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Instructors + Presenters

 

Jay Abercrombie earned a BS from The University of Akron and a PhD from Cornell University.  Abercrombie is an entomologist and was field biologist for Geauga Park District.

 

Sylvia Abrams earned a BA and a MA from Western Reserve University, a BHL and MHL from Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Abrams is the retired dean of Siegal College of Judaic Studies and previously served as the director of educational services at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.

 

Bruce Ackerman received a BA from Kent State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. Ackerman has Masters credits in literature at Cleveland State University.

 

David Ackerman earned a BA and an EdD from Harvard University. Ackerman was a classroom teacher and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in greater Boston; superintendent of schools in Tuscon, Arizona; and K-12 director of studies at University School in Cleveland.

 

Moshe Adler holds a BA degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, where he studied for nine years. Adler has served as rabbi of Beth El–The Heights Synagogue since 1999. He teaches classical Hebrew and writes on the applicability of Jewish law and ethics to contemporary life.

 

Catherine L. Albers is a professional actress and professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a master teacher in the CWRU/CPH MFA acting program. She has performed throughout the country and does film and commercial work.

 

Emanuella Amichai holds a BFA from Tel Aviv University. Amichai is a director and choreographer working in the field of dance theatre. Amichai is currently a performance and visual theatre artist lecturer and workshop conductor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the daughter of internationally acclaimed Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.

 

Brian Amkraut received a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. Amkraut is the executive director of the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and served on faculty of Jewish history at Oberlin College and Siegal College. Amkraut’s published articles address the impact of changing technologies on contemporary Jewish life.

 

Gail Arnoff received her BA from Western Reserve University and her MA from John Carroll University, where she currently teaches in the English Department. She also facilitates a seminar, “Questions of Identity,” in the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Phyllis Asnien  is a professor emerita of humanities at Lakeland Community College. She has taught music, art, literature and drama and is a published poet and recitalist.

 

Samantha Baskind  received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Baskind is professor of art at Cleveland State University and her research focuses on 20th American art and culture and the role of the Jewish-American artist in the modern world.

 

Tim Batiuk  is best known for his comic strips, Funky Winkerbean, and Crankshaft, which soloed from Funky Winkerbean. His comic strip characters have morphed from mop-headed beatniks to their graying 60s, gradually exploring serious, even tragic circumstances

 

Richard Baznik  earned a BA from John Carroll University and had completed graduate coursework at John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Virginia. Baznik currently directs the Institute for the Study of the University in Society and has been designated as University Historian at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Cynthia Beall  holds an MA and PhD in physical anthropology from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Beall is currently a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and her research focuses on human adaptation to high-altitude environments.

 

Tim Beatty  received a BA and MA from Bowling Green State University. After teaching at St. Labre Indian School in Montana, Beatty spent 30 years in the Berea City Schools as a history teacher. He currently teaches at the Sapirstein campus of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and works in the manuscripts division of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

 

Pamela Belknap  received a BA in music education from Mt. Union College and an MA in music education from Case Western Reserve University. Belknap is a retired music teacher and a minister of music.

 

Moshe Berger  received a BA from Yeshiva University, and an MA and PhD from Harvard. Berger was on the faculty at Siegal College for 25 years and is presently a rabbi at Cedar Sinai Synagogue. He previously taught at Brandeis and Harvard Universities and served as rabbi of the Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel program.

 

Tricia Bestic holds an MFA in acting from Kent State University and a BA in communications and political science from John Carroll University. She is a professional actor/singer and is certified in the Michael Chekhov acting technique. She teaches the art of theatre and acting at Kent State University.

 

Chris Bond  is a certified nursery technician and permaculture designer. Bond is a horticulturist at Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue Farm.

 

Bill Brauning  lectures on pop music of the 1960s utilizing his vast musical experience and musical archives.

 

Elise Braverman-Plotkin received a BA in philosophy from Earlham College and an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been teaching Jewish values and Talmud to adults for over 16 years. Braverman-Plotkin taught Jewish ethics at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.

 

Catherine Butler  holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Butler is a visual arts teacher at the Laurel School.

 

Arnold Caplan is a professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his PhD in physiological chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in 1966.

 

Michael L. Chan is an expert in Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma and Process Optimization. He has over 39 years experience serving in various roles in industrial and manufacturing engineering. He earned his MS in management in 1980 at the Lake Forest College of Management.

 

Pauline Chen  earned a BA from Harvard University, a JD from Yale University and a PhD from Princeton University. Chen has taught Chinese language, literature and film at the University of Minnesota and Oberlin College.

