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Executive Director


  • Executive Director

    Lisa Kranseler
    Phone: 206-774-2277
    Email: lisak@wsjhs.org

    Lisa believes that we make history every single day. And, she has produced programs and exhibits that celebrate that history. Lisa loves all the amazing connections and unique history of the Jewish communities in Washington State.

    Lisa is committed to building partnerships and developing public awareness for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. She has served on the board of the Association of King County Historical Organizations for over six years, received the Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship from the Washington Museum Association, won a fellowship from the Council of American Jewish Museum Association, and was awarded a grant by the American Association of State and Local History for Project Management at the Washington State History Museum. Lisa has taught in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at the University of Washington and currently serves on the Museum Studies Advisory Board.

Operations and Office Manager


  • Operations and Office Manager

    Shmuel P. Kahlke
    Phone: 206-774-2277
    Email: shmuelk@wsjhs.org

    Shmuel has lived and worked in a variety of different Jewish communities. He is an educator of various Jewish Studies topics, artist, designer, and Japanese sword instructor. Having moved to Seattle only a few years ago, he is now part of the new generation of Jewish leaders making history here.

Executive Assistant


  • Sara Mottaz
    Phone: 206-774-2277
    Email: saram@wsjhs.org

    Sara joined the WSJHS at the beginning of 2019.

Engagement & Education Coordinator


  • Engagement & Education Coordinator

    Yuval Berenstein is a true Washington native and a first generation American dedicated to serving the Jewish community. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington in Seattle. His main interests involve using historical and philosophical context in educational settings. He was raised in Spokane, WA, and has lived in Seattle for three years. In both communities he has been an educator in Jewish religious and cultural studies from second graders to college level students. In addition to his work in the fields of education and philosophy, he has worked in political and policy-oriented positions that focus on advocacy and social change. He is very excited to be a part of the team at the Washington State Jewish Historical Society by developing relationships with the communities all around Washington state as the Engagement and Education Coordinator.

Collection Strategy Manager & Archivist


  • Archivist and Collection Strategy Manager

    Ryan Anthony Donaldson
    Phone: 206-543-1895
    Email: archivist@wsjhs.org

    Ryan is a heritage content strategist passionate about local and institutional history, museums, and archives. Ryan is