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St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum Announces New Board Members 

Chrissy Laycob, Vera Emmons, and Steve Gallant to join the Museum board.  

(St. Louis, December 21, 2023) – Today, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum announced the appointment of three new members to the Museum’s Board of Directors. Chrissy Laycob, Vera Emmons, and Steve Gallant are the newest Board members. Their terms will begin January 1, 2024  

Chrissy Laycob is a third-generation descendant speaker, who frequently tells the story of her grandparents, both Holocaust survivors, to large groups. She is also the co-chair of the Museum’s Lutz Humanitarian Award program.  

Vera Emmons is a long-time Museum educator and second-generation descendant speaker, who often shares the testimony of her mother, a Holocaust survivor. She has mentored many new educators and speakers, participated on Museum committees, and chaired the Yom Hashoah Committee for several years. Additionally, she has served on multiple Museum task forces and chaired the recent Task Force that resulted in the hiring of Executive Director, Myron Freedman.  

Steve Gallant serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Maritz.  In that capacity, he is responsible for management of the corporate law and compliance. Steve also serves as Chief Operating Officer, General Manager of Maritz Engagement Solutions, one of Maritz’ three operating units. Steve is a past President of the St. Louis Jewish Light, is a member of the local Red Cross Board of Directors the JCC Board of Directors, and has served on numerous other Boards in the past.    

“After such a successful first year, the Museum Board of Directors is delighted to welcome new members to help us expand our reach and impact. Chrissy, Vera, and Steve will be excellent additions to the Board and we look forward to welcoming them officially in January. I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to our continuing board members. Your unwavering dedication and ongoing commitment have been instrumental in shaping this Museum’s success,” said Museum Board Chair, Carol Staenberg.  

All current members of the Museum Board of Directors will be continuing in their roles. This includes Board Chair Carol Staenberg and Vice Chairs Ericka Zoll-Phelan, Greg Yawitz, and Nicola Stern.  

Continuing At-Large Directors include Clint Zweifel, Diane Kalishman, Dr. Kelvin Adams, Gloria Feldman, Dr. Harold Sitrin, Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman, Kaytlin Kopen, Michael Litwack, Rick Knox, Reverend Rodrick Burton, Sue Schlichter, Ted Isaacs, and Dr. Warren Rosenblum. 

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is dedicated to using the history and lessons of the Holocaust to reject hatred, promote understanding, and inspire change. The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets, memberships, and group tour reservations are currently available. The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is a proud partner of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The Federation founded the Museum in 1995 and nurtured and maintained it for 25 years. Learn more at