 

Jenny Clark  received a BA in English language and literature from Denison University and an MA in literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is a published writer and poet interested in personal journal writing, poetry, and nature writing.

 

Michael Clune holds a BA from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University. Clune specializes in American literature, literature and science, and poetry. He is currently associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Lori Compton  earned a BA in English from Cleveland State University, a JD from Case Western Reserve University, and an MFA from The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Compton's writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in many literary journals and in local media.

 

Harold Connamacher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CWRU. Connamacher earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Prior to entering academia, Connamacher spent a decade in industry as a software engineer and project manager with both startup companies and Fortune 500 firms.

 

Alanna Cooper  earned a BA at Barnard College and holds an MA and PhD in cultural anthropology from Boston University. Cooper has held research and teaching positions at Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan and Boston University. She is currently director of Jewish lifelong learning at Case Western Reserve University's Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

 

Leah Cooper received a BJS and MAJS from Siegal College. Cooper teaches at Akiva High School and the Cleveland Hebrew Schools and has also taught at Beth Torah and the Ratner Schools.

 

Darin Croft holds a PhD in vertebrate paleontology from the University of Chicago. Croft is an associate professor in the of anatomy at Case Western Reserve Universityand is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Field Museum.

 

Corbin Covault  holds a BA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University. Covault is professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University with expertise in experimental particle astrophysics, gamma-ray astronomy, and ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

 

Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004. From being parked under a microfilm reader at the Family History Library in her baby carrier to her current career as a professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories. Now known as The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista hosts and produces a weekly internet webinar.

 

Scott Cowen  received a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MBA and DBA from George Washington University. Cowen recently retired as the president of Tulane University where he was intimately connected to the reconstruction of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

 

Sarah de Swart holds a BA from Harvard University, a Master's degree in Theatre and a PhD in organizational behavior from CWRU. De Swart is Interim Director of University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at CWRU. She works as an organizational and communications consultant, individual coach, and team facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of personal and professional development.

 

Donald Deptowicz is an expert in Lean Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing. He has over 39 years of experience serving in various roles in the aerospace and automotive industries. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

 

Kevin Dicus  holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Dicus is a visiting faculty member in the classics department at Case Western Reserve University where he specializes in the archaeology of Italy, in particular the Etruscan and mid to late Roman Republican periods.

 

Monica Dumitriu holds a BS in Management, BA in French and MBA from CWRU. Monica Dumitriu is Strategy Consultant, Co-Founder, Siegal Office of Global Career Training and Development at CWRU. She has over 15 years’ experience as an analyst and management advisor with a proven track record and in-depth industry experience to manufacturing and aerospace companies.

 

William Doll is a lawyer with a doctorate in sociology and a former feature writer and theater critic for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. For over 20 years he has lead his own communications, research and speechwriting firm. Since 2007 he has been a Presidential fellow in Case Western Reserve’s SAGES program, teaching courses in public speaking and the media, public relations and American culture.

 

Rebekah L. Dorman is a developmental psychologist, and the Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood and Invest in Children, our community public/private partnership focused on young children. She serves on Ohio’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is a member of the City Club’s Education Committee. She received her undergraduate degree Cum Laude from Brandeis University and her doctorate from Cornell University.

 

Valery Dymshits  holds a doctorate in chemistry from St. Petersburg Technological Institute and is the head of the Center Petersburg Judaica at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dymshits works on Jewish ethnography, traditional art, folklore and oral history in Ukraine, Moldavia, Byelorussia, the Baltic States, Central Asia, Poland and Romania.

 

Jane Eisner  received a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MA in journalism from Columbia University. Eisner is the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Daily Forward. Eisner has held executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer, served as vice president of the National Constitution Center and taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sol Factor  earned a BA from Nasson College and an MAT from John Carroll University. Factor is a retired public school teacher in history and Holocaust studies and is a part-time instructor at Kent State University.

 

Elena Fernandez earned a BA and MA in Spanish from Cleveland State University. She teaches Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses as well as Advance Conversation, Composition, Spanish for Health Care Workers and Spanish for Business.

 

Gale Flament holds a BS from Buffalo State College, an MA Case Western Reserve University, and an MA from the University of Akron. Flament is a retired art teacher from Euclid High School.

