Donna Ray ThompsonPresident — Donna Thompson Ray

ATFA Appraisals —

Donna is the principal of AFTA Appraisals which provides fine art appraisal and advisory services of modern and contemporary art, focusing on African, American, Caribbean/Haitian, Latin American, and Folk art and photography. She is also the Project Director for Faculty Development Programs at CUNY’s American Social History Project at the Center For Media And Learning. A University of Rochester graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and History, she’s done graduate work at CUNY and Drew, and serves on the Board of the Museum of Art and Origins.

Michael LavelleVice President — Michael J. Lavelle, ASA

Appraisal Economics —

Michael is a Director at Appraisal Economics, where he is responsible for valuations of business interests, securities, and intangible assets for clients ranging from publicly traded companies to biotechnology start-ups. He holds an MBA from NYU and a B.S. from The College of New Jersey in Economics and Finance, and also studied Finance and Economics at Queensland University in Australia.


Daniel RocheSecretary — Daniel R. Roche, ASA

Marcum LLP —

Daniel is a partner in Marcum LLP, which specializes in the valuation of closely-held businesses and intangible assets. He appraises business interests and provides litigation support for a wide variety clientele. Before joining Marcum, he took an MBA in Finance at Rutgers, while working in Trading Support at the Pershing Trading Company. Daniel did his undergraduate work at Monmouth, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He is the immediate Past President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter.


Dhaval JaniTreasurer — Dhaval Jani, ASA

Alvarez & Marsal —

Dhaval is a Director at the management consulting firm of Alvarez & Marsal, where he is an adviser and consultant to the senior management of public and private companies, a position he left KPMG to take. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering & Electronics from the National Institute of Technology Surat (India) and holds an MBA in Finance from Temple University.


Lynn MagnussonAt Large — Lynn Magnusson, ASA

The Magnusson Group—

Lynn is a Personal Property Appraiser accredited both by ASA and AAA, who specializes in Antiques and Decorative Arts and has served multiple terms as President of the ASA Northern New Jersey Chapter. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University and advanced certificates from NYU. Lynn is the President of the Magnusson Group and Personal Property Consultants Inc.