Jackson Center Staff
Interim Executive Director
In 2013, Deke retired from his forty-year career in public education. Beginning as a teacher aid, Deke’s professional experiences included three different elementary teaching assignments, two building principal appointments, and three central office administrative assignments – concluding as the Superintendent of Schools for the Jamestown City School District.
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 and in conjunction with staff.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marion recently moved to Jamestown from Cleveland, Ohio 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 the Administrative 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 is admitted to practice in Ohio, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and New York. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Marion lives in Jamestown with her husband, with whom she enjoys traveling off-highway trips throughout the country. Her son lives and works as a marketing agent in NYC.
Justice Jackson’s life story is a vivid illustration of the extent to which one individual’s influence can reverberate. Justice Jackson's professional career serves as an remarkable source of inspiration, for countless generations, on the true promise of the U.S. Constitution; and, continues to have a bearing on current issues of civil liberty, international law and how justice is expressed in societies around the world.
Sheryl “Sherry” Schutter
Sherry is a Jamestown native, who spent a long stretch in New England. She is excited to be back in beautiful Chautauqua County and part of the Jackson Center team. Sherry’s greatest accomplishments are her two sons; Tod and Alex, and loves the laughter they bring to her life. Sherry attended Jamestown schools and Becker College. She enjoys cooking, reading and discovering all that this crazy path called life has in store.
I believe that Robert H. Jackson’s story should challenge us all to reach beyond what we perceive as our limitations.
Susan Moran Murphy
President & CEO, 2015- 2018
James C. Johnson
President & CEO, 2012-2015
Executive Director, 2007-2011
Executive Director, 2002-2007
Executive Director, 2001
John Q. Barrett
Professor of Law at St. John's University, Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow
Robert H. Jackson’s life was very human, accessible, real, imperfect, well-spent and happy. His effective work, his glowing words and his powerful example across so many fields are greatness and high inspiration. Millions around the world know that already, and many millions more should. I’m honored to be part of the Jackson Center because it shares information, promotes values and teaches habits that give every person, and especially every younger person starting out “nowhere” as RHJ once did, a chance to live a fuller, smarter, more substantive, more engaged, and more successful life—a more Jacksonian life.
Honorable Stephen W. Cass
Ambassador Hans Corell
Ambassador (ret.) Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations
President, Ensight Consulting
Our family always felt that my grandfather's significant life should matter to current and future generations. Imagine our gratitude when we discovered that others in Jamestown not only recognized his unique career and contributions to the law, but started an organization dedicated to his legacy.
I am on the board of the Jackson Center to promote the principles my grandfather represented as a way to help people take informed action today.
David M. Crane
Professor, Syracuse University College of Law and founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
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.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Hess Corporation, and former Co-Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice at White & Case's New York office
for 24 years.
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.
Jamestown Container Corporation
Partner at Saxton, Kocur & Associates, LLP
Honorable Stan Lundine
Lawyer, Former Mayor of Jamestown, Former U.S. Congressman, Former Lieutenant Governor of New York
Robert H. Jackson was a great Supreme Court Justice who was a moderating force on the court. He also established an international standard for war crimes which has had a lasting impact on our world. Jamestown is proud of his legacy, and the Center is a significant institution for preserving and enhancing that legacy.
Lowell H. Lustig
Executive Director, Leadership Giving
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
My maternal grandfather was one of nine brothers and sisters. Only he and one brother survived the Holocaust. The legacy of Justice Robert H. Jackson is an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice and the rule of law. Nuremberg is not just a reminder of past events, but a standard to be emulated on a world stage whenever those who are oppressed are in need of justice and fair treatment. It is a privilege to serve on this board.
Honorable Sean McLaughlin
Executive Vice President and General Counsel at ERIE Insurance
Hon. McLaughlin was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania in October of 1994 and completed his tenure on the Court as Chief Judge. While on the bench, McLaughlin served as Chair of the Court Governance and Magistrate Committees and also served on a Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
I was educated in the USA, England, France and Canada, and am a former fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. I authored A Xian Court Trial, and Britain at Suez. I am a former writer and assistant producer for WVIZ, Cleveland Public Television , and have lectured at College Board national and international symposiums and at Chautauqua Institutions on the Harlem Renaissance, China in the 21st Century, 3 Enemies(Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito), and using video production in History courses. I am currently Chairman of the Board of Representatives of WPSU, Penn State Public Media
I am from Warren, Pennsylvania, Robert H. Jackson's birthplace. His distinguished career in U.S. government, on the World Stage (especially at the Nuremberg trials); and, in national and international legal circles, as well as his unique personal history as a self-made man, all inspire me. I would like to celebrate his career and continue to foster the ideals for which he so ably stood. I am especially interested in educating future leaders about Jackson and how he represented the best of the United States.
Dr. Douglas Neckers
Immediate Past Chair
McMaster Distinguished Research Professor (emeritus) and founder of the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University. He is currently CEO of Spectra Group, Ltd., a photochemical sciences business located in Millbury, Ohio. The author or co-author of 10 books and over 400 scientific papers and more than 60 patents, he is a graduate of Hope College, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas, and had a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
I am a native of Clymer, New York where my Grandfather, Albert Neckers, Jr., was a Jackson client while President of the Clymer State Bank. My specific Jackson Center interest revolves around my extensive research on ethics as it relates to I. G. Farben Cartel and the Trial at Nuremberg where 11 Ph. D. organic chemists were found guilty of crimes against humanity. All were leaders of their communities. The Farben Trial was, in many ways, the first Enron trial.
Gregory L. Peterson, Esq.
Partner, 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.
Communications Coordinator at Northeast Jurisdiction Mission Of Peace
I feel it is important that the Center continue to offer educational opportunities for students and adults. Now, more than ever, we must keep the ideals of Robert H. Jackson at the forefront of political conversations and decisions.
F. Cole Stearns
Senior Client Advisor, 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.
Former Chief Executive Officer, 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!