Executive Advisors

Chief Executive Officer & Board Liaison

As a philanthropist, business advisor, and educator for most of her adult life, Sharon Douglas has taught at the K-12 and adult executive levels. A recent President of the Village of Lawrence Association, she has served on innumerable charitable boards, including the National Council of Jewish Women, Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Women’s Division of the Long Island Jewish Hospital South Shore, SIBS of South Nassau Communities Hospital, The American Jewish Congress, and the American Red Cross on Long Island. In 1999, she was a member of the delegation to the United Nations for the Anne Frank Declaration of Peace and has for the past two decades represented the Anne Frank Center at numerous events in England and the Netherlands, including receptions for the Anne Frank Trust UK with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron in June 2011. A long-standing board member of the Anne Frank Center, Sharon has previously served as Interim Executive Director, currently serves as the Secretary of the Board, and, with her husband Preston Douglas, was the 2016 winner of the Spirit of Anne Frank Distinguished Advocates Award. Sharon holds a BA in Education, with graduate study at Queens College and St. John's University.

Chief Operating Officer & Board Liaison

Elisa Rapaport has extensive experience with the Anne Frank Center, having previously served on the AFC board of directors, advisory board, and fundraising committee, in addition to planning numerous charity galas for the AFC and other nonprofits. Prior to her career as a college professor of ethics and philosophy, Elisa was an accomplished graphic designer, creative director, and production manager in the printing/advertising industry and founded her own design and marketing business. Elisa has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including American Forests, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and the American Red Cross, where she served on a National Council that developed a strategic planning initiative for philanthropy. For their nonprofit leadership through the Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, Elisa and Peter Rapaport received the 2013 Spirit of Anne Frank Distinguished Advocate Award and the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross. As an active nonprofit volunteer and major donor for many years, Elisa has worked extensively with the AFC executive committee of the board and with Sharon Douglas as a dedicated mentor and advisor to AFC staff. Elisa holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo, where she was awarded the inaugural George F. Hourani Fellowship in Ethics.

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Staff Members

Director of Education

Maureen McNeil is a nonprofit professional, author, educator, and social justice advocate, working with arts and cultural organizations to help strengthen underserved communities. Maureen has created writing programs at the Woodstock Day School; assisted the publisher at Galison Books; oversaw summer programs at Red Hook Arts; became a mentor and co-curriculum advisor at Girls Write Now; and served in development and education at the South Street Seaport Museum. Her leadership positions include Director of The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, Executive Director of the Josephine Herrick Project, and Director of Education at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect from 2006 to 2012, now returning to lend her guidance in 2019. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and an MS in Nonprofit Management at The New School.

Director of Development

Alan Grossman has over 20 years of experience in development and leadership including social service organizations, public and private universities, consulting, and the corporate sector. Alan has also served on many boards throughout his career, including AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) New Jersey Chapter and has frequently taught fundraising basics and CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) courses. He holds a BS from Rutgers University and a Masters in Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Alan serves on the National Jewish Committee on Scouting for the BSA. More recently, he has completed “Leadership and Decision Making in a Diverse Society” at the Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Vik Gupta is a consulting director of finance to a number of nonprofits and small businesses. He creates and implements financial systems, improves internal controls, reports to management and board of directors, liaises with outside auditors, and is responsible for overall financial strategy. He works on contingencies to ensure organizational continuity even during adverse times. He works closely with all clients to understand their programmatic missions and how finance can support and further their missions. In his spare time, Vik is a photographer, volunteers with under-served communities, and teaches math to high-school students.

Associate Director of Education - Performances

Hailing from Northern California, Alex’s professional work in theatre and film spans 20 years, having appeared on multiple off-Broadway and independent theatre stages throughout New York City. As a teaching artist, she has led workshops at The New School’s Summer Stage Acting Intensive and collaborated with youth theater groups around the country. She is a champion of collaboration, ensemble-building, and bridging differences through the practice of empathy. Alex holds an MFA in Acting from The New School and a BA in Dramatic Arts and Psychology. She likes to spend her spare time rediscovering favorite pastimes, such as cross-stitching, knitting, calligraphy, ink drawing, and water coloring.

Exhibit Coordinator

Brandon Perdomo is an interdisciplinary artist from New York City. Having been born as a grandchild to immigrants in one of the most diverse cultural hubs in the world, his sensitivity and drive to expand inclusiveness has led him to educate, create, and celebrate within and beyond his circles. He has served on the planning committees for the annual International Day of Peace Student Observation at the United Nations, and the NY Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence, as well as the Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns-NY NGO Committee. The Anne Frank Center is thrilled to work with Brandon as the coordinator for our traveling exhibits program.

Office Assistant

Kaija, a Brooklyn native, has always been interested in the history of her surroundings. A graduate of the University of Albany - SUNY, Kaija plans to use her Bachelor's Degree in U.S. History to educate others about historic urban landscapes, sustainable usage, and enduring respect for these deserving spaces. Kaija brings this sense of community outreach to the Anne Frank Center, applying her talents to our events and educational exhibits.

Development Assistant

Nicole L. Babb has worked in non-profit organizations for more than a decade, focused on database management and grant-writing. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree with a major in Art History and Criticism and a minor in Philosophy. An avid swing and tango dancer, Nicole loves the performing arts. In addition, she wishes to serve social justice causes, such as anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, and anti-genocide. Nicole is honored to be part of the Anne Frank Center team, as Anne Frank is a beautiful reminder of all that is worth saving, remembering, and protecting in the world.

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Teaching Artists

Omo Misha

Misha brings her creativity into the classroom as an art teacher in our residency programs, such as "The Art of Self-Discovery" in PS 43 and Veritas Academy in Queens. 

www.omomisha.com

Ava Tomlinson

Working with the AFC in NYC public schools for more than 10 years, Ava has taught numerous art residency programs, translating Anne Frank's influence on self-expression through painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage.

avatomlinson.com

Wolf CR

Role-playing scenarios adolescents are likely to face helps give them tools to confront bullying, as demonstrated through our "Bystander to Ally" workshops with actress Wolf CR, at NYC public schools in Queens, Brooklyn, and Battery Park.

wolfrose.weebly.com

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Our Actors

Our professional, New York City-based actors bring to life the words of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in our two signature shows: Conversations with Anne and Letters from Anne and Martin. Both performances are followed by talk-backs with the actors. Learn more about our performance programs here, and consider bringing one to your school or community!

Parish Bradley

Parish Bradley (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American actor from Buffalo, New York. He studied acting at both Stella Adler school of acting as well as The Bova Actors Workshop. He is currently an Artistic Associate with the professional theatre group “The Seeing Place.” His most recent film work is a short film called “See You Yesterday,” with executive producer Spike Lee and screened in over 30 National and International Film Festivals in 2017.  To learn more about Parish Bradley visit his website: parishbradley.com.