Rena Zurofsky has over 25 years of experience working in and consulting with museums and other cultural institutions.
As an interim director, she has successfully steered multiple institutions, including Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frederic Church’s Olana, Heritage Museums and Gardens, and the Museum of Biblical Art. With extensive experience as both a strategic planner and retail consultant, she has also guided museums towards their goals of program enhancement, physical expansion, audience development, and fiscal achievement.
Prior to consulting, Ms. Zurofsky held executive staff positions at a number of the world’s great museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Newark Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. Her early training was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Zurofsky has an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She has taught graduate courses in non-profit arts management and marketing at NYU, and has lectured internationally. Visit her website at: www.renazurofsky.com
Hilary Eddy Stipelman is Director of Outreach & Exhibitions at the AFC. She manages the North American Traveling Exhibitions program as well as the Center’s onsite exhibits. Hilary directs the educational programming components and community outreach for the Center’s traveling exhibits, leading docent training and professional development workshops for K-12 educators throughout the US and Canada. She holds an MS Ed. in museum education.
“Seeing how visitors of all ages connect to Anne Frank through our traveling exhibits is a wonderful experience for me. While we cannot go back and rewrite history we can help teach that history to empower individuals with their own moral courage.”
Rebecca Faulkner manages public programs and special projects for The Anne Frank Center USA. This includes onsite public programs, temporary exhibits, the Sapling Project, and coordinating the Center’s Confronting Intolerance Today speaker series. Rebecca has over fifteen years experience directing public programs and educational outreach for museums and cultural centers in the USA and Britain, including the Jewish Museum (London) and the Museum at Eldridge Street (New York). Rebecca recently completed a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of London, and has written extensively on museum practice and community engagement.
Anne believed that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.” The programs and exhibits at the Center reinforce Anne’s optimistic words, reminding us that in combating prejudice and intolerance, we are demanding a world dedicated to justice, compassion and equality.
Beth Slepian collaborates with schools throughout NYC to provide arts-based instruction that offers young people a deeper understanding of Anne Frank while inspiring students towards self-discovery and community improvement. In addition, she regularly teaches school groups that visit the Center, hosts workshops for educators, and manages other educational programming in partnership with local schools and cultural organizations. She has more than a decade of experience teaching in schools, theaters, and museums throughout the country. Beth holds an M.A. in Educational Theatre and Social Studies Education from NYU.
“How fortunate we are to have Anne’s words, her message of hope, and her legacy as the core inspiration of our educational programming. The inspiration continues for me each moment as young people grapple with the difficult lessons of the past to promote a better world based on mutual respect.”
Hannah Vaughn is enjoying being a part of the Front Desk team. She holds a BA in Acting from Christopher Newport University and is pursuing her acting career when not at the Center. She has worked in customer service for the past 10 years and is currently expanding her resume as a producer for films, theater and web series.
“It’s incredible to see how Anne’s story impacts a whole family when they visit the Center – each person absorbs something very powerful but the experience is different for each person.”
Caitlin is delighted to join the Anne Frank Center team. She holds a BA in Theater Arts and European Studies from Drew University and is an Artistic Director of Bottoms Dream, a theater company dedicated to reinventing classic works. Caitlin has traveled the country as an actor, director and teaching artist and has previous experience in marketing, development and patron services.
“Anne’s story is one to be shared and never forgotten. It is an honor to work in a place where her story and thousands like it continue to be told everyday. Each visitor has a unique experience and takes away something different from their time at the center.”"
Jason Lalonde is the Public Relations and Social Media Associate at The Anne Frank Center USA. Jason handles the AFC’s public relations in addition to maintaining a strong social media presence. Jason has over 20 years customer service experience in the retail and hotel industries and most recently as Program Coordinator at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Jason has a BA in Global Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto and has studied Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
“The most amazing aspect of Anne Frank’s story and message is their universality. It has touched and transformed the hearts and minds of millions of people across the globe. Seeing this happen on a daily basis is extremely fulfilling.”