Liz Helitzer, Executive Director, began her time at the HHRC in January of 2012 as the office manager and an educator. In August of 2014 she was thrilled to be named Executive Director. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of The Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine where she also served as educational coordinator, company manager, directed, wrote original music and performed. Liz has performed and been the educational coordinator for several theaters throughout the United States. She has taught Holocaust workshops and guest taught theater and music workshops for over 10 years. Liz is an Alfred Lerner Fellow and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University.
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David Greenham, Program Director, is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, and also works as a grant writer and consultant for non-profit organizations around the state. He has worked as a consultant with the HHRC since 2012, and joined the staff in the spring of 2013. Prior to coming to the HHRC, David spent 14 years leading The Theater At Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. His first involvement in the HHRC was when he produced and acted in a professional production of The Diary of Anne Frank in the Michael Klahr Center in 2010. David is a frequent collaborator with the Maine Humanities Council, and most recently created and performed The Zany, Majestic Bard, a touring program in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. David serves on Boards for the Colonial Theater, and Everyman Repertory Theater. David lives in Gardiner.
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Jordan Bannister, Office Administrator is the newest member of the staff. A new Mainer, Jordan comes to the Klahr Center from a year with AmeriCorps working in the Moundville (AL) Archaeological Park, the site of a settlement dating to 1000 AD. At Moundville, Jordan worked as a VISTA program participant providing volunteer management and training, grant writing, outdoor education and field demonstrations, and designing and developing educational programs. Originally from Georgia, Jordan is a 2013 graduate from the University of Alabama with a dual degree in journalism and anthropology. “We’re so fortunate to have Jordan join our staff,” said HHRC Executive Director Elizabeth Helitzer, “She will be a great addition to our work and our facility. We’re especially excited to include her experience as we continue to work with teachers and schools to grow our outreach and educational offerings.” The move to Maine is an exciting adventure for Jordan. “This is such a beautiful place, and I already feel at home here,” she said, “I’ve been planning this move for nearly a year and the fact that I’ve found a great job that allows me to continue the work I’ve been doing is very exciting,” she said.