Our Team

Executive Committee

Donnetta Johnson, Executive Director
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Donnetta Johnson became SSAAM's Executive Director in October 2021. She is a community leader and Hillsborough business owner who began her career as a pioneering Black woman in technology, working as a programmer and senior project manager at AT&T. Donnetta left her corporate career to pursue her passion for entrepreneurship as the founder of the Allegra School of Music and Arts in 1999. She is also the founder of the Hillsborough Music Festival, which promotes local businesses in partnership with government and the arts in support of youth mental health and suicide prevention.

 

The stories and histories of people of the African Diaspora have always been of great importance to her, and she is excited to join the grassroots and professional historians at SSAAM to share and celebrate our rich history and promising future.

John B. Buck, President

John serves as current President of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association located in Hopewell Township and he also serves as President of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) located in Skillman, NJ. 

 

John has been a lifelong resident of Hopewell Borough.  He is retired from Princeton University Civil Engineering Department where he worked for 17 years; he also is a member of Heavy and General Laborer’s Local 172 for the past 37 years.  John proudly serves as President to such a distinguished group of African Americans who rose from slavery to being men and women of valor who are now lying in their final resting place at Stoutsburg.

Bruce Daniels, Vice-President

Bruce 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 was responsible for all of its building and landscape construction, as well as the day to day supervision of its operations. Bruce has been acting as the liaison between SSAAM and GFS, helping to expand GFS's audience and programming. He has a Master's Degree in Sociology from Rutgers College. Bruce has lived on or near Sourland Mountain for most of his life.

Pat Payne, Secretary
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Pat returned to New Jersey after a 40-year career as an academic librarian in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  She earned her library degree from Rutgers University.  Pat retired as a dean of libraries at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

 

Growing up in Skillman and Pennington, Pat can trace her heritage to a fourth great paternal grandfather, Friday Truehart, a slave brought to Hopewell from Charleston, South Carolina. She is pleased that her great grandmother donated the land for the AME Church that now serves as an education center for SSAAM.

Jonathan Lloyd, Treasurer

 

Jonathan is a member of the Marketing and Tech subcommittees. He is an Assistant Administrative Analyst, and is known as the “millennial” of the board. As one of the newest members of the board, he’s seeking to utilize his knowledge of his generation to support the project. As a member of Mt. Pisgah AME church, he’s very familiar with the AME fabric within the community.

 

Staff

R. Isabela Morales, Marketing & Digital Projects Manager
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Isabela Morales is a historian of slavery and emancipation. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2019, and is the author of Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom (Oxford University Press). She comes to SSAAM from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, where she worked for two years as the Manager of Exhibition Development. Isabela has been involved in the Princeton & Slavery Project, an investigation of Princeton University's historical ties to the institution of slavery and ongoing legacies of institutional racism, since 2013. She currently serves as the project's Editor and Project Manager.

Trustees

Kevin Burkman

Kevin is a geographic information systems (GIS) analyst, creating digital maps in the environmental, historical, and urban planning fields. He holds a B.S. in environmental planning, and a M.S. in urban and regional planning, both from Rutgers University. Some of his projects include maps for SSAAM and its sister organization, the Sourland Conservancy. He lives at the base of Sourland Mountain, close to the present site of the Mt. Zion AME church, with his wife Margaret.

Jacqueline Carrera Fay
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Jacqueline Carrera Fay is the daughter of an African-Cuban mother who arrived in the United States in 1971 and has lived her entire life in New Jersey, graduating from Rutgers University, majoring in
Communications, and minoring in Women’s Studies. Professionally, she is the Chief of Staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, whose District 15 includes Central Jersey municipalities such as Ewing, Hopewell, Lambertville, Lawrence, Pennington, Trenton, West Windsor. Jackie spent five years as the owner and operator of an innovative retail business in Princeton, Grit + Polish, and before that spent two decades as a human resource benefits manager in large pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Aventis. Jackie is passionate about telling the full story of American history and has supported SSAAM in planning events and fundraising. People are still talking about her family oxtail recipe enjoyed at SSAAM’s 2021 Oxtail Fest!

