Jackson Center Staff
James C. Johnson
James C. Johnson is currently the President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center, located in Jamestown, New York. The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson—U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal (IMT) trial at Nuremberg—through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations.
Thomas W. Schmidt
Tom Schmidt is a retired Superintendent of the Sherman Central School District. He began his career in the Randolph School District as a teacher. In his career, Tom worked as a Principal in the Bemus Point and Jamestown School Districts. Prior to being a Superintendent, he was an assistant Superintendent in the Depew School District. He also served as an interim Superintendent for Cassadaga Valley Central Schools and continues to do educational consulting.
Tom serves as the Communications Coordinator of the Mission of Peace in the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and also serves on the Upper New York Conference Council for Youth Ministry. He has been involved with the United Way for several years, serving on the Board of Directors, Secretary to the Executive Committee and was a past Campaign Chair.
Tom lives with his wife Katherine in the Jamestown area. They have six grown children and two grandchildren.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadsided, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, Wow, what a ride!
T. Marion Beckerink
Director of Development
Marion Beckerink oversees the Center's development activities and contributes to the planning and direction of its fundraising efforts. Marion provides strategy and vision for the Center and its Board of Directors in support of the President, Executive Director and in conjunction with senior staff as the Jackson Center implements its Strategic Plan for 2015-2017.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Marion recently moved to Jamestown from Cleveland, OH where she was a Staff Attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for 15 years, analyzing and researching complex legal issues to draft proposed memoranda for the court. From 1994 – 1999, she was Career Law Clerk to the late Chief Judge George W. White of the Northern District of Ohio. Prior to her career with the federal court, Marion was a Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense - negotiating forward pricing rate agreements with TRW, Argo-Tech, Chromalloy, and International Gear, among others. Marion began her career as Assistant Director of Admissions for Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Marion lives in Jamestown with her husband, Rod, with whom she enjoys traveling off-highway trips throughout the country. Her son, Josh, lives and works as a marketing agent in D.C., where he recently was graduated from the George Washington University.
Justice Jackson’s life story is a vivid illustration of the lengths to which an individual’s influence can travel; and, what an amazing inspiration he still is on issues of civil liberty, international law and what justice means in a free society.
Liz oversees the general office management and building usage of the Jackson Center. In her position she plans and coordinates the logistics for events and programs while also carrying out the Center’s communications plan and volunteer program.
Liz is a native of Jamestown and graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. Her professional career over the past 10 years includes experience in office management, development and communications for several area non-profits and small businesses. Liz and her husband own a local restaurant that has been part of a family business in downtown Jamestown for over a hundred years.
Working at the Jackson Center I enjoy sharing the history of Jackson’s roots in his hometown, it is a universal story anyone can connect to. Justice Jackson’s accomplishments are something we can all be proud of in Jamestown, a small town in Upstate NY, that helped nurture and shape someone who would go on to have such a profound impact on our world.
Archives and Exhibits Manager
Jennifer manages the Jackson Center archives, curates exhibits and educational displays, oversees content creation for the Center's website, coordinates and trains interns, and works with the Center's educational initiatives.
Jennifer is a native of Jamestown, NY, and graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BA in English in 2000, and SUNY Albany with a MA in History in 2005. Before returning to her hometown in 2008, Jennifer worked as the Public Programs Coordinator for Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY. She lives with her partner David, and their two children Willa and Max in Falconer, NY.
When I was a little girl my grandmother would tell me about growing up during the Great Depression, and her experience serving in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She made history something I could connect to. The story of Jackson's life provides me with many opportunities to help people write, create, and understand their own history.
Sonya oversees the organization and maintenance of office duties. She aids in event planning and handles rental coordination’s. Sonya is a native of Jamestown and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in History.
It is an honor and pleasure to work at the Jackson Center and be a part of such a powerful mission of universal equality, fairness, and justice.
Dr. Douglas Neckers
Randall J. Sweeney
Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation;
In early 2001, Carl Cappa, one of the founders of the Jackson Center, asked me if I would assist with this new project, the start-up of this interesting non-profit organization, the Jackson Center. Mr. Cappa had also been one of the early founders and board members of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The “birth” of the organization and the years that followed have been challenging but also very exciting for our region. Then Jackson Center has introduced our area to one of our own “hometown heroes” that had made it to major success on many fronts throughout his life. During these years, many personalities from the direct world of Justice Jackson to the Chief Justice of the United States have visited the Center. I have been honored to serve and, even in a small way, assist the Jackson Center to where it is today and the tremendous potential for tomorrow.
Faculty Consultant, ETS, Princeton, NJ;
I am from Warren, PA, Robert H. Jackson's Birthplace. His distinguished career in US government, including the US, on the World Stage, especially at the Nuremberg trials, and in national and international legal circles, and his unique personal history as a self-made man inspire me. I would like to celebrate his career and continue to foster the ideals he so ably stood for. I am especially interested in educating future leaders about Jackson and how he represented the best about America.
I am involved with the Jackson Center because I see it as my civil service to Jamestown and an opportunity to pursue history.
Honorable Willard Cass
John Q. Barrett
Professor of Law at St. John's University, Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow
Ambassador Hans Corell
Ambassador (ret.) Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations
David M. Crane
Immediate Past Chair
Professor, Syracuse University College of Law;
Serving on the board allows me to assist in the development of the mission, goals, and programs of the Robert H. Jackson Center. I consider the Center one of excellence focusing the life of Justice Jackson locally in the Jamestown area, nationally as a leader in American jurisprudence, and internationally as the American Chief of Counsel at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.
Timothy Goodell, Esq.
John A. Jackson, Esq.
I am pleased to be a member of the organization that promotes the moral, intellectual, and legal legacy of someone who embodied the highest principles in all three categories.
Honorable Melissa Jackson
I serve on the Board in order to preserve and disseminate my Grandfather's legacy.
Honorable Judith S. Kaye
Honorable Stan Lundine
Former New York Lieutenant Governor;
Robert H. Jackson is a beloved son of this area with an inspiring life story. His leadership in establishing an international standard for war crimes remains important in today’s world.
Lowell H. Lustig
Gregory L. Peterson, Esq.
Partner at Phillips and Lytle LLP; As one of the co-founders, I am thrilled to see the progress of the Center and its mission since 2001 and am willing to assist in its continued viability and vision in enhancing the legacy of Justice Jackson.
E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr.
Of counsel to Hogan Lovells.
I want to serve on the board because if I am successful, it might advance the cause of justice.
F. Cole Stearns
Senior Client Advisor at Insurance Management Company;
I serve on the Jackson Center Board of Directors because I feel that the Center’s mission of advancing justice and the rule of law is decidedly the best chance we have to fight the oppression and brutality that is rampant in the world today.
Joseph M. Zanetta, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer of Citrus Valley Health Foundation; Growing up in Jamestown, New York, one of my boyhood heroes was Robert H. Jackson. Although I moved away from Jamestown after college and law school, I have been impressed that local philanthropists created a living tribute to Jackson. In some small way, my volunteer efforts as a Board member possibly help to enhance the Center and honor a truly great statesman and one of Jamestown finest!