President -- Howard Dorman, CPA
Immediate Past President -- Albert A. Zager, Esq.
1st Vice President -- Douglas E. Friedman, Esq.
2nd Vice President -- Paul Fried, CPA
Secretary -- Francine Pfeffer
Financial Secretary -- Steven J. Landau
Treasurer -- Stewart Austin, Ph.D.
Executive Director -- Dale Daniels
Director of Education -- Jane Denny
Coordinator -- Deborah Degnan
Assistant to the Director -- Cynthia Gruskos
Director and Co-Founder -- Seymour Siegler, Ed.D.
Director Emeritus and Co-Founder -- Jack Needle
Faculty Liaison -- Deborah Mura
Dean, Business & Community Development--Marie Lucier-Woodruff
Howard Dorman is President of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale College. He holds a BS degree from Farleigh Dickinson University and has more than 30 years of professional experience providing audit, tax, and accounting services to privately held companies and service firms. As a partner at WeiserMazars LLP within the firm’s Entrepreneurial Business Group, he has offered these services to companies operating in the manufacturing and distribution, specialty finance, and food and hospitality spaces as well as to health care organizations. An active professional in the New Jersey business community, Howard Dorman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Commercial Finance Association, the Garden State Credit Association, the Family Firm Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Risk Management Association, the Eastern Perishable Products Association and the International Factor Association. He has served as past trustee and committee chair of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Cooperation with Bankers Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. The New Jersey press, including Commerce and NJBiz magazines, often quotes Howard, and he is a frequent contributor to his firm’s newsletter, The Wiser Edge.
Albert A. Zager, Esq. is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College, and was the organization's President for 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, in 1970 and his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark in 1973. In that year, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. He was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in 1977. Zager served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy (Reserve) as a member of its Judge Advocate General Corps from 1974 to 1977. He has been practicing law since 1974; his practice concentrates in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, leasing, land use and zoning, estate planning and business matters. He joined Zager, Fuchs, P.C. in January 2005. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Monmouth County Bar Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Foodarama Supermarkets, Inc. which was publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange from 1995 until the company went private in 2006. Zager is also a founding Director of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) Educational Foundation, Inc., which provides scholarships for non-traditional students.
Douglas E. Friedman is 1st Vice President of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Friedman is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Villanova University School of Law. Until retiring in 2002, he served for many years as vice-president and legal counsel to a Fortune 100 energy company. He has served on various boards over the years including the Monmouth County Arts Council, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County and the United In Group Harmony Association. He became involved in Chhange through his interest in the treatment of those in the arts in Germany during the Holocaust.His latest book, The Comedian Harmonists: The Last Great Jewish Performers In Nazi Germany, can be found at www.comedianharmonistsbook.com, the preferred place for purchase because it provides the greatest benefit to the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.
Steven J. Landau is the Financial Secretary of Chhange. Landau’s father was a survivor of the Holocaust where he suffered intense physical and emotional damage from his incarceration and passed away at age 52, having always kept his memories of his experience to himself. In addition, Landau lost many other family members, including his grandparents, in the concentration camps. As a member of the second generation of Holocaust survivors, he feels it is important that today’s young adults know the story so it cannot be repeated. Landau holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Lehman College of the City University of New York. He has over two decades of experience as a commercial lender in the New Jersey market and has previously worked for The Trust Company of New Jersey and PNC Bank. He is currently a Senior Vice President in the commercial loan group at Harmony Bank. Landau also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Marlboro Jewish Center, and is Chairman of its Finance Committee. He has previously served on several non-profit boards most notably the Morris Center YMCA.
Francine Pfeffer Francine Pfeffer is the Secretary of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She began her connection with the Center when, as a high school history teacher, she attended its Summer Teacher Institute in 2003. As a teacher, she was very involved in Holocaust and genocide education, attended the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous' Alfred Lerner program through Chhange, and as a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on the Holocaust in France. Pfeffer was a history teacher in Brick and later in the Middlesex County Vocational Schools, where she also worked as a librarian. She became involved in her local and county education associations, and now works as a lobbyist for the New Jersey Education Association. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and French from the University of Delaware and a master's in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.
Stewart Austin, Ph.D. is the Treasurer of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (currently the Polytechnic Institute of New York University), and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from MIT. Stewart Austin spent nearly twenty years at Bell Laboratories, working in research and development of fiber optic systems. Following Bell Labs, he spent four years as Director of Product Certification at a software startup company, and then completed his “corporate life” as Vice President of Engineering at a startup company developing ultra high capacity fiber optic communications systems. In 2002, he became an entrepreneur and started a successful home remodeling business. In 2009, Austin became a licensed NJ Home Inspector and now operates Prime Home Inspection Services, LLC. Stewart Austin has done volunteer work at the MSPCA as well as local area soup kitchens. His interest and involvement in the Center stems from being a second-generation descendant, having lost many relatives in the Holocaust.