Catherine Fulmer-Hogan

 

Catherine Fulmer-Hogan serves as Treasurer of Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM).  She has over 25 years of professional experience in Finance & Administration and is able to capitalize on that and her experiences on the boards of both The Hopewell Museum and The First Baptist Church of Pennington for the Benefit of SSAAM. 

 

Catherine is a native of the Sourland Region.  Her family made the region its home in the early 1940s and is presently home to five generations of it.  She serves as historian for her own family whose personal stories add richness to the overall narrative of the region.  Catherine has always been interested in local history and has had a particular passion for the area’s African American History.  

 

Catherine was raised in a family of artists and musicians and firmly believes that we can not share a complete history of the people of the Sourland region without the inclusion of its culture and art.

Reverend Edwin Lloyd

Rev. Edwin H. Lloyd is a Cum Laude graduate of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary with an MDiv. degree.  He is also graduated from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio with a BS degree.  He received a Certificate of Diploma from the University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Banking.  Rev. Lloyd served as a Chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

 

Rev. Lloyd is currently a pastor of Allen Chapel AME church, Asbury Park, NJ and Financial Consultant.  He advocates Financial Literacy education in the church and community. He is married to Regina Lloyd and they have three adult children.  His favorite Scripture is Matthew 21:22: “Whatever you believe, if you ask it in prayer, you will receive it.” 

Ian Burrow
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Ian 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, a company whose mission is to improve the preservation, management and public enjoyment of historic cultural resources in the United States and beyond. 

 

Ian was the 2015 recipient of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Richard J. Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Knowledge and Preservation of New Jersey History. He has taught at Drew, Rutgers New Brunswick, Rutgers Camden and Rider Universities, and at the University of Delaware.  Ian has given numerous presentations to local audiences in New Jersey and beyond. He is a resident of Hopewell Borough.

Advisory Board

Elaine Buck, Founder

Sharon Elaine Buck, who prefers to be called Elaine, is a founder the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.  She is also a thirty year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association which is a historic cemetery for people of African descent located on Sourland Mountain. Elaine has been married to John Buck for over forty years and is the mother of two adult sons, Aaron and Jason.  She is the third generation to live in her home in Hopewell Borough, NJ. 

Beverly Mills, Founder

Beverly is a retiree as the Director for the Workforce Development Board in Mercer County, New Jersey.  She is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a member on the Advisory Board and a thirty-five year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association. Beverly is the first African American woman to hold the elected position as a Councilwoman in Pennington Borough, NJ, her ancestral home and current residence (which has been in her family since 1911). She has been married Robert Mills for forty-five years, and is the mother of two adult sons, Jason and Drew, and the grandmother of five.

Laurie Cleveland
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As Sourland Conservancy's Executive Director, Laurie works to raise awareness about the special nature of the region - and the critical role that residents, businesses, and municipalities play to protect and preserve the history and ecology of the Mountain. An active member of the Sourland community, she facilitates partnerships with local, regional and national organizations to encourage land preservation and implement educational, advocacy and stewardship initiatives.

Marylou Millard Ferrara
Caroline Katmann

Caroline Katmann served as SSAAM’s first Executive Director from June 2020 to October 2021. Caroline was a New Jersey public school teacher, staff developer, and district-level administrator for 31 years before retiring from public education in 2005. She worked as an Education Consultant from 2005 to 2012. In 2009, Caroline became a trustee on the board of the Sourland Conservancy (SC), and in January of 2013, she was hired as the Conservancy's first full-time Executive Director. Caroline has never been as fascinated by history as she has been since working with the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum!

A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law where she was a Marshall-Brennan Fellow, Marylou is a former Mayor of Hopewell Township. She is Vice President of the Sourland Conservancy and a co-founder of Hope Rises Up. She lives in the Sourlands in Hopewell Borough.