EIHR Staff And Contact Information:
Mark Gudgel: Executive Director, Mgudgel@Lps.Org
Mark Gudgel is a Literature and Holocaust Studies teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nebraska in 2004, a Master's degree in Theology from Grace University in 2009, and is presently working on a doctoral degree in Character Education. Gudgel has studied genocide and human rights in such places as Israel, Poland, Rwanda, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. .
A fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Imperial War Museum of London, he is the author of two books, no/sixteenths and Accessing Darfur, a teachers' guide to addressing the ongoing genocide in Sudan. Mark is also the author of more than a dozen articles, published in Teaching Tolerance, Prairie Fire, Relevant Magazine and others, and ranging in topic from education and pedagogy to the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and social justice issues. He presently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Andrew Beiter, Associate Director, Abeiter@Springvillegi.Org
Andrew Beiter is an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Springville Middle School in Springville, New York, where he coordinates their Students for Human Rights Club. Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Political Philosophy from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Education from Fredonia State College, Mr. Beiter is a Regional Education Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Tolerance in Kansas, and the Director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies in Buffalo. As a board member for Buffalo for Africa and the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, he has organized numerous workshops on human rights and genocide prevention and also serves as the co-Director of the Education Department of the Robert H. Jackson Center. He was also part of a team that wrote a curriculum for Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth To Power and currently serves on the committee directing this program. Drew is the national winner of the 2008 Irena Sendler Award for Repairing the World, the 2009 Toby Ticktin Back Award for Holocaust Education, and the 2009 New York State United Teachers Local Leadership Award. He is the proud parent of Margaret and Mitchell Beiter, and has been married for 18 years to his wife Mary, living in Hamburg, N.Y. He recentlyinterviewed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria with journalists Nick Kristof and Lara Setrakian.
Kate English: EIHR Board Member And Bosnia Project Manager,Kwenglish@Aol.Com
Kate English, of Arlington, Virginia, is a graduate of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut with a Masters’ degree in Gifted and Talented Education. Ms. English has traveled extensively to study the events of the Holocaust and other genocides in locations such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Like Mr. Beiter and Mr. Gudgel, Ms. English is a member of the Regional Education Corps for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, where she has been a Museum Teacher Fellow specializing in Genocide Education since 2007. Ms. English is a regular workshop presenter both nationally and internationally, often featuring lessons she created for the USHMM interactive installation, From Memory to Action. In 2011, she participated in the Summer University Srebrenica program, studying the events of the war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia while in residence at the Potocari memorial site within the community of Srebrenica. In 2007, Kate received recognition as Teacher of the Year for the Colchester Public School District, and the Joseph Zola Holocaust Educator award from the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.
Lisa Adeli: EIHR Staff Member, Adeli@Email.Arizona.Edu
Lisa Adeli has a long-standing interest in human rights. Her educational background is in East European Studies, particularly the 20th century history of the former Yugoslavia, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She studied for 1 ½ years in Belgrade in what is now Serbia and wrote her doctoral dissertation, later a book, on the reaction against ethnic persecution in Bosnia and Croatia during World War II.
She combines her passion for modern history with a love of education. A certified high school teacher, she taught World History and English in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for 12 years (1995-2007) and has since then continued to volunteer or teach part-time at Cholla High School (2008-present). Since 2007, she has worked full-time as the Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she develops lesson plans, materials, programs, and events for educators and the community. As both a teacher and teacher-educator, she has participated in a number of fellowship programs, including: the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Teacher Fellowship (2000), IREX’s Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (2007-2008, with travel to Vanadzor, Armenia, in April 2008), a Fulbright-Hayes Group Project Abroad “Teach Ottoman Empire” program to Turkey and the Balkans (which she organized and helped lead in summer 2009), a Palestinian American Research Center study-trip to the Palestinian Territories (2012), and the National World War I Museum’s teacher fellow program (2012-2013).
She and her husband have three grown sons and currently live in Tucson, Arizona.
