Celebrating Integration 2017 Honorees

Meet the 2017 Honorees!

Dr. Adunni Anderson is the Director of the Primary School at Kent Place School and was a Coalition Trustee and Executive Board Member for a number of years. Her family has lived in South Orange for many generations. Before joining the Kent Place School, Dr. Anderson spent twenty years as Principal at Edgemont Montessori School in Montclair, and then was assistant principal at Montclair’s Glenfield Gifted and Talented Middle School. Prior to her years in Montclair, she worked for community-based programs and in higher education at several noted universities such as Tulane University, Southern University, St. Mary College, and Kean University.

Adunni is active in civic, church, and community affairs, and has held memberships in numerous professional organizations. She is a former Trustee of First Baptist Church in South Orange, a member of the South Mountain YMCA Board of Managers, the Simmons College Leadership Council, the Children’s Theatre Workshop/Peppermint Players, Inc., and the Montclair Art Museum. She is also a member and the former President of the Bibliophiles, Inc. – the oldest, continuously operating, incorporated African American Book Club in America. She is also a proud member of the North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Adunni earned her Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University in Education Management, Leadership, and Policy. Her dissertation was inspired by her life’s work and commitment to fostering high student achievement, and closing disparities in student performance. She is also a graduate of Simmons College and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Most recently she was the recipient of the 2013 Professional Leadership Award from Simmons College.
She has been inducted into the national and international honor societies of Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has been listed among Outstanding Young Women of America, and Who’s Who in Education. She attended the Harvard Principals’ Center as a recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship Award in Leadership, and has been awarded the NAACP Excellence in Education Award. She served as a Leadership Facilitator for the Principals’ Center for the Garden State Summer Leadership Institute at Princeton University, and participated in the New Superintendent’s Initiative. In 2011, Adunni was named Regional Magnet School Principal of the Year by the National Association of Magnet Schools of America; named Woman of Distinction by the Zonta International Association of Essex County; was honored by the Montclair Chapter of the Omegas for outstanding community service; and toasted by the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, Inc. with a scholarship named in her honor.
She is married to a New York-based nephrologist, and is the proud mother of two adult sons.

Carol Buchanan has loved living in Maplewood for over forty years. When she began to get more involved in Maplewood’s community life, she joined the Memorial Library Board of Trustees which has been a very fascinating and exciting experience. The Library serves such an important role as the center of our community.
Twenty-two years ago, she was one of the founders of the Hilton Neighborhood Association and is currently the president. Carol has continued to enjoy working to keep the Hilton neighborhood a vital and lovely place to live. Among its many projects are forums for the Township Committee candidates and the Board of Education candidates, as well as a garden on Prospect Street and neighborhood garden and holiday awards for residents.
Carol spent her professional career as both a mathematics teacher and children’s librarian in Rutherford, East Orange and Bedminster. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education at Montclair State College, and later earned her Masters of Library Science degree at Rutgers University. While working as a school librarian in East Orange, she served on the Head Start Board of Directors for several years. In her last position in Bedminster, she was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the Bedminster Board of Education. After retiring, she worked at the Westfield Public Library as a children’s librarian, taught mathematics at Union County College.
For many years, she has served as a volunteer tour guide for the Coalition for prospective home buyers and for new teachers in the Maplewood/South Orange school system.
Jim and Carol have one daughter, Rebekah, who works at the National Institutes of Health, lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband Rabbi Greg Harris and three children. Carol’s husband Jim grew up in Maplewood, and they both feel truly blessed to have spent so much of their adult lives here. They purchased their small home in the Hilton area as a young family. It now serves as their retirement home as well!

Jim Buchanan is a professional musician, conductor, and teacher. He was a Public School music teacher for 34 years in Bloomfield and West Caldwell (1964-1997). In addition he was Music Director and conductor of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County from 1983 until 2003.
From 2001-2006 Jim served as Cultural Affairs Supervisor for the Township of Maplewood, NJ where he created the Maplewood Community Music Concert Band and SwingTown, “SummerMusic Concerts,” MapleWoodstock, Music for Kids, and music for Senior Holiday Parties.
In recent years Mr. Buchanan has been the bassist for “Friday Night Live” with Cantor Perry Fine at Congregation Beth Shalom.
In Maplewood he has served on the Boards at Hilton Neighborhood Association, SO-M Adult School, 1978 Art Gallery, Maplewood Community Music (Conductor Emeritus, 2017) and others.
His work with the Community Coalition on Race includes serving as conductor when invited by Lori Mirabal to participate in the Opera “Green Eggs and Ham”. He also served in several roles creating “Two Towns in Harmony” when invited by Executive Director Barbara Heisler in 2004 for the July 3, 2005 event.
Carol and Jim together have been recipients of the Maplewood Rotary Club’s “2003 Citizenship Award” (for “Service Above Self”), the 2013 Maple Leaf Award (for outstanding community service) and several Proclamations from the Maplewood Township Committee for Community Service.
In addition Jim has also been honored by the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce for a “Distinguished Service Award” in 2015, and Maplewood Community Music “Appreciation Award” as Founder and Conductor Emeritus, 2017.
Jim and Carol love being with their daughter Rebekah, son-in-law Rabbi Greg Harris, and grandchildren Benjamin Lev, Maayan Shira, and Shoshana Eve Harris of Bethesda, Maryland. 

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