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Lt. Gov Sheila Oliver

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver

Sheila Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 2nd Lieutenant Governor on January 16, 2018. She is the first women of color to serve in statewide elected office in New Jersey history. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs by Governor Phil Murphy.

Lt. Governor Oliver is a 40-year resident of East Orange, and a native of Newark.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2003, she became Speaker in 2010 – the first African-American women in state history to serve as such, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.

She has chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children, Commerce and Economic Development, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. She also sat on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

She also has served as an Essex County Freeholder, from 1996 to 1999, and was a member of the East Orange Board of Education.

A graduate of Newark’s Weequahic High School, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude in Sociology, from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University.

Lt. Governor Oliver began her career in public service as the Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, where she focused on preparing young people ages 14 to 21 for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. She later became the Development Director for The Newark Literacy Campaign while working at Caldwell College as the Coordinator of Career Guidance within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

She has taught college courses in Achievement Motivation, Non-Profit Management, and Pre-College Preparation, served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations, and spent several years as the Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative.

Lt. Governor Oliver has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, the United Way, the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods, the Newark Collaboration Group, the Rutgers-Newark Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Council, the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative of NJ, the Essex County and East Orange Committees on the Status of Women, Programs for Parents, and a number of other community-based entities. She has held memberships in the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

Leonard Zax

Leonard Zax is a lawyer and a city planner. As a partner in the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington DC, he took on a pro bono cause: creating a national park in his hometown of Paterson.  William Paterson University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for “dedication to the founding ideals of the City of Paterson and to the realization of those ideals for a better quality of life for its citizens.” Leonard now works full time to enhance the benefits of the new national park for the city, the state, and the nation as the President of the Hamilton Partnership.

Briann Greenfield

Briann G. Greenfield

Briann G. Greenfield, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities with a mission of bringing the humanities programming to New Jersey residents. Previously, Briann was Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University where she directed the department’s Public History Program that prepares students to work in museums and historic preservation. Briann received her M.A. in Museum Studies and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. Briann’s collections experience includes serving as a member of the Connecticut Historical Society’s Collections Steering Committee and Deaccession Task Force. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).

Robert Guarasci

Robert Guarasci

Robert F. Guarasci is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC), whose mission is to create opportunities to transform lives in New Jersey’s third largest city, Paterson.  Starting with 2 employees in 1994, NJCDC now employs 140 people and has an annual operating budget in excess of $12 million. NJCDC operates a variety of programs and services that include a preschool for inner-city children, an Innovative Academy high school, AmeriCorps, supportive housing for people with disabilities and youth aging-out of foster care, job training initiatives, and youth programming.  NJCDC has invested over $70 million in brick and mortar projects throughout its neighborhood, including 150 units of affordable housing.  Additionally, Bob and NJCDC founded the Community Charter School of Paterson, with 900 students in grades K-8. Prior to starting NJCDC, Bob served for four years as Executive Assistant to New Jersey’s Commissioner of Human Services, where he worked on issues ranging from welfare reform to an expansion of community-based services for vulnerable citizens.  Bob’s current professional interests include the revitalization of Paterson and the Great Falls Historic District, replication of the Harlem Children’s Zone model for child and family well-being, the creation of supportive housing for individuals with disabilities, comprehensive youth development programs for at-risk youth, and educational initiatives for economically disadvantaged children.  Bob serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Trustees of William Paterson University and the Paterson Housing Authority.  Bob has also been appointed by the US Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park’s Federal Advisory Commission.  Additionally, Bob serves on the boards of the Paterson Alliance, a consortium of non-profit agencies serving Paterson residents, as well as the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Randall Mason

Randy Mason teaches in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and is Associate Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban conservation, history, and cultural landscape studies. Mason’s research interests include theory and methods of preservation planning, cultural policy, the economics of preservation, historic site management, the history and design of memorials, and the history of historic preservation. He leads the Center for Research on Preservation and Society, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. His books include The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (edited with Max Page; Routledge, 2004). Before joining the PennDesign faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. He contributed to Getty publications including Economics and Heritage Conservation, Values and Benefits of Cultural Heritage Conservation, and Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage. Previous positions include Assistant Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland, and adjunct faculty in landscape architecture at RISD. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice and he co-founded the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners (which developed projects to strengthen the connections between heritage conservation and social development). Mason was awarded the 2012-2013 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize, and during his residency at the American Academy in Rome researched the Roman architect, planner and conservationist Gustavo Giovanonni. Earlier in 2012, Mason was granted an Honorary Doctorate, Honoris Causa, from Gothenburg University in Sweden.

