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Tad Stahnke
William and Sheila Konar Director of International Educational Outreach
Tad leads the team that is responsible for the Museum’s international educational outreach to provide accurate information about the Holocaust in ways that reflect the relevance of history to global audiences today. Tad also directs the Museum’s Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism, focused on state-sponsored antisemitism and influential Holocaust denial and distortion, to build a stronger voice in civil society to confront these problems and promote accurate and relevant information, teaching, and learning about the Holocaust. Tad is an expert in religion and human rights, with extensive experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including on combating antisemitism, xenophobia, and hate crimes. Before joining the Museum, Tad was Program Director at Human Rights First, an international human rights advocacy organization, and Policy Director at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which was created by Congress to advise the US government on advancing respect for the internationally recognized right to freedom of religion or belief. Tad holds a JD from Columbia Law School.

Mina Abdelmalak
Arabic Audience Outreach Specialist
Mina works with partners across the Middle East and North Africa as well as visitors to the Museum to help introduce the relevance of Holocaust and the early warning signs of genocide in our world today. Mina was born and raised in Egypt, where he received a law degree from Ain Shams University. He studied nonviolence and advocacy strategies at the Arab Academy for Non-Violence Studies in Lebanon. Mina also worked as a legal researcher for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY), a Cairo-based, non-profit organization, which promotes classic liberalism among Egyptian youth. 

Andrea Bertrand
Programming Manager for International Audiences
Andrea develops and implements programming for international visitors to the Museum and manages outreach projects on Iran and the Holocaust. Andrea joined the Museum in 2009 and previously served as a cataloger and researcher in its Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center. Andrea has a BA in English from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also served as an archivist at the Liberian Collections Project of the Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology. 

Katie Doyle
Program Assistant
Katie joined the Museum in 2019 and provides administrative, office coordination, and research support. Formerly, Katie led marketing initiatives and planned tours in Asia, South America, and the Middle East for an international student recruitment company. Katie has a BA in English, a Master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a Certificate for Genocide Prevention from Stockton University. 

Aleisa Fishman
Historian
Aleisa leads the team’s work to present Museum exhibitions and related educational programming abroad. A member of the Museum’s founding staff, Aleisa encourages audiences to explore the history of the Holocaust and how that history remains relevant today. She curated the Museum’s podcast series Confronting Hatred, a component of the Museum’s efforts to address contemporary antisemitism. Aleisa received her PhD in American History from American University.

Sarah Hyams
Program Coordinator
Sarah supports program planning, implementation, and research. Sarah joined the Museum in 2004, assisting with research for a book on the 937 Jewish refugees who sailed from Hamburg on the St. Louis in May 1939 and were forced back to Europe. Sarah has a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MS Ed from Bank Street College of Education. She has lived in Jakarta, Warsaw, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and New Delhi.

Phoebe McDougal
Project Manager
Phoebe joined the Museum in June 2020 and manages several of the team’s key international projects and programs, including the Some Were Neighbors traveling exhibition in Germany. She supports the team’s overall goals in relation to planning, budget, and timelines. Previously, Phoebe managed exhibition and interpretive planning projects for museum clients with History Associates, a content development and research firm. Phoebe has a BA in History and Political Science from Goucher College and a Project Management Certificate from Cornell University.

Klaus Mueller
Museum Representative for Europe
Based in Berlin, Klaus develops new partnerships on educational initiatives of the Museum and its traveling exhibitions in Europe and collects Holocaust-related materials. He has worked for the Museum since 1992, including as a consultant on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals—a theme that he continued to work on independently as a filmmaker with the documentary Paragraph 175 on gay survivors and But I was a Girl on Dutch resistance fighter Frieda Belinfante. He co-curated the Museum’s exhibition Anne Frank The Writer: An unfinished Story and developed the online exhibition Do You Remember When. Klaus serves on the United States delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) where he chaired IHRA’s Committee on Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity in 2018. Previously he taught film and cultural history at the University of Amsterdam. Klaus holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master’s degree in German Literature and Philosophy.

Latisha Virden
Administrative Assistant
Latisha provides administrative support to the team and its activities, including organizing meetings, managing schedules, and providing assistance with travel and financial matters. Latisha brings more than 20 years of experience beyond her Associates Degree from Sanford-Brown College. Before coming to the Museum she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.  Prior to her career in the administrative field, she worked for the former airline T.W.A.

Ilana Weinberg
International Programs Officer for the Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism
Ilana develops and maintains international partnerships to reach young adults and leaders through joint educational projects that deliver accurate information about the Holocaust in ways that reflect the relevance of history to those audiences today. Previously, Ilana managed innovative partnerships and programs across the greater Middle East at America Abroad Media, an international nonprofit that empowers and supports local voices that convey universal values through creative content and media programming. Ilana has a BA in Journalism from The George Washington University.