ArticleType: Member News
The Florida Holocaust Museum Welcomes New Board Chair
The FHM adds prominent community leaders to Board of Directors
July 11, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] - The Board of The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) has elected Amanda Saft as Board Chair to succeed attorney Nathaniel Doliner who served in the position from 2014-2016.
Saft has served on The FHM's Board of Directors for the past six years, first as Treasurer and most recently as Vice Chair of Internal Affairs. She has also served on the board for Tampa Jewish Family Services, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, and Congregation Schaarai Zedek.
"I have been so fortunate to be a part of the The FHM for the past six years. I am energized by our mission and excited to take on the role of Board Chair as the Museum enters its 25th anniversary year," said Saft. "Now, more than ever, The FHM is needed to ensure that the lessons learned from the Holocaust of tolerance and eliminating hate filled violence are not forgotten."
For the last fifteen years, Saft has consulted with several non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay and Orlando area including A Gift For Teaching and Clothes To Kids, serving as their lead finance professional.
"I am very pleased that Amanda Saft has been elected Board Chair of The Florida Holocaust Museum. Amanda's excellent skills will serve the Museum well. She has a strong finance and accounting background and has served as board Treasurer and Chair of The FHM's Finance Committee. Amanda also has held important non-financial leadership positions at the Museum. Her prior service positions her to be an excellent and well-rounded Board Chair," said Nathaniel L. Doliner, immediate past Board Chair.
"The Board and Staff are extremely grateful for the leadership of The FHM's outgoing Chair these past two years. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with Nat and am looking forward to my new partnership with Amanda," said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The FHM.
Saft has a personal connection to The FHM, as her grandparents are Holocaust Survivors and her mother was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany shortly after the end of World War II.
"I am thrilled that Amanda Saft will be assuming the position of Board Chair of The FHM. Amanda has been an active Board Member over the past several years serving as Board Treasurer, and Board Sponsor for The FHM's To Life annual benefit and Speak Up, Speak Now!® program. In her new role as Board Chair, Amanda brings intelligence and enthusiasm to The FHM's programs as well as a commitment to fiduciary responsibly and organizational effectiveness. She is the perfect leader for The FHM and I look forward to celebrating the many accomplishments realized by her leadership," said past Board Chair Marty Borell.
The Board also announced the election of Michael Igel to Treasurer, Helen Levine as Vice Chair of External Affairs, and Natarsha Nesbitt as Vice Chair of Internal Affairs. Rachael Worthington, Vice Chair of Development, Renée Walter, Vice Chair of Governance, and Ann Piccard, Secretary, were re-elected to their roles.
The FHM slate of Board Officers for 2016-2017 is listed below.
Amanda Saft, Board Chair
Rachael Worthington, Vice Chair of Development
Helen Levine, Vice Chair of External Affairs
Renée Walter, Vice Chair of Governance
Natarsha Nesbitt, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
Ann Piccard, Secretary
Michael Igel, Treasurer
Nathaniel Doliner, Immediate Past Board Chair
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.