“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”

—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor

Staff


Sarah HeadshotSarah L. Weiss, Executive Director – Sarah joined the staff of HHC in 2004 and has passionately and diligently endeavored to establish a highly respected reputation and long-lasting community presence on behalf of the organization. In 2007, Sarah became the executive director and guided HHC through its transition into a successful, independent 501(c)(3) organization. Throughout Sarah’s tenure, she has worked to formulate lasting partnerships with organizations and educational facilities locally, nationally and internationally. Sarah is a graduate of the Teaching the Holocaust and Antisemitism course at the esteemed Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies and is also a Lerner Fellow after participating in an advanced course sponsored by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at Columbia University. She has lead and traveled on educational journeys to Poland and Israel with students and adults. In 2011, Sarah took on the additional role as director of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.  In this capacity, Sarah builds bridges between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities as well as advocates on behalf of the Jewish community and Israel.  She is the 2007 recipient of the Public Allies “Changemaker” award, the 2011 Weston Avodah award presented by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, a 2012 YWCA Rising Star, and the 2013 recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Leadership Award. Sarah serves on the Ohio Holocaust Council and as Secretary for the Association of Holocaust Organizations.  Sarah brings a personal connection to this work as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Contact her at sweiss@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513.487.3091

 

Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education – Jodi Elowitz the new Director of Education for HHC has a wide range of experience in the field of Holocaust studies. Most recently she was an Adjunct Professor of the Humanities at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona teaching her signature course on the Holocaust. While in Arizona, Ms. Elowitz continued her association with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota, providing content for a large archival project and also contributing articles about Holocaust representation in film for the Center’s blog. Jodi began her career at CHGS at its founding in 1997 and returned in 2010 as the Outreach and Program Coordinator.

Ms. Elowitz’s area of expertise is artistic representation of the Holocaust in the visual arts with an emphasis on work done in the camps and ghettos. Current research is on Holocaust memory in animated and popular film. Her article “Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto: Representing the Unimaginable through Animated Film” was published in Short Film Studies Journal Volume 4, Number 2, 2014.  In addition to writing, Ms. Elowitz has also presented her work at conferences and through public speaking engagements.

Prior to her time at CHGS, Ms. Elowitz was the Executive Director for the Tennessee Holocaust Commission and the director of Holocaust Education for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. In all of her positions Elowitz has overseen numerous educational and community programs, designed workshops, resources, study guides and curriculum for secondary educators.

Ms. Elowitz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Art History and her Master of Liberal Studies degree at the University of Minnesota. Contact her at jelowitz@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513-487-3055. 

 

Kate Morris, Development Manager – Kate received her B.A. in international relations from Xavier University in May 2010. While at Xavier, Kate became involved with HHC as a work-study intern and was in that position for four years.
Contact her at kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513.487.3055

 

 

Trinity Ruggles, Education Coordinator – is a 2007 graduate from Wittenberg University, where she received her B.A. in History Education. She also served as the Holocaust Week of Remembrance coordinator for two years. Continuing her education, she graduated from Richard Stockton University with a Master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2008. While at Stockton, she was a graduate assistant to Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell. She was awarded the Harry Kejzman Scholarship, the Berkman-Chipkin Scholarship twice, and the Koopman-van de Kar Graduate Award. Trinity is also an Alfred Lerner Fellow through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. Trinity oversees all aspects of HHC’s permanent exhibit tours, Speakers’ Bureau, traveling exhibits, and youth programming for HHC.

Contact her at truggles@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513.487.3055.

 

Untitled designCori Silbernagel, Collections Manager – Cori joined the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in 2015. She received a B.A. in Art History from Northern Illinois University in 2009 and an M.A. in Public History from Northern Kentucky University in 2012. Prior to her role at HHC, Cori served as the Manager of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Collections Manager, Cori oversees all aspects of collections management for HHC and the Cincinnati Judaica Fund. She enjoys using artifacts and archives to educate our audience about Holocaust studies. Contact her at csilbernagel@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513-487-3055.

 

 

IMG_6534Lisa Shusterman, Office and Programs Coordinator –  Lisa received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The majority of Lisa’s past work experience is in the area of personal financial planning.  She owned a fee only planning practice in the Washington, DC area; lead financial planning workshops for major corporations; and served as an arbitrator for FINRA, the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry.  Lisa’s interest in social justice, diversity and inclusion has lead her to the positions of Commissioner on the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; Advisor to Miracles in Action, a non-profit organization serving the needs of Guatemalans living in poverty; Anytown USA Camp Advisor and Volunteer Coordinator of the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Anne Frank Exhibit.  Lisa, along with her husband and twin daughters are international travelers, having taken an entire year off to travel around the world.  Contact her at lshusterman@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513-487-3055.