Jean Damascene: EIHR Staff Member And Project Manager, Rwanda, Mbanzus2020@Yahoo.Com
Jean Damascene was born in Rwanda, in the Northern Province (former Ruhengeri), Gakenke district, Janja sector. He is currently a student at the School of Finance and Banking (SFB) majoring in Business administration, Finance department. He is now doing his final year (fourth year) to get Bachelor’s in Business administration (BBA).The school is located in Rwanda, Kigali city, Kicukiro district. Because of his outstanding performance at the School of Finance and Banking (SFB), in 2012, he was awarded a scholarship from Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examination Board (KASNEB), which is an international professional examinations body providing globally competitive professionals by offering high quality examinations in the fields of finance, accountancy, management, information technology, securities and investment analysis and credit management where he is doing CPA (Certified Public Accountants) examinations where he will be a well skilled and competent professional accountant, auditor, manager, tax consultant and practitioner. In secondary studies, he did Teaching and Human sciences at Teacher Training Centre (TTC) Bicumbi (2006) located in Rwanda, Eastern Province, Rwamagana district where he got a professional certificate in teaching with distinction. He also did humanities, HEG (History-Economics-Geography.) in 2010.He has been working in different fields where he has been a primary school teacher for four (4) years from 2007-2010. He has been teaching Social sciences including Genocide and Holocaust studies, human studies and Elementary sciences and technology in Primary Five (P5) and Primary Six (P6) in 2007-2010 at Primary schools of BUSENGO, MUNINI and KIRYAMO located in Rwanda, Northern Province, Gakenke District. He also taught elementary mathematics in the above mentioned schools.
Apart from teaching, Jean Damascene played other roles in Rwandan community such as being a trainer of Rwandan adult people who do not how to read and write Kinyarwanda through INDEGO AFRICA Project. He’s also been Treasurer at KIRYAMO Primary School, and a senior Advisor in the Savings and Credits Cooperative (SACCO) umurenge called “UZAZUREBE JANJA” located in Rwanda, Northern Province, and Gakenke District. He has also been a researcher (data collector) and data analyst supervised by 2CV Research Institute from England (35 King street, Convent garden, London WC 2E 9EB) about how Rwandan young ladies and boys aged from 10 years to 18 years in school or out of school listen the NINYAMPINGA Radio and read the NINYAMPINGA Magazine in Rwanda, districts of Musanze (North), Nyagatare (Eastern Province), and Gasabo (Kigali City).
Kelly Watson: Web Master, Ka.Watson.01@Gmail.Com
Kelly Watson is an 8th grade English teacher at Fishers Junior High in Fishers, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English Education and her Master's degree in Composition and Rhetoric from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Kelly Watson is a member of the Regional Education Corps for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Master Teacher with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and a 2013 participant of the Centropa Summer Academy in Berlin. She has traveled throughout the country and to Poland, working with teachers on how to effectively teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. In 2001 she published with her students a collection of testimonies entitled Indiana Voices of the Holocaust: Teens Talk to Survivors and Liberators, and in 2012 along with colleague Robert Hadley published an online curriculum for the USC Shoah Foundation called If You Survive, Be a Man: Teaching the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis and an Information Quest on the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness page about survivor Kizito Kalima. Kelly lives with her husband Sean and daughter Eowyn in Noblesville, Indiana.
Rob Hadley, Director Of Development, Hadleyrs67@Msn.Com
Rob Hadley is a high school history teacher at Clackamas High School near Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University in Secondary Education where he also earned his Masters in 2001. He also holds a Masters in Secondary Education and a Masters Certification in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In 2001 he was selected by the United States Holocaust Museum as a Museum Fellow; that same year he created a Master Teacher Cadre for the entire state of Oregon. He served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center for five years. In 2006, he was selected as a Regional Educator for USHMM, joining thirty others from around the country to form an elite corps of Holocaust Educators.
Rob Hadley has been involved with various humanitarian projects ranging from Darfur to Haiti and has worked diligently to educate others as well as lobby Congress to advocate for these issues. As a board member of the Atma Foundation, he has worked both domestically and internationally on sustainability programs ranging from food security at home to empowering women in the DR Congo in rebuilding their lives after trauma. In 2012, Hadley formed the Oregon Coalition for Humanity along with two other colleagues, aimed primarily at giving a voice to small, non-profits working for the DR Congo in advocating for human rights.
Rob Hadley retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in 2010, where he had many opportunities to travel, and lived in Europe and the Middle East for three years. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his two daughters.