Board of Directors
David Biro MD, PhD
David is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate. He also teaches in the medical humanities and is the author of two acclaimed books: One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient and The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief. David works closely with the Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant program and oversees the approval of these grants to patients. David was a close friend of Rema’s, and a founding member of the Foundation.
Susan Hort – Board Treasurer
Susan Hort is a founding member of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and co-president of Earth Enterprises. Susan partnered with Jack Tilton at Jack Tilton Gallery from 1986 to 2001 and was a juror on the Emerging Artist Grant selection committee for 27 years. Susan and her husband, Michael, are avid contemporary art collectors celebrated for their bold collection of undiscovered and emerging artists and for the faithful patronage of the artists they collect.
Carole Server Frankel – Board Chair
Tal Weitzman – Board Secretary
With an extensive technology leadership background spanning over 25 years, Tal Weitzman stands at the forefront of business transformation. His expertise lies in spearheading the delivery of exceptional value to organizations through effective team management on large-scale projects. This includes but is not limited to IT cloud transformation, quality assurance, and integrating strict disciplines and guidelines. Currently, as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Medecision, Tal is responsible for the company’s overarching IT strategy and operations. He uses his rich experience to lead and align IT initiatives with business goals, reinforcing the company’s position at the cutting edge of the industry.
Tal’s foundational knowledge stems from his academic pursuits at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His robust educational background acts as a cornerstone, providing a deep and broad technical knowledge that allows him to continuously drive innovative solutions in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.
Tal is one of the founding members of the RHMF Peter Hort Quality of Life Grant Committee and continues to serve an integral advisory role to the Foundation in its operations.
Jamie Cohen HORT
Jamie Cohen Hort is first and foremost the mother of four wonderful children. Jamie is also a contemporary Art Consultant advising clients on building collections and consulting private collections with their gifting and sales. She has been creating and building art collections for over 20 years with a focus on emerging and contemporary art. In addition to her consulting and curating work she is currently completing her studies to become a certified Art Appraiser through Appraisers Associates of America. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Ms. Hort earned her chops working at the Hirshhorn Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the IBM Gallery; as well as volunteering her time to not for profit art organizations like White Columns as well as exploring the independent and commercial films.
For over a decade, she has curated the installation of the Hort Family Collection. Ms. Hort was named in Modern Painters magazine, as one of the fifty “most exciting young collectors worldwide” under the age of fifty. Furthermore, she has been a collector of contemporary and emerging art alongside her husband Peter.
Celebrated for a legendary ability to identify talent early and help develop new stars year after year (from Teddy Geiger, Allen Stone, Alex Aiono, Supah Mario, Dixie and Charli D’Amelio, John Ryan, BLKBOK, Pablo Alboran, Mitchy Collins, Imen Siar and Oscar-winning actor, Emma Stone), Mann’s broad success is as famed internationally as it is in America. A Grammy-nominated talent as well, Billy has also personally written and/or produced songs across genres for a literal who’s who in music from P!nk, John Legend, David Guetta, Helene Fischer, Sheryl Crow, Take That, Celine Dion, Tiziano Ferro, Burt Bacharach, Hall & Oates, Martina McBride, Sting, Cher, Joss Stone, Robyn, Johnny Mathis and many others.
Rema Hort and Mann were married in November 1994. She died of stomach cancer the following June. Mann is one of the co-founders of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Today, he happily resides in Connecticut with his wife, Gena, and their four children.
Emily Santangelo has worldwide experience in the acquisition, commission and sale of fine art for individuals and corporations for over 20 years. Founder and President of Emily Fine Art Inc. she has built a company that offers art services nationwide to major corporations, real estate developers, renowned architects and movie production companies. Her credits include projects with Alexandria Real Estate, Greystar, MITIMCO, Strada Investment Group, Toll Brothers City Living, Equity Residential, New England Development, Oxford Properties, Spear Street Captial, Samuels & Associates, Bank Leumi USA, Disney and Miramax Films. She is responsible for the commission and installation of monumental sculptures across the country; most notably, “Urban Rattle,” by Charlie Hewitt on the Highline at Ten23 Apartments in New York.
“RHMF is a dynamic and effective organization, acting as an advocate for emerging artists and a bedrock of support for individuals suffering from cancer.”