IHE Governance Council

Liz Feldstern, Executive Director
Gloria Kaslow, Chairperson
Stacey Atlas
Robert Cohen
Shami Jacobs
Bea Karp
Howard Kaslow
Ari Kohen
Paula Lenz
Jamie Meyerson
Lori Miller
Teresa Ruback
Jama Samiev
Jill Sideris
Paul Smith
Steven Wees


Liz Feldstern


Liz Feldstern holds a BA degree in Jewish Studies from Rutgers University and an MA degree in Conflict Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a certified mediator. During both her university degrees Liz conducted extensive research on the Displaced Persons camps that housed survivors of the Holocaust in the years immediately following WWII.

For five years, Liz coordinated Foreign Relations for the Israel Center for Excellence through Education, located in Jerusalem, Israel. In this capacity she planned and implemented teacher training and professional development seminars for hundreds of teachers in Israel, the United States and Singapore.

Liz began directing the Institute for Holocaust Education in 2013.

Donna Walter


Donna Walter is the Education Coordinator for the Institute for Holocaust Education and Coordinator for the Nebraska Holocaust Education Consortium.  She was an 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Language Arts coordinator at St. Pius X/St. Leo in Omaha for many years. Donna is the recipient of the 2012 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award and is an alumna of the Belfer National Conference of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bearing Witness, and Bearing Witness – Advanced with the Anti-Defamation League. She has attended numerous Holocaust workshops and has traveled to several Holocaust sites.

Donna has been with the Institute for Holocaust Education since 2012.

Amanda Ryan


Amanda joined the IHE in March 2016. She is originally from Minden, NE, where she first started learning about the Holocaust from a high school English teacher who told stories of playing chess with a survivor while he lived in NYC. Since then, Amanda has been dedicated to social justice and speaking up for those that do not have a voice. 

After high school, Amanda moved to Omaha to obtain her BA in Religious Studies with a research focus on Religion, Community, and Public Life. While in her undergraduate program, Amanda interned and volunteered with Project Interfaith. Amanda is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Sociology, concentrating on Human Rights and Education. She is also a member of the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education starting in 2017.