Meet Our Board
Board of Directors
John Rosner, HERC President
John Rosner was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1951 and has lived in Tallahassee since 1985. The holocaust has always been a part of his life. His mother was a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto. His father narrowly escaped the German attack on France, and spent time in Morocco and Cuba.
During John’s life, his parents’ friends included a wide variety of survivors from places such as Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine and Belgium. Although his life comprises constant reminders of the pain associated with the holocaust, he is quite impressed with the actions of the Florida legislature in helping students to learn about that terrible event.
John looks forward to working with the great people involved with HERC in bringing its vital message to our community’s teachers and students.
Mary Ann Deitchman, HERC Vice-President
Mary Ann Deitchman received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, which included an internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Professional positions have included working for the US Navy as a researcher and clinician, consulting work with addiction and sex offender populations, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at FSU, Director of Rehabilitation for Goodwill Industries in Tallahassee, and multiple years in private clinical practice in Tallahassee. In addition, she has published research in the area of forensic psychology. Currently, she holds the position of Quality Assurance Psychologist for the Office of Disability Determinations. Although her clinical career has been the major focus of her professional life, she has maintained an interest in Holocaust education since she was a teenager. This interest stems, in large part, as a result of her experiences in high school history classes wherein the Holocaust became a focus of her extra-curricular pursuits. In essence, the major theme of her professional life and activities has been to focus on improving the lives of individuals and contributing to the community with HERC being an extension of this focus. The idea that hate and prejudice continue as long as good people do nothing has been an impetus for her work with HERC.
Martha Billings, HERC Secretary
David Kirk, HERC Treasurer
Linda Davey, HERC Education Director
Barbara Goldstein, HERC Executive Director
I was born in New York City and moved to Florida in 1986. I have lived in Tallahassee since 1989 with my husband, Ron, and two children, Michael and Stephanie. The State of Florida requires that the Holocaust be taught in schools in all grade levels, and in 2006 I was one of the founders and co-chair of the Tallahassee Holocaust Education program sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, Tallahassee Section to assist with this unfunded mandate. I developed meaningful programs and forged partnerships with the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the Leon County School District to bring Holocaust education to our teachers and students district-wide.
The great success of the Holocaust Education Program lead to establishing The Holocaust Education Resource Council, a Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to provide guidance and support for students, teachers, and the community about Holocaust education and teaching tolerance. In April 2008, I received the Woman of Achievement award from Congregation Shomrei Torah Sisterhood. It is appropriate because my voice is the one heard by Leon County educators from the classroom to the board room when I began questioning how or even if local kids were being taught about the Holocaust.
Thanks to my voice, there is now a group of dedicated volunteers who promote and organize an essay and art contest designed to teach school children about the Holocaust and the dangers of intolerance; and also a treasure trove of books and tapes worth thousands of dollars that is available to every Leon County teacher to use in teaching about the Holocaust. I have a very personal interest in this mission as my parents are Holocaust Survivors and an inspiration to never forget their remarkable story.
E-mail Barbara or call her at 850-443-9649