Lynn Williams directs the Museum’s programs for professionals and student leaders. After joining the Museum’s staff in 1994, she launched the Bringing the Lessons Home Program to introduce local high school students and their communities to Holocaust history. In 1999, she directed the development and launch of the Museum’s Law Enforcement and Society Program, which has provided leadership training to more than 80,000 law enforcement officers and served as the model for the creation of the Museum’s other programs for professionals. The recipient of the Janusz Korczak Teacher of the Year Award for Holocaust Education and the US Department of Energy’s Holocaust Commemoration Award, she has presented at conferences throughout the United States and in China, Croatia, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
William F. Meinecke, Jr., PhD
Dr. William Meinecke is a historian for the Museum’s leadership development programs and is the author of Nazi Ideology and the Holocaust, published by the Museum in 2007. He joined the Museum’s staff in 1992 to help create the Historical Atlas of the Holocaust and a multimedia learning site for students. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he also attended the Universities of Bonn and Berlin in Germany and received an MA and a PhD in history from the University of Maryland at College Park. His dissertation is titled “Conflicting Loyalties: The Supreme Court in Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1945.”
Ann Millin, PhD
Dr. Ann Millin is a historian for the Museum’s leadership development programs and translator of Götz Aly’s The Brief Life of Marion Samuel, 1931–1943. At the Museum she has served as special assistant to the director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, coordinator for the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance, and historian for the Photo Archives. The recipient of a PhD in Jewish history from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC–JIR), she has been awarded fellowships by the University of Göttingen and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has taught at HUC-JIR, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Her scholarly research focuses on the history of Jewish social welfare work in Germany and Austria and Jewish forced emigration from Vienna.
Marcus Appelbaum is director of the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, for which he has created and facilitated training models for more than 80,000 law enforcement professionals around the country. Inspired by his grandmother who survived the Holocaust, he began working at the Museum as a high school intern, serving as a docent, collecting survivor testimony, and representing the Museum at the Seventh Millennium Evening at the White House in 1999. He received a BA in history from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in museum management from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Sarah Campbell is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, facilitating leadership training for law enforcement officers, judges, and attorneys. Previously she worked as a Museum visitor services representative and has contributed to several institution-wide projects, including evaluations, outreach, and planning. Prior to coming to the Museum, she worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She received a BA in film studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA in museum studies from The George Washington University.
Ann Weber is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice and Society Initiatives, facilitating leadership training for law enforcement officers and judges. Previously she worked in the Museum’s Division of the Senior Historian, helping develop content for Museum programming, serving as a docent, and responding to public inquiries about Holocaust history. She received a BA in history and theology from the University of Notre Dame and spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship to the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria, where she completed a diploma (a one-year post-graduate program) in international studies.
Jesse Nickelson, EdD
Dr. Jesse Nickelson is director of the Museum’s Youth and Community Initiatives. He first became involved with the Museum in 1996 as a high school teacher in DC public schools, working for more than 15 years to recruit students for the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and teachers interested in educating their students more deeply about the Holocaust. He received a PhD in educational leadership and organizational management from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research explored the process of civic identity development in youth.
Rebecca Dupas is a coordinator for the Museum’s Youth and Community Initiatives. After teaching in the public school system for seven years, she joined the Museum’s staff in 2012, engaging young people in the history of the Holocaust through the Bringing the Lessons Home Program—the same Museum program she participated in as a high school senior. She received a BA from Towson University and an MA in curriculum and instruction from Capella University.
James Fleming helps coordinate both the Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home Program and Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program and leads the annual training of Permanent Exhibition tour guides. A native of Washington, DC, he first visited the Museum as a senior at Howard Dilworth Woodson Senior High School, soon becoming a Bringing the Lessons Home ambassador and returning each summer during college to volunteer at the Museum. After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2002, he came to work full-time for the Museum, coordinating the program that changed his life.
Russell Garnett helps coordinate the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and the National Summer Youth Leadership Seminar. He is currently working on a model using Adobe Connect to provide orientation for school groups outside the greater Washington, DC–area prior to their visit to the Museum.
Gretchen Skidmore is director of the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, developing and facilitating programs for military and government professionals both nationally and internationally. Before joining the Museum’s staff, she was a member of the humanities faculty at the North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina, and served as an adjunct professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received a BA in German and history from West Virginia University and an MA in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Ciardelli develops and facilitates the Museum’s educational programs on leadership and genocide prevention for military and government professionals. She has presented at several venues, including the US Southern Command in Florida, UNESCO headquarters in France, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland. The co-author of an article about Museum outreach to professionals for the Journal of Museum Education, she has taught high school as well as led graduate education workshops on topics such as the Holocaust and genocide studies, European history, critical thinking, teaching about controversial issues, and curriculum design. She has a BA in history and English from the University of Vermont and an MA in education from Saint Michael’s College.
Amanda Rooney Stierli
Amanda Rooney Stierli is program coordinator for the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, where she helps conduct historical research to support program development and coordinates programs for military and government officials. Previously she worked for the Museum on teacher education and special programs, traveling exhibitions, and the Center for the Prevention of Genocide. She received a BA in history with a minor in sociology from Thiel College in 2007 and two MAs, in history and in Russian and East European studies, from Florida State University in 2010.
Lindsay MacNeill is a research assistant for the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, for which she helps develop programs for military and government professionals. She received a BA in Spanish and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and is currently working toward an MA and PhD in modern European history at American University.