 

Michael J. Foreman Captain US Navy (Ret.)  received a BS in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MS in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Foreman was selected as an astronaut by NASA in June 1998, and flew aboard STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-129 in November 2009. He has logged more than 637 hours in space, including 32 hours and 19 minutes during five spacewalks. Currently, he serves as the Safety Branch Chief at NASA Johnson Space Center.

 

Shannon E. French is the Inamori Professor in Ethics, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and a tenured member of the Philosophy Department with a secondary appointment in the law school at Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Dr. French received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University in 1997.

 

Evalyn Gates is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She previously held the position of assistant director of the University of Chicago's Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and at Chicago's Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum she oversaw the creation of new exhibits and shows, developed new galleries, and headed the facility's public education efforts.

 

Mario Garcia-Sanz is the Director of the Control and Energy Systems Center at Case Western Reserve University. In 2009 Mario came to CWRU as the Inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Innovation. He has over 25 years of experience working with industry, defense and space agencies he has developed many patents, papers and best-selling books about advanced commercial control solutions, including the design of multi-megawatt wind turbines, satellites with flexible structures and flying in formation, large radio telescopes, waste-water treatment plants and power systems.

 

Jay Geller  received a BS from Princeton University and an MA and PhD in history from Yale University. Geller is the Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies, with a faculty appointment in the Department of History, at Case Western Reserve University. An expert on German Jewry during the past two centuries, Geller also teaches courses in urban history and modern European history.

 

Nina Freedlander Gibans earned her BA at Sarah Lawrence College, and holds an MA in art history and aesthetics from Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of books on the history of Cleveland's art, architecture and poetry and has organized community courses and events for many years.

 

Steve Gleydura is the editor of Cleveland Magazine. During his tenure, the magazine has been recognized by the Press Club of Cleveland or the Society of Professional Journalist as the state’s best magazine five of the past seven years. In October 2014, Cleveland Magazine put faces to the heroin epidemic by profiling the 194 people who died from the drug in 2013.

 

Michael Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

 

Daniel Goldmark  received a BA in music from the University of California, Riverside and an MA and PhD in musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Goldmark works on American popular music, film and cartoon music and the history of the music industry.

 

Cheryl Gordon  earned an MAT in Spanish linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MSJS from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. Gordon is an educator and cultural trainer with a passion for Jewish education and a strong knowledge of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language.

 

John Grabowski  received his BA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University.   Grabowski is an associate professor in applied history at Case Western Reserve University and historian and senior vice president for research and publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He specializes in immigration and ethnicity, Cleveland history and public history, particularly the fields of archives and museums.

 

Barbara Greenberg  received a BS in education from The Ohio State University and a JD from Cleveland State University. Greenberg has many years of adult education experience and is currently a magistrate for the Division of Small Claims for the Bedford Municipal Court and a magistrate for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Community Division Program.

 

Atina Grossman  earned a BA from the City College of New York and a PhD from Rutgers University.  Grossman is currently a professor of humanities and social sciences at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her current research focuses on transnational Jewish refugee stories.

 

Samuel Gruber is an architectural historian, historic preservationist and managing director of Gruber Heritage Global (GHG) cultural resources consulting firm. For more than twenty years he has been a leader in the documentation, protection, preservation and presentation of Jewish cultural heritage sites around the world.

 

Peter J. Haas  holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Brown University.  Haas currently hold the Abba Hillel Silver Chair in Jewish Studies at Case Western Reserve University, where he also serves as chair of the religion department. He has published several books and articles dealing with moral discourse and with Jewish and Christian thought after the Holocaust.

 

George Havens  holds a BS in chemical engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. A passionate Jazz aficionado, Havens served for many years on the board of Jazz Montana, which presented an annual festival.

 

Jeff Heinen is the president of Heinen's Inc., a 19-store family-owned grocery chain located in Northeast Ohio. He and his brother Tom represent the third generation to run the business. Jeff grew up in Cleveland, and graduated from Stanford University.

 

Michael Heil is an experienced aerospace engineer and research and development leader. In his over 40-year career, he served as President of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, on the faculties of the Air Force Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology, and in leadership roles at two Air Force acquisition centers, four defense laboratories, a test center, a major command staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

 

Dale Hilton  received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA in art history from the University of Chicago. Hilton directs the teaching and learning area of the education department—overseeing distance learning, Art To Go and the Teacher Resource Center—at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

Heather M. Hodges holds a BA in Spanish from the College of St. Catherine and an MA from New York University. She is a career foreign service officer and has served as U.S. ambassador to Moldova and Ecuador. Hodges is currently president and ambassador in residence for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

 

Lee Hoffer received a BA from Westminster College, an MA and PhD from the University of Colorado–Denver, and an MA from Washington University School of Medicine. Currently associate professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, Hoffer’s research focuses on understanding the political, social, cultural, and clinical contexts related to illicit drug use.

