Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center Announces New Board Members

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The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center's (HHREC) Advisory Board has voted in two new members: Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and Chriss Careers Ltd., Tarrytown, president Judy Chriss. Scarsdale resident Elise Flagg has been voted in as the newest member of the Board of Directors.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center's (HHREC) Advisory Board has voted in two new members: Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and Chriss Careers Ltd., Tarrytown, president Judy Chriss. Scarsdale resident Elise Flagg has been voted in as the newest member of the Board of Directors.

"Our newest Board members bring deep knowledge, diverse experience and fresh ideas to our Advisory Board. Their proven track records of fostering change are critical to the success of our organization," said Donna Cohen, HHREC's Executive Director.

Janet DiFiore has served as the District Attorney of Westchester County for nearly three years. Elected as a Judge of the Westchester County Court in 1998 and as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in 2002, DA DiFiore has presided over hundreds of cases in the County Court, the Family Court and the New York State Supreme Court. District Attorney DiFiore began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County serving the community as a prosecutor for over ten years.

She has served in numerous positions designed to promote the fair administration of justice including Chief Judge Judith Kaye's Commission on the Future of Criminal Indigent Defense Services; the NYS Unified Court System's Coordinator for Access to Justice Initiatives for the 9th Judicial District; member of the Office of Court Administration's Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions; the Westchester County Criminal Justice Advisory Board; the Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, on the Advisory Board of the Westchester Holocaust Commission's Juvenile Offender Program, on the Task Force on the Future of Probation in the State of New York and on Chief Judge Kaye's Commission on Drugs and the Courts.

DiFiore has also served on the Boards and in leadership positions of numerous organizations, including the Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County; the Westchester Italian Cultural Center; the Westchester Women's Bar Association; the Westchester Children's Museum; and the Pace University School of Law Board of Visitors.

DiFiore and her husband live in Westchester with their three children.

Hastings-on-Hudson resident Judy Chriss is founder of Tarrytown-based Chriss Careers. Chriss is an Executive Board Member of Westchester Business Executives and previously served as its president. A Board member of the American Heart Association Westchester, she also participates in various committees of the Westchester County Women's Hall of Fame and is Board president of the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation.

Additional organizations in which Chriss has been involved include Food-PATCH; Town of Greenburgh Recreation & Parks; Westchester County Chamber of Commerce; National Conference of Christians and Jews; Committee for Lupus Research; Legal Awareness of Westchester; YWCA of White Plains; March of Dimes, Westchester and Northern Metro divisions; Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke's Westforce Committee; Westchester Women's Network; Business Council of Westchester; Westchester County Association; UJA Federation's Westchester Business and Professional Leaders, among others.

Elise Flagg is a Licensed Associate Broker for Houlihan Lawrence Inc. in Scarsdale.

She currently serves on the Board of Women of Reform Judaism, the Westchester Jewish Conference, Maroon and White Organization and Cornell Parents Fund Committee. She has held Board positions with the Greenacres Elementary School Board, Scarsdale Middle School Board and Scarsdale High School Board.

Flagg is also active with United Jewish Appeal, Jewish Women International and Compact Committee of the Scarsdale School District.

"We are so pleased to add Elise to our Board of directors," said Donna Cohen, HHREC executive director. "One of the Board's many strengths includes attracting dedicated community members to advocate on HHREC's behalf, and I know Elise will be a valuable member of the team."

Flagg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University. She lives in Scarsdale with her husband, with whom she has three children.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is located at 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577. For further information, call 914.696.0738, e-mail hhrec @ bestweb.net, or visit http://www.holocausteducationctr.org.

About the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center: The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is an interfaith, not-for-profit organization serving Westchester, Fairfield and Putnam counties to encourage and enhance teaching and learning about the Holocaust and its human rights lessons for today. Its members encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice.

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