Key Staff


At AKC Museum of the Dog, our staff is focused on celebrating the role of dogs in society and educating the public about the human-canine bond. Get to know our key staff members and read their bios below.


Alan Fausel

Executive Director & CEO

Alan Fausel brings with him over 30 years of art-world experience as a scholar, curator, and appraiser. His curatorial career began at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Art. He was then appointed curator of the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh. He has been with the auction houses Butterfields in San Francisco and Doyle and Bonhams in New York since 1990. Mr. Fausel has been a regular on the paintings table of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW since the series' first season in 1997. He taught at New York University in the Graduate School of Arts Education from 1999-2017. He is a frequent lecturer to groups including the Appraiser's Association of America.


Alan Grossman

Director of Development

Alan Grossman has over 25 years of experience in development and leadership, including public and private universities, social service organizations, consulting, and the corporate sector. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.  He has served on many boards throughout his career, including AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) and has earned the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) designation. Grossman has also selected pieces from the estates of artists, bequeathed to Universities for their collections. He holds a BS from Rutgers University, a Masters from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and attended Rochester Institute of Technology for the MFA in Photography program.


Emily Brostek

Manager of Educational Programs

Emily Brostek develops and facilitates programming for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy as the Museum’s Manager of Educational Programs. She has experience in fine arts and museums from her work in curatorial, education, and development positions throughout her career. Brostek is a devoted football fan of her alma mater, Penn State University, where she studied History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She is published as a co-curator for RISE. at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery, during which time she earned her MA in Museum Professions. Brostek is excited to assist, challenge, and inspire visitors to view art with new perspectives at the Museum.


Nicholas Popoli

Manager of Membership & Visitor Experience

Nicholas Popoli oversees the Museum’s Membership & Visitor Experience, bringing with him a decade’s worth of experience in the museum & nonprofit world. A Graduate of Seton Hall University, Nicholas started his career at The Italian American Museum and followed that with experiences at The Newark Museum, The September 11th Memorial & Museum and The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, working in a variety of fields including development, membership, education & visitor services. Not to mention his experience working in the Sports Industry for The New York Cosmos, his alma matter Seton Hall University and as a credentialed sports photographer. An avid sports fan, Nicholas bleeds Blue, whether that’s the blue of the Seton Hall Pirates, Yankees, Cowboys, Rangers or Knicks depends on the season!

Linda Perry

Development Assistant

Beginning her career with nonprofits at the age of 10, Linda collected donations for the Arthritis Foundation in her neighborhood. While studying environmental studies at The George Washington University, she decided to pursue a career in computer science and database management. Linda has worked with John Hopkins Applied Lab on projects for Northrop Grumman, the Smithsonian Institute, and several non-profits. These technical opportunities culminated into website design, and united with a life-long knowledge of dogs, gained from attending a myriad of dog shows where she owner-handled sighthounds to national championships, ultimately bringing her full circle to the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog.



Ellen MacNeille Charles, President 

Jane V. Love

Hon. David C. Merriam, Vice Chairperson 

Nancy J. Shaw

Dr. Robert E. Tainsh

Janet York



Gayle Bontecou, Vice President 

Brandi Hunter

Carol O’ Brien

Daphna Straus

Peter Rohslau, Treasurer 

Alan Kalter

Dr Thomas Schutte



Jeffrey Ansell, Chairperson 

James Crowley, Secretary 

Gina DiNardo

Ronald Menaker

Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.


Download the app for your visit!

Apple App Store  
Googple Play


Service animals are welcome in the museum. The museum entrance is wheelchair accessible via the building’s main plaza on the corner of Park Ave and E 40th Street. Accessible elevators are located on the first floor of the museum to the left of the admissions desk and gift shop. Public restrooms include accessible facilities.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact the museum.

Contact Us

Photography Policy

Non-flash photography is permitted in the Museum for personal (non commercial) use except where noted. Flash photography, videography and tripods are not permitted in the Museum.