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Sandra Aguilar
Manager, Metadata

Sandra Aguilar oversees metadata, indexing, and institutional archiving.

Sedda Antekelian
Education and Outreach Specialist, Armenian Genocide

Sedda Antekelian develops educational content, programming and community partnerships utilizing Armenian Genocide testimony collections.

Alan Auyeung
Video Archivist & Post-Production Specialist

Alan Auyeung oversees the collection, management and transfer area of broadcast video equipment; administers educational, instructional and referen

Manuk Avedikyan
Program Officer, Armenian Genocide Collection

Manuk Avedikyan has obtained a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerev

Andrew Bailey
Assistant Director of Stewardship

As a Stewardship Writer in the Advancement Department, Andrew Bailey crafts reports to donors and foundations in order to relate the impact of thei

Doug Ballman
Manager, External Relations, Online Archive

Doug oversees the Institute’s relationships with ProQuest, the distributor of the Visual History Archive (VHA), and the institutions that subscribe

Crispin Brooks
Curator

Crispin Brooks is the curator of the Institute’s Visual History Archive. He holds a M.Phil.

Nicholas Camardo
Video Archivist & Post-Production Specialist

Nicholas Camardo is a Video Archivist and Post-Production Specialist for the USC Digital Repository, providing support and expertise to the USC Sho

Amy Carnes, PhD
Program Manager, Development and Protocol

Amy Marczewski Carnes, PhD, completed her doctorate in French at UCLA in 2007 and worked at Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles befo

Lauren Carter
Production Manager

In 2015, Lauren joined USC Shoah Foundation as a production vendor managing video production around the Days of Remembrance partnership with Comcas

Mills Chang
Senior Software Architect

Mills Chang is the Senior Software Architect leading the software development of USC Shoah Foundation ITS Department.

Lesly Culp
Head of Programs, Education

Lesly Culp manages our testimony-based content and our professional development programs.

Rodger Devine
Associate Dean of External Affairs for Strategy and Innovation

Rodger supports the Office of Advancement, Office of Communications, Academy in the Public Square, and external facing constituents by providing project leadership, solution delivery, and program innovation.

Daryn Eller
Archivist

Daryn Eller manages the Institute’s institutional media collection and participates in cataloging the Visual History Archive testimonies.

John Fanning
Program Coordinator for Museum Experience

After receiving his MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University in 2008, John worked as a research assistant for Dr.

Ryan Fenton-Strauss
Video Archive and Post-Production Manager

Ryan Fenton-Strauss manages the video archive and post-production team.  He joined the USC Shoah Foundation in 2003, and oversees the digitization

Lindsay Friedman
Program Director

Andi Gitow
Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Media Production

Andi Gitow oversees the Media Department, leading content and partnership strategy, as well as immersive technologies.  Andi is on special leave fr

Inna Gogina
Archivist

Inna Gogina is the archivist of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.

Georgiana Gomez
Video Archive and Post-Production Specialist

Zachary Goode
Post-Production Supervisor

Zachary Goode fulfills most filming and editing requests that come to ITS.  He also helps oversee the digitization and quality control of new colle

Ita Gordon
Indexer

Ita is a cataloguer and indexer of Holocaust survivors testimonies. She also worked as a translator.

Wolf Gruner, PhD
Founding Director, Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Wolf Gruner is the founding director of the Center. He developed the vision and main features of its now internationally recognized innovative academic program.

Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer

Sam Gustman has been chief technology officer (CTO) of the Shoah Foundation since 1994 and was responsible for overseeing the 2006 mo

Kathy Guyton
Office Manager, ITS

Kia Hays
Program Manager, Immersive Innovations

Kia Hays manages and produces the Institute’s immersive interview collections, including the Dimensions in Testimony interactive biography collecti

Rachel Herman
Content Management Specialist

Rachel Herman helps curate content for IWitness and other educational programs.  Rachel received her M.A.

Francesca Innocenti
Operations Liaison

Francesca is the Liaison between Operations and other Shoah Foundation departments as well as visitors, scholars, and guests.   Other responsibilit

Greg Irwin
Head of Content Management

Greg Irwin manages the content and development of IWitness, the Institute’s educational website.

Karen Jungblut
Director of Global Initiatives

With the Institute since 1996, Karen has led an international and multilingual staff to successfully catalog and index the archive and has been ins

Frieda Kahn
Executive Director of Development

Based out of New York, Frieda Kahn serves as the Executive Director of Advancement for USC Shoah Foundation.

Anne Marie Kelly
Research Specialist

Anne M Kelly provides subject interview research and post-production systems maintenance for Dimensions in Testimony.

Nick Kennedy
Senior Associate Director, Annual Giving and Direct Marketing

Nick Kennedy joined USC Shoah Foundation in October 2015 as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving.

Karen Kim, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Karen Kim is the senior researcher and evaluator for the USC Shoah Foundation.

Monika Koszyńska
Regional Consultant, Poland

Jay Kulsh
VMware, Cloud Array, F5 and Windows AD Administrator

Jay has been working in Information Technology since 1997.

