Jackson Center Staff

Kristan McMahon



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.

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 moved to Jamestown in 2015 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. She is the proud mother of her son who lives and works as a musician in NYC.



Sheryl “Sherry” Schutter

Office Manager


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.



Leah Weinberg, CFP®, CDFA®

Chair of the Board of Directors

Vice President
Weinberg Financial Group

Sam Morgante

Vice Chair

Government Relations Advisory Services

Robert Kocur, CPA

Secretary & Treasurer

Saxton, Kocur & Associates, LLP

Arthur N. Bailey, Esq.


Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham

John Q. Barrett


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


Lana Benatovitch


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

Katherine Burgeson


Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Ingevity Corporation

Honorable Stephen W. Cass


Surrogate's Court
Chautauqua County

Julia Craighill


Ensight Consulting


Charles H. Gustafson


Professor Emeritus
Georgetown Law

Michael E. Hill


Chautauqua Institution

John A. Jackson, Esq.



John I. LaMancuso, Esq.


Lewis & Lewis, P.C.

Jessie K. Liu, Esq.


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Andrew Neyman, CPA


Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner

Christopher T. Olsen, Esq.


Olsen & Brueggemann, APC

Larry D. Thompson


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

Donald Wertman


Retired COO
Seedway, LLC

Carl Cappa


Gregory L. Peterson, Esq.

Co-Founder, Former Director

Of Counsel
Phillips Lytle LLP


Elizabeth Lenna

Co-Founder, Former Director