 

Stephen Hoffman  received a BA from Dickinson College, an MSW from the University of Maryland and an MA in Jewish studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. Hoffman is currently president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He is a board member of the Musical Arts Association, the Mandel Foundation, the David and Inez Myers Foundation and the Maltz Foundation.

 

Sara Horowitz is a professor at York University in the Department of Humanities. Horowitz's area of specialization is Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies. Horowitz received her PhD from Brandeis University.

 

Justine Howe  earned a BA from Williams College, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Northwestern University. Howe is on the faculty in the Department of Religious Studies and serves as faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Case Western Reserve University.  Her research examines how American Muslim identity is formed at the intersection of consumerist practices, institutional rituals and everyday life.

 

David Huston  holds a BA from St. John's College Annapolis and an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Huston has taught several AP courses in his three decades at the Laurel School and is a recipient of Laurel's highest award for teaching excellence.

 

Aleksander Ivanov  is a researcher, lecturer and administrator at the Center Petersburg Judaica of the European University at St. Petersburg in Russia. Ivanov is the curator of the Petersburg branch of the international archival project on Jewish documentary sources in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, carried out by the Russian State University of Humanities in Moscow and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

 

Joseph Jacoby  is a retired English teacher at Lakewood Schools. Jacoby teaches private piano lessons and tutors children at Joseph Gallagher Public School in Cleveland.

 

Anthony Ian Jack earned a BS in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University, a PhD in Experimental Psychology from University College London and trained in Neuroscience at Washington University in St Louis Medical School. He has been Principal Investigator of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness Laboratory since 2007 and Research Director at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence since 2014.

 

Jeffrey Karem  earned a BA from Rice University and a PhD from Yale University. Karem is a professor of English at Cleveland State University. His research and teaching focus on 20th century American literature with an emphasis on regional and ethnic literatures throughout the American hemisphere.

 

Joseph Kelly  is a professor of religious studies at John Carroll University. Kelly writes and teaches about the history of Catholicism and the origins of Christian holidays.

 

Etgar Keret  is the author of six bestselling story collections. Keret’s writing have been published in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010, he was named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

 

Jennifer Keirn is a skilled writer, editor and reporter whose work has appeared in regional and national publications on topics such as healthcare, education and business for more than a decade. Jennifer currently serves as managing editor of Inside Business magazine, where she tells the stories of people, companies and trends in the Northeast Ohio business community.

 

Enid Kirtz  received a BS from The Ohio State University. Kirtz is a teacher and instructor in the Shaker Heights City Schools.

 

Eric Kisch  is a graduate of Melbourne University and holds two MA degrees from Columbia University. A retired market researcher and consultant, Kisch has had a lifelong passion for classical music and produces a weekly show Musical Passions on 104.9 WCLV classical FM.

 

Susan Kisch  holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA from New York University. An experienced educator, Kisch was head of the English department at York Prep School, and a college guidance counselor at the Columbus School for Girls.

 

Jamie Koeth holds an MFA in acting from Kent State University and his teaching certification in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. He has been a professional actor, teacher, director and musician for nearly 25 years and is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

 

Joseph Konen  earned an MS from the University of Notre Dame and a DMin from the United Theological Seminary. Konen is emeritus associate professor at the Ohio State University Extension Urban Community Development and Sustainability Program.

 

Aviya Kushner is associate professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, a contributing editor at A Public Space, and a freelance journalist. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and an MA from Boston University's creative writing program in poetry.

 

Daniel J. Lacks is the C. Benson Branch Professor in the Department of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He received his BS in chemical engineering at Cornell University in 1987 and his PhD in chemistry at Harvard University in 1992. Lacks has led academic and research programs in Botswana and several other African countries, Myanmar and the Philippines, as well as running Fulbright professional development programs for faculty from Iraq, Libya, and Myanmar.

 

Joseph LaManna  holds a BS in biology from Georgetown University and a PhD in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University. LaManna is a professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


Uziel Landau is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Landau’s area of expertise is Electrochemical Engineering with focus on electroplating and batteries research. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and BS and MS degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Bruce Latimer  earned his PhD from Kent State University. Latimer is professor of anthropology, anatomy and cognitive science and director of the Center for Human Origins at Case Western Reserve University. He is among a group of scientists who analyzed the famous 3.2 million-year-old "Lucy" fossil skeleton

 

Rachel Lawton  earned a BA from Haifa University and an MA from Siegal College of Jewish Studies. Lawton is currently a faculty member at Gross Schechter Day School and has taught at Cleveland Hebrew Schools and Akiva High School.

