Alexis brings almost 20 years of experience in education, curriculum, and exhibit design, with a particular focus on topics around the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights. Currently, she serves as a senior facilitator with Echoes & Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust resource collaboration between the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Yad Vashem, and the USC Shoah Foundation, and co-teaches courses in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Until 2016, Alexis served as director of education with Cincinnati's Holocaust and Humanity Center (HHC), where she was also the project director for the curated exhibition ‘Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz’ hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Most recently, Alexis spent a year at Cincinnati's JCRC laying the groundwork for their Leaders in Light institute's curriculum and branding. Prior to her work in Cincinnati, Alexis worked at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (ILHMEC) and with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Alexis spent time teaching in Berlin, Germany, and is a graduate of the 19-day Teaching the Holocaust and Antisemitism course at Yad Vashem and the Jewish Non-Profit Leadership Institute. Alexis holds a master’s degree in European history from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL). She received her bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Alexis and her husband, Bartley are both transplants to Cincinnati, and were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. They recently returned from Israel with Cincinnati's 2nd Honeymoon Israel cohort. They have two adorably hilarious sons, and an overly affectionate pup, Nala. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys serving on the executive board of the Mt. Lookout Community Council, reading People magazine, and taking family hikes.
Before welcoming their second son through IVF, Alexis struggled for almost four years with secondary infertility. Much of this struggle was in silence- and as a verbal processor, this was not easy. In addition to the financial shock and juggling work and childcare with fertility treatments, she wanted another woman to vent to, laugh about injections with, and someone to distract her during the unbearable "two week wait." After discovering JFF, Alexis didn't feel so alone in her family's journey, and instead felt more empowered. She is thrilled to support and serve such a welcoming and warm organization as JFF.