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The Montclair Foundation elects five new directors

Montclair, NJ – On Monday, April 11, 2022, the Montclair Foundation Board of Trustees elected five new board members to serve three-year terms: Montclair Township General Counsel Peter Yacobellis, Annette Strickland, Betty Murphy, Jeanie Givens and Marisabel Raymond.

Pierre Yacobellis served in the administrations of two New York governors and served as chief of staff for the marketing and human resources divisions of American Express. While working for New York State, Peter helped pass a property tax cap, marriage equality, and gun control legislation. He also led the New York Rent Stabilization Office and the Hurricane Sandy Command Center. During his time at American Express, Peter notably helped lead the Small Business Saturday and Shop Small teams. In addition to serving on the board of the Montclair Foundation, Peter sits on the boards of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the PSEG Sustainability Institute. He is a member of the League of Women Voters, NAACP, Rotary Club, Montclair Film and UNICO and is President of Out Montclair.

Annette Strickland had a distinguished career in public service and philanthropy. She recently retired as Executive Director of the Schumann Fund, for New Jersey, a private foundation that invests in the areas of early childhood development, vulnerable children, public policy in the State of New Jersey and community social service organizations in Essex County. New Jersey. Ms Strickland is a member of the Essex County Model Court (an initiative of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges), the Essex County Social Services Advisory Council, and has been deeply involved in efforts state and local aimed at reforming the New Jersey child. social protection system. Prior to joining the Schumann Fund in 1992, Ms. Strickland served in state and county government as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Energy and as Director of Community Relations for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. She is a Certified Early Childhood Teacher and holds a BA (cum laude) in Child Studies from Tufts University.

betty murphy served as president and executive officer of ReGenesis LLC for 40 years with her co-founding business partner, Jim Smith. Their company has been honored with the Top 25 NJ Businesses award. A dedicated and active supporter of numerous community and non-profit organisations, Betty was the 2009 North Essex Chamber Community Leader of the Year; NJ Women Business Owners (NJWBO) Businesswoman of the Year; received the Working Woman’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and served as president of the Bnai Keshet Synagogue. Betty currently serves on the New York Advisory Board for Little Kids Rock, and she is Membership Chair for the NJ Jewish Women’s Foundation. Betty has also worked as a longtime volunteer and advisor for Dress for Success and has served on event committees for the Montclair Art Museum, Van Vleck House & Gardens and Shine Global. Betty is also on several Montclair Garden Club committees.

Jeanie Givens worked for 10 years in clinical research at Hoffman La Roche. A lifelong resident of the greater Montclair area, Jeanie immersed herself in raising her “boy brood” and volunteering for her church, youth sports, public schools, and various clubs. She served on the Van Vleck management committee for many years, bringing her extraordinary decorating skills (and her friends) to the Foundation’s fundraising events. In June, Jeanie will assume the leadership of the management committee and will become vice-president of the board of directors of the Montclair Foundation.

Marisabel Raymond has been actively involved with the Montclair Foundation for over 20 years. She served as Chair of Van Vleck’s Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007 and led the fundraising campaign for the Montclair Foundation in 2015. She is currently Chair of the Foundation’s Education Committee. Marisabel served as President of the Montclair-Newark Junior League and held many other board and community positions. Prior to this, Marisabel chaired an art project for seniors at the Montclair Art Museum and a project at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and for three years was a member of the disabled puppet troupe Kids on the Block. She has served in each of the League’s demonstration houses since 1985. She is also a frequent guest speaker at League-sponsored training programs. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught in public schools in New York and Boston and served on the faculty of Kean University in New Jersey and Antioch College in Massachusetts.

Board Chair Emer Featherstone said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome such a talented and committed cohort to the Montclair Foundation Board of Directors. Each person brings a wealth of experience and insight to our governing body and we are honored to have them join our ranks.

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