The American Conference on Diversity announces new Board of Trustee members and appointments. The organization’s Board of Trustees serve as ambassadors to expand the reach and scope of the American Conference on Diversity’s mission for social justice. Committed leadership is essential during an era that demands we pay attention to human relations and its impact on our entire society.

“The outstanding leadership, professional expertise, and passion each member brings to the organization allow us to re-imagine the possibilities of educating and empowering individuals to create inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities,” says American Conference on Diversity President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

Daniel Eatman Jr.Branch Manager, Investors Bank – Mr. Eatman has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. He worked for Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor and moved on to work as a Personal Banker at Chase Bank until 2007. After Chase Bank, he proceeded to Bank of America, where he worked as a Premier Banking Client Manager. In May 2009, he began a brief stint at Valley National Bank as a Branch Manager. In October 2010, Mr. Eatman began his career at Investors Bank, where he continues to be the Branch Manager of the Piscataway, NJ, branch. Mr. Eatman is a current member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. His community work includes the Assault on Illiteracy Program, sponsored by his Fraternity Omega Psi Phi, in the Newark Public School District. He represents Investors Bank in the Piscataway community as well with his support of the Piscataway School System and the Piscataway Public Library.

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S. Craig MourtonAssistant Provost, Metropolitan Campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)Mr. Mourton received his B.S. in Education from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State),  and received his Master of Professional Studies in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. He was Director of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Community Development prior to being appointed Assistant Provost in 2010 at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. He has also served as an FDU adjunct faculty member since 2003. Prior to working at FDU, Mr. Mourton was the Assistant Director of College Activities at SUNY New Paltz. In addition to experience in student activities, he has worked in residence life at both SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Geneseo. He is certified in confliction mediation and has been active in mediation at the university and community level. He has also completed training in Non-Violent Communication with the National Coalition Building Institute. His areas of specialty include Ally Development, Ethical Leadership, Leadership for Social Change, and the Relational Model of Leadership Development. Mr. Mourton also serves as co-chair of the American Conference on Diversity Northern New Jersey Regional Community Network.

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Vanessa NazarioVP, Community Development Program Manager, PNC Bank – Ms. Nazario was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Trenton, NJ. She has worked in the field of Community Development for more than 17 years. Her career began at MECHA, a Hispanic-based nonprofit providing homeownership training and counseling to low- to moderate-income families. In 1996, she joined PNC Bank and has worked in several roles within the Community Development Banking Department; she currently manages programs that promote homeownership and financial stability for low/moderate income households. In addition, she served as the Chapter President of PNC’s Latino Employee Business Resource Group in NJ. She is also a member of several nonprofit professional Latino organizations, such as the Latino Vision Council of Mercer County, ALPFA NJ, and recently joined NSHMBA NJ’s board. In 2012, Ms. Nazario was awarded the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers award by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility. Ms. Nazario has a Master of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University, a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Seton Hall University, and she recently completed an Executive MBA at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Ryan P. ParkerChief Diversity Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) – In this capacity, Mr. Parker is responsible for aligning diversity and inclusion as a critical business component for advancing RWJ’s mission and strategic business objectives.  Prior to joining RWJ, Mr. Parker served in similar roles at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, and the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. He is currently an active member of several national associations focusing on healthcare and diversity.  In addition to joining the Board of Trustees for the American Conference on Diversity, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Trustees of Crossroads Theatre, and a member of the Board Policy Development Committee of the New Jersey Hospital Association. Mr. Parker received a B.S. degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University and is currently pursuing graduate studies in hospital administration. In 2014, Mr. Parker was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s top twenty-five healthcare leaders under the age of 40.

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Linda A. SavinoCEO, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls – Ms. Savino has specialized in healthcare strategic planning, operations, and program and business development for more than a quarter century. She holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Hospital Association, American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, and American Heart Association. Ms. Savino has a long history as a healthcare advocate, educating federal and state legislators and serving on political action committees for the American Occupational Therapy Association and HealthSouth. Ms. Savino also serves as chair of the American Conference on Diversity’s South Central New Jersey Regional Community Network.

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In addition to these new appointments, Board of Trustee members Angela Guy (SVP of Diversity & Inclusion at L’Oréal USA) and Thomas F. Hayes (Director of Customer & Community Relations at New Jersey Natural Gas) now serve as board Co-chairs, Michele C. Green (VP & Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Mr. Parker as board Vice Chairs, and Investors Bank’s Mr. Eatman as Treasurer.

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Now more than ever, the American Conference on Diversity needs help to bridge the divides that separate communities throughout New Jersey. Please consider supporting us in several ways: sponsor high-school students to participate in our signature Lead for Diversity program; attend the 2015 Statewide Humanitarian Awards fundraising dinner and Commercial Real Estate Luncheon; organize teams or volunteer at the annual Diversity Stride Walk-a-Thon; and host ongoing community forums. Your help will make a positive impact on the community. For more information on ways to get involved, please call 732.745.9330 or email info@AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org.

 

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today, the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.

 

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