The Staff and Advisory Boards

The staff and advisory boards at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies work to catalog, preserve, and provide access to the collection.

Stephen Naron


Stephen Naron has worked as an archivist/librarian since 2003, when he received his MSIS from the University of Texas, Austin. He pursued a Magister in Jewish studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and history at the Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung, TU. He has a BA in History from the University of Kansas. As the director of the Fortunoff Archive, Stephen works within the wider research community to share access to our collection through the access site program and online consortia programs, as well as presenting at conferences, symposiums and sessions of Yale University classes. Stephen is also responsible for spearheading initiatives such as digital preservation of the collection and a modern access system for the archive’s materials.

  • phone: 203-432-1879
  • email:
  • Sterling Memorial Library, 331-C

Debra Bush

Archives Assistant

Debra Bush has served as the Archives Assistant for the Fortunoff Archive for the last twenty-nine years. Debra is responsible for aspects of collection management, office administration, and conference planning. She has also worked in public services for Manuscripts and Archives, which is the parent department of the Fortunoff Archive.

  • phone: 203-432-1879
  • email:
  • Sterling Memorial Library, 331-B

Christy Bailey-Tomecek

Project Archivist

Christy Bailey-Tomecek holds an MLS with an archives certificate from Queens College, City University of New York and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University. Christy oversees the Fortunoff Archive’s transcription and synchronization projects as well as collection metadata and description improvement and enhancement.

  • phone: 203-432-0367
  • email:
  • Sterling Memorial Library, 331-B

Kevin Glick

Archivist/Digital Information Systems

Kevin Glick holds an MLS from the University of Albany, an MA in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University and a BA in History from Ohio University. Kevin’s role is managing the architecture of the Fortunoff Archive’s digital preservation and access systems as well as digitization of paper documents related to the collection. He is also Head of Digitization and Digital Preservation and Archivist in Manuscripts and Archives, where he currently focuses on digitization, digital libraries, and other technology issues in special collections and archives.

  • phone: 203-432-4693
  • email:
  • Sterling Memorial Library, B57

Jake Kara

Digital Humanities Web Developer

Jake Kara is a Web Developer in the Digital Humanities Lab and the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Before coming to Yale, Jake was a journalist, most recently working as data editor for the non-profit Connecticut Mirror, an online publication that focuses on in-depth policy coverage. At the Mirror, he worked on data scraping, cleanup, and reproducible data analysis to support the newsgathering process. He also developed interactive data visualizations and database-driven web apps to help tell stories in new and innovative ways. Jake has a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Western Connecticut State University and is working toward a master’s degree in software engineering from Harvard Extension School.

  • phone: 203-432-3326
  • email:

Erel Michaelis

Archives Assistant

Erel Michaelis received his BA in Philosophy and Literature at Tel Aviv University. He worked as a museum guide at the Palmach Museum in Israel, including becoming a course coordinator for future museum guides. Erel indexes and partially transcribes our Hebrew language testimonies for the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) project, as well as assisting with other Hebrew-language needs in the archive.

  • phone: (203) 432-1879
  • email:
  • 331-B

Sari J. Siegel

Research Affiliate

Sari has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Southern California. The Geoffrey H. Hartman Postdoctoral Fellowship brings her back to Yale University, where she earned her BA in history in 2006. In addition to receiving numerous grants and fellowships, she has been a fellow-in-residence at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History, the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. She has presented her research on Jewish prisoner-physicians at many conferences and workshops in the US and abroad.

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D. Zisl Slepovitch

Research Affiliate, Musician-in-residence

D. Zisl Slepovitch (Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch) is an internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist (clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, pianist, keyboardist, singer), composer, arranger, translator, and music and Yiddish educator. Slepovitch is the founder and leader of the Litvakus klezmer band, Zisl Slepovitch Trio and Assistant Music Director / Music Director / Music Coordinator in many productions by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, including the Drama Desk Award nominated operetta “The Golden Bride” (2015-16) and “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish directed by Joel Grey. Zisl has taught Yiddish language and culture at The New School and served as educator and artist in residence at BIMA at Brandeis University. Some of Slepovitch’s theater, film, and TV contributions include consulting and acting in “Defiance” (Paramount), “Eternal Echoes” (Sony Classical), “Rejoice” with Itzhak Perlman, and “Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot” (PBS). He composed original scores for the documentary “Funeral Season,” the children’s musical “The King of Chelm,” the ballet “Di Tsvey Brider,” and many more. Over the years, Jewish music and Yiddish culture have remained the core elements of his creative inspirations. Zisl collaborates on several projects with the Fortunoff Archive, including “Where is Our Homeland,” a collection of songs remembered in testimonies.

Advisory Board Members
The work that Fortunoff Archive staff perform could not be achieved without the intellectual guidance, enthusiasm, and generosity of our Honorary Advisory Board and our Faculty Advisor's Council.

Timothy Snyder

Faculty Advisor, Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University

Timothy Snyder is a historian and author specializing in the history of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust. He has published five books, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Snyder serves on the Committee on Conscience for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Honorary Advisory Board

Omer Bartov

Brown University

Susan M. Blaustein

Columbia University

Christopher R. Browning

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Saul Friedlander

Tel Aviv University and UCLA

Esther Fortunoff Greene

Donor, Owner of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry

Samuel D. Kassow

Trinity College

Lawrence L. Langer

Simmons College

Walter Reich

George Washington University and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Joanne W. Rudof

Archivist (retired), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Annette Wieviorka

Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique

Marilyn Ziering


Joshua Greene

Author, Filmmaker

Dana Kline

Interviewer, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Faculty Advisor's Council

Carolyn Dean

Yale History Department

Christoph Dieckmann

University of Bern

Ellen Friedman

The College of New Jersey

Samuel Moyn

Yale Law School/Yale History Department

Maurice Samuels

Yale French Department

Marci Shore

Yale History Department

Dariusz Stola

Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Elli Stern

Yale History Department

Wendy Lower

Claremont McKenna College

Glenn Dynner

Sarah Lawrence College