Board of Directors and Staff
Board of Directors
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 -- Cinde Orlick
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
Faculty Advisory Board
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 book, The Comedian Harmonists: The Last Great Jewish Performers In Nazi Germany, can be found online at www.comedianharmonistsbook.com and on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. One hundred percent of the profits from this book are donated 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 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 Partner and Certified Public Accountant with Smolin Lupin & Co, an Advisory, Tax, and Accounting firm in Red Bank NJ. Paul has practiced accounting for more than 30 years and services clients in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and professional service industries. He provides these companies and their owners with accounting, tax, and business consulting services.
Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He serves on Smolin Lupin’s Executive, Acquisition and Mergers, Compensation, Strategic Planning, and Wealth Management Committees. Having been a board member with Chhange for more than 15 years Paul is passionate about empowering people to have their voices heard and making a real difference. Paul is the son of Holocaust survivors, and hopes that his continued involvement and support will help to immortalize those we have lost.
Paul is a proud graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and resides in New Jersey with his family.
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.
Marie Lucier-Woodruff graduated Glassboro State (Rowan) with bachelors in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She earned a Masters in Educational Administration from Rutgers University. Lucier-Woodruff has worked in the non-credit division of Brookdale Community College since 1983. She has held several different positions, including Director of Business Services, Executive Director of the division, and her current position as Dean. Currently, Marie leads a division of 40+ staff members, with programs and centers including the Center for Career Development, Lifelong Learning, the Small Business Development Center, Displaced Homemakers Services, Chhange and the GED/ABE Program. Marie has served on the Boards of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and Monmouth Ocean Development Council where she was President from 2006-2008, the NJ Community College Workforce Consortium, where she serves as Treasurer, and she is a college liason to Chhange. She is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow; a graduate of AACC—Women in Higher Education Leaders Program; and the 2003 recipient of the MODC Silver Gull Award for Service.
Armen McOmber is a third generation attorney and a lifelong resident of Monmouth County. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Armen McOmber was admitted to New Jersey and Federal District Court Bars and joined the firm of McOmber & McOmber, which was established by his parents, Richard and Adrienne McOmber, in 1974. He was promoted to partner in 2001. Mr. McOmber resides in Little Silver with his wife, Dr. Nathalie Zenian McOmber, a general dentist who also practices in Monmouth County, and their two children.
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.
Missy Peck started working at Chhange as a coordinator for The Big Read project during the winter of 2012 and has continued to volunteer for Chhange. Her current position, as a Hospital Services Manager with NJ Sharing Network, enables her to work with families in need of life-saving organ transplants throughout the State of New Jersey. Prior to that position,she worked for other non-profits, including a program that offers classes taught by professional artists to gifted and talented high school students. As a congregant of Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon, Missy has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, past chair of their Social Action Committee and Fund-Raising Committee and co-chair of three major events. A native of Whitefish Bay, WI, Missy received her BS in Marketing Management from Syracuse University and has been a resident of Monmouth County since 1989.
Mimi Werbler is an events co-chair of the board for the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education, and is responsible for raising operating funds. As the daughter and daughter-in-law of local Holocaust survivors, she feels compelled to carry on their legacy and message of "Never Forget—Never Again.” Mimi Werbler has been involved with Holocaust education since 1994, with the establishment of the middle school peer-to-peer Holocaust education project "Zachor" (remember) at Solomon Schecter Day School of Greater Monmouth County, where she was an active volunteer for over 20 years and also served a term as PTO president. Since coming to Chhange Werbler has served on numerous committees, including Generations: Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, for which she was a founding member and currently leads the popular Yiddish club.In addition to her work for Chhange, Mimi Werbler is an active life member of Hadassah and Special Strides. She worked for ten years teaching arts and crafts at Middlesex County College, in the department of Professional and Community Programs. Mimi graduated from Rutgers University with a double major: a Bachelor of Science in Physician's Assistant and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. A long-time member of Congregation Sons of Israel, Manalapan, she and her husband Jack live in Morganville, New Jersey. Their two daughters, Annette and Elisa, both live in Brooklyn.
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.
Cinde Orlick is the Assistant to the Director at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She joined the staff in September of 2014. Prior to working at Chhange, Cinde spent many years in NYC in Advertising. She received her BA in Communication and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Delaware.
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.