The Paddle8 team has deep experience in art, design, and technology.

Our Team

  • Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator

  • George Brassey

    Developer

  • Deborah Ripley

    Director, Contemporary Art & Prints

  • Thatcher

    Performance Artist

  • Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Events & Technical Operations

  • Meghan McCarthy

    Client Services Manager

  • Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing & Data Insights

  • Anna Hygelund

    Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

  • Stefany Morris

    Head of Fine Arts

  • Joslin van Arsdale

    Senior Specialist, Photography

  • Ram Nadella

    Principal Engineer

  • Melissa Caspary

    Email Marketing Manager

  • Marshall Weisiger

    Client Services Coordinator

  • Samantha Russell

    Auction Coordinator

  • Liv Townsend

    Auction Coordinator

  • Lane Brenner

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • Courtney Chapel

    Auctions Manager


    Courtney received her Masters in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth. Previously, she held positions at the MFA Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and more.

    Courtney collects cheap street drawings/paintings from anywhere she travels.

  • Holly Greenfield

    Senior Director, Benefit Auctions

    Holly comes to Paddle8 with extensive experience working with museums and non-profits on fundraising and event production. She was previously VP at Livet Reichard Company and received a Masters from Columbia University.

    Holly collects spices.

  • Stephanie Kryzak

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Alexandra Lambert

    Manager, Client Development

  • Osman Khan

    Co-Founder


    Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

    Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

  • Anastasia Voron

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

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  • Edita Zulic

    Europe & Middle East Director, Benefit Auctions


    Edita comes with over a decade of experience in communications and special events at the United Nations and has collaborated with artists on various projects. She holds an MA in history of Venetian art at the University of Warwick.

    Edita collects foreign languages, coin jewelry, and drawings of cities.

  • Michael McClellan

    Senior Product Manager

  • Laura Paterson

    Senior Specialist, Co-Head, Photographs

  • Madeleine Rothery

    Cataloguer

  • Louisa Strahl

    Business Development Director, Europe & Middle East


    Louisa comes to Paddle8 with a passion for contemporary art, architecture and design and prior experience at a leading global private bank and art advisory. She holds an MBA from the University IFM in Geneva and an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.

    Louisa collects swatch watches, art books and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Tim Thorpe

    Developer

  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer

  • Simone Shields

    Junior Specialist

  • Michael Gitlitz

    Senior Specialist

  • Christy Leleck

    Director of HR

  • Stuart Alexander

    Senior Specialist, Co-Head, Photographs

  • Natasha Kaye Whiffin

    Manager, Asia Development

  • Alan Zeng

    Junior Specialist, Collectibles

  • Ashley Leutner

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    Ashley comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working at non-profits, museums, and in other creative industries. She has her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her MA from the University of the Arts.

    Ashley collects rare books.

  • Shea Goli

    Senior Specialist


    Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

  • Emily Upton

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    Emily recently completed studies in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. She previously worked on fundraising events at the BC Cancer Foundation after studying History and Art History at University of Victoria.

  • Liz Gilchrist

    Director of Events

  • Jenny Shepherd

    Senior Auction Coordinator

    Jenny comes to Paddle8 from Science Ltd./Damien Hirst Studio, where she worked in research, exhibitions and production. She holds a BA in Fine Art and Music, and has classical training in painting, drawing, and singing.

    Jenny collects British Vogues and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Patrick Rich

    Asst. Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Laura Brooks

    General Counsel, Operations

  • Sarah Bencic

    Manager, Benefit Auctions


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 after working in development and event production with various non-profits. She holds a degree in art history.

    Sarah collects vintage film cameras and retro sunglasses.

  • Steve Perez

    IT Support, Tech Ops

  • Kate Duggan

    West Coast Director, Benefit Auctions


    Kate brings experience in art fair production, art advisory, and collection management. She has an art history degree and received her MA from Sotheby's Institute.

    Kate collects artwork by emerging contemporary artists and small elephant statues.

  • Zoran Popovici

    Accounts Payable Coordinator

  • Madeleine Lill

    Receptionist

  • Sean Smith

    Software Engineer

  • Caroline Bondi

    Designer

  • Sarah Brown McLeod

    US Director of Press & Communications

  • Elizabeth Milnes

    Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Alexander Gilkes

    Co-Founder


    First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

    Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

  • William Hughes

    Sr. Business Analyst

  • Maura Smith

    Business Development Director, Southeast Region

Eddie Hautchamp

Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Mireya Lewin

Consultant Specialist

Los Angeles

Mireya has experience in contemporary art, photography and finance, having worked with private, corporate and non-profit collectors. She holds an MA from Columbia and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld.

Joslin van Arsdale

Senior Specialist, Photography

Los Angeles

Hadley Leary

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Alan Zeng

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Anna Hygelund

Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

New York

Dean Harmeyer

Senior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Shea Goli

Senior Specialist

New York

Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

Rebecca Lax

Specialist, Prints & Multiples

New York

Alexander Gilkes

Co-Founder

First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

Osman Khan

Co-Founder

Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

Hikari Yokoyama

Curator

Hikari cut her teeth working at the multi-faceted Deitch Projects while she finished her degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Columbia University. She then went on to acquire and commission artworks on behalf of private collectors and worked in various capacities including as Roving Director of Gresham's Ghost, co-founder of Art Observed.com and producing a collaboration between artist and pop star. She now lives in London working as a brand communications consultant.

Hikari collects artwork by artists of her own generation, vinyl, and rare books.