Jackson Center Staff

Kristan McMahon

President

kmcmahon@roberthjackson.org

Kristan McMahon has served as President of the Robert H. Jackson Center since April 2019. McMahon is a former principal with Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting in Washington D.C. where she helped guide a transformational process for the company’s executive searches. Previously, McMahon was corporate counsel for Verizon in Arlington, VA where she advised all business entities on a variety of antitrust issues, including deal analysis and compliance with antitrust/competition laws. Before joining Verizon, McMahon served as a Staff Attorney for Howrey LLP, where she was part of the antitrust team leading government investigations and litigations for numerous global Fortune 500 companies.

McMahon received a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science at Saint Bonaventure University, a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a Certificate from the Communications Law Institute of the Columbus School of Law for her special studies in Communications Law.

Tina Downey

Director of Development

tdowney@roberthjackson.org

Tina Downey was appointed Director of Development in the spring of 2022 to oversee the Center's development activities and to facilitate and coordinate the strategic direction of its fundraising efforts.

Having served in leadership roles across the nonprofit sector for over 20+ years, Tina’s primary areas of responsibility include advancing the Center’s annual fund campaign as well as strengthening its major gift and endowment programs. She is responsible for growing a network of local, national and international relationships and working with partners and supporters to help bring Justice Jackson’s values and outlook to a wider audience.

Downey previously served Chautauqua Institution as its Director of the Chautauqua Fund. She currently serves on the board of Audubon Community Nature Center and previously served on the board of Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity.

Tina lives in Mayville with her husband, Ray, and their daughters Evelyn and Aster.

Sheryl “Sherry” Schutter

Office Manager

sschutter@roberthjackson.org

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.

 

Board

Leah Weinberg, CFP®, CDFA®

Chair of the Board of Directors

Vice President
Weinberg Financial Group

Sam Morgante

Vice Chair

Consultant
Government Relations Advisory Services

Robert Kocur, CPA

Secretary & Treasurer

Partner
Saxton, Kocur & Associates, LLP

Arthur N. Bailey, Esq.

Director

Partner
Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham

John Q. Barrett

Director

Benjamin N. Cardozo Professor of Law
St. John's University School of Law
Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow

 

Lana Benatovitch

Director

Former President, National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York

Katherine Burgeson

Director

Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Ingevity Corporation

Honorable Stephen W. Cass

Director

Surrogate's Court
Chautauqua County

Julia Craighill

Director

President
Ensight Consulting

 

Charles H. Gustafson

Director

Professor Emeritus
Georgetown Law

Michael E. Hill

Director

President
Chautauqua Institution

John A. Jackson, Esq.

Director

Attorney

John I. LaMancuso, Esq.

Director

Partner
Lewis & Lewis, P.C.

Jessie K. Liu, Esq.

Director

Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Andrew Neyman, CPA

Director

Partner
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner

Christopher T. Olsen, Esq.

Director

Partner
Olsen & Brueggemann, APC

Larry D. Thompson

Director

Former Deputy Attorney General of the U.S.
Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, PepsiCo (Retired)

Donald Wertman

Director

Retired COO
Seedway, LLC

Carl Cappa

Co-Founder

Gregory L. Peterson, Esq.

Co-Founder, Former Director

Of Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP

 

Elizabeth Lenna

Co-Founder, Former Director