New York Map Society
Our Leadership
Board-Member Officers and bios:

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 Global Head - Campus Operations 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:                     
Laura Ten Eyck (in office since April 2019)
Laura Ten Eyck grew up in Toronto, Canada in a municipality of Lake Ontario called
Mimico. She studied visual art at York University with a concentration in printmaking,
and attended the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at New York University. Her interest
in maps began on the Thorong La pass in Nepal during a solo trek when the wind took
her only map. A one-year apprenticeship with Miss Ruth Shevin in the map room at the
Argosy Book Store in Manhattan furthered her passion about mapping and all the forms
it takes.Ten Eyck is the director of the gallery at the Argosy Book Store in New York City,
an appraiser of Posters & Prints on The Antiques Roadshow, and has appeared on CBS
Sunday morning. She knew it was her destiny to live in NYC when she discovered,
through rare maps, Coenraedt Ten Eyck (her relative) received two WIC (Dutch West
India Company) land grants in lower Manhattan. She lives in Greenpoint Brooklyn, with
her family.

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 26 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 Pennsylvania

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, becoming 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 4,000 images and 65 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 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. The consulate 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: Co-founder, New York Map Society
Fredric Shauger: President Emeritus, New York Map Society
Erin Sullivan-Theisen: Long-time member, former Webmaster
Ian Fowler: New York Map Society Program Manager; Curator
and Geospatial Librarian for the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal
Map Division of The New York Public Library

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