Staff and Board of Trustees


The events and programs delivered by the the American Conference is made possible by its team of talented consultants, Lead for Diversity program graduates, and committed volunteers.

Elizabeth Williams-Riley

President & CEO

Ms. Williams-Riley is a diversity and inclusion expert with more than two decades of experience locally and nationally. She is a dynamic sought-after D&I professional who works with Fortune 500 corporations, school districts, and national nonprofit organizations to implement inclusive leadership and social justice initiatives. She has been featured in national publications, Diversity Best Practices, InSight Diversity, and Diversity Journal. Ms. Williams-Riley was a panelist at LinkedIn “DayIN” Trailblazers in Diversity forum, a featured workshop presenter at L’Oréal’s Executive Women’s Leadership Conference in NY and a presenter at the 2017 National Convention for the Young Democrats of America in Dallas, TX. Ms. Williams-Riley recently facilitated training series for the New Jersey Consortia for Excellence and Equity.

Board of Trustees

Angela Guy

Co-Chair Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, L’Oreal USA

Thomas F. Hayes

Co-Chair Director, Customer & Community Relations, New Jersey Natural Gas

Vanessa Nazario

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Vice-Chair, RWJBarnabas Health

Ava-Marie Madeam

Vice President, State Government Relations, Verizon

Craig Mourton

Assistant Provost of the Metropolitan Campus, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Katherine Kish

President, Market Entry, Inc.

Pam H. Kwatra

President, Kripari Marketing

Linda Savino

President of Hospice and Advanced Care Programs and Services, VNA Group

Patricia Rossman

Chief Diversity Officer and HR Communications, BASF

William Sumas

Executive Vice President, Village Super Market, Inc.

Andrew Joseph Esq.

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Daniel Eatman, Jr.

VP Branch Manager, TD Bank

Lola Holness

Director HR Client Relations Services, PSEG

Trustees Emeritus (+deceased)

Allen I. Bildner +

Chairman, SME Co., Inc.

Anne Evans Estabrook

Owner, Elberon Development Co.

Thomas D. Sayles, Jr.+

Board of Advisors

Rhonda M. Figueroa

Corporate Diversity Officer, New Jersey Resources

Desiree Dancy

Group Vice President, Talent & Inclusion, Sims Metal Management

Dr. Matthew Maddex

Instructor and Debate Coach at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information

Nilda Mahrer, CDP, CAAP

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at AtlantiCare

Diane Hawkins

Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research

Bahiyyah Abdullah

Chief Mission Officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

Shyam Gopalaswamy, CIMA

Financial Advisor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Diane Hawkins

Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research

Our Board of Advisors

Our volunteer members hold expertise in leadership development, community and capacity building, and fund development, and they serve schools, workplaces, and communities through community engagement, diversity education and training, advocacy, recognition, and fundraising.

As a Board Advisor you will have the opportunity to volunteer your services in a number of ways, such as:

  • Serve as a speaker or panelist at events
  • Serve on our State Board Committees
  • Host meetings and events
  • Engage in donor cultivation
  • Lead annual fundraising activities
  • Champion diversity and inclusion issues in your area
  • Participate in our program and services

Please contact our offices at (732) 377-2081 or email us your letter of interest along with your resume to