Jeffrey Langham, PhD
Webmaster

Jeffrey Langham oversees the management and the strategic development of the Institute's website.

Zach Larkin
Program Specialist

Zach Larkin supports the Institute’s Managing Director and Executive Office through his involvement in stewardship strategies, content development,

Jenna Leventhal
Associate Director of Education

Jenna Leventhal is the Deputy Director of Education and Operations at USC Shoah Foundation.

Colleen Mahan
Executive Assistant

A native Michigander, Colleen arrived in Hollywood with a passion for the entertainment business.  She landed gigs for the executive producers of h

Wendy Maldonado
Programmer Analyst III

Wendy is a software development professional who has experience with performing system analysis, development, testing and deployment.

Susan McKibben, PhD
Head of Project Management

Anita Pace
Managing Director of Technology

Anita Pace, Director of Technology for the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, is responsible for ov

Alex Paiva, Jr
Programmer Analyst III

Alex Paiva Jr is a programmer helping build the Dimension in Testimony platform by using AI services to allow for an interactive experience with te

Larina Palacpac
Budget/Business Analyst

Larina Palacpac supports the financial management of the Institute by assisting in account reconciliation, budget development and financial reporti

Jayne Perilstein
Managing Director of Advancement

Based in New York and Philadelphia, Jayne has served as Managing Director of Advancement for USC Shoah Foundation since 2012.

Badema Pitic, PhD
Visual History Archive Research Officer

Badema Pitic joined the Center for Advanced Genocide Research in 2017, where she is involved in the Center's outreach and academic programming dire

Susan Popler
Director, Visual History Archive Program

Susan Popler is Director of the Visual History Archive Program where she is driving initiatives to reimagine how audiences access, engage with and

Andrea Reese
Post-Production Supervisor

Andrea Reese manages the post-production of Dimensions in Testimony (DiT) and Testimonies on Location (ToL) 360 videos. Prior to USC Shoah Foundati

Zovaira Rodriguez
Procurement Specialist

Zovaira Rodriguez is the Procurement Specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation and has been with the institute for 3 years.

Michael Russell
Programmer Analyst

Michael Russell is a lead web developer at USC Shoah foundation.

Arie Salma
Programming Analyst III

Arie Salma is a web developer and program analyst for the Shoah Foundation. He specializes in front end, back end and CMS development.

Cynthia Schirmer
Director of Budget and Finance

Cynthia Schirmer currently oversees the finances and business operations of the Institute.  She has worked for the Shoah Foundation since March 201

Kim Simon
Managing Director

Having been at the Institute for 24 years, Kim Simon is currently involved in developing and scaling the Institute’s impact and reach globally. She directs the development and implementation of key public engagement programs that connect USC Shoah Foundation to its many distinct audiences.

Stephen D. Smith, PhD
Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Executive Director Chair

Dr. Stephen D. Smith is committed to making the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust and of other crimes against humanity a compelling voice for education and action.

Martin Šmok
Senior Education Advisor

Richard Starr
Application Programmer

Kori Street, PhD
Senior Director of Programs and Operations

Dr. Kori Street came to the Institute in 2011 from Mount Royal University, where she was an Associate Professor and served as Chair of Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Studies, International Business and Aviation in the Bissett School of Business.

Martha Stroud, PhD
Associate Director and Senior Research Officer

Martha Stroud manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the academic arm of the USC Shoah Foundation, which a

Andrea Szőnyi
Head of Programs for International Education

Andrea Szőnyi is based in Budapest (Hungary) and oversees the Institute's international educational programs including content development, profess

Hoan Tran
UNIX System Administrator

Hoan Tran oversees the data archival and storage infrastructure for the Institute’s content.

Edith Umugiraneza
Indexer

Edith Umugiraneza joined the USC Shoah Foundation in 2009 as a consultant and later became an indexer.

Svetlana Ushakova
Program Specialist

Svetlana Ushakova provides the service of research, annotation, and evaluation to the Dimensions in Testimony program.

Consolée Uwamariya
Preservation Supervisor

Andrea Waldron
Senior Executive Director, Advancement

Nicole Watkins
Director of Donor Relations

Nicole Watkins serves as the Director of Donor Relations for USC Shoah Foundation’s Advancement team and is responsible for managing our donor rela

Mark Weicht
Video Archivist and Post Production Specialist

Mark Weicht is a Video Archivist and Post Production Specialist.

Claudia Wiedeman, PhD
Director of Education

Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman oversees the strategic direction of the Institute’s global education program.

Cate Wilson, PhD
Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Cate Wilson is the Community Engagement and Outreach specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation’s education department.

Marissa Wojcik
Project Specialist

Before coming to USC Shoah Foundation, Marissa Wojcik previously worked at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL.

Daphne Yang
Annotation Specialist

Daphne Yang is an annotation specialist in the Dimensions in Testimony program.

Letisha Young
Program Manager Administrative Programs

Letisha Young joined the Shoah Foundation in July of 2017 as the Program Manager of Administrative Programs.

Aaron Zarrow
Strategic Communications Manager

On staff since 2011, strategic communications manager Aaron Zarrow joined the organization for the first time in 1995 as a production assistant.

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