Join us for the 114th Annual Meeting of The Newark Museum Association as we reflect on the highlights of the past year, unveil exciting plans for 2024, and honor esteemed Membership Fellows with over 25 years of dedication.

Following the meeting, join us for a special opening reception of our new exhibition, The Story of Newark Fashion: Atelier to Runway, before it opens to the public. This must-see exhibition presents Newark as a center for the fashion industry from the 1950s to today, beginning in the ateliers and classrooms of Wesley Tann and Emily Miles. Both were groundbreaking Black designers and pivotal mentors for the next generation. This rich history sets the stage for the Museum’s survey of nine contemporary designers leading the field.

Secure your spot now and RSVP below for an evening of inspiration, reflection, and the vibrant energy of Newark’s fashion evolution. We look forward to your presence at this special occasion.

114th Annual Meeting Agenda


Director of Membership and Visitor Experience, Giselle Holloway

Call to Order
Board Chair, Peter T. Englot

Voting on Minutes of 2023 Meeting
Board Chair, Peter T. Englot

Financial Report
Board Treasurer, Marc Anderson

Voting in of New and Re-elected Trustees
Chair of the Nominating Committee, Marshall B. McLean

Annual Chair Report
Board Chair, Peter T. Englot

Recognizing Membership Fellows
Director and CEO, Linda C. Harrison

Questions from Members
Director and CEO, Linda C. Harrison

Business Meeting Adjourns
Board Chair, Peter T. Englot

Meet our new Board of Trustee Nominees


Associate General Counsel – Corporate Affairs and Litigation, Panasonic North America Legal

Afiya M. Jordan joined Panasonic North America Legal in June 2021. Her title is Associate General Counsel – Corporate Affairs and Litigation. Afiya has also been appointed as Assistant Secretary of PNA and its subsidiaries in the United States.

Afiya is responsible for advising on Panasonic corporate governance matters, including our board requirements, corporate approval policies and transactions, as well as managing compliance with our PNA and US Company corporate recordkeeping and corporate housekeeping requirements. She also oversees and manages litigation in the North America region as well as insurance subrogation claims.

Afiya joined Panasonic from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she most recently served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the Secretary and was appointed as the Corporate Secretary for more than 30 of JPMorgan Chase’s subsidiaries. During her time at JPMorgan Chase, she was also involved in meeting federal and state regulatory requirements for financial institutions, advising in connection with M&A and other commercial transactions, and counseling with respect to consumer banking, human resources and litigation matters. She was the recipient of JPMorgan Chase’s Legal Department Joan Guggenheimer Diversity Champion Award and was co-chair of the North America Legal Diversity Council.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Afiya held roles at several law firms where she represented financial institutions in federal, bankruptcy and state courts, and also represented clients in connection with general commercial matters, product liability, securities matters and non-profit organizations.

Afiya is the Executive Sponsor of Panasonic’s Blaac Employee Network and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Judiciary Committee. She received a certification in 2022 as a graduate of McKinsey & Co.’s Executive Leadership Program. Afiya has also held leadership positions and been recognized with awards in the areas of access to justice, mentoring, education, diversity and pro bono legal services.

With more than 18 years of experience, Afiya brings a wealth of expertise to Panasonic. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Afiya is based in Panasonic’s Newark, New Jersey office.


Executive Advisor, PSEG

Rodney Dickens joined PSEG as an Executive Advisor in April 2022. In this role, he leverages his deep industry experience to provide strategic and operational support to PSEG. On behalf of PSEG, Mr. Dickens has strategic oversight for PSEG LI where he helps to develop and drive strategy and supports all organizational initiatives designed to achieve performance metrics and improve customer satisfaction.

Mr. Dickens has well over 30 years of professional electric utility experience, serving in a number of leadership and operational roles. For the past 10 years, he has leveraged that experience as a consultant in the utility sector providing external support on high profile and complex projects.

Prior to his consultancy, Mr. Dickens served as the President of Allegheny Power where he was responsible for providing safe and reliable electric service to 1.5 million customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. While leading a workforce of 2,600 employees, he oversaw large construction projects, successful rate cases, and improved safety and reliability to historic levels for the company.

Before joining Allegheny Power, Mr. Dickens spent 32 years at PSEG in a variety of roles with a focus on the Company’s Electric Operations. He led one of the Company’s four Electric Divisions and was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Company’s long-term electric asset strategy. Mr. Dickens then assumed an Officer role serving as the Vice President of Asset Management and Centralized Services for Public Service Electric & Gas Company. In this role, Mr. Dickens was responsible for various functions, including Electric Delivery Engineering, Planning and Business Systems and Processes, Regulatory Strategy and Operations Support, leading an organization of 675 management and bargaining unit employees.

Mr. Dickens earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Mr. Dickens is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey.

Board of Trustee Members up for Re‑Election


Chair of the Litigation Committee, Sills Cummis & Gross

Joseph L. Buckley, Chair of the Litigation Committee at Sills Cummis & Gross, has over 35 years of experience and is considered one of the leading business litigators in New Jersey. He is a longtime friend and champion of Newark and The Newark Museum of Art.



Eleonore Kessler Cohen, attorney and former realtor at Kraemer Burns P.A., has over 30 years of experience and is active in and passionate about New Jersey arts, culture, and politics.


Partner, Reed Smith

Lee Ann Dillon is a banking & finance partner in Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group.


Senior Commercial Credit Manager of Healthcare, Education, and Not-for-Profit, Bank of America

Robert H. Doherty is Senior Commercial Credit Manager of Healthcare, Education, and Not-for-Profit for Bank of America. His work allows him to support healthcare institutions, higher education, cultural institutions, and social service organizations.


Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Rutgers University – Newark

Peter T. Englot, Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at Rutgers University – Newark is dedicated to education in Newark at all levels.


President, The MCJ Amelior Foundation

Christine Chambers Gilfillan, President of The MCJ Amelior Foundation, has a passion for supporting not-for-profit organizations in Newark in the areas of education, economic redevelopment, job readiness, and health.


Partner, McCarter & English and Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall Law School

Partner at McCarter & English and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, has a lifelong passion for the arts, having participated in Marching Band, Glee Club, and Concert Bank as an undergraduate, and now supports Newark arts through his trusteeships.


Acquisitions & Collections Committee, NMOA Board of Trustees

Judith Lieberman is an advocate for the arts and has been a member of the NMOA’s Board of Trustees for nearly three decades, serving on several significant committees and lending leadership to the Board’s Executive Committee. As chair of the Acquisitions & Collections Committee since 2017, she offers acumen and curiosity, leading efforts to grow the Museum’s collections, which rank among the nation’s largest.


Managing Director, Bank of America Private Bank

Managing Director with Bank of America Private Bank, has a background in law, a passion for education, serves on the Board of the Greater Newark LifeCamp, the Newark Boys & Girls Club, and coaches girls lacrosse and youth hockey.


Director of Cell Therapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation Northern Regions, RWJBarnabas Health

Director of Cell Therapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation Northern Regions for RWJBarnabas Health at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is passionate about art and wellness.