Bernice Radle

Bernice Radle owns and operates Buffalove Development in Buffalo, NY. Buffalove is a small scale real estate development company focused on bring vacant spaces and places to life in a community conscious way. Her renovation and restoration work has been featured in many local and national news outlets including NYTimes, Atlantic Cities, Huffington Post, HGTV and DIY Network. Bernice also is a key leader in the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, is the creator of the “heart bomb” and serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Buffalo.

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Leslie Bensley

Leslie Bensley serves as Executive Director of the Morris County Tourism Bureau and has been a stalwart supporter of Morris County’s illustrious heritage and culture for the past 20 years. […]

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Bruce Daniels

Bruce Daniels has been the Facilities Director and Project Manager at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) for over 30 years. He was involved in the initial planning of the park, and […]

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Heather Garside

Heather Garside is Director/Curator of the Passaic County Historical Society. She has been with the Society since October 2011, when she moved to New Jersey from Schenectady, New York, having […]

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Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver

Lt. Gov Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 2nd Lieutenant Governor on January 16, 2018. She is the first women of color to serve in statewide elected office […]

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Leonard Zax

Leonard Zax is a lawyer and a city planner. As a partner in the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington DC, he took on a pro bono cause: creating […]

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Vincent Maresca

Vincent Maresca III is a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. Mr. Maresca has worked in a professional position at SHPO since 2007 including […]

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Izzy Kasdin

Izzy Kasdin

Izzy Kasdin has served as the Historical Society of Princeton’s Executive Director since May 2016. She previously served as HSP’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. As the architect and executor […]

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Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn, Senior Vice President, possesses more than three decades of experience in residential and commercial property management and construction. At Paramount Assets, he is involved with all facets of […]

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Emily T. Cooperman

Emily T. Cooperman, M.S., Ph.D. is a landscape and architectural historian and historic preservation and CRM consultant in practice for nearly 30 years. She currently serves as the Senior Architectural […]

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Brian LoPinto

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Brian LoPinto was raised two blocks away from Hinchliffe Stadium. As a young child, he knew that this cavernous structure could not have just been […]

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Susan Bachor

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Jim Hall

Jim Hall has been the Chief of Cultural Resources for Delaware State Parks for the last 8 years. Managing Delaware’s Resident Curatorship program is one of many job responsibilities in […]

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David Kutner

David manages New Jersey Future’s planning initiatives and is responsible for the organization’s outreach and assistance to municipalities, with a special focus on coastal communities vulnerable to sea-level rise. For […]

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Jeanne Herb

Jeanne Herb of the Rutgers University Bloustein School works to advance sound environmental, sustainability, and Health in all Policies practices at the state, local and regional levels. Among other responsibilities, […]

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Frank Banisch

Frank Banisch, President of Banisch Associates, Inc., has been a community planning and design consultant serving New Jersey municipalities since 1972. Mr. Banisch brings to the planning profession an architecture […]

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Roger Mumford

Roger Mumford is President of Roger Mumford Homes LLC, a Red Bank NJ based home building company that is involved with a wide array of projects including single family home […]

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Donna Harris

Donna Ann Harris is the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc. a Philadelphia-based Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) boutique consulting firm that aids non-profit organizations and government agencies nationwide in the following […]

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Kelly Ruffel

Kelly C. Ruffel is the Director of the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs for the County of Passaic. She oversees all of the County’s historic assets through the administration […]

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Alex Elefante

Alexander J. Elefante, 3rd is a sworn Emergency Management professional with ten years of front line experience.  He serves as the Senior Deputy Coordinator for the City of Burlington Office […]

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Nick Wood

Nicholas Wood is a Museum Curator for the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. He is responsible for administering the regrant programs, collections management, assisting with the Teen Arts Festival […]

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Briann G. Greenfield

Briann Greenfield

Briann G. Greenfield, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities with a mission of bringing […]

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Megan Springate

Megan Springate works in the National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education in Washington, D.C. She serves as Interpretation Coordinator for the office, as well as coordinating […]

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Lorna Ebner

Lorna Ebner is completing a Master’s degree in History at Rutgers University-Newark, where she is interested in the social history of disease. She has worked with the Queer Newark Oral […]

