Caroline Katmann became SSAAM’s first Executive Director in June 2020. 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 organization’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!
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.
Governance, Building & Grounds, Education, Collections & Exhibits
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.
Chair, Building & Grounds / Education, Collections & Exhibits / Marketing and Social Media/Governance
Marylou Millard Ferrara, Secretary
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.
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.
Chair, Finance /Marketing & Social Media
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.
Chair, Fund Development, Education, Collections & Exhibits
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 and is the mother of two adult sons, Jason and Drew and the grandmother of five.
Chair, Education, Collections & Exhibits/ Fund Development
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.
Building & Grounds
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.
Chair, Marketing and Social Media
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.”
Governance, Finance, Building & Grounds
Jonathan is a member of the Marketing and Tech subcommittees. He is an Assistant Administrative Analyst, who is known as the “millenial” 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.
Marketing & Social Media, Education, Collections & Exhibits, Finance
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.