our team

Founder / CEO & Creative Director
Roger Shepherd

Roger is a multidisciplinary visual artist, typographer, information designer, and leader in the domains of knowledge preservation & responsible design.

He founded panOpticon in 2006 when he was invited to manage the Mary Cassatt Online Catalogue Raisonné Project. He expanded panOpticon’s mission in 2010, when he created a web-based system that enables provenance researchers to properly collect, document, manage and archive everything they need to produce verifiably accurate information about works of art and their histories.

Among his various awards is a Design Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987). He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

As panOpticon CEO, Roger sets the tone and vision for the company. As creative director
he continues to play the leading role in the development of the company’s mission.



Chief Operations 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 earned a B.F.A in Photography from Parsons School of Design and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Eugene Lang College / The New School.

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.”