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Holocaust Center new exec committee/board members


The Holocaust Center is pleased to announce the appointment of its 2018 Executive Committee, and it’s newest board members. This year’s board was installed at the Center’s annual meeting in January.

Ellen Wise Lang is now serving as the Center’s board president. Lang has been involved with the Center since 1990 and has been an active board member since 1994. Lang is also the daughter of the Center’s founder, Tess Wise. When asked why she feels it’s important to sustain the Holocaust Center’s work Lang replied, “For two reasons: there were good people who helped my mother escape the Nazi’s, and these people have been my role models, so I try to take a similar approach—to be responsible for what goes on in the community and in the world around me. I do my best to pay it forward. We also now understand what compels someone to actively protect someone else as so many rescuers did during the Holocaust. We can now define and examine the personal characteristics that motivate and empower an individual to standup for other people. I want the Center to be able to teach those traits to everyone, especially our children.”

The Executive Committee includes:

Ellen Wise Lang, Wise Brothers—board president

Michele Brennan, City of Orlando—vice president

Michelle Feinberg, community leader—vice president

Ronald Schirtzer, attorney, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial—vice president

Monte Starr, partner, Holland & Knight LLP—vice president

Mark Freid, owner, Think Creative, Inc—immediate past president

Jeffrey Miller, attorney, SeifertMiller—past president

Malika Harrison, director of Social Responsibility for the Orlando Magic and Melanie Becker, director of Government Relations for Universal Orlando are the newest members of the Holocaust Center’s board.


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