Andrew Beiter, Board President
Drew Beiter is a co-founder of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights and an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Springville Middle School. Graduating with a Bachelor's in Political Philosophy from Michigan State and a Master's in Education from Fredonia State College, Drew is a Regional Education Coordinator for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Education Director for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, a Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center, and a consultant for the Robert F. Kennedy Center's Speak Truth to Power program. He also Director of the Summer Institute in Buffalo, New York, an annual conference for students.
Louise Lawrence Israels, Board Vice President
Louise went into hiding at six months of age in Amsterdam with her parents and older brother. After liberation in 1945, the family moved to Sweden where her father was able to find work. In 1948, they returned once again to Holland where her education was completed with a degree in Physical Therapy, specializing in children with Cerebral Palsy. There she met her husband, married in 1965, and in 1967 immigrated to the USA. Their family now includes three daughters, their husbands, and six grandchildren. Louise, among other pursuits, is a volunteer at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) where she works as a translator. As a member of the Museums’ Speakers’ Bureau and a hidden child during the Holocaust, she has told her war experiences to various groups for over 15 years. She also has been a Member and Co-coordinator of the USHMM’s Volunteer Advisory Board (VAB) from 2009 to 2013; is Co-president of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Greater Washington (JHSFGW); and a Board Member of the Holocaust Survivors Foundation (HSF), a National Group of Survivors with the mandate to obtain services and entitlements for aging Holocaust Survivors. Louise has shared her experiences at EIHR conferences in Kigali, Rwanda, and Jahorina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, much to the appreciation of all participants.
David Goldberg, Board Treasurer
Dr. David R. Goldberg is an expert in genocide studies, human rights, and social studies education. Dr. Goldberg co-founded and currently co-directs a secondary education interdisciplinary program in genocide and human rights studies in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District on Long Island where he also directs all district mentoring initiatives for new teachers in all disciplines. He also taught graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Goldberg has extensive international experience and has been awarded fellowships all over the world. In 2015 Dr. Goldberg was a fellow of the German-American Fulbright Commission for their Education in Germany seminar in cooperation with Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He has also been awarded fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for academic work in Turkey, the Goethe Institute for academic work in Germany, the Korea Foundation for academic work in South Korea, and the Board of Jewish Education of New York for academic work in Israel. Dr. Goldberg also served on the Teachers College, Columbia University multi-year curriculum and teacher education grant in New York and India from the Global Education and Leadership Foundation of The Nand & JeetKhemka Foundation. Dr. Goldberg has served as an advisor to the Institute for Human and Community Development in Haiti and served on the Educational Advisory Board of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. He served as the Chairman of the National Council for the Social Studies Committee for the Award for Global Understanding in Honor of James M. Becker. Dr. Goldberg is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Program of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council for the program he co-founded and co-directs in genocide education, the Robert G. Porter Scholar Award from The American Federation of Teachers and the New York State PTA Fellowship in Honor of Richard Gazzola. Dr. Goldberg holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Philosophy in Social Studies Education from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Binghamton University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Goldberg was an Intern at the White House in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
Kelley Szany, Board Secretary
Kelley joined the Board of Directors for EIHR in 2015. As Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, she oversees all of the Museum’s education and public programming initiatives. During her tenure Kelley has been instrumental in the development of the Museum’s broader genocide and human rights mission and vision. She has become recognized as a leading contemporary genocide educator, speaking to audiences not only on the Holocaust but the genocides of Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, as well as the power of social change and youth activism. In 2011, she served as Co-Project Director on the Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition enhancement project at IHMEC, developing the conceptual framework for three new interactive exhibits for the Museum based on the lessons of character education and social justice. In 2012, she created the Museum’s education framework, “On Our Watch: Genocide and Human Rights” which uses literature, film and primary resource materials to teach about 20th and 21st century genocide and human rights crimes. Kelley currently sits on the advisory board of The Unsilence Project, a real-time and internet based program that delivers story-driven learning experiences that inspire young people to ask critical questions about marginalized narratives of atrocity and to develop individual and collective responsibility for human rights at home and around the world. She is a recipient of the Friend of the Jewish Community Award from the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, and the Samuel Goldsmith Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. In 2014, Kelley was awarded a 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellowship, a year long program focused on expanding the visibility and impact of genocide awareness in Illinois, with a specific focus of bringing programming to underserved communities in Chicago, and fostering partnerships to create a larger network of anti-genocide advocates across the region.
