New York Map Society
Our Leadership
Board-Member Officers and bios as of April 28, 2018:

Stephen Hanon (in office since September 2016)
Steve is a map and history enthusiast with cartographic interests in The Age of
Discovery, Maps of Spain (where he lived for 5 years), Colonial America,   early New
York City, topographical maps and data visualizations.  He is a member of the Philip  
Lee Phillips Society at The Library of Congress and a member of The Washington Map
Society, International Map Collector's Society (IMCoS) and The Royal Geographic
Society in London, among others. Steve is Chief Financial Officer at Avenues World
Holdings, an organization that is developing a system of premium, private K-12 schools
emphasizing language fluency and global preparedness in the world’s great cities (New
York, Sao Paulo, London, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley, etc.).  Prior to Avenues, Steve  
worked finance, operations and strategy in the fashion, media and financial industries
with organizations such as Ralph Lauren, PepsiCo, Scripps  Networks and Price
Waterhouse.  Steve holds a B.S. in Management from the Krannert School of
Management at Purdue University and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at
Washington University in St. Louis.

Vice President:                     
Kate Cordes (in office since April 2018)
Kate is the Assistant Director for Maps, Local History and Genealogy at the New York
Public Library’s main research library. In this role Kate oversees the public services,
daily operations, programming, outreach, and curatorial work for the cartographic,
historical, and genealogical collections. Kate has been a research librarian for over a
decade, with a focus on research engagement and instruction. Her work as Assistant
Director is focused on increasing collection use, building a strong schedule of public
instruction workshops, opening opportunities for class visits, and managing projects
designed to make formerly hidden or hard to access collections available to the public
via innovative digitization projects. Kate’s engagement with the New York Map Society
began as a programming partner and developed further due to an interest in building   
an active community of cartophiles and people engaged in exploring and learning   
about geo-spatial and digital mapping endeavors. Kate received an MLS from Queens
College, and an MA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in American Studies from
the CUNY Graduate Center. She also obtained a certificate in Genealogical Research
from Boston University and is active in regional and national library and historical

Stephen M Banker (in office since September 2014)
Steve developed an affinity for old maps as a child and has been collecting for over 30
years. His interest is primarily in maps from the 1400’s through the 1600’s, with a focus
on world maps, maps of the Northeast U.S., maps of the Holy Land and any other maps
with a particular beauty or historical interest. He is a member of three other map
societies. Steve has recently developed educational programs for Nursery School and
Elementary School students, utilizing maps to explore science, history, geology,
geography, humor, art and many other disciplines. Steve is also involved with other not-
for-profit organizations: for the past 25 years he has been Trustee and volunteer with
The Educational Alliance, a 125-year-old multi-generational community service
organization with over 15 facilities on the Lower East Side and East Village, serving
over 50,000 New Yorkers every year. He also serves as President of The Westchester
Chordsmen, one of the leading barbershop choruses in the country, where he sings
bass. Steve has retired from his partnership in the international law firm, Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he practiced for 34 years, specializing in mergers
and acquisitions. He has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of

Secretary, Webmaster:     
Andrew Kapochunas (in office since September 2014)
In 2010 Andrew retired from decades as a consumer and business data/processing
consultant -- most recently from Dun & Bradstreet, where he was awarded with patents
for domestic and global address maintenance. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in
publishing, eventually becoming first Editor-in-Chief and then Associate Publisher of
multiple tabloid magazines. He began collecting antique maps in 1988 and built the   
first version of his site “” -- which now has over 3,500 images and
64 pages -- in 2008. He was invited to become Secretary of the New York Map Society
in September 2014, and, a year later, also became its webmaster, building its current
website. He now also partners with Steve Hanon, Kate Cordes, and Laura Ten Eyck in
society program development. His map-related presentations include “The Influence of
Maps on Society and Contemporary Art,” at Seton Hall University in November 2013,
and “How Maps and Map Collecting Helped an Immigrant Find His Place in the World,”
given February 2016 at the New York Public Library, and again in February 2017 at the
Lithuanian Consulate in New York, which also hosted a two-month exhibition of his
maps of the historic Lithuanian area in 2017: "300+ Years of Lithuania on Maps: 1552 -
1862." His research articles on maps of Lithuania are hosted at the New York Map
Society’s website on its “Member Links” page. Andrew's B.A. in Biological Illustration
from City College, New York, was leveraged only once: for a 1974 college biology
textbook, for which he drew all the illustrations and wrote three chapters.

At-Large Board Members:
Sy Amkraut, Katherine Cordes, Bobby Shackelton, Fredric
Shauger, Erin Sullivan-Theisen, Laura Ten Eyck

Contact us:
Suggestions for lectures and field trips:

Website comments, corrections, additions, links:
Andrew Kapochunas

Dues payments, membership info.:
New York Map Society
c/o Stephen M Banker
43 Greenhaven Rd.
Rye, NY 10580