Melinda Hunt, president 2014-2016, is an interdisciplinary artist and founding director of the Hart Island Project. She holds an M.F.A from the Yale School of Art (1985) and M.S. in Digital Imaging and Design, NYU (2007). She began working on Hart Island with photographer Joel Sternfeld in 1991. They published a book, Hart Island, Scalo (1998). Melinda directed a film Hart Island: An American Cemetery (2008). She received awards from NYSCA in public art (1995), film (2000) and electronic art (2011). She received two Canada Council Interarts Awards for Artist and Community Collaboration (2008, 2009) and worked to develop an on-line community and database that document the identities and experience of Hart Island.