Paul Fried, 2nd Vice President, is a Member of the Smolin Lupin account firm. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, and has practiced accounting for more than 25 years. Fried is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Paul is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Claire Boren became involved with Chhange in 2006 after she and her husband, Adam, were honored by the Center. She was born in Mizocz in Eastern Poland (now the Ukraine). Claire, along with her mother, lived in hiding from October 1942, when Mizocz was liquidated, to the spring of 1944, when the Russians liberated the area. After moving to the United States, she received her B.A. from Queens College and M.S. from Columbia University. Well known for her active participation in the Jewish community, Claire served as President of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County. She received the Federation’s “Woman of Distinction” Award in 2002. In 2008, she was awarded the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award from UJC International. Since getting involved with Chhange, Claire reconnected with her past through art and now speaks about her childhood experiences publicly. She has two children; her daughter, Sari, lives in Boston and son, Jonathan, lives in California.
Marian Croak is Senior Vice President-Domain 2.0 Architecture and Advanced Services Development. Named to that role in 2013, she is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of AT&T's next-generation network architecture (Domain 2.0). She also oversees the Advanced Technologies group and AT&T Foundry innovation centers. Prior to her current role, Marian was Senior Vice President of Applications and Services Infrastructure. She currently manages over 2,000 engineers, developers, designers and other innovation experts. Marian joined AT&T in 1982 at Bell Laboratories and has held multiple assignments in integrated voice and data communications. She has received over 135 patents in VoIP technology and other areas, with more than 100 under review by the U.S. Patent Office. She attended Princeton University and the University of Southern California and has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Quantitative Analysis (1982). Marian has three children who are young adults. She enjoys long distance running and also sits on the boards of NACME, ATIS and Catalyst.
Steve Kichen first became involved with Chhange in 2008 when he collaborated with his wife Ina and Nelly Segal to produce the Tribute to the Holocaust Survivors in our Local Community slide shows. Along with Ina, he shares webmaster responsibilities for the Chhange.org website. At the time of his retirement, he was an Assistant Managing Editor at Forbes Media, and had worked for Forbes for nearly three decades as the Manager of the Statistics Department. At Forbes, Kichen innovated and oversaw special print and online list features on corporations, mutual funds, stock screens and Wall Street analysts. Kichen has a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University at Mercy College. In addition to his volunteer work at Chhange, Kichen volunteers for the Kortney Rose Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Barbara Levy has been a board member of the Center since 2010. After graduating Lafayette College with a degree in Psychology, Levy joined Macy’s as an assistant buyer and worked in a variety of capacities, in both the store line and buying line. In 1993, Levy joined Ross Stores, Inc. as Senior Vice President of Merchandising, later becoming Executive Vice President of Merchandising until her retirement. In 2007, she retired after a 30-year career in the retail industry. Levy is currently a retail consultant specializing in e-commerce. Levy became a member of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees in 1998, where she currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Student Life, and a member of the Audit and Executive Committees. She also serves on the Council of Lafayette Women. Levy served for ten years as Financial Secretary on the Board of Trustees at Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen, NJ. She has also been a mentor for underprivileged students at Asbury Park High School/Boys and Girls Club since 2008. Barbara Levy, married to Joseph Hollander, has two daughters, Rachel Hollander and Alyssa Hollander.
Linda Milstein, Ed.D., retired as Vice President of Outreach, Business and Community Development at Brookdale Community College, where she oversaw the college's services and programs for business and community outreach and lifelong learning. These activities included noncredit courses and special events for professional and personal development, customized training for businesses, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Each year, the division serves more than 30,000 Monmouth County residents and employees. Dr. Milstein had a lead role in the development and implementation of the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity, an alliance of eight higher education institutions providing associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees and certificates at Brookdale. She currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, a statewide program for alternate route teachers; is past chair and current member of the NJ board of the American Council on Education's Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education (ACE Network); has served in leadership roles on multiple community boards in Monmouth County and serves on the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board One-Stop and Fort Monmouth Employment Retention Committees. Dr. Milstein earned her BA from Barnard College and her M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education.
