HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 6, 2006) - Three staff directors
of Holocaust Museum Houston have been named to leadership positions in
their respective professional and Holocaust-related organizations.
Christina Vasquez, director of education at the
10-year-old Houston museum, has been appointed to the Education
Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington,
D.C. As such, she will assist in advising the Education Division of the
USHMM on its national outreach initiatives and how to work with other
institutions related to the teaching of the Holocaust and issues of
Since opening in 1993, the Washington museum has welcomed more than
22.8 million visitors from all walks of life and reached millions more
through a growing range of outreach programs involving students,
teachers, law enforcement officers, students at military academies and
At the Houston museum, Vasquez oversees educational outreach
efforts, including the Museum's curriculum trunk program, the academic
committee, Youth in the Law (a program for at-risk teenagers), the
Warren Fellowship for Pre-Service Teachers, the Kaplan Summer Institute
for Teachers, adult literacy training and the Museum's Latin American
Initiative. She presents at conferences and professional development
sessions throughout the United States on how to teach about the
Holocaust and related issues. She also speaks to various civic
organizations on behalf of the Museum.
She studied the Holocaust in Poland and Israel through the Jewish
Labor Committee's Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Summer Fellowship for
teachers in 1998. In 1999, she received a fellowship with the National
Endowment for the Humanities to study cultural responses to the
Holocaust in America and abroad at the Jewish Theological Seminary in
New York City. She was named a Mandel Fellow with the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000 and continued Holocaust studies
through the Alfred Lerner fellowship with the Jewish Foundation for the
Righteous in New York City in 2001.
Vasquez was awarded a fellowship through Rotary International in
2005 to travel to Chile, where she worked with Fundacion Museo Shoa y
Tolerancia and Fundacion IDEAS in Santiago to promote Holocaust and
Before moving to Houston, she taught high school English in El Paso,
Texas, where she was named teacher of the year for 1999-2000.
Ira D. Perry, director of marketing and public
relations for the Houston museum, has been re-elected to the 15-member
international Executive Committee for the Nonprofit/Association Section
of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA is the world's
largest organization for public relations professionals. Its nearly
20,000 members represent business and industry, technology, counseling
firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional
services firms and nonprofit organizations from around the world.
Perry has overseen marketing and public relations for the Houston
museum since April 2005 and was first elected to the section's
Executive Committee in January 2005.
Perry previously served as vice president of communications for the
Greater Houston Partnership and as managing editor for NACE
International, a nonprofit engineering professional group based in
Katy, Texas. He served two years as executive director of the
international Society of Professional Journalists and served several
years on the national boards of directors of the Society and the Sigma
Delta Chi Foundation.
Perry is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and
in 1990, was honored as its Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Mass
Linda Toyota, development officer for the Houston
museum, has been elected assistant treasurer of the Houston Chapter of
the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
The AFP represents 26,000 members in 172 chapters throughout the
United States, Canada, Mexico and China and works to advance
philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification
programs. Toyota also serves as chair-elect of Leadership Houston and
will become chairman of the organization in July. As such, she will be
the first Asian woman to hold that position in 25 years.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Toyota also serves as the volunteer
regional coordinator for Leadership America and is a board member of
the Japan-America Society of Greater Houston.
She has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Strathmore's Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders and
the United Way's Project Blueprint. She is a recipient of the
humanitarian award from the Transitional Women's Diversified Center and
the Distinguished Service Award of the Texas affiliate of the American
Heart Association. In 2003, she received the YWCA Outstanding Woman of
Achievement Award for Community Service.
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 Houston is free and open to the public and is
located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.