Staff and Board of Trustees


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

Elizabeth Williams-Riley

Ms. Williams-Riley is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion ambassador and motivational speaker. Elizabeth has more than two decades of nonprofit executive leadership 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 2017-2019 National Conventions for the Young Democrats of America. Ms. Williams-Riley has facilitated training series for the New Jersey Consortia for Excellence and Equity. She is dedicated to tackling America’s unfinished business of injustice. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and  member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elizabeth currently serves on the board of the Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce and Urban Bush Women Dance Company.

Board of Trustees

Angela Guy

Immediate Past Chair Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, L’Oreal USA

Suzy Domenick, CPC

Chair, Emerging You Coaching and Healing, LLC

Daniel Eatman, Jr.

Treasurer, VP Branch Manager, TD Bank

Gerri Allamby

Secretary, Associate Compliance and Diversity Manager Unilever USA

Andrew Joseph Esq.

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Katherine Kish

Executive Director Einstein's Alley and President, Market Entry, Inc.

Patricia Rossman

Chief Diversity Officer and HR Communications, BASF

Linda Savino


Dr. Leena P. Shah

Executive Director Oncology Strategy and Commercialization, BMS

JoAnn Koon-Smith

Equal Opportunity & Accessibility Programs Manager, PSEG

William Sumas

Executive Vice President, Village Super Market, Inc.

Dallas Reed

VP Student Development and Campus Life, Berkeley College

John Hart

Chief Operating Officer, Isles, Inc

Board of Advisors

Diane Hawkins

Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research

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

Bahiyyah Abdullah

Chief Mission Officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

Nilda Mahrer, CDP, CAAP

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at AtlantiCare

Shyam Gopalaswamy, CIMA

Financial Advisor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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 email us your letter of interest along with your resume to