Day of Learning Faculty

Marna Blanchard is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and been teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District for 23 years. In 2006 she received a fellowship to the Bay Area Writing Project’s Summer Institute. Marna is a Master Teacher, working with local universities to mentor and host students and teachers.

Mitch Braff is the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF), the foremost source for educational material on the Jewish partisans. Its extensive curricula include films, lessons, and video testimonies. JPEF has brought the history and lessons of the Jewish partisans to students and teachers worldwide.

Michael Sepidoza Campos teaches Ethics, The Question of Religion and Society, and Theory of Knowledge at Stuart Hall High School, Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.

Sara Cohan is an educational consultant specializing in human rights and genocide education. She works with the USC Shoah Foundation and The Genocide Education Project. Cohan’s background combines research, study, curriculum development, and teaching. Previously Cohan was a high school teacher for seven years.

Nicole Dahlstrom is the Education Director for Pacific Atrocities Education, an organization that informs and educates about the acts of genocide and other atrocities committed against Asian Pacific peoples during 1931-1945 because of bias, prejudice, and discrimination. She has been researching and educating communities about World War II in the Pacific since 2014.

Adrian Mison Fulay is the Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Salesian College Preparatory, where he teaches World Religions and Sacred Scriptures. As a 2014 Tauber Holocaust Educator Fellow he participated at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Leah Greenberg creates engagement opportunities for teens of all backgrounds as the Youth Programs Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Past career highlights include Program Director at Youth Art Exchange, Director of SF Mime Troupe’s Youth Theater Project, outreach and education for the Ethnic Dance Festival, and a teacher in Oakland public schools.

Larisa Klebe brings a background in Jewish education and a passion for studying history to her role as Program Manager at the Jewish Women’s Archive. She holds an undergraduate degree in History and European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in History and Museum Studies from Tufts University.

Roxanne Makasdjian is Co-founder and member of The Genocide Education Project Board of Directors. She is UC Berkeley’s Director of Broadcast Communications and previously worked as a national television news producer. Roxanne holds a Master’s in Journalism and has served as president of KZV Armenian School’s Board of Education.

Jim McGarry has been a Holocaust educator since 1992. He is the founder of the Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools. He now works at Notre Dame de Namur University, and has recently made his second study trip to Poland.

Raymond O’Connor teaches a class called Justice and coordinates the Service Program at Stuart Hall High School, Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.

Eileen O’Kane is a History teacher at Lick-Wilmerding High School where she teaches classes in Modern World History, U.S. Immigration, and Genocides of the 20th Century. Eileen has worked with Facing History and Ourselves, Jewish LearningWorks, and the JFCS Holocaust Center. Eileen currently sits on the board of the Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools.

Adrian Schrek is the director of the Teen Curriculum Initiative (TCI), a program of Jewish LearningWorks. TCI partners with high school students, educators, and administrators to strengthen school communities through Jewish multicultural programming. TCI is recognized for its innovative programming, professional development, and leadership opportunities for Jews, friends, and allies.

Carrie J. Schroeder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Mercy High School. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership. A Tauber Holocaust Educator Fellow, Carrie has studied the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in Poland and Israel.

Ilona Shechter has taught Holocaust Studies for the past 25 years. She is a Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and an alumna of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. She recently traveled to Germany and Poland and studied at the sites of former concentration and extermination camps.

Maayan Stanton is the Communications and Programs Coordinator at Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture. She previously lived in Poland, where she helped revive the pre-war Jewish athletic club, Makabi Warszawa. Her background is in Museum Studies and visual manifestations of memories of war and genocide around the world. Maayan is an active member of the leadership team of 3gSF, a forum for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to meet, connect, and explore their shared history.

Bonnie Sussman teaches Social Studies at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, including the courses The Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Contemporary Politics of the Middle East. She is a Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and conducts teacher workshops on the teaching of the Holocaust.

Jack Weinstein established the Northern California branch of the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves in 1996. In his current role he designs and conducts workshops and seminars for educators, oversees staff, and develops curriculum on genocide and human rights. Jack was a high school teacher for over 20 years.

Peretz Wolf-Prusan is Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica, where he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center. Prior to his current work, Peretz was a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school a teacher of junior high and high school students.