Faculty & Staff

Sondra Perl, Senior Program Director, US Programs

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, US Programs

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

Ildiko Kope, Office Manager & Administrative Assistant

Ildiko Kope began her work with the organization in the early 90s as founder Olga Lengyel’s personal assistant. It was her friendship with and devotion to Olga that inspired her to help make Olga’s vision a reality long after her death. Today, Ildiko works as TOLI’s office manager and administrative assistant, serving the needs of teachers, staff, faculty and board members. Ildiko did her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at City College and she holds a BS in Real Estate and Metropolitan Development from Baruch College.

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.

Victoria Fabisch, Development Officer & Grants Administrator

Victoria Fabisch has over 20 years of experience as an administrator in higher education and nonprofits, working in development, grants management, and research.  Her strengths in project management, collaboration, team building, and stewardship are critical aspects of how she approaches her pursuits.  Victoria has a lifelong interest in Holocaust studies and human rights, strengthened by her European grandparents who fled Germany and Austria in the 1930s.  She received a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University.

Contact: vfabisch@tolinstitute.org

Jen Miller, Communications Associate

Jen Miller joined the TOLI team in the spring of 2021 and has seven years of experience working in photojournalism and communications. Following her Masters of Science at Columbia University Journalism School, she worked as a travel writer and photography before choosing to focus on the work of nonprofit communications and social media. Throughout her career she has been devoted to volunteering in the education field with the International Rescue Committee, Advocacy Lab, Writopia, and completed an AmeriCorps service year. She recently completed her Masters of the Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Youth and Education with American University.

Contact: jmiller@tolinstitute.org

Val Demuynck, Fundraising Associate

Val Demuynck joined TOLI as a Fundraising Associate in 2021. He brings several years of professional experience in fundraising, program management, and communications. His background includes work in classrooms, museums, and nonprofits in the United States and France. Passionate about historical and international dialogue, he is a strong believer in the ability of education to effect lasting change. Val holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and is currently a master’s student in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University.

At TOLI, we value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring.  As such, we have a strict, non-discrimination policy.  We believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Contact

For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@tolinstitute.org

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

The Memorial Library

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