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.
Marian Croak, Ph.D.
Jennifer Leigh Dym
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
Nelly Segal, Ph.D.
Executive Director -- Dale Daniels
Director of Education -- Jane Denny
Assistant to the Director -- Cynthia Gruskos
Director and Co-Founder -- Seymour Siegler, Ed.D.
Director Emeritus and Co-Founder -- Jack Needle
Vice President, Outreach, Business & Community Development -- Linda Milstein, Ed.D.
Faculty Liaison -- Marcia Krefetz-Levine
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 has been the organization's President for 17 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. Albert A. Zager served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy (Reserve) as a member of its Judge Advocate General Corps from 1974 to 1977. Zager has been practicing law since 1974; his practice concentrates in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, leasing, land use and zoning, and business matters. He joined Zager, Fuchs, Ambrose & Krantz, 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 HGHREC 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 the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Landau is a second-generation survivor of the Holocaust, and although his father was a survivor, Landau lost many family members, including his grandparents, in the concentration camps. Landau’s father suffered intense physical and emotional damage from his incarceration and passed away at 52. 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 Vice President in the commercial loan group at Valley National 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 HGHREC, 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 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.
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.
Marcia Krefetz-Levine is the Faculty Liaison for the Center. She is responsible for creating and coordinating activities between the Center and the Brookdale Community College faculty. Marcia has been an English professor at Brookdale since 1993. She has her BA from SUNY College at Purchase and her MA from NYU.
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.
Linda Milstein, Ed.D., Vice President of Outreach, Business and Community Development at Brookdale Community College, oversees the college's services and programs for business and community outreach and lifelong learning. These activities include 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.