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.”
Law Enforcement and Judiciary Programs and Student Leadership Programs
Marcus Appelbaum directs the Museum’s Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives branch, which has served over 120,000 law enforcement and judiciary professionals from around the country, and the Museum's Youth and Community Initiatives. Marcus develops resources and training models, expands outreach, and represents the Museum in both national and international settings. Inspired by his grandmother who survived the Holocaust, Marcus began working at the Museum as a high school intern. From there, Marcus served as a docent and collected survivor testimony. He received a BA in history from The George Washington University and an MS in museum management from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. In 2016, the DC Police Department honored him with the Chief of Police Special Award for his partnership in crime reduction through enhancing community partnerships.
Law Enforcement and Judiciary Programs
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 O’Rourke is a program coordinator for the Museum’s Law, Justice and Society Initiatives, facilitating leadership programs for law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary, and developing program resources, including translations of historical legal documents 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.
Student Leadership Programs
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.
Military and Federal Executive Programs
DirectorJennifer Ciardelli directs the Civic and Defense Initiatives where she oversees programming and resource creation for military (US and abroad) and government professionals. Examining the Holocaust prompts critical thinking about decision-making in complex environments, professional responsibility, and mass atrocities prevention. Jennifer serves on the United States delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) where she chaired the Education Working Group in 2017. Jennifer’s work also includes global outreach which engages educational stakeholders from around the world. 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.
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.
Warren Marcus is an education specialist for the Museum’s Civic and Defense Initiatives, where he works with officers-in-training and active-duty officers in the US and foreign militaries. Formerly he was the director of the Museum’s teacher workshops and conferences for ten years; his online workshop is visited by thousands of learners each month. Prior to the Museum, he taught middle and high school for 17 years, serving in a variety of administrative roles, including two departmental chair positions. He was a national finalist for social studies teacher of the year in 1992 in the Discovery Channel Salutes the American Teacher Awards program. He is a graduate of Brown University and received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.