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Janet Foster

Janet W. Foster is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant, as well as a proponent of New Jersey and its vernacular architecture. She teaches and writes on the topic, […]

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Christina Strasburger

Christina Strasburger

Christina Strasburger is department administrator for History and African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She has worked with the Queer Newark Oral History Project since its founding in […]

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Kristyn Scorsone

Kristyn Scorsone

Kristyn Scorsone is a student in the Ph.D program in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She has been with the Queer Newark Oral History Project for three years conducting oral […]

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Mary Rizzo

Mary Rizzo

Mary Rizzo is Associate Director of Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives for the Graduate Program in American Studies and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in History at Rutgers University-Newark. She […]

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Brian Compertore

Brian Compertore

Brian P. Compertore, is an Associate at the CTS Group Architecture/Planning in Chatham, NJ.  Since graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2006, Brian has worked on numerous […]

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Thomas Connolly

Thomas Connolly

Thomas B. Connolly, AIA, is the Principal Architect for Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, located in Cranford, New Jersey. Connolly & Hickey is an architecture and historic preservation firm specializing […]

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Eric Holtermann

Eric Holterman

Eric Holtermann, AIA is a principal at HMR Architects in Princeton, NJ. He has worked on both new and historic projects throughout his career, with a particular interest in the […]

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David Abramson

David Abramson

David Abramson, AIA is a Principal at The CTS Group Architecture/Planning in Chatham, NJ. He received a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Illinois and a Master of Science […]

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Lynn Laffey

Lynn Laffey has served as the Assistant Director of Historic Sites at the Morris County Park Commission since 2012.  She oversees all activities with the Park Commission’s four designated historic […]

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Barbara Seater

Barbara Seater

Barbara Seater has taught for more than 40 years at Raritan Valley Community College in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She twice received Mid-Career Fellowships at Princeton University. […]

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Anita Bakshi

Anita Bakshi

Anita Bakshi is the author of Topographies of Memories: A New Poetics of Commemoration (2017).  She teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and is affiliated with […]

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Abby Klionsky

Abby Klionsky is a public history practitioner who has worked in a variety of positions at the cross-section of material culture, history education, and archives. At Princeton, she’s working to […]

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Warren Coupland

Warren Coupland

Warren Coupland is the Chairman of the Cape May, NJ Historic Preservation Commission.  He joined the Commission in 2006 and has held the position of Chair since 2011.   After a […]

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Barton Ross

Barton Ross

Barton Ross, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, President of Barton Ross & Partners, LLC, is an architect who has contributed to master plans for the Virginia State Capitol, the United States […]

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Christopher H. Falcon

Christopher H. Falcon has over thirty-five years of experience representing both public and private sector clients and has served as general and special counsel to various municipalities, boards and authorities.  […]

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John Hatch

John Hatch is a partner with Clarke Caton Hintz, a Trenton-based Architecture and Planning firm, as well as with HHG Development, a company which focuses on redevelopment projects in Trenton.  […]

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Chief Vincent Mann

Chief Vincent Mann

Chief Vincent Mann is chief of the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation. He recently won the Russ Berrie Award for his work on preservation of land issues […]

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Judith Joan Sullivan

Judith Joan Sullivan

Judith Joan Sullivan is a lawyer and president of a volunteer organization called Ramapough Conservancy, Inc. Ramapough Conservancy preserves land, renovates historic structures and helps the community in connection with […]

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Marion Werkheiser

Marion Werkheiser is the co-founder and chief executive of Cultural Heritage Partners, a government affairs, strategy, and law firm focused on the intersections between development and preservation. She advocates for […]

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David Listokin

David Listokin is a Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research of Rutgers University. He is a leading authority on public finance, development impact analysis, and historic preservation. Dr. […]

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Karl Niederer

Karl Niederer

Karl Niederer has served the State of New Jersey in various leadership capacities for over 38 years. From 1978 to 2012 he was director, state archivist, and chief records administrator […]

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Cate Litvack

Cate Litvack is currently president of the Advocates for New Jersey History and a vice-president of the board of trustees of the Old Barracks Museum. She served from 2005 – […]

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Rick Lear

Rick Lear is Director of the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation. He is responsible for the management of over 11,000 acres of Middlesex County Park System including 18 […]

