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It is an honor to recognize Partners for Health Foundation for its collaboration and investment in local New Jersey communities, and its commitment to build healthier lifestyles and create better places to live. As a grantor, Partners for Health Foundation has improved the quality of life in our region. At MAM, we are grateful for their early support of the MAM Art Truck and creative aging programs, supporting our partnership with the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning, and overall enthusiasm to work towards shared goals.


For more than a decade, Partners for Health has been collaborating with nonprofit organizations to address the Montclair area’s most pressing health needs. The Foundation advocates for vulnerable populations and invests in programs and policies to support healthy lifestyles and communities.  It also seeks opportunities to increase its partners’ capacity to achieve their missions.  A key focus area is providing access to healthy food and physical activity as a way to prevent chronic disease. Partners for Health also support the issues of homelessness, aging, mental health, oral health, community safety and more.



Christopher J. Daggett

It is an honor to recognize Chris Daggett as a 2019 Gala Honoree for his visionary tenure as the former President and CEO (2010-2018) of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, advancing and supporting New Jersey’s environmental and cultural profile. As a grantor, The Dodge Foundation has made a significant impact on New Jersey, including the Montclair Art Museum, by supporting creative, engaged, sustainable communities.


Mr. Daggett has been a leader for more than 35 years in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Thomas Kean, Regional Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In addition, he was a managing director of William E. Simon & Sons, a private investment firm, and operated a brownfields development company. He was also a Principal with JM Sorge, Inc., an environmental consulting and management firm. Immediately prior to joining the Dodge Foundation, Mr. Daggett ran as an independent candidate for governor of New Jersey.


Mr. Daggett has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Hudson River Foundation, Schumann Fund for New Jersey, President’s Advisory Council of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, ArtYard, Regional Plan Association, Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Somerset Hills YMCA, and NJ Advisory Committee of the Trust for Public Land. 


Mr. Daggett holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Lyn Reiter

The Montclair Art Museum is honored and delighted to recognize Lyn Reiter, who has served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees since 2005. Lyn’s professional training as an art conservator and historian has deepened her passion and dedication as a museum  trustee. Coupled with her drive and enthusiasm, Lyn has been a tireless advocate for the arts and has made a distinct impact on MAM, including as a member of the Art Committee, the Executive and Facilities committees, spearheading special events and fundraisers, and as Co-Chair of the Museum’s landmark 2014 Centennial Celebration. Together with her husband Glenn, they have been enthusiastic supporters of MAM’s mission and in 2015 the Reiters created a permanent legacy at MAM when they established the Lyn and Glenn Reiter Endowed Special Exhibition Fund which will support major shows at MAM for future generations.


Lyn’s additional work in the community has included involvement with the Junior League Montclair-Newark and Impact 100 Essex. Previous professional experiences include Assistant Painting Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Curatorial Assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery. Lyn earned a Masters in Art Conservation from University of Delaware-Winterthur Museum and Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College. Lyn Reiter has lived in Montclair since 2004 with her husband Glenn and three children.



Saya Woolfalk

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It is an honor to recognize artist Saya Woolfalk for her significant contributions to contemporary art. MAM is proud to have presented Saya’s first solo museum exhibition,The Empathics, in 2012, as part of our commitment to growing the scope and community impact of MAM’s contemporary programming. Saya’s work invites and provokes engagement; indeed, the energy of her installation was palpable and encouraged thousands of visitors to consider blended stories of cultural identity in an immersive experience. We applaud Saya’s accomplishments and remain inspired by the development of her multimedia practice and investigations of the world.


Saya Woolfalk has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; has been written about in the New YorkerSculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.comARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog; and has also worked with Facebook and WeTransfer.  Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012.  Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products was on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in the fall 2014.  She recently completed a video installation commission for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts.  She is currently working on a solo museum exhibition commission for the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO and is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons: The New School for Design.


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