Faculty & Staff

Sondra Perl, Director

Sondra Perl is Professor Emerita at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. An acclaimed teacher, she is the author of six books and the recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Carnegie Foundation’s Professor of the Year award. Perl’s desire to explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust began in 1996 when she was invited to teach in Austria, a journey she chronicles in On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate. Ever since, she has been involved in post-Holocaust dialogue with members of the second and third generations in the United States and in Europe. Contact: sperl@tolinstitute.org

To read an excerpt from On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hateclick here.

Jennifer Lemberg, Associate Director

Jennifer Lemberg received her Ph.D. in English and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also holds a certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program, and has published essays on Holocaust literature, American Indian literature, graphic novels, and television studies. In addition to her work with TOLI, Jennifer has taught composition, American women’s literature, and American Indian literature. Currently, she teaches interdisciplinary writing seminars at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.

Contact: jlemberg@tolinstitute.org

Oana Nestian Sandu, Director, International Programs

Before joining TOLI, Oana Nestian Sandu worked in Europe for over 8 years as trainer, researcher and project coordinator on human rights education, intercultural education, active citizenship, global education, social action and related topics. As part of these projects, she developed educational programs and delivered training for teachers, young people, migrants, minorities (especially Roma) journalists, civil servants and private sector employees. Oana has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a thesis focused on the development of intercultural competence. She is currently in charge of expanding TOLI’s programs in Europe.

Contact: onestian@tolinstitute.org

Wendy Zagray Warren, Satellite Program Coordinator

For over 25 years, Wendy Zagray Warren has facilitated learning opportunities for first graders through graduate students in Ohio, Wisconsin, Montana and Kentucky. She became involved with the National Writing Project in 2003, serving on local and national leadership teams. While teaching middle school, Wendy realized the importance of Holocaust education as vehicle for awakening empathy and allowing students to consider their own humanity. This and her growing commitment to Indian Education for All, a Montana educational mandate, drew her to the work of the Holocaust Educators Network in 2009. Since 2011, she has co-facilitated the Montana Satellite Seminar, Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All. In 2015, Wendy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She is honored to serve as Satellite Program Coordinator, working in community with the brilliant educators who facilitate Satellite Seminars around the nation.

Contact: wwarren@tolinstitute.org

Alice Braziller, Teaching Staff

Alice Braziller has taught high school English in New York City for the past 30 years. She has spent the past 27 years at Satellite Academy High School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an alternative school for students at risk and a place she always considered her home away from home. In September 2010, Alice retired to pursue her many other interests, including quilting, running, hiking, writing, and volunteering at local women’s shelters. While her teaching career has been filled with countless highlights, her association with TOLI remains one of the brightest. Alice is inspired by the relationships she develops with colleagues from all over the country who are drawn to teaching the Holocaust and who strive to teach it effectively.


Julia Cheng, Administrative Assistant

Julia Cheng joined TOLI in 2015. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in East Asian Studies and from Hunter College with a MSEd in Early Childhood Education. She has a background in education, nonprofits, and publishing and has also served two terms of national service with AmeriCorps.


Contact: jcheng@tolinstitute.org

Natalia Black, Database Administrator and Research Assistant

Natalia Black joined TOLI in 2018. She graduated from New School of Social Research with M.S. in Nonprofit Management. She has a background in nonprofit program development, grant research and data analysis.


Contact: nblack@tolinstitute.org

Bailey Fairbanks, Summer Intern

Bailey Fairbanks is an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University majoring in History and Education. Her emphasis is Genocide Studies. She hopes to become either a teacher or professor of Genocide Studies. She has worked with TOLI since 2016 as a summer intern.


Contact: bfairbanks@tolinstitute.org


Contact: bfairbanks@tolinstitute.org 


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TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)

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The home of TOLI is at the Memorial Library building located on Manhattan's East side.