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Joshua Castaño

Josh Castano

Joshua Castaño is a Senior Program Manger at Partners for Sacred Places where he provides training, technical assistance, and consulting services to historic sacred places and communities across the nation. […]

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Richard Polton

Richard Polton

Richard Polton has broad experience in real estate, planning and urban affairs.  He has an active practice in real estate consulting and specializes in planning issues, urban history, urban redevelopment, […]

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Richard Veit

Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. Rich is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on […]

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Wayne McCabe

Wayne McCabe has resided in Newton for the last 44 years, and has a career in historic preservation and community planning that spans almost 50 years. His degrees are in […]

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Matthew Tomaso

Matthew S. Tomaso, M.A., RPA is a New Jersey native whose career has straddled applied and academic aspects of archaeology. His degrees are in anthropology and the earth sciences. He […]

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Samantha Kuntz

Samantha Kuntz

Samantha Kuntz is an Architectural Historian for AECOM Technical Services, Inc. She began her career with AECOM working on the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative in Monroe and Philadelphia […]

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Emily Paulus Everett

Emily Paulus Everett manages the Preservation Planning team at AECOM’s Historic Preservation Group. She has over 18 years of experience in historic preservation and community planning, including as Preservation Planner […]

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Penelope Watson

Penelope Watson

Penelope Watson, AIA is a Principal at Watson & Henry Associates, an architectural and engineering firm specializing in historic preservation for non-profits and public entities. Penny received a B.A. from […]

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Michael Margulies

Michael Margulies, a principal and co-founder of Eclectic Architecture, LLC, has over two decades of experience in architecture, historic preservation and traditional trades.  His extensive involvement with design, architectural conservation, […]

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Robert Guarasci

Robert Guarasci

Robert F. Guarasci is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC), whose mission is to create opportunities to transform lives in New Jersey’s third largest […]

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Randall Mason

Randy Mason teaches in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and is Associate Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban […]

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Bernice Radle

Bernice Radle owns and operates Buffalove Development in Buffalo, NY. Buffalove is a small scale real estate development company focused on bring vacant spaces and places to life in a […]

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Sam Stephens

Dr. Samuel A. Stephens is a Trustee of the Trent House Association Board, which works with City of Trenton to maintain the 1719 William Trent House Museum and provide programming related […]

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Heather Brady

Heather Brady has been actively involved in the fields of art and museum education for over fifteen years. In 2015, she joined Grounds For Sculpture as its first ever Director […]

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Sharon (Elaine) Buck

Sharon Elaine Buck, who prefers to be called Elaine, is a founder the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a member on the Advisory Board.  Elaine is also a thirty […]

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Beverly Mills

Beverly Mills is a retiree as the Director for the Workforce Development Board in Mercer County, New Jersey.  Beverly is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and […]

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Linda Caldwell Epps

Dr. Linda J. Caldwell Epps is President and CEO of 1804 Consultants. She brings to clients more than 40 years of experience working with educational and cultural institutions, including The […]

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Gregory Lattanzi

Gregory Lattanz is Curator/State Archaeologist for the Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from […]

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Vonda Givens

Vonda Givens

Vonda Givens has served as the Executive Director of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, a National Historic Landmark in Parsippany, New Jersey, since 2014. Givens joined the Stickley Museum’s […]

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Evelyn C. Murphy

Evelyn Murphy

Evelyn C. Murphy, PhD is an economist and nonprofit consultant. She works to use economics, finance, and business principles to help nonprofits articulate and achieve their missions. Three decades of […]

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Kinney Clark

Kinney Clark is the Technical Director of NJCAR’s GIS-CAMP pilot and is a GIS Specialist with the NJ State Historic Preservation Office, coordinating cultural resources GIS development and other information […]

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Gianfranco Archimede

Gianfranco Archimede

Gianfranco Archimede, MS, RPA, has served for the past 10 years as Director of the Division of Historic Preservation for the City of Paterson and Executive Director of Paterson’s Historic […]

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Ian Burrow

Ian Burrow

Ian Burrow has been an archaeological and cultural resource management professional since 1975, firstly in England and, since 1988, in the United States. In 2015 he founded BurrowIntoHistory, LLC, whose […]

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Dorothy P. Guzzo

Dorothy P. Guzzo currently serves as the Executive Director for the New Jersey Historic Trust. The Trust provides matching grants for bricks & mortar preservation projects and funds heritage tourism […]

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