Board of Directors
Jonathan L. Cohen
Chairman of the Board
Founder and President, Generated Materials Recovery LLC
Jonathan L. Cohen is the founder and President of Generated Materials Recovery, a national provider of recycling services for manufacturing and industrial facilities. He is the Chair of the Board of the Anne Frank Center USA, having previously served as a trustee for 10 years. He serves on the national board of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Manufacturers Council, is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (Manhattan and Arizona Chapters) where is on the executive committees for the Manufacturing Excellence Network and Sustainable Business Network. Jonathan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a BA, majoring in both English Literature and German. Jonathan is an avid reader, traveler, skier, and tennis player. Raised in New York, he now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Dara, and their children, James, Leo and Lana.
Charles H. F. Garner, Esq
Board Vice Chair
Managing Director & General Counsel, M-III Partners
Charles Garner has more than 25 years of legal, advisory and operational management experience in international law, real estate investment, telecom and technology. Charles is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and has a JD from NYU. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of the African Medical & Research Foundation and as a Director of Continuum Health Partners.
Sharon R. Douglas
Board Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
A passionate advocate for the Anne Frank Center for nearly a decade, Sharon Douglas currently serves as the organization's Chief Executive Officer. With her husband Preston, Sharon was the 2016 winner of the Spirit of Anne Frank Distinguished Advocates Award. She holds a BA in Education, with graduate study at Queens College and St. John's University.
Investment Advisor, Aegis Capital
Tony Polak continues the tradition of the Polak family's support of the Anne Frank Center, with his parents Jack and Ina Polak having been champions of the organization since the early 1980s. He has an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. Tony has actively volunteered with the youth basketball programs at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
Hidden Children Foundation, "Remember Us" video
Author, Magda's Daughter: A Hidden Child's Journey Home
Civil rights and social equity advocate
Irene R. Gottlieb
Founder, Garnet Media Group
Author, A Chance to Live: A Family's Journey to Freedom
Sally N. Levine has served as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust since 2013. Sally Levine joined the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust from the Breman Museum in Atlanta where she served as the Specialist for Teacher and Curriculum Development. She previously served as a Regional Educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In these roles, and as a Museum Teacher Fellow, she has conducted workshops for educators locally and throughout the country, focusing on Holocaust history and pedagogy. Prior to her assignments as a museum educator, Levine was a classroom teacher and social studies department coordinator for over twenty years. She has taught both social studies and language arts.
Peter M. Rapaport, PhD
Immediate Past President
Private Wealth Manager, Henley & Co.
A long-time volunteer and supporter of the Anne Frank Center, Peter Rapaport began his term as AFC Board Chair in 2017. He has a long history of sponsoring education, health, and environmental nonprofit initiatives through the Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, and with Elisa Rapaport was the 2013 recipient of the AFC Distinguished Advocate Award at the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards gala. He is Chair Emeritus of the Greater New York metropolitan region of the American Red Cross and the current volunteer partner for executive director of the chapter that spans the state of New Jersey. Peter holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology and attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergrad.
Sponsor, Jacob Salzman SAFA Scholarship
Real estate management
Heidi Sarno Straus
Educator & Philanthropist
National Women’s Philanthropy Board, Jewish Federations of North America; Chair of Holocaust Education on behalf of Jewish Nevada, and past Trustee of The Meadows School, Las Vegas. Heidi earned a BS in Business Administration, The University of Southern California and a Diploma in International Hotel Management, Ecole Les Roches, Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
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