Nelly Segal has been a member of the Board of Directors of Chhange for ten years. She was the coordinator of its traveling exhibit, Survival of the Human Spirit: Triumph over Adversity; editor of the publication, Flowers from the Ashes, an Anthology of Students’ Writing and Art on the Holocaust, Vols. III and IV; director of the Tribute to the Holocaust Survivors in our Community Project, and editor of the publication, A Tribute to the Holocaust Survivors in our Community. Segal has been involved in Chhange’s new initiative, The Generations, Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, and edited a Hanukkah-related personal stories collection, authored by local survivors and their descendants. Segal has published translations from Hebrew into English including, Class Pictures, by Shlomit Cohen-Assif, in the anthology, The Space between the Footsteps, Poems and Paintings from the Middle East, Edited by Naomi Shihab Nye; and Jerusalem Plays Hide and Seek, by Ariella Deem. For the last 30 years, Segal has lectured and led discussions on Hebrew Literature at various community organizations. As a member and historian of Congregation B'nai Israel, Rumson, N.J., Segal has researched and documented its history. Nelly Segal holds a B.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from New York University. Before retiring in 2001, she worked as the Editorial Manager for scientific publications (published by Elsevier, and Baltzer Science Publishers, respectively) at RUTCOR, Rutgers University.
Regina Dreyer Thomas retired as an accreditation consultant for the dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, Dental School, where her primary role was the editing and production of the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation’s pre- and post-doctoral documents. Her secondary role was researching and identifying private and public sector grant opportunities, which she presently does as a Chhange board member, a position she has held for several years. Thomas was formerly a training director for a major dental manufacturer, an assistant professor in a community college, a supervisor of a federally-funded dental health program for children, and has self-published three editions of her book, Career Directions for Dental Hygienists. She helped establish RDH magazine, a non-refereed publication for which she continues to write. She presents workshops for older adults and geriatrics healthcare providers based on her latest book, Love & Successful Aging When You’re 70+ and Single. Ms. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University, a B.S. in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an A.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport.
Dale Friedland Daniels is the Executive Director of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Daniels has also worked as an interviewer for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, where she gathered over two dozen oral histories from Holocaust survivors. In 2006, she received the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for outstanding efforts in teaching the Holocaust and Genocide. She has been designated as an Alfred Lerner Fellow by the Jewish Foundation of the Righteous. Daniels is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, the Association of New Jersey Holocaust Organizations, and the Council of Holocaust Educators. She is also a member of the Diversity Council at Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Task Force on Tolerance, and a past member of the Monmouth Country Human Relations Commission. She received her BA at Northwestern University and her MA at the University of Chicago. She has taught in the field of Jewish Education for thirteen years.
Jane Robins Denny is the Director of Education at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She teaches the course Dimensions of the Holocaust at Brookdale, and creates most of the curricular guides used in Center workshops and distributed to teachers and schools. Denny also designed our Juvenile Bias Crime Awareness program for juvenile bias crime offenders in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. She is a recipient of the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for outstanding efforts in teaching the Holocaust and genocide and has been designated as an Alfred Lerner Fellow by the Jewish Foundation of the Righteous. Denny is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, the Association of New Jersey Holocaust Organizations, and the Council of Holocaust Educators. She has been on the faculty of the Rumson Country Day School since 1981. Denny received her BA from Syracuse University, an MLS from Plattsburgh State University and an MA from Monmouth University.
Deborah Degnan is the Coordinator at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Before joining Chhange in 2013, Deborah worked on the business side of the Television/Media Production and Post Production industry. She earned both her BA and MA in English Literature from Seton Hall University.
Cynthia Halpern Gruskos is the Assistant to the Director at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She joined the staff in 2012 and brings to Chhange a wealth of experience in database design and marketing. Her first connection to Chhange was when she utilized the services of our Speaker’s Bureau to bring a Holocaust Survivor to her hometown middle school. Her responsibilities include serving as the coordinator of the volunteer staff, as well as the coordinator of the Speaker’s Bureau. The Jewish Foundation of the Righteous has designated Cynthia as an Alfred Lerner Fellow. She received her BS in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Drexel University and a MBA from Monmouth University.
Jack Needle was a Co-Founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies, which later became the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Needle now serves as Director Emeritus. He is a recipient of the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for outstanding efforts in teaching about the Holocaust and genocide. Needle earned a BA from Northeastern University and an MA from Harvard University.
Seymour "Sy" Siegler, Ed.D., was a Co-Founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies, which later became the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Siegler serves as a co-director of the Center. He is a recipient of the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for outstanding efforts in teaching the Holocaust and genocide. He has served as a member of the State of NJ Commission on Holocaust Education. Siegler has a BA from Wagner College, an MA from Pittsburg State (Kansas), and an Ed.D. from Rutgers University.
Deborah Mura is the Faculty Liaison for the Center. She is responsible for creating and coordinating activities between the Center and the Brookdale Community College faculty. Deborah has been teaching at Brookdale since 1998 and teaches journalism classes through the Communications Media Department. She is dedicated to the belief that the survival of humanity depends on a shared responsibility to global citizenship. Deborah earned her BA from St. Peter's College and her MA from Long Island University.