Houston Museum Director Elected to International Holocaust Position

HOUSTON, TX (June 5, 2008) – Holocaust Museum Houston Executive Director Susan Myers has been re-elected vice president of the worldwide Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO).

Myers, a resident of Pearland, will help administer activities of the more than 250-member international body, which was formed in 1985 to serve as a network of organizations and individuals for the advancement of Holocaust programming, awareness, education and research.

AHO’s functions and services are aimed at advancing Holocaust education, remembrance and research through annual conventions, educational seminars, discussion groups for members and publications.

Myers was first elected to the post in 2006 by the group’s nine-member Board of Directors, on which she is serving her second two-year term. She was re-elected during the association’s annual meeting on June 2.

Myers has worked in various capacities at the Museum for more than 10 years and has studied the Holocaust with historians in Poland, Israel and the United States, subsequent to a teaching career for which she received numerous honors in her field. 

She has received recognition from the White House for her work on reconciling and remembering genocide in Rwanda.

As executive director of the Museum, she has developed several outreach programs, including an educational “trunk” program created in 1998 that circulates trunks of teaching materials on the Holocaust to schools throughout the states. She also launched a hate crimes program in collaboration with the Houston Police Department in 2000. 

Myers directs several workshops every year on behalf of the Museum and personally oversees the development of activities for educators and students to broaden their knowledge of the Holocaust. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a master’s degree in administration from Texas A&M University. 

 Myers most recently was the recipient of the Ina and Jack Polak Outstanding Educator Award given by the Anne Frank Center USA during the center’s "Anne Frank’s 75th Birthday Tribute" in New York City for her efforts in heading what the center called "one of the most respected Holocaust museums in the nation."

Re-elected as AHO president was Dr. William Shulman of New York City. Other members elected to the Board of Directors include Tom White, Cohen Center, Keene State College, Keene, NH, as secretary; Jean Zeldin, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Overland Park, KS, as treasurer; and members Dr. Marilyn Harran, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Chapman University, Orange, CA; Dr. Harvey Kornberg, Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Center, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ; Daniel Reich, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, St. Louis, MO; Jennifer Ritter, The Holocaust Center of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; and Mark Weitzman, Simon Wiesenthal Center, New York, NY.

Elected as first alternate member was Stanlee Stahl, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, New York, NY; and Dr. Edie Naveh, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA, was elected second alternate member.

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