About the Commission

The Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission, established with Missouri Statute 161.70 (http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c100-199/1610000700.htm) promotes the implementation of Holocaust education and awareness programs in Missouri in order to encourage understanding of the Holocaust and discourage bigotry.

The twelve-member commission is housed under the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and has three standing members:  the commissioner of higher education, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, and the president of the University of Missouri system.  Nine members of the public, representative of the diverse religious and ethnic heritage groups populating Missouri, are appointed by the Governor.

The goals of the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission include:

  1. Providing support to Missouri teachers in teaching the Holocaust
  2. Publicizing events related to Holocaust education and remembrance
  3. Preserving the legacy of Holocaust survivors in Missouri



Lollie Boettcher Lolle Boettcher is a retired English teacher who previously taught in the public school sector.  She volunteers her time at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center as the coordinator of the Teaching Trunk program, as well as a presenter in the Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) program. She also serves on the Museum’s Council and the Education Committee. She is a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 1996 Museum Teacher Fellow and a member of the museum's Midwest Holocaust Regional Education Corps.
Jean CavenderJean Cavender is the Director of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UM-St. Louis.  She is a member of the St. Louis Bosnian Community Collaborative, Nine Network Community Advisory Board (formerly KETC), Board of Interfaith Partnership/FBW, member of the Women’s St. Louis Forum, and is Vice President of JProStl, an organization for people working as Jewish communal professionals.




Devy GoldenbergDevorah (Devy) Goldenberg is a docent at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center and serves on the advisory board and Council.  She received her MSW from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She worked as a social worker in the Madison County School System and implemented various diversity programs and in service training to the teachers. In recent years, she taught a Sunday school curriculum she helped create where students learned the important lessons of the Holocaust and were exposed to diverse religious groups, creating an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.
Guenter GoldsmithGuenter Goldsmith is a Holocaust survivor and a speaker at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  Guenter was born in Hannover, Germany in 1925 and came to St. Louis in August 1941 to live with his uncle.  After graduating from Soldan High School in 1944 he was drafted into the US Army where he was a paratrooper and jumped into Germany in 1945.  After the war he became a pharmacist and owned several pharmacies before retiring in 2000.




Dana HumphreyDana Humphrey is the secondary communication arts curriculum coordinator in the Fort Zumwalt School District. Previously, she has experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, and building professional development presenter.  Dana is a 2000 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum teacher fellow and educator for the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  She has presented numerous workshops at the local, state and national level and has written and co-authored articles and chapters in books on effective instructional pedagogy.
Richard KalfusRichard Kalfus is a forty-five year veteran Humanities professor and department chair at St. Louis Community College.  He was honored by the Community College Humanities Association as the National Humanities Educator of the Year. 




Daniel MandellDaniel R. Mandell is Professor of History at Truman State University, Missouri, where he teaches early American and Native American history, and serves as faculty advisor for Hillel. He has received many fellowships and awards for his work, including the Lawrence W. Levine Prize in 2008 for the best book on American cultural history for Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880 (Johns Hopkins University Press).  He has also authored five other books and various articles on Indians and race in early America.