The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is pleased to welcome New Mexico back into the mountain states region. New Mexico had been a standalone ADL region since 1989; before that, it was part of the one based in Denver. The mountain states’ ADL staff is poised to deliver many different types of programs to New Mexico schools, law enforcement and religious institutions. ADL will continue to provide effective responses to incidents of anti-Semitism and hate that arise anywhere in the region.
“We are very grateful to Suki Halevi and Susan Seligman, who as New Mexico ADL regional directors, did a wonderful job advocating for the people of New Mexico,” says Scott Levin, mountain states regional director. “We look forward to building on the terrific foundation they built.”
Since September, the mountain states region has been involved with a number of discrimination complaints originating in New Mexico. Levin visited New Mexico, meeting with Jewish community leaders in Albuquerque. Additional visits by regional staff are being planned for future months.
Meet the Mountain States’ ADL Team
Scott Levin is the director of the ADL’s region. He assumed this position in 2010, after retiring from 28 years as a successful trial attorney. Scott graduated from George Washington University and the University of Denver College of Law, and has been a member of several community boards.
Sue Parker Gerson, associate regional director, is responsible for running the Governor’s Holocaust remembrance program, the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, the summer associate research program in Colorado, and the Confronting Anti-Semitism, and Words to Action programs throughout the region. Sue also responds to discrimination complaints and incidents. Prior to joining ADL, Sue worked in Jewish education. She earned her MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Jeremy Shaver, associate regional director, staffs the civil rights and government affairs committees, responds to discrimination complaints and incidents, builds relationships with and conducts trainings for law enforcement agencies and provides trainings on Jewish institutional security. Jeremy earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology, has nearly 15 years of experience as a religious educator, non-profit director and is a former reporter.
Tara Raju, director of education, is responsible for ADL’s education initiatives, including No Place for Hate; A World of Difference Institute; Echoes & Reflections, ADL’s Holocaust education resource guide; ADL’s student essay contest, Gerald M. Quiat Delegates to the National Youth Leadership Mission and the Positive Impact! calendar. She holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dan Cohen, assistant director of education, works together with Tara Raju to deliver ADL’s full range of educational programs. Dan most recently worked for a federally grant-funded agency with a mission to promote equitable educational access and opportunities in the areas of race, national origin, sex and religion. Dan holds a Master of Arts in educational technology from the University of Phoenix and is a former middle school teacher.
Asha Holsopple, assistant director of development, helps to lead ADL’s regional fundraising efforts. Prior to joining ADL, Asha spent several years working at a domestic violence shelter/rape crisis center. Most recently, Asha administered grant funds for crime victims. Asha earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Grinnell College.
Jessica Reaves is a senior writer and communications specialist for ADL’s Center on Extremism. Prior to this role, Jessica researched and monitored extremist groups and individuals and served as an expert resource to law enforcement agencies on cases involving anti-government extremist groups and white supremacists. A former reporter for Time and the Chicago Tribune, Jessica is a graduate of Duke University.
Mary Groote, office manager, supports all regional office programs and services. She is a graduate of Buena Vista University.
Sharon Andersen, administrative assistant, manages the front desk and supports regional programs and events. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and is an Albuquerque native.