Executive Director: Currently Hiring

Kari Altman, Director of Outreach & Community Programs

Kari Altman grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from University School of Milwaukee.  She became a licensed Wisconsin educator after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Throughout the years Kari has taught elementary school students in both public and private schools and religious school at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point. A dedicated volunteer and community member, Kari has been happy to serve on several boards, including those of Congregation Shalom and the Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association, of which she is past President. Kari also served on the HERC Board of Directors from 2014 – 2017 and joined the HERC professional team in November of 2017.  Kari and her husband Michael are proud parents of Jack and Justin.

Contact Kari: or 414-963-2716

Sam Goldberg, Director of Education

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Sam received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Channel Islands in Communication for Nonprofit Business. In 2019, she graduated from Uppsala University with her Master’s in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her thesis project took her to Rwanda where she researched the impact nonprofit peace education has had on the young generation. It was this interest in genocide education that brought her to HERC, where she works to engage teachers and students to learn stories from the Holocaust so the world can confidently say ‘Never Again’.

Contact Sam: or 414-963-2724

Judy O’Hara, Administrative Coordinator

Originally from Northwestern Iowa, Judy has lived in Wisconsin for many years after spending 12 years in the US Marine Corps and the WI Army National Guard.  The military gave Judy the opportunity to visit 17 countries and hopes to visit Israel and Russia in the near future.  Judy enjoys working for HERC and the opportunities it has given her to work with programs that further Holocaust studies.  To round out her life, Judy volunteers at the Ovation Jewish Home Gift Shop and Habitat for Humanity.  In her free time, Judy enjoys learning foreign languages, taking violin lessons, browsing for books, and watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Life is good – life is happy.

Contact Judy: or 414-963-2710

Sara Sillars, Educator

Sara Sillars, EducatorSara Sillars is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Psychology. In 2011 she began co-writing Edie Shafer’s memoir, Shanghai Deliverance, which was self-published in 2014 with Mary Munson Murphy.  She began working part-time for the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in 2014.  She is a lifelong learner of the Holocaust and continued her studies recently in Israel at Yad Vashem.

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