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.”
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 has just 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.
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.”
Ashley feels immensely proud to be working at The Anne Frank Center USA. As Manager of Marketing and Communications, she helps to promote Anne’s legacy and the many events and exhibitions that the Center offers. She has worked in a similar capacity for The New School for Social Research, where she received her M.A. in Liberal Studies. A graduate of Hampshire College, she also writes frequently on women, culture, and politics for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon,The Washington Post, and The Nation.
“I cannot express what a pleasure it is to work in a place where everywhere you look you see Anne smiling back at you, reminding you of the positive change you can effect and the strength of optimism and simple goodness.”
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.”
Sylvia Spitalnick is dedicated to obtaining the philanthropic resources on a sustaining and endowment basis to support the mission of the organization. She believes philanthropy has a significant impact on the scope and quality of the programming that we offer nationwide. Before coming to the Center, Sylvia consistently cultivated new financial sources for renowned regional and national organizations, as well as launched a multitude of fundraising initiatives that paired donors with their specific interest in organizations. She takes great pride in our loyal constituency at AFC and its further expansion, as developing strong relationships that support the Center for years to come is a focal point of her work.
“No one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank
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.”"