Bios HHRC Staff
LIZ HELITZER – Interim Executive Director
Liz Helitzer began her time at the HHRC in January of 2012 as the office manager and an educator. In August of 2013 she was thrilled to be named Interim 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. Liz graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a BA in Theater Arts. Additionally, Liz serves on the board of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.
Liz was raised in a conservative Jewish household and the Holocaust was a regular topic of conversation in synagogue, Hebrew school and at home. It became something deeply personal for her; she spent hours reading memoirs of survivors and traveled to Poland as a teenager to visit various concentration camps.
She is excited to be leading the HHRC in a new chapter of Holocaust and human rights education and outreach.
DAVID GREENHAM – Program Director and Grant Writer
David Greenham 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 been working as a consultant with the HHRC since 2012 and is excited to join the staff. David spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of 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 member of the RSU 38 School Board, and also serves on the boards of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Celebration Barn Theater. David lives in Readfield with his wife, Jeri Pitcher, and their son Zach.
BETSY SPEKKE – Office Manager
In early January 2014, Betsy joined the staff at HHRC. Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Betsy has been living year-round in Maine for over 10 years but has summered in the state for over 25 years. A graduate of Boston University, she brings knowledge and experience from positions at several area non-profits including the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and most recently as director of the Boothbay Region Historical Society.
Over the years, Betsy has indulged her passion for history as a tour guide at various historic houses, cultivating her innate ability to be a welcoming presence to the public. This talent, along with her extensive office management skills, is put to good use now as she welcomes visitors to the Michael Klahr Center and manages the details of the HHRC office.