Advisory Committee

Holocaust and Genocide Education Advisory Committee

The Connecticut Holocaust and Genocide Education Advisory Committee is an autonomous voluntary body operating under its own policies and positions. It provides guidance, including suggested curriculum materials and resources, to the Connecticut Department of Education to assist schools with implementing the Connecticut Holocaust and Genocide Education and Awareness Act (Public Act 18-24 of 2018).

The Advisory Committee offers webinars, workshops and other professional development throughout the year. If you would like to know more, please contact Voices of Hope at You can see past webinars, workshops and other online recommendations HERE. We also recommend CT teachers to go to the Holocaust and Genocide Education page at the Connecticut Department of Education.

Members of the Advisory Committee

Stuart Abrams
Voices of Hope Board Member and Teacher at Avon High School

Stephen Armstrong
Connecticut State Department of Education Social Studies Consultant

Kimberly Ballaro
Director of the HERO Center, Voices of Hope

Michael Bloom
Executive Director, JFACT

Marla Felton
Founder and Executive Director of Common Circles

Mari Firkatian
Professor, University of Hartford

Bob Fishman
Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC)

Peter Fishman
President, Voices of Hope

Adele Jacobs
Vice-President, Voices of Hope

Alan Lazowski
Chairman, Voices of Hope and Chairman, CEO and Founder of LAZ Parking

Rabbi Philip Lazowski
Holocaust survivor

Peter Lilienthal
United Jewish Federation of Stamford

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro
Anti-Defamation League, Retired Senior Associate Director, Connecticut Regional Office

Jason Mancini
Akomawt Educational Initiative

Alan Marcus
Head of Secondary Social Studies Education, University of Connecticut

Aya Marczyk
Fortunoff Video Archives for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University

Armen Marsoobian
Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

Allison Norrie
Teacher at Warde High School

Joseph Olzacki
Voices of Hope Board Member

Jessica Palliardi
Teacher at Hall High School

Avinoam Patt
Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut

Sydney Perry
President, JFACT

David Pettigrew
Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

Colleen Simon
Humanities Teacher, Solomon Schechter Day School

David Simon
Yale University, Director of Graduate Studies, Center for African Studies; Co-Director, Genocide Studies Program; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Endawnis Spears
Director of Programming and Outreach, Akomawt Educational Initiative

Laura Stefon
Connecticut Department of Education, Chief of Staff 

Marge Swaye
Voices of Hope Board Member

Dan Weiner
Vice President for Global Affairs, University of Connecticut

Ruth Weiner
Holocaust survivor

Jeri Butlien
Associate Director of The HERO Center, Voices of Hope

Amy Weiss
Director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies; Director, Museum of Jewish Civilization; University of Hartford

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