the colonial era. She was a contributing author to The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, published by the NYG&B in 2015, and her work has also appeared in The Researcher and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Mary was previously the Librarian at The Holland Society of New York.