The American Friends of Capodimonte Board
Nancy Vespoli, AFC Board President
A broad background in science, art and athletics serves Nancy well as Board President. She received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from MIT and Dartmouth College, was a research scientist, and a small business co-owner. Nancy traveled the world as an Olympian and volunteered for a number of educational institutions in fundraising, leadership and coaching. She has had a lifelong passion for art and painting. She resides in Jupiter, FL, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Vincent Buonanno, Founder and Former President
Vincent is an avid collector of Italian early modern prints, especially the cartography of Rome. He is former Chairman and CEO of Tempel Steel Co., Chicago, and has served on numerous boards for institutions including the American Academy in Rome, Brown University, as well as the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. In 1979 Vincent was decorated as Cavaliere to the Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana. He currently resides in Providence, RI.
Cristina Del Sesto
In collaboration with Capodimonte Director Bellenger and Vincent Buonanno, Cristina Del Sesto defined the AFC mission, identified the first AFC Fellow and provided board development. She is a senior development officer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Claire Van Cleave
Claire is an expert on Italian Renaissance drawings who trained at the Courtauld Institute (MA) and the University of Oxford (D.Phil). She has written numerous essays and books on the subject and is a specialist on the drawings of Luca Signorelli and Raphael. In addition to her art historical work, she owns Stubton Hall, a large English country house in Lincolnshire, which she runs as a hotel and event venue. A native of Chicago, Claire has lived in the UK for over thirty years.