 

Kenneth F. Ledford  earned a BA and JD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received his MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Ledford is a social historian of modern Germany from 1789 to the present and is currently an associate professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Elizabeth Lehfeldt  holds a BA from Lawrence University and a PhD from Indiana University. Lehfeldt is a professor of history at Cleveland State University with expertise in medieval and early modern Spain.

 

Reva Leizman  earned a PhD in comparative literature from Case Western Reserve University. Leizman teaches courses on classic Yiddish writers and Jewish authors of the past and present, with a special focus on the influence of the Holocaust on modern literature.

 

Zvi Leshem was raised in Cleveland and made Aliya in 1979. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and holds a PhD in Jewish philosophy from Bar-Ilan University. He currently directs the Gershom Scholem Collection for Kabbalah Research at the National Library of Israel.

 

Whitney Lloyd  holds a BA in American history from Harvard University and an MA in American history from New York University. Lloyd was a history teacher and director of college guidance at St. Louis Country Day and Cleveland’s University School for over 30 years. He is currently the college adviser to the Montessori High School at University Circle.

 

Shari Lowin received a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Lowin is currently associate professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. Her research centers on the interplay between Judaism and Islam in the early and early medieval Islamic periods, focusing mainly on the development of Jewish and Muslim exegetical narratives.

 

Richard Manley holds a BS from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Manley is an experienced beekeeper, teacher and mentor dedicated to the well-being of honey bee colonies. He is associated with many state and local beekeeper organizations and recently served as deputy state apiary inspector.

 

Sean Martin received an MA in history, an MA in Yiddish language and literature, and a PhD, focusing on East European Jewish history, from The Ohio State University. He is Associate Curator for Jewish History at Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. He oversees the Cleveland Jewish Archives, collecting and preserving material related to the Jewish history of Northeastern Ohio. 

 

David Matia received a BS from Miami University of Ohio and a JD from Case Western Reserve University. Matia spent several years in his own practice before becoming a magistrate for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and the first judge of the Cuyahoga County Drug Court.

 

Tim Matson  received a PhD in evolutionary ecology from Kent State University and Central Michigan University. Matson is the curator of vertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

 

Colin McLarty  earned a BS and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. McLarty is Truman P. Handy Professor of Intellectual Philosophy and professor of mathematics in the Department of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Terry Meehan  earned a BA in marketing from Cleveland State University and an MA in literature and film from Kent State University. Meehan curates and presents an ongoing Lakewood Public Library monthly film series and is currently an adjunct professor of film appreciation at Lorain County and Lakeland Community Colleges.

 

Mehran Mehregany is Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Veale Professor of Wireless Health Innovation at Case Western Reserve University and the Director of the Case School of Engineering San Diego.

 

Terri Mester received her BA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Mester is a professor in the Department of English at Case Western Reserve University where she is also pre-law advisor. Mester classes include film, literature and expository writing for the English department and technical writing for the Case School of Engineering.

 

Charlene Mileti  holds a BFA from Kent State University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Toledo and a JD from Cleveland State University. Mileti has worked as a law clerk, trial attorney in civil law, and taught in the MBA program for Ashland University.

 

Michael D. Miller received a BA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Philosophy from The Ohio State University. Miller is a seasoned lecturer with more than a decade of experience in university teaching and educational public outreach. He teaches courses on ethics, aesthetics, logic, critical thinking, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion and the history of philosophy.

 

Marian Morton  earned a BA from Smith College and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.  Morton is professor emerita at John Carroll University with expertise in Cleveland area history.

 

Mike Olszewski  is a veteran Cleveland radio and television personality. Best known for his work at the legendary WMMS-FM, he has also hosted and produced programs for WNCX-FM, WKNR-AM, WOIO-TV, WUAB-TV and other stations. Olszewski teaches media, speech and communications classes at Kent State University, The University of Akron, and Notre Dame College.

 

Janice Olszewski  is a photographer with more than three decades in the travel and tourism industry. Olszewski has traveled extensively across the United States and Europe, and her photography work has been published in Filmfax, Outre, and other national magazines.

