Day of Learning Faculty

Nikki Bambauer is the Associate Director for Human Rights Education at the Bylo Chacon Foundation. She is an experienced genocide and human rights educator with an M.A. in History from San Francisco State University. She is a passionate community organizer in the fight against white supremacy in the Bay Area.

Marna Blanchard has been teaching in San Francisco Unified School District for 26 years. She is currently faculty at Francisco Middle School. She has developed a unit on the Holocaust and Genocide in partnership with JFCS, Facing History & Ourselves, and the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation.

Michael Sepidoza Campos teaches in the Religion department of Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools, Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. As a JFCS Tauber Holocaust Education Fellow, Campos coordinated the Morningstar Fellowship on the Japanese-American internment, which involved six students exploring the geography, space, and history of Manzanar.

Jenny Chan has a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was born in Hong Kong. She has learned and incorporated the lessons from her own grandparent’s story of the war in Hong Kong into her teaching. She is inspired to include archival items in her teaching, including military yen and food ration coupons from WWII found in her grandmother’s belongings.

Sandy Cohen-Wynn is a visual artist. For 21 years she taught Judaic Arts to students and their families at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. An alumna of the JFCS Tauber Holocaust Education Fellowship, she continues to create workshops and installations using art as a means for learning and reflecting about the Holocaust.

Adrienne Dritz-Mars has been a performing arts educator for 29 years and is the theatre arts teacher at Woodcreek High School in Roseville, CA. She strongly believes theatre can be an instrument for change and social justice.

Erin Hanlon currently teaches Modern World History and US History at Lowell High School in San Francisco. She is an educator with the Education for Social Justice Foundation where she develops curriculum on the injustice of marginalized populations. She has been an active participant in Facing History programming for many years.

Dr. Alexis Herr has dedicated her life to combating genocide and atrocities through education and advocacy. She is a Lecturer at SFSU and has worked for nonprofit organizations focusing on genocide education and advocacy, including the JFCS Holocaust Center, RefugePoint, and Jewish World Watch. She has authored and edited books on the Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, and Darfur Genocide.

Vlad Khaykin serves as Associate Director of the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Vlad holds postgraduate degrees in Near Eastern & Jewish Studies and Non-Profit Management from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Cruz. Vlad immigrated to the United States as a Soviet-Jewish refugee.

Elaina LeGault is a Theology teacher at Mercy High School in San Francisco.  Elaina is a passionate Holocaust educator and active board member of The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust at Mercy High School.

Roxanne Makasdjian is Executive Director of The Genocide Education Project, a non-profit organization supporting educators in teaching about genocide, with particular focus on the Armenian Genocide, as the prototype for the pattern of genocides that followed. Makasdjian is also UC Berkeley’s Director of Broadcast Communications and was a television news producer.

Allison McManis is a life-long learner and loves to ignite this passion for learning in her students. She is a former World History teacher, and now serves her students as a Vice Principal at City Arts & Tech High School. Allison is a former Morris Weiss Award winner and JFCS Tauber Fellow, and has studied the Holocaust at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem in Israel.

Jim McGarry has been a Holocaust educator since 1992 and teaches Religious Studies at Mercy High School in San Francisco. He is founder of The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools.  Jim received the Morris Weiss Award for dedication to Holocaust education in 2019.

Stephanie McGraw has been teaching and leading seminars on the Holocaust for 18 years at The Athenian School. She also teaches classes on U.S. history and women’s literature. Stephanie weaves social justice and experiential learning into her teaching. This year, she took a group of students to Poland to study the Holocaust in depth, including the resiliency of the Polish Jewish community.  Stephanie received the Morris Weiss Award for dedication to Holocaust education in 2019.

Robert Parker is a veteran teacher of many subjects, and has taught at Moreau Catholic High school since 2001. He has created a 20th/21st century Genocide project for his Honors world history program supported by the JFCS Morris Weiss Award for Holocaust Education in 2013. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children, Teddy and Dalila.

Frank Perez teaches world history, Mexican-American history, and Ethnic Studies at San Benito High School in Hollister, where he has developed and implemented curriculum on past and current genocide. His op-eds and letters to the editor on genocide have been published in several publications including The New York Times.

Sheri Rosenblum is Director of Development and Outreach with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF), with a BA and MA in Judaic Studies.  JPEF teaches about the 30,000 Jews — many of them teens — who fought back during the Holocaust in organized, armed resistance groups as Jewish partisans.  Sheri brings this important chapter of Holocaust history to educators and community members around the world.

Micah Ross is a senior at the Athenian School. Micah, a Manovill Fellow at the JFCS Holocaust Center, created a curriculum to teach middle school students at Athenian about the Holocaust in preparation for their journey to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Bonnie Sussman has taught at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland since 1990, including an ongoing Holocaust course. She leads an annual Holocaust Study Tour to Europe for students. Bonnie authored a curriculum for Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust for Facing History and Ourselves. She is a Teacher Fellow of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Adrian Vásquez is a senior at Stuart Hall High School, an alumnus of the JFCS Next Chapter program and participant in the Morningstar Fellowship at Convent & Stuart Hall. Adrian’s engagement with the Next Chapter opened him to further study Japanese-American history and internment in San Francisco.

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at UC Davis. She researches Middle East visual cultures. Her award-winning book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, tells the story of an ancient Armenian bible. A 2010 lawsuit against the J. Paul Getty museum, which held eight of its pages, exemplifies the fight for the human right to art.

Peretz Wolf-Prusan is a Senior Educator at Hamaqom, where he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area and an adjunct faculty member of the JFCS Holocaust Center. Previously, Peretz was a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, a teacher of junior high and high school students.

Sarah Zemelman is a senior at the Athenian School.  Sarah, who participates in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program, taught herself Yiddish so she could better connect with (and study) her Jewish heritage.

 

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