our leadership

CEO and Creative Director
Roger Shepherd

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Roger is a multi-disciplined visual artist, critical thinker, writer, educator, and a leader in the domain of information preservation & design. He was awarded a Design Advancement Grant from the NEA in 1987.

Roger founded panOpticon in 2006 to manage the Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Project. He later expanded the company’s mission (2010) when he created a system that enables anyone to collect, process, manage and share the data needed to produce reliable information about works of art and their histories.

As panOpticon CEO, Roger sets the tone and the vision for the company. As Creative Director he continues to play the leading role in the development of the product.

Prior to panOpticon, Roger had a 35-year career at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris.



Chief Operating Officer
Susannah Shepherd

Susannah is the foremost expert in architecting digital catalogues raisonnés. She was previously Web Designer of the Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Online.

She was formerly the Design Director of Digital Media for McGraw-Hill Construction; Web Designer at Architectural RecordGreenSourceMyHouse; and Web Producer at Architectural Record.com.

Susannah has a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Urban Studies from Eugene Lang College/New School University.

2010 Tabbie Awards: Gold winner for Best B-to-B Website
2010 Neal Awards: Best Integrated Package, Best Use of Video, Best Use of Social Media
2009 Tabbie Awards: Bronze winner for Best B-to-B Website
2008 Neal Award: Best Web site (100k–400k unique visitors)
2008 MIN Best of the Web Award: Website of the Year – Enthusiast
2008 MPA Digital Award: Best of the Web: Editorial Excellence, B-to-B
2008 Neal Award: Best Web site (100k–500k unique visitors), Runner-up for the
Grand Neal Award B-to-B Media Business Magazine: 10 Great Media Web Sites of 2007


Chief Technical Officer
Dana Spiegel

Dana is a Product and Software Engineering expert who helps early-stage businesses get off the ground.
Previously, he was the VP of Product and Engineering at Axial, which operates a private network for qualified buyers and sellers of privately held businesses.
Dana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence from MIT and completed a Master’s Degree at the MIT Media Lab.


Chief Product Officer
Karen Schlesinger

Karen is a sustainable business expert who specializes in helping teams work through strategic and company-building challenges.
She works on product strategy and development, operations and process management.
Karen has an MFA in Imaging Arts & Sciences and an MBA in Sustainable Management.
Karen specializes in sustainable tech and “tech for good.”