Yvonne Simons, AFC’s Executive Director, has extensive experience in management, development and grant writing, and program conceptualization, implementation, and growth. Her fund raising abilities are a key factor in the AFC expansion of its programming base. She is a Fulbright recipient and holds an MFA equivalent from the Royal Art Academy in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
“Only combating intolerance can ensure the survival of all communities in every region of the world. In the end, we all share the same destiny and our children share the same future.”
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.”
Kathleen advances the Center’s mission by engaging individuals, foundations and corporations in the story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and finding the resources for new programs and operations. She has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, government relations, board development and non-profit management.
“My favorite moments at the Center involve watching schoolchildren as they listen to remarks from one of our Holocaust survivors. Boisterous moments before, these children are mesmerized as the volunteer relates her personal story of survival. You can hear a pin drop!”
A graduate of Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon universities, Dr. Levin creates and oversees educational content for the Center including: on and off-site curricula; student, adult, and educator tours; programs for schools, libraries, religious institutions, and community centers; and all curricula-based material. He develops educator resources, classroom guides, and our online learning materials; and chairs the process of selecting Spirit of Anne Frank award winners. Robert has taught English and History in the classroom; been a school principal, curriculum designer, and staff developer; and named a University Distinguished Professor in Teaching.
“I am inspired by Anne Frank, who wrote young people ‘shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think’ and Dr. Elliot Eisner, who wrote ‘the arts help children learn to say what cannot be said’; that art taps into children’s ‘poetic capacities’ for expression. I believe education in the arts allows all ages to see greater possibilities in their world as it unfolds.”
Alan Moore, CPA, is the AFC’s Accountant. He has held financial and business operations positions for many nonprofit organizations, including the Federal Music Society, the American Recorder Society, Theater Communications Group, Circle in the Square Theater, and Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society. He served as Director of Business Operations for Impact Workflow Solutions, responsible for all finance, accounting and business operations. Alan holds a MBA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a degree in Music History from Eastman School of Music, and an AM in Musicology and a DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Stanford University.
“I enjoy working at The Anne Frank Center because our staff is dedicated to passing on her ideals, and I know the work contributes in some way to creating a better world.”
Ellen Rich directs marketing, communications, and public relations for the Center. She has over 30 years experience in digital, online, and traditional marketing/communications, strategic planning, branding, and media relations. She ran her own consulting firm and spent the majority of her career working for healthcare nonprofits and software companies. Ellen holds a MBA in marketing from The George Washington University, a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and most recently a Certificate in Gamification from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
“I am inspired by Anne Frank’s gravitas and her ability to discover her passion within a horrendous set of living conditions. I have been inspired to sponsor the importance of educating people about the futility of intolerance, upholding freedom of expression, and encouraging acceptance for everyone on the planet.”
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.”
Kali J. Weeks has a professional background in Marketing & Management, Event Planning, and Public Relations. He has held Executive and Administrative Assistant positions for many organizations, private and corporate, including Program Assistant and Event & Travel Coordinator at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where he specialized in the Higher Education and Scholarship, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Institutional Building and HBCU/Liberal Arts College programs. He attended Baruch College, College of New York and holds a BA in Business Journalism and English.
“Anne Frank’s story and The Anne Frank Center USA, in its legacy to educate and uplift, are continuous reminders of Human Rights and Social Justice violations; not only from the past, but of those continuously happening around the world today….and how one person can change millions.”
Rebecca Faulkner manages special projects for the Anne Frank Center, USA. This includes overseeing 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 venues in the USA and Britain, including the Jewish Museum (London) and the Museum at Eldridge Street (New York). Rebecca has just completed a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of London, and has written extensively on the adaptive use of civic, religious and domestic buildings as participatory museums.
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.