Presenters

 C. Andrew Ammerman C. Andrew Ammerman has worked with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. (PMF) since 2006 and currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor to the Board of Directors. Mr. Ammerman oversees and manages all operations and fundraising efforts of the Fund. Prior to working with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Mr. Ammerman was the Vice President for Business Development at America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, and worked for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) as Manager of Corporate Relations. Mr. Ammerman earned a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University, Maryland. Mr. Ammerman also studied and worked at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Barbara Black Barbara Black is Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources at Flight 93 National Memorial and is responsible for managing visitor services, the Flight 93 Oral History Project, and care of the Memorial Tribute Collection. Prior to joining the National Park Service in 2004, she assisted in the efforts in planning for the Memorial and preserving the tributes left immediately after the crash of Flight 93. Ms. Black has held positions with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the University of Illinois. She received an M.S. and B.S. from the University of Illinois in American History and Museum Studies.

Joan Brodsky SchurJoan Brodsky Schur is a teacher, consultant, and curriculum developer. Her books include Eyewitness to the Past: Strategies for Teaching American History in Grades 5-12 (Stenhouse Publishers 2007) and Immigrants in America – The Arab Americans (Lucent Books, 2004). Joan’s lesson plans appear on the Websites of the National Archives and PBS Online, for which she served on the TeacherSource Advisory Group. Schur has presented workshops across the country including those for the National Council for the Social Studies, National Archives (NYC), Asia Society, Yale University, the Scarsdale Teacher Institute, and the Bank Street College of Education, where she is currently an adjunct instructor. Schur was a social studies and English teacher for over twenty-five years at the Village Community School, which is located a few miles north of Ground Zero. She chronicled her experience of living through 9/11 in an article for Social Education (“We are Living History: Reflections of a New York City Social Studies Teacher,” October, 2001). She holds a B.A. and M.A.T. from New York University.

Naomi Coquillon Naomi Coquillon joined the education department at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in August 2010 after four years as a museum educator at the Maryland Historical Society and two years as a classroom teacher. She holds an MSEd in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College.

 

Pentagon Memorial Fund Elaine Donovan graduated from Catholic University with a BA degree in Economics and Quantitative Management. Ms. Donovan lost her husband, Bill Donovan, a Naval Aviator, at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. She is a Founding Member of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors. Besides being a wine enthusiast, Ms. Donovan also enjoys discovering the world. After reaching Mt. Everest’s Base Camp in 2006, Ms. Donovan became enthralled with the Himalayas and one day hopes to return to Nepal and travel to Tibet.

 

Mary Fetchet Mary Fetchet is the Founding Director and driving force behind VOICES of September 11th. A professional social worker and former educator, Ms. Fetchet co-founded the 9/11 advocacy organization following the death of her 24-year-old son, Brad, in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Ms. Fetchet’s mission: to create an organization that addresses the ongoing needs of families of the nearly 3,000 victims, rescue workers and survivors while promoting awareness for prevention, preparedness and response related to terrorism. A graduate of Columbia University with an M.S. degree, Ms. Fetchet worked as a clinical social worker at Bridges, an outpatient mental health clinic in Milford, CT.

 

James B. Gardner James B. Gardner is Senior Scholar at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Prior to his appointment at the Smithsonian, Dr. Gardner served as Deputy Executive Director of the American Historical Association and as Director of Education and Special Programs for the American Association for State and Local History. Dr. Gardner has written and lectured widely on museums, memory, and September 11, including (with Sarah M. Henry) “September 11 and the Mourning After: Reflections on Collecting and Interpreting the History of Tragedy,” The Public Historian (2002); “September 11: Museums, Spontaneous Memorials, and History,” in Grassroots Memorials: The Politics of Memorializing Traumatic Death (2011); and “Preserving/Shaping/Creating: Museums and Public Memory in a Time of Loss,” in Museum Theory: An Expanded Field (Blackwell International Handbook of Museum Studies, in development). Current projects include The Oxford Handbook of Public History (co-editor and contributor), Museums, Ethics, and the Public Trust (author), and Exhibiting the National Past in a Global Age (co-editor and contributor).

Sharon Leon Sharon Leon is the Director of Public Projects at the Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor in the History and Art History Department. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997, and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her book, An Image of God: Catholics and American Eugenics is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Her work has appeared in Church History and the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. She is currently doing research on the Catholicism in the United States after Vatican II. At CHNM, Leon oversees collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. She manages the Center’s digital exhibit and archiving projects, as well as research and tool development for public history. Finally, Leon writes and presents on using technology to improve the teaching and learning of historical thinking skills.

James W. Loewen James W. Loewen is sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American history only to find an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds. A best-selling author who wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. A researcher who discovered that many, and in many states most communities were “Sundown Towns” that kept out blacks (and sometimes other groups) for decades. (Some still do.) An educator who attended Carleton College, holds the Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, and taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont.

Noah Rauch Noah Rauch joined the 9/11 Memorial Museum as the Manager of School and Family Programs in September 2010. Previously, he developed educational programming at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. He received an Ed.M in Arts-in-Education from Harvard University in 2006.

 

 

Neisha Taylor Neisha Taylor joined the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. (PMF) in 2009 and is responsible for coordinating special programs and overseeing all daily operations of the organization. She assists with the development and production of all 9/11 education resources for the Pentagon Memorial Fund, including the Pentagon Memorial cell phone audio tour and PMF website. Ms. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Middle Eastern Studies Minor) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Taylor is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Roberta Schomburg Dr. Roberta Schomburg is Associate Dean and Director of the School of Education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. Roberta oversees the Graduate Studies Programs in Early Childhood Education and is Professor of Education. Roberta Schomburg has been a consultant with the Fred Rogers Company for the past 29 years. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. She has taught children from three to eight in a variety of early learning settings and schools.

Hedda Sharapan Hedda Sharapan holds an M.S. in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and since 1966 has worked closely with Fred Rogers on his books for children and parents, and on professional development materials for early childhood educators. Now as Director of Early Childhood Initiatives with an M.S. in Child Development, she helps carry on Fred Rogers’ legacy through writing, speaking at conferences, creating and presenting professional development materials for early childhood educators.

Jenny WeiJenny Wei has served as a museum educator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for three years. Prior to her work at the museum, Jenny taught English as a Second Language at the elementary level as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds an MAT in Teaching in Museum Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The George Washington University.

 

 

Cedric Yeh Cedric Yeh is Associate Curator and Deputy Chair of the Division of Armed Forces History at the National Museum of American History. In this position, Cedric has been the collections manager for the September 11 collection and is the co-director of September 11: Remembrance and Reflection, a public commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11. He has served as the co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Committee since 1999. Cedric holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MA from The George Washington University.