HOUSTON, TX (July 6, 2006) - Holocaust Museum
Houston has added 25 new members to its Board of Directors and Advisory
Board to better represent the diversity of the Museum's audiences and
to increase participation of its corporate members.
The 2006-2007 Board of Directors was installed formally at the Museum's annual meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2006.
"This year, we elected 25 new individuals who would reflect the
diversity of our community as well as embody Holocaust Museum Houston's
mission as part of their own," said Peter Berkowitz, chairman of the
Museum's Board of Directors. "Our new board includes people of the
various races and nationalities represented in our community and people
of many, many different faiths and backgrounds.
Berkowitz said that change is reflective of the Museum's commitment
to increase educational programming that has already touched the lives
of more than 2 million children around the globe and continues to
impact more than 1,500 school children each school day.
"Our students, our visitors and our volunteers come from all walks
of life, from all faiths and beliefs, from all income levels and from
all of the world's countries," said Berkowitz. "It is imperative that
our leadership- and our direction in the coming years- reflect that
The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to guide the
Museum's development, education and public outreach programming.
On its agenda for 2006-2007 will be expansion of the Museum's law
enforcement hate-crime training programs, expansion of Museum
facilities to accommodate larger audiences and addition of programs and
exhibits that reflect on and educate the public about other
The Museum's Executive Committee for 2006-2007 includes: Berkowitz,
chair; Walter Hecht, chair-elect; Martha Freedman, Sandy Lessig, Jeri
Shapiro, Anna Steinberger, Ph.D., vice-chairs; Robby Shelton,
treasurer; and Michael S. Morgan, secretary. Other members include R.
Edwin Allday; David P. Bell, Ed.D.; Tali Blumrosen; Andrew Bursten;
Michael S. Goldberg; Daniel P. Gordon; Velva G. Levine; Richard J.
Loewenstern; Eric J. Pulaski; Joel Spira; J. Michael Trevino; Chaja
Verveer; Benjamin S. Warren; Lea Weems; and Eileen D. Weisman.
Newly elected Board members include: Melissa Brunicardi; Margaret E.
Carriere; the Hon. Anne Clutterbuck; Brenda J. DeVore; Nancy S.
Dinerstein; Clyde Drexler; S. David Frankfort, Anne Graubart; Marvin
Kaplan; the Hon. M.J. Khan, Mark Lee; Barry Lewis; Leo Linbeck III;
Moez Mangalji; Rosanna Moreno; Eve Newar; Gary M. Olander; Joe Pogge;
Jay Rogers; Stuart Schube; Marc Sharpe; the Hon. Susan S. Soussan; and
Sergio G. Weitzman.
Other members include W. Andrew Achenbaum; Linda L. Addison; Bernard
Aptaker; Hazel Bensky; the Hon. Michael Berry; Michael Bleyzer; Milton
Boniuk, M.D.; Alice Lok Cahana; David A. Chaumette; Debra G. Cohen;
Brian P. Cweren; Steven Finkelman; Nancy Freed; Andrew T. Gardener;
David Goldstein; Alan Gover; Gail Klein; Lilly Lazarus; Barry Mandel;
Gary Markowitz; Linda K. May; Soraya McClelland; Muriel Meicler, Ph.D.;
Isabel Mermelstien; Amy J. Mifflin; William J. Morgan; Ruth Morris;
Leon Mucasey; Mark Mucasey; Mary Munson-Murphy; Roy Nichol; Pepi
Joskowitz Nichols; the Hon. Joseph M. Nixon; the Hon. Annise Parker;
Cantor David Propis; Rabbi Joseph Radinsky; Eileen Reed; Cheryl W.
Rubenstein; Marika Rudy; the Hon. Frank Rynd; David I. Saperstein;
Lester Smith; Ruth Steinfeld; Rabbi Brian Strauss; John S. Thrash,
M.D.; Ellen Trachtenberg; Haya Varon; Naomi Warren; Ben Waserman;
Sandra G. Weiner; the Hon. Martha Wong; Ed Wulfe; the Hon. Fred S.
Zeidman; and Joe Zuber.
New members of the Advisory Board for 2006-2007 include Donna
Fujimoto Cole and the Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee. Other members are J.
Murry Bowden; the Hon. Laurie Bricker; Linda G. Eisemann; Celina Fein;
Carol Fisherman; Israel Fogiel; Mark Goldberg; Punkin Hecht; Glenda R.
Kane; Walter Kase; Dr. Marcus Leuchter; Jo Ann Levine; Max Levit; Barry
H. Margolis; Hans Mayer; Edith Mincberg; Ira Mitzner; Morris I. Penn;
Gregg S. Philipson; Daniel B. Pickelner; Garland Debner Pohl; Gordon
Quan; Bernard Rapoport; Regina J. Rogers; Benjamin Samuels; Mitzi M.
Shure; and Marsha Wallace.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public
of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop
of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.
Holocaust Museum is free and open to the public and is located in
Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.