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.


Dr. Eileen Angelini, Educational Outreach Coordinator

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Dr. Eileen M. Angelini’s key responsibilities will be supervising the New Generation Initiative (Holocaust educators and consultants), establishing the Joe Diamond Speakers Training Program, and facilitating outreach to Buffalo-area college professors who teach Holocaust and Genocide courses. Dr. Angelini is also an instructor for the Bureau of Jewish Education's Hebrew High and Adult Learning programs where she is able to utilize her background in researching Jewish-Christian relations to teach the Holocaust from an interdisciplinary approach.

She is a recipient of a Canada-U.S. Fulbright award as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) and was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2011 and to the 2013-2017 Fulbright Specialist Roster. She received her B.A. in French from Middlebury College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies from Brown University.


Kelsey Reed, Program Coordinator 

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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; she is currently a Museum Studies Graduate Student at Buffalo State, graduating Spring 2018. 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.    


Education Staff

Andrew Beiter, Educational Consultant 

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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

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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.


Dr. Timothy Redmond, NGI Teacher Conference Coordinator

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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.


Lori Raybold, NGI Washington Teacher Trip Co-Coordinator

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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.