 

Thomas Orlando  holds a BS from Southhampton College and a PhD from the State University of New York–Stony Brook. Orlando is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

John Orlock is the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities. After joining the CWRU faculty in 1989, Professor Orlock served ten years as the head of the Department of Theater and Dance, during which time he was instrumental in establishing the successful MFA graduate program collaboration with the Cleveland Play House.

 

Barbara Parr received a BS from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MEd from Cleveland State University. Parr was a teacher at Rocky River High School.

 

Joanne Podis is professor emerita of English at Ursaline College. She holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in English from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Maggie Popkin  earned a BA from Williams College and an MA and PhD from New York University. Popkin is an assistant professor of Roman art at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her teaching and research, Popkin has excavated at Selinunte in Sicily and at Samothrace in Greece, where she is an ongoing member of the archaeological team.

 

Patricia Princehouse  earned her MA from Yale and a PhD from Harvard University. Princehouse is director of the program in evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University, an evolutionary biologist, and an historian of science. She has conducted fieldwork on primate evolution in Africa and North America.

 

D.M. Pulley (pseudonym)  is author of The Dead Key and 2014 Grand Prize Winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She works as a professional engineer specializing in the rehabilitation of historic structures and forensic investigations of building failures.

 

 

Leatrice Rabinky  holds a BA and MA in English and a PhD in education from Case Western Reserve University. Rabinsky has been teaching and writing about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism since 1973. She was awarded a Mandel Fellowship of Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and is currently a member the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education and the National Council of Teachers of English Committee on Teaching Genocide and Intolerance.

 

Norman Robbins  earned an MD at Harvard University and a PhD at Rockefeller University. Robbins is emeritus professor of neurosciences in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Mary Kay Robinson  has risen to national prominence as a versatile flutist who has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo and Kansas City, as well as the Cleveland Opera and Toledo and the Cleveland Orchestras. Robinson teaches Flute and coaches Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, and Ithaca College.

 

Alan S. Rosenbaum earned his BA, MA, and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently professor emeritus of philosophy at Cleveland State University. Among his areas of specialization include philosophies of law, politics, society and ethics and also genocide- and holocaust-related studies.

 

Donald Rosenberg  is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and the Yale School of Music. Rosenberg is the former music and dance writer for The Plain Dealer and president of the Music Critics Association of North America. Rosenberg’s writing has appeared in Symphony Magazine, Opera News, Opera (London), Musical America, and other publications. He is currently editor of EMAg, the Magazine of Early Music America.

 

Todd Rosenberg  is an attorney who has spent many years studying and teaching Judaism and its relationship to Christianity. Rosenberg has taught courses at Park Synagogue, B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue and Temple Emanuel.

 

David Rothenberg holds a PhD in music history from Yale University. Rothenberg's research explores connections between music, liturgy, visual art, and literature in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is currently associate professor of music at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Donna K. Rumenik  holds PhD in sociology and psychology. In Ukraine, she held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Ivan Franko National University and taught a Holocaust course at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Rumenik’s work focuses on prejudice, violence and genocide.

 

Mary Doria Russell earned a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana, an MA from Northeastern University and a PhD from the University of Michigan. Russell is best known as an award-winning novelist, but also received numerous science awards and fellowships before begin a second career as a writer of historical fiction in the 1990s.

 

David Salczer  holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University. Salczer was an adjunct assistant professor at the former Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and a former assistant professor at The Ohio State University. His specialty is foreign language teaching, particularly English to speakers of Hebrew and Hebrew to English speakers.

 

Enrique Saldivar is the Director of the Wireless Health Program of the Case School of Engineering San Diego and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Stanford Sarlson  received a BS in business administration from The Ohio State University. Sarlson is a certified public accountant and has taught accounting at the Salem branch of Kent State University.

 

Beverly Saylor is an Associate Professor of Geology at Case Western Reserve University. She studies sediments and sedimentary rocks that accumulated on land, and in lakes, rivers and oceans, as a historical record of environmental change ranging from 1 billion years ago to the present. She also studies these rock layers as vessels for fluids, including water, oil and natural gas, and, potentially, greenhouse gases.

 

Catherine Scallen  earned a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Princeton University. She is department chair and professor of art and art history at Case Western Reserve University. Scallen is an experienced curator, researcher and teacher who specializes in Northern Baroque art, with a particular emphasis on the art of Rembrandt.

 

Susan Schaul  received a MEd degree from Cleveland State University and has been teaching computer software for over 10 years. In her teaching, Schaul aims to provide people with the tools to critically evaluate and understand the flood of digital information circulating around us.

