Mara Koven-Gelman, Executive Director
Mara Koven-Gelman joined the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo (HRCOB) as Executive Director in Spring 2015. Mara is a Jewish Communal professional who worked in Toronto and Boston before joining the Buffalo community. She most recently provided professional leadership for the 2013 Buffalo Jewish Community Study.
Kelsey Reed, Program Coordinator
Kelsey joined the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo as Administrative Coordinator in the Fall of 2015 and is currently the Program Coordinator. Kelsey graduated from Nazareth College with a B.A. in History with a minor in Religious Studies and has her Master's Degree in Museum Studies from SUNY Buffalo State College. She manages the Speakers Bureau, programming for Kristallnacht, and assists in programming for Yom HaShoah and Arts & Writing.
Kelsey oversaw and worked on the creation of the first HRC exhibit: Witnesses: Buffalo's Holocaust Era Stories. This exhibit is both online and available to travel.
Andrew Beiter, Educational Consultant
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.
Elizabeth Marmion, Arts and Writing Co-Chair
Elizabeth is an English language arts teacher at Casey Middle School in the Williamsville School District, as well as the co-chair of the Holocaust Resource Center’s Arts and Writing contest. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and holds a BS in English Literature, and an EdM in English Education. Elizabeth joined the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo in the fall of 2016 as a board member and became co-chair of Arts and Writing in the fall of 2017. Additionally, Elizabeth was one of the members of the Handel Teacher Trip to Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015 and travelled to Jerusalem, Israel, for the Yad Vashem Advanced Teachers’ Seminar in the summer of 2017.