Allida Black, Board Member
Allida Black is a Research Professor of History and International Affairs. Black was founding editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a project designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt's writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics. She directed the editorial team producing The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: Volume I, The Human Rights Years, 1945-1948,(Scribners, January 2008 and University of Virginia Press, 2009). Her other publications include four books — Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism (Columbia University Press, November 1995), "What I Want to Leave Behind:" Democracy and the Selected Articles of Eleanor Roosevelt (Carlson Publishing, April 1995); Courage In A Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt (Columbia University Press, 1999), and with Jewel Fenzi, Democratic Women: An Oral History of the Women's National Democratic Club (WNDC Educational Foundation, 2000) — as well as a variety of articles. Oxford University Press will publish Human Rights: Pages from History in 2009 and E.R.: Eleanor Roosevelt, Politics and the Dream of Democracy in 2011. Outside the classroom, Professor Black has written teachers' guides for PBS documentaries and served as an advisor to other documentaries prepared for PBS, the History Channel, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Her museum work includes curating two exhibits detailing Eleanor Roosevelt's role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations, an electronic exhibit on ER's political career for the Franklin D Roosevelt Library and Museum, and the permanent exhibit for the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. She is currently designing a multi-media traveling exhibit on ER politics and policy. Professor Black is also a popular lecturer, delivering at least 20 talks a year before audiences ranging from the Smithsonian Institution to state and local women's commissions to human rights associations to national educational organizations. She serves on the academic advisory boards of the Sewall-Belmont House, H-Net New Deal, and H-Net Recent US. Each year she partners with the Women's Research and Education Institute to train congressional fellows to apply historical methods to the development and analysis of congressional human rights policy. Professor Black is also a Board of Governors member of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; an Advisory Board member of the Center for New Deal Studies; secretary of the Gaea Foundation; and a director of the Liberian Education Trust, a project designed to rebuild the Liberian public school system, rehabilitate child soldiers, and provide literacy and numeracy training to market women.
Mark Gudgel, Board Member
Mark Gudgel is a co-founder of EIHR and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights. A fellow in Holocaust education at both the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the Imperial War Museum (IWM), in 2013 Gudgel was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching to do research at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Today a member of the USHMM’s Regional Education Corps (REC), Gudgel is a sought-after speaker, and the author of two full-length books in addition to numerous articles and essays. His TED Talk, “Empowering Young People to Repair the World,” focuses on the impact of Holocaust and genocide education. Gudgel has been a classroom teacher for eleven years, and currently teaches English and Humanities classes at Omaha North High Magnet School. He was awarded the State Farm Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2008, and the Matthew Rickets Trailblazer award in 2011. In addition to teaching Gudgel coaches cross country and women’s basketball, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Character Education. He resides in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Sonja, and their dog Mollie.
Mark Mostert, Board Member
Mark Mostert, from Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his undergraduate degree (with distinction) from the Johannesburg College of Education, majoring in special education and biblical studies. After post baccalaureate work in cerebral palsied education at the University of South Africa, he was awarded the Master's degree from the University of South Alabama, where he was designated the outstanding graduate in special education. Currently teaching at Regent University in Virginia, he has also developed Useless Eaters - an award-winning site that describes the historical context of attitudes toward people with disabilities in Germany and how this context produced mass murder of people with disabilities prior to and during the early years of World War II. He is CEO of Disability Consultants International (DCI), a company that comes alongside international partners to conceived, develop, implement, and evaluate projects to benefit people with disabilities.