Central Valley Holocaust Educators’ Network is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 2009. We are dedicated to supporting teachers in effectively implementing a Holocaust and genocide curriculum with workshops, follow-up training, ongoing support, consulting and resources.
Board of Directors
Liz Igra, President
Liz is a retired veteran educator for the Elk Grove Unified School District. She helped create Sacramento’s Shalom School and has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school. Liz, together with her mother, survived Nazi persecution by escaping from a ghetto in Poland. They walked from Poland across Czechoslovakia to Hungary where they hid until the end of the war. Liz has shared her story with students and teachers hoping to promote understanding of the Holocaust and tolerance.
Iris Bachman, Secretary
Iris is a retired employee of Sacramento County and served as Administrative Services Officer for the County Retirement System. She was a member of the Board of Mosaic Law Congregation; is a Life Member of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women; and worked for the Bureau of Jewish Education, Shalom Preschool and Shalom School in their early days.
Jeff Winston, Treasurer
Jeff is retired from the California State Auditor’s office, is past treasurer of Mosaic Law Congregation and currently controller for JIL Design Group and treasurer for the Captain Joseph House Foundation of Port Angeles, Washington, serving Families of the Fallen.
Naomi Igra, Board Member
Naomi is an attorney, the daughter of Liz Igra, and graduated from Shalom School. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she is keenly aware of the need to pass Holocaust education from one generation to the next.
Leah Ezray, Board Member
A retired school teacher who taught grades K-8. She is especially interested in Holocaust education for the earlier grades.
Elizabeth Steele, Board Member
Elizabeth participated in the Fullbright-Hayes Seminar in Rwanda 2004: Culture, Ethnicity, National Reconciliation and Development in Post-Genocide Rwanda. She is a middle school teacher in the Elk Grove Unified School District and has experience in teacher training.
Maria Winkler, Board Member
Born in Krakow, Poland, Maria is the daughter of a Holocaust Survivor. Professor Emeritus, Art Department, CSUS, Maria has an MFA in painting and drawing, and a PhD in art education (curriculum development).. Her biography appears in World’s Who’s Who of Women in Education and in Who’s Who in American Art. Website:
Tosha Tillotson, Director of Education
Tosha has been a Holocaust Educator since 1999, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and a Vladka Meed Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Program Participant. Tosha was one of only ten American educators chosen to participate in the Holocaust Teachers’ Summit and Study Tour in Poland. The conference was organized by the Polish National Teachers’ Training Center in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and took place in October, 2009.
Ralph Clouse, Communications Director
Ralph has over twenty-five years of general banking as a background and, as a change of pace, recently retired as the web master for the City of Sacramento’s procurement department.
Program Specialist: History/Social Science, Physical Education, and Service Learning, Elk Grove Unified School District. Dawniell taught history/social science for 10 years at Franklin High School and worked to develop and implement curriculum that not only informed students about the historical aspects of genocide, but helped them to understand the role they can play in preventing these atrocities from occurring again. Dawniell has participated in a number of CVHEN programs as a teacher and assisted in the facilitation of a workshop series for teachers in the Elk Grove Unified School district on Holocaust.
Matt is an attorney who contributes his expertise in the law of non-profit organizations to CVHEN.
Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton
Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton taught AP History, World History and English in Amador County for twenty years, developing a Holocaust and Genocide Studies elective in 2006. She is a Museum Teacher Fellow and outreach educator with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Regional Education Corps. She has conducted numerous workshops, and in 2012 and 2013 helped plan and implement teacher-training institutes in Romania. Jennifer received two Fulbright scholarships to Poland – a summer grant in 2009 and an English Teaching Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year during which she taught at the University of Gdansk. Jennifer obtained a Master’s degree in history with an emphasis on the Holocaust, and a PhD in History at the University of Southampton, writing her dissertation on an unknown set of Kindertransport case files she discovered in the archives there. She was awarded a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies and in 2015, she was awarded a three year British Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research project is on the over 20,000 Jewish women who came to the UK in 1933-1939 as domestics and nurses. Jennifer is currently working on the manuscript of her first book on the Kindertransport.
Mary has been a Holocaust educator for fifteen years and was a Participant in the Vladka Meed Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Program in 1995. She has taught at Jesuit High School since 2001.
Leslie Fried Kuperstein
Leslie taught 6th grade at Shalom School and has taught the Holocaust at 6th and 8th grade levels. She created age appropriate approaches to the subject at elementary and middle school levels and at Camp Tel-Yehudah. Leslie often serves as a Holocaust education resource for local schools. She is currently teaching adult education for the Hebrew University’s Melton programs in the Sacramento region.