Board of Directors

Irena Goldstein

Irena Goldstein, Esq. (Chair) is an attorney in the Global Restructuring practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York Office. Irena has lived in Montclair for more than 29 years and is devoted to the library and the community. Irena is also one of the founding members of the board of directors of the Academy for Teachers, a not-for-profit organization, which honors and supports teachers who exercise a passion for a subject, creativity in the classroom, and devotion to students.  She earned her B.A. and J.D. from Rutgers University.


Susan Mellin

Susan Mellin (Vice Chair) is Director of Advancement at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  Previously she held senior development roles at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  She has held development positions in a number of cultural and arts intuitions during her over 30 year career.  She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University. She and her family have lived in Montclair for 18 years.

Robert Tortoriello

Robert Tortoriello, Esq. (Vice Chair) is Senior Counsel to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he was partner from 1982-2015.  He currently teaches Political Science at Columbia.  Bob took his undergraduate degree from St. Peter's University in History and Economics within the Honors Program, summa cum laude and valedictorian. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and is a Trustee of St. Peter's University and other educational and community institutions including the Montclair Art Museum, and was formerly on the Board of the Adult School of Montclair. Bob and his family have lived in Montclair since 1977.

Jared Miller

Jared Miller (Treasurer) is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  He currently is head of Debt Investor Relations at Citadel, a financial service firm.  He spent 16 years in Investor Relations at Goldman Sachs where he helped lead the firm’s engagement with debt and equity investors and research analysts.  Jared and his wife, Shara, are kept busy by their three children (who attend Hillside, Nishuane and pre-school).  For the past few years Jared has been involved as a recreational soccer coach for his kids in Montclair United.

Jennifer Dann Phillips

Jennifer Dann Phillips (Secretary) earned Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Women’s studies from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Arts History from Tufts University.  Jennifer worked extensively in development, marketing, and program analysis at Clara Maass Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the Anti-Defamation League, St. Martin’s Press, and the NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission.  Jennifer has lived in Montclair since 1999, raising three daughters with her husband and lovingly renovating and restoring a century-old home. Jennifer is a book artist of handmade books and paper. She volunteers at MPL, Temple Sholom of West Essex and Master Gardeners of Essex County. 

Erica Barett
Board Member

Erica Barrett is a veteran New York City public school teacher, having taught English Language Arts and Fine Arts for twenty years before moving to Montclair with her husband and three children. Ms. Barrett currently serves as the Development Chair on the CASA of Essex County Board of Trustees.

Sheila Boyd
Board Member

Sheila Boyd has a long career in human resources, working previously at NPR and Microsoft. Ms. Boyd currently works at Disney, supporting ABC News Digital, and has provided diversity, equity & inclusion consulting for a variety of clients in the nonprofit space. Ms. Boyd’s nonprofit board experience also includes the Wight Foundation and KIPP NJ.

Aman D’Mello
Board Member

Aman D’Mello is a Montclair resident and licensed social worker with over twenty years of experience in the child welfare profession. Currently, she is the Senior Advocate Supervisor and Court Liaison for CASA for Children of Essex County. Ms. D’Mello also has extensive experience on non-profit boards, including The Children's Law Center in NYC and the Brooklyn Young Mothers' Collective. 

Gina Chung Fortt
Board Member

Gina Chung Fortt has been an educator and an advocate for family involvement in schools for nearly 25 years. With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Education and Reading Specialist credential from University of California-Berkeley, she has worked with students as both a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. Today, as the parent of an elementary school and a middle school student, she is passionate about helping families, schools and community organizations connect to provide a richer and more meaningful learning experience for all students. She loves to travel, read books and enjoys film and theater. Gina has lived in Montclair with her husband and two sons since 2013.

Emily Hagen
Board Member

Emily Hagen leads Senior Talent Management and Organizational Development for MSCI, a financial, technology and data firm providing investment decision tools to investment managers globally.  Prior to that she held various roles in Human Resources at American Express and was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton.  Emily received a MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BBA from the University of San Diego.  She lives in Montclair with her husband, two children and puppy.

Rosemary Iversen
Board Member

Rosemary Iversen is President of Montclair Holdings. A teacher of ESL/Spanish and English in the 1960s and ‘70s, Ms. Iversen has long been a leader in the community. Ms. Iversen has served on the boards of Unity Concerts, Essex Arts Council, YWCA Montclair, Luna Stage, Whole Theatre, the John J. Cali School of Music Board of Advisors at Montclair State University, the Foundation Board of BlueWaveNJ, the President’s Council of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees.

Marni Jessup
Board Member

Marni Jessup is a professional bookseller and lifelong volunteer, committed to the causes of mental health, public education advocacy and assisting underserved members of the community. She previously worked in the field of behavioral psychology and the fashion industry. Ms. Jessup serves on the board of directors for the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. She believes passionately in the power of books and libraries, and their ability to transform, educate, and nurture our well-being. Ms. Jessup and her husband, Gary, have two children, Sammy (13) and June (7).

Seo Hee Koh
Board Member

Seo Hee Koh has worked in undergraduate admissions for almost 20 years. She is deeply committed to increasing access to college and vocational training for at-risk youth. She volunteers with New City Kids in Jersey City. She has degrees from Johns Hopkins and New York University. Ms. Koh and her husband moved to Montclair with their three kids in 2018.

Heather Moore
Board Member

Heather Moore is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Meta, Inc. where she has led teams to building Facebook’s Oversight Board, an industry first, as well as other external governance solutions. An experienced appellate advocate, social justice and human rights attorney, Mrs. Moore most recently served at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Mrs. Moore is a lifelong lover of books, and resides in town with her husband Roddy and their two children. 

Tim O'Brien
Board Member

Tim O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center where he was formerly the COO.  Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jason Tanz
Board Member

Jason Tanz is special projects editor at Apple News. Before that he worked as an editor and writer at WIRED magazine, where he wrote several cover stories about the intersection of technology, business, and culture. He’s also the author of the 2007 book “Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America,” and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, Esquire, and many other publications. Mr. Tanz and his wife Denise Cante have lived in Montclair since 2010. They have two children, ages 12 and 5.

Max Tourtelot
Board Member

Max Tourtelot is a Senior Director with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) where he develops surveillance reports and leads multiple investigative teams responsible for OTC and listed option rule violations. Max was raised in Los Angeles before graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. An avid reader, Max also enjoys tennis, golf and kayaking. While always a Dodger fan, Max lived in New York City for 15 years before moving to Montclair, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.