Holocaust Center Staff

The Holocaust Center employs dedicated team members who are passionate about promoting a community free of hatred and injustice. Each team member has their own area of expertise and would be happy to speak with you.

Our Team!

Pam Kancher

Executive Director

(407) 628-0555 x316
pkancher@holocaustedu.org
Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity

Pam Kancher joined the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida as its Executive Director in October 2006 having relocated from New Orleans, where she had lived for 30 years, after Hurricane Katrina. As Executive Director of the Holocaust Center she has developed a reputation for innovative programming and community collaborations. Her recent achievements include the development of the Center’s highly respected UpStanders: Stand Up To Bullying initiative, leading the 2013 community commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and facilitating the 2014 community celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Pam is currently spearheading the Holocaust Center’s plans for a new museum.
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Lisa Bachman

Sr. operations director

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lbachman@holocaustedu.org
Press, Media, Interview Requests, Day to Day Operations

Lisa Bachman is Assistant Director responsible to lead all internal operations at the Holocaust Center including the strategic plan, programming, marketing and communications. Prior to this position, Lisa spent six years working as the Executive Director of Different Like You, a 501c3 non-profit with the mission of empowering people to embrace their differences and live loud. Through their work, Lisa and her son created programming that literally saved lives and provided vital and life-changing support. To this day, she will stop what she is doing to provide love and support to a family in need.

Prior to her jump into the non-profit world, Lisa was Founder and President of All Points Connect from October 2000 – December 2015. All Points Connect was a non-traditional nationwide marketing company. Lisa worked with Fortune 500 companies including Sherwin Williams, General Mills, several sports teams in the NBA, NFL, and MLB as well as NASCAR and many others. In this role she provided services that put the corporate brand into people’s hands.

Lisa’s favorite thing is spending time with her family. She is a devout advocate for anyone who dealing with bullying, suicidal issues and Tourette Syndrome. She lives in Orlando with her husband of 33 years.

Kathy Turner

Sr. Development Director

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kturner@holocaustedu.org
Capital Campaign, Sponsorships, Planned Giving, Major Gifts, Donations

Kathy serves as the Senior Development Director chiefly responsible for all fundraising initiatives, strategic plans and development staff.

She was previously with AdventHealth Foundation for 13 years as Senior Development Officer with primary fundraising responsibility for Celebration Health, AdventHealth Winter Park, the Transplant Institute, Neuroscience Institute and employee giving program. Kathy was part of the Health Systems Philanthropy Leadership Group’s Fellowship program through the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy which concluded in a presentation at the AHP International Conference in 2016. She was proud to open the 40,000 square foot Bartch Transplant House on the Orlando campus as well as the Nicholson Pavilion at AdventHealth Winter Park Hospital with 140 private patient rooms.

Her focus is on building key relationships and securing major gifts to achieve annual philanthropic goals. Kathy currently serves and volunteers at Grace Church. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Ball State University and two master’s
degrees from the University of St. Francis in Health Administration and Business Administration. She also has two children, Kamryn and Mason.

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Rachel Luce-Hitt

Education Director

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rluce-hitt@holocaustedu.org
Education, UpStanders programming, teacher professional development

As Education Director, Rachel is responsible for providing strategic leadership for school and community education programs including UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying. She is charged with creating experiences that help people make the connections between lessons learned from the Holocaust and issues facing our world today. Prior to joining the HMREC team, Rachel spent 13 years working in higher education focusing on designing diversity and inclusion curriculum, facilitating difficult dialogues, and empowering people to find ways to create kinder and more socially just communities. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rollins College. Additionally, she is a trained SEED Leader (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) and a member of the Selah Leadership Network. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys working on her Jewish and Filipino genealogies, traveling, baking, and spending time with family.
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Serena Ahmed

Program Coordinator

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SAhmed@holocaustedu.org
Exhibits, Programs, Scheduling Field Trips

Serena works on securing pertinent and innovative exhibits, speakers, and workshops to empower our communities with experiences and tools related to historical and socio-emotional knowledge. Serena also coordinates volunteers, supports the Upstanders educational programs and community outreach efforts. She is firmly dedicated to preserving and understanding the realities of the past, in order to make sense of the present and create a hopeful future. She is passionate about dialogical and holistic community education, equity and resource accessibility, critical consciousness empowerment and public policy. Serena has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston, and her BA in Anthropology from Reed College. In her free time, she enjoys music, exercising, dancing, reading, making friends and traveling. Most of all, she loves quality moments with her partner, Sebastian, and their two cats, Manny and Xena.

Stephen Poynor

Resource Teacher

Stephen Poynor is the Resource Teacher at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. His position is a joint venture between Orange County Public Schools and the Center. He helps teachers and schools to implement the Florida mandate for Holocaust Education (F.S. 1003.42) through collaborative teacher training, direct student instruction, and curriculum design. He believes that studying the Holocaust provides an opportunity for educators to inspire critical thinking within students. He challenges educators and students to use the lessons from the Holocaust to raise questions about: individual and collective responsibility, the meaning of active citizenship, and the structures and societal norms that can become dangerous for certain groups and society as a whole. Prior to his position at the HMREC, Stephen earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. After 15 years in the private sector, Stephen began his career in education at West Orange High school where he launched a Holocaust Studies program and served on the Commissioner of Education’s Task Force on Holocaust Education. In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, watching movies, and reading.

Lauren Nelson

Major Gift Officer

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lnelson@holocaustedu.org
Sponsorships, Planned Giving, Major Gifts, Donations

Lauren serves as the Major Gifts & Grants Officer, supporting philanthropic efforts for the Holocaust Center’s programs, exhibits and operations, as well as the capital campaign for the new Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity.

She has held previous leadership and senior philanthropy roles with many well-known national and local institutions, including Nemours Children’s Health System, American Cancer Society, Best Buddies International, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Science Center. In these roles, Lauren created and led many strategic philanthropy initiatives in annual fund, major gifts, special events, grant writing, and campaigns ranging from $3 million to $30 million.

An active member of the community, Lauren is a board member for AFP Central Florida and Valencia Horizon Scholars, and she is an active member of Florida Executive Women. Lauren holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Central Florida, bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She is also an instructor with the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College, and an adjunct faculty member at University of Central Florida.

 

Arden Stark

Development specialist

As Development Specialist for the Holocaust Center, Arden conducts prospect research for donors, helps track all gifts made, and works alongside the Center’s event planner and committee members to help secure event sponsorship to ensure success. Before joining the HMREC, Arden gained experience in the philanthropic world working and learning alongside the executive director of a local Family Foundation. Prior to her recent relocation to Central Florida with her husband, Arden and her family spent 7 years on the Big Island of Hawaii, where her family operates a NPO focused on the assistance and upliftment of displaced and marginalized communities. Arden spent a few years studying, before moving to South Africa in 2017 where she worked at an orphanage, housing abused and abandoned babies. It was here that she met her husband. Arden is passionate about seeing justice, mercy, and equality made available in impartial measure to all people especially those in need or hurting. In her spare time, Arden can be found either running/exercising, reading, listening to music, or exploring the city for novel coffee spots with her husband. Above all, she loves spending quality time with her family and traveling to new places.

Leilany Romero

administrative assistant

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lromero@holocaustedu.org
Administrative support

Leilany serves as administrative support to the team. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Art History and Latin American studies. Her interests in art and her heritage merged together for a passion for mesoamerican and contemporary Latin American art. Leilany also studied abroad in Peru where she taught English to children in Quechua villages and climbed Machu Picchu. Leilany is passionate about learning new things and enjoys traveling, dancing, watching movies, going to Disney with her sister, and reading comic books.