Jennifer Ciardelli directs the Museum’s Leadership Programs division which creates educational resources and programs for professionals charged with protecting life and liberty. The key audiences include law enforcement, the judiciary, and the military as well as select government audiences. Examining the Holocaust prompts critical thinking about professional roles and responsibilities, decision-making in complex environments, and mass atrocity prevention. Jennifer’s work also includes global outreach which engages educational stakeholders from around the world. Jennifer serves on the United States delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) where she chaired the Education Working Group in 2017. Previously, Jennifer taught high school social studies as well as workshops for graduate students. Jennifer holds degrees in history and English and a Master's degree in Education.
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.”
Bridget Weisenreder is the program assistant for the Civic and Defense Initiatives and Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives branches of Leadership Programs, where she provides administrative and programmatic support for activities across the division. Prior to joining the Leadership Programs team, Bridget worked in the refugee resettlement field and volunteered at the Museum on weekends. She received a BA in International Studies - Peace and Conflict Resolution with minors in History and French from American University.
Law and Justice Initiatives
Russell Garnett is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law and Justice Initiatives, facilitating programs for local, national, and federal law enforcement agencies, both in-service and recruit. Previously he worked as a program coordinator for the Museum’s Youth and Community Initiatives, facilitating the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and the National Youth Leadership Seminar. Russell is a native of Washington, DC, and first joined the Museum as a high school student in 1997 as an intern for the Bringing the Lessons Home Program and joined the museum staff to work full-time in 2002.
Ann O’Rourke is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law and Justice Initiatives, facilitating leadership programs for law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary. She also manages the development of program resources, including translations of historical legal documents, creation of a trainer’s manual for the “Law Enforcement and Society” program, and a banner exhibition on the Holocaust used in off-site judicial programs. 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. Ann also holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.
Sarah Reza is manager of the Museum’s Law and Justice Initiatives, responsible for building and maintaining program partnerships, expanding program outreach to new locations, and spearheading programming and resource development. 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.
Civic and Defense Initiatives
Kristin Levere is a program coordinator for the Museum's Civic and Defense Initiatives, where she helps to develop and implement programs and materials for military and government officials. Previously, she worked for the Museum's Education Initiatives division, where she helped create an online exhibition, educational resources, and conducted in-depth research for the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition, and served as a research assistant in the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, studying the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica. She received a BA in International Affairs and Women's and Gender Studies from Marquette University, and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.
Amanda Rooney Stierli
Senior Program Coordinator
Amanda Rooney Stierli is a senior program coordinator for the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, where she creates and facilitates programs for military and government officials, conducts research to support program development, and develops program resources. Previously she worked for the Museum on teacher education and special programs, traveling exhibitions, and in 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.
Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility
Marcus Appelbaum is the director of the Museum’s Emerging Adults division. The Law, Justice, and Society programs provide training for law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, and state and federal judges on the role of their profession in safeguarding democracy. To date, Appelbaum has created and facilitated training models for more than 150,000 law enforcement and judicial professionals across the nation. Additionally he recently began managing all youth programs, including tour guide training, summer internships, and partnerships with DC metropolitan area schools. [CJ1] He received his undergraduate degree in history from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his master’s degree in museum management from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. His association with the Museum began in 1997, when he completed a high school student internship. Since then, he has served as a docent, compiled survivor testimonies, and represented the Museum at conferences locally and internationally. Appelbaum’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, inspired his passionate support of the Museum’s mission and the work he does to share the lessons of this history to our society today.
Cyndy Clovis is the administrative assistant for the Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility. She began her career at the Museum in 1989 as a receptionist. Later, she served as the administrative assistant for the volunteer and intern services department.
Becca Cook is the program assistant for the Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility where she provides administrative and programmatic support for activities across the division. Prior to joining the IHCR team, Becca worked for a non-profit specializing in cultural heritage management. She received a BA in Art History from Roanoke College in December, 2017.
College Student Leadership Initiatives
Jake Newsome is the manager of College Student Leadership Initiatives at the Museum, where he works with college students, faculty, and campus life professionals to teach civic engagement, ethical decision-making, and responsible citizenship through the study of the Holocaust. Dr. Newsome joined the Museum in 2016 as the Campus Outreach Program Officer. In that role, he was responsible for developing programs that promoted and supported the study and teaching of the Holocaust at diverse campuses throughout North America. Dr. Newsome earned his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo (2016). His research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. He has been published in multiple publications, including The Holocaust in History and Memory and the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. His current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and Modern Gay Identity, explores how various individuals and groups in Germany and the United States have debated the legacy of the Nazis’ violent campaign against homosexuality.
Rebecca Dupas is a coordinator for the Museum’s Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility. After teaching in the Maryland public school system for many years, Dr. Dupas joined the Museum’s staff in 2012 where she worked to engage youth audiences in the history of the Holocaust through the Bringing the Lessons Home Program. Dr. Dupas now leads the Museum's annual Docent Training Course for staff and volunteers, chairs the Museum's docent oversight committee, and facilitates programs for educators and college students that explore ethical decision-making duding the Holocaust. Additionally, she promotes civic engagement through the study of the Holocaust in the Museum's new Civic Learning for Campus Communities program. Dr. Dupas earned her Ph.D. in Post- Secondary & Adult Education at Capella University. Her dissertation focuses on the contributions of diversity training in America's urban classrooms.
Youth and Community Initiatives
James Fleming is a program coordinator for the Youth and Community Initiatives branch of the Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility. A native of Washington, DC, Fleming first visited the Museum as a senior attending H.D. Woodson High School. He became a Bringing the Lessons Home Youth Ambassador in 1994 and returned 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. Fleming currently coordinates the Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home Program and the Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program. He also manages the "Field Trip Experience" component of the DC Public Schools World History II Cornerstone Initiative. From 2003 through 2016, Fleming managed the Museum's annual training of the Permanent Exhibition for volunteers, interns, and staff. From youth ambassador to Museum staff, Fleming has been affiliated with the Museum for approximately 24 years.
Kerry Phipps is Program Coordinator for the Youth and Community Initiatives branch of the Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility. A third-generation Washingtonian, she graduated from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School and became a Bringing the Lessons Home Youth Ambassador in 1996. For more than 22 years, Phipps has worked on various projects within the Museum. She has a BA in history from Regis College and an MA in Holocaust and genocide studies from Richard Stockton College of NJ.
Jamil Miller is a project coordinator for the Youth and Community Initiatives branch. He graduated from Friendship Edison Public Charter High School and became a Bringing the Lessons Home Youth Ambassador in 2001 for 17 years, Miller has helped manage the Summer Youth Leadership Program for local high school students and taught the Bringing the Lessons Home spring training classes. He received a BA in history and political science from the University of the District of Columbia. Miller taught history in the DC Public Schools, and he continues his work with young people by mentoring and tutoring high school and college students. Miller also does volunteer work with the Washington DC Teachers Union.
Jolomi Modé is a project coordinator for the Youth and Community Initiatives branch. He graduated from Spingarn High School and became a Bringing the Lessons Home Youth Ambassador in 1996. In the early to mid-2000s, Modé worked full-time for the Museum before pursuing other career endeavors. He continued to volunteer his time and efforts before rejoining the staff of the Museum.