Meet Our Team
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

Nita Awatramani
Information Security Officer

Doug Ballman
Technical Project Leader

Doug works in the Institute’s technology group as a Technical Project Leader on a variety of different technology projects including the current, m

Crispin Brooks

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

David Brown
Senior Systems Administrator

Amy Carnes, PhD
Acting Chief of Staff

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

Mills Chang
Senior Software Architect

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

Lesly Culp
Interim Director of Education and Outreach

Lesly Culp is USC Shoah Foundation’s Interim Director of Education and Outreach.

Noah Ehrlich
Associate Director, Annual Giving

Daryn Eller

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

Ryan Fenton-Strauss
Interim Director, Media and Archives

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

Lindsay manages Echoes & Reflections, the Institute's flagship Holocaust Education program with ADL and Yad Vashem.

Inna Gogina

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

Georgiana Gomez
Access Supervisor

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

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

Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer and Associate Dean of the USC Shoah Foundation and USC Libraries

Sam Gustman has been chief technology officer (CTO) of the Shoah Foundation since 1994. Gustman is also associate dean and CTO at the USC Libraries where he oversees IT for the Libraries and started the USC Digital Repository.

Kathy Guyton
Office Manager, ITS

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.

Sandhya Venkat Iyer
Senior Software Engineer

Karen Jungblut
Director Emerita 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

Karen Kim, PhD
Senior Research Associate

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

Monika Koszyńska
Regional Consultant, Poland

Jeffrey Langham, PhD

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

Zach Larkin
Program Management Officer

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

Jenna Leventhal
Director, Program Mgmt & Strategy

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

Akhila Marupaduga
Quality Assurance Engineer

Susan McKibben, PhD
Program Manager

Kate Canada Obregon
Director of Communications

Kate is an alumni of the USC Dornsife School of Letters Arts and Sciences wh

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
Acting Business Operations Coordinator

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

Rachel Peacock
Production Coordinator

Jayne Perilstein
Director of Community Engagement and Outreach Programming

Jayne joined USC Shoah Foundation in 2012, and is based in New York and Philadelphia.

Badema Pitic, PhD
Acting Head of Research Services

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 of Distribution

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

Matthew Rabin
Senior Director of Development

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.

Lacey Schauwecker
Learning and Development Specialist

Lacey Schauwecker contributes to the Institute’s educational and professional development programming, with a focus on Spanish-language materials.

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

Jeff Schulz
Senior Software Engineer

Jeff Schulz is a Senior Software Engineer leading the Angular development for USC Shoah Foundation's interactive web sites.

Kim Simon
Managing Director (On Leave)

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.

Jessica Sinclair
Community Program Administrator

Jessica joined USC Shoah Foundation as Community Program Administrator in 2022.

Dawna Sirard
Program Specialist

Stephen D. Smith, PhD
Executive Director Emeritus

Dr. Stephen D. Smith is an adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He served as executive director of the Institute for twelve years.

Martin Šmok
Senior Education Advisor

Richard Starr
Application Programmer

Kori Street, PhD
Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Street currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and as a member of the Education Working Group of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

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

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

Chetham Visweswar
Senior Software Engineer

Andrea Waldron
Assistant Vice President, 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.

Robert Williams, PhD
Executive Director

Dr. Robert Williams is the Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, on the steering committee of the Global Task Force Against Holocaust Distortion, and served for four years as chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Cate Wilson, PhD
Manager of Organizational Engagement and Strategic Partnership

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

Daphne Yang
Program 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
Acting Manager, Curation

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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