Andrew Beiter is a long-term board member of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo. A 2013 recipient of the Louis E. Yavner Award honoring his outstanding contributions to human rights education in New York State, Drew is an 8th grade social studies teacher at Springville Middle School, the director of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, as well as the co-founder of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, which has organized an annual conference on the Holocaust for Rwandan teachers in Kigali since 2011. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in education from Fredonia State College, Drew is a Regional Education Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, co-Education Director of the Robert H. Jackson Center, a teacher fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Tolerance in Kansas, and a teacher liaison for Kerry Kennedy’s Speak Truth to Power program. In September 2014, he was the national teacher representative who interviewed Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria with journalists Nick Kristof and Lara Setrakian
Jim Gang, NGI Holocaust Survivor Videotaping Coordinator
James Gang is a history teacher at Hamburg High School and is the Education Director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo. He is a graduate of Fredonia State College, with a MS in Education from Canisius College. James is also a Teacher Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as the Robert H. Jackson Center, where he has organized projects including comparative analysis of genocide via survivor testimony, and Holocaust denial. He has also worked with the Hamburg Central School District to create a Holocaust and genocide studieselective that has been taught for the past four years.
Stephanie O’Donnell, NGI Washington Teacher Trip Co-Coordinator
Stephanie O’Donnell is a social studies teacher at Newfane Middle School and is an associate director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo. After earning her BA in social studies education from Buffalo State College, she is presently completing her Master’s degree in literacy specialization at the same school. Stephanie helped organize the 2007 Day of Learning on Darfur at Daemen College and also attended the 2008 Belfer National Conference for Educators held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she was part of a humanitarian delegation to Costa Rica, doing the same in 2008 to the Dominican Republic.
Lori Raybold, NGI Washington Teacher Trip Co-Coordinator
Lori Raybold is an English teacher at Hamburg High School and is an associate director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo. Earning Bachelor’s degrees in English and education from Penn State and a Master’s degree in English from SUNY Fredonia, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo and Buffalo for Africa. Additionally, Lori has attended the Yale Conference on Genocide, the Belfer National Conference for Educators, and traveled to Rwanda with humanitarian Carl Wilkens in 2009.
Dr. Timothy Redmond, NGI Teacher Conference Coordinator
Dr. Timothy J. Redmond is a social studies teacher at Williamsville East High School, as well as an associate director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo. A graduate of Canisius College, Tim received his MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Redmond is also a member of the inaugural class of Robert H. Jackson Teacher Fellows and has successfully spearheaded an effort to provide a Human Rights and Genocide Studies elective in the Williamsville Central School District. He has also traveled to Cuzco, Peru, to help build stoves and schools for those in need. Tim is an adjunct professor at Daemen College and a board member for the Aurora Historical Society in East Aurora, NY. He has also attended the Belfer Conference for Social Studies Teachers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.