 

Kyla Epstein Schneider received her BA from the University of Illinois, and a dual MA in Jewish education and communal service/social work from Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion. She has been a resident of Cleveland for over 20 years and is immersed in many aspects of Jewish communal and educational life: administration, teaching, board development and professional development.

 

Ken Schopf worked towards a PhD in paleobiology with Stephen Jay Gould before realizing his calling as an educator. He earned a MS from Harvard University and BS from Colgate University. He is currently co-chair of the science department at Laurel School where he teaches Seventh Grade Science, Engineering Design Lab, and advises the rock band.

 

Paul Schroeder is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at CWRU. He earned his PhD from Ohio State in Chinese Politics in 1987, writing his dissertation on regional power in the Chinese political system. From 1995-2007 he was managing director of East-West Trade Development, Ltd., a firm that assisted American businesses with international trade opportunities, especially with China.

 

Ivan Schwarz has been President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) since 2007. Ivan has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. Under his leadership, over 300 productions have been filmed in Ohio since 2007, including commercials, documentaries, independent and studio feature films, music videos, public service announcements, photo shoots, television shows, and web-series.

 

Irene Shaland  holds an MA in English literature from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in library science from Kent State, and a BS and MS in electrical engineering from St. Petersburg State. Shaland has written on the history of theater, drama and intercultural interpretations, and has visited over 60 countries with many trips resulting in research articles and educational lectures.

 

Judith Shamir  holds an MHL degree from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and a MEd degree in curriculum development and supervision from John Carroll University. Shamir was on the faculty of Siegal College of Judaic Studies for many years serving as an instructor and a coordinator of the Ulpan program, and later, as a Hebrew literature lecturer.

 

Yehudit Sharaby  received a BA from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an MA in Jewish education from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. Sharaby teaches Hebrew and Judaic studies at Gross Schechter Day School.

 

Martin B. Shichtman is Professor of English and Director of the Department of Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Shichtman earned his doctorate and master's from the University of Iowa, and his bachelor's from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

 

Peter Shulman holds a BS in mathematics and a PhD in history from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shulman studies technology, science, and American politics in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special interests in the history of energy, environmental history, communication and transportation, and the history of American foreign relations. He is currently associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Justine Siegal received her PhD in sport psychology from Springfield College and was the first woman to throw batting practice to a Major League Baseball team. She has coached men’s pro and college baseball, and is a graduate of the MLB Scout School Development Program.

 

Patricia Sigmier  is a local artist whose work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Sigmier teaches painting courses at Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue Farm.

 

Ted Smith  earned a BA in speech communications from Baldwin Wallace University. He is a second degree black belt in martial arts and is currently working with senior citizen communities in the Cleveland area to introduce Asian exercises into their daily routines.

 

Mark Sniderman is an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Economics at CWRU. He earned his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, MS from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974 and his BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1972. His academic and professional interests are focused on macroeconomics and financial regulation, especially the roles played by central banks.

 

Jose O. Sola received a PhD in Caribbean history from the University of Connecticut. Sola specializes in 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean history, focusing on the Spanish Caribbean. He is currently associate professor of history at Cleveland State University.

 

Danny Solow holds a BS, Carnegie-Mellon University, MS from University of California at Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. Solow is on faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  He teaches mostly graduate-level courses in business, operations research, mathematics and computer science.

 

Jeannette Sorrell holds an honorary doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, two special awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work on early American music, and an award from the American Musicological Society. Passionate about guiding the next generation of performers, Sorrell has led many baroque projects for students at Oberlin Conservatory.

 

Kelly St. Pierre  holds a PhD in musicology from Case Western Reserve University. St. Pierre currently teaches undergraduate and graduate music history courses in the music and SAGES departments at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

Glenn D. Starkman  received a BS from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Stanford University. Starkman is a professor of physics and astronomy and director of both the Institute for the Science of Origins and the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Tom Suddes  holds a BA from The Ohio State University and a PhD from Ohio University.  Suddes is assistant professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame by members of the Press Club of Cleveland

 

Rivka Taub  received her BHL and MJS from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. She teaches Hebrew at Akiva High School and many other local schools.

 

Christine Tovee graduated from the school of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering, and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has 15 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries in Europe and North America both in engineering project management and in research in innovation.

 

Zachary Truboff is the senior rabbi of Cedar Sinai Synagogue. He studied and taught at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah where he received rabbinical ordination. He is also is the co-founder of the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Mandel JCC.

 

Linda Tuthill  is a member of the Night Vision poetry group and the Pudding House Cleveland Salon. Tuthill gives seasonal writing workshops for the Cleveland Metroparks.

 

Jeffrey Ullom  earned a BA from Vanderbilt University and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Champaign–Urbana. Ullom is an assistant professor of theater and director of the undergraduate program in theater. His research interests have focused on contemporary American theatre, especially new play development in the regional theatre circuit and on Broadway.

 

Jim Van Horn  received a BA from Wittenberg University. Van Horn is a teacher, manufacturer’s representative, coach, philatelist and historical photographer.

 

Janice Vitullo  holds a BA in classical studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MA in Latin from Kent State University. Vitullo teaches Latin and Greek language and literature at the Laurel School.

 

Haim Watzman  received a BA from Duke University. Watzman is a Jerusalem-based writer, journalist and translator. He is the author of Company C: an American's Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel and A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel’s Rift Valley. He has translated the work of leading Israeli writers and scholars, including Tom Segev, David Grossman, Amos Oz and Shlomo Avineri.

 

Amnon Weinstein is the initiator of the Violins of Hope project, recollecting and restoring the instruments as of 1995. Today his collection consists of 28 violins of which 25 can be played. He won a gold medal for sound of the violin and is a holder of a certificate for construction of another violin from The American Association of Violin Makers, at Salt Lake City in 1982. Weinstein was awarded the prestigious Ole Bull prize, Bergen, Norway 2007.

 

Mike Weiss  earned a BA, MD and PhD from Harvard University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Weiss is chair of the Department of Biochemistry and the Cowan-Blum Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His current research focus in two areas of molecular endocrinology.

 

Peggy J. Wertheim  is an artist specializing in batik, silk painting, marbleizing and surface design on fabrics. Wertheim has exhibited throughout the eastern United States in hundreds of juried and invitational shows and galleries. Her teaching includes adult studio workshops, professional development courses and artist-in-residence programs for K- 12 students.

 

Pierre van der Westhuizen  received a BFA from the University of the Northwest and a DMA from the University of Cincinnatti.  Westhuizen is president and chief executive officer at Cleveland International Piano Competition.

 

Cynthia Willet  earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Willet is a professor in the philosophy department at Emory University. She established the Institute for the History of Philosophy at Emory.

 

Cheryl Wires attended Harvard University, where she earned a Masters Degree from the Kennedy School of Government, a Masters Degree in political science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Levenson Award for Excellence and Dedication in Teaching.

 

George Woideck  is a local ceramic artist. Woideck gives ceramic workshops to school instructors for the Teacher Resource Center of the Cleveland Museum of Art, completes artist-in-residences in Northeast Ohio for Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and regularly curates and juries exhibitions.

 

Timothy Wutrich  is an instructor in the classics department at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Zion Yakar  was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and has served Jewish communities in South Africa, Belgium and the United States. Rabbi Yakar trained at the National Consevatoire Guiseppe Verdi, in Milan, Italy and pursued Talmudic studies that lead him to a career in Jewish education and synagogue life.

 

James E. Young specializes in twentieth century Jewish literature and culture; Holocaust memory and history, memorials and museums; cultural memory, literary and visual representations of catastrophe. Young holds joint appointments in the departments of English, comparative literature, and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Stuart J. Youngner  received a BA from Swarthmore College and an MD from Case Western Reserve University where he is Susan E. Watson Professor and chair of the department of bioethics. Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics.

 

Sonia Yungster  is currently a member of the Beachwood middle school faculty where she teaches Hebrew. Yungster has served as visiting instructor at Oberlin College and as Hebrew coordinator at Akiva High School.

 

Betty Zak owns an education and business consulting company. Zak has traveled extensively within the United States and Europe linking with respective global communities on fine arts activities as well as business systems implementations. She was honored in Ohio Magazine for excellence in education in 2007 and 2010.

 

Oded Zehavi holds a BM from the Rubin Academy of Music, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony-Brook. Zehavi is an Israeli composer, professor, and former chair of the University of Haifa's music department.

 

David Zeng is the Frank H. Neff Professor and Chairman of Civil Engineering at Case School of Engineering. His research work has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy and Department of Interior. Zeng is currently working on a project funded by DOE to refine foundation design for offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie.

 

Jill Miller Zimon earned her B.S. from Georgetown University and her M.S.S.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Her professional experience includes working as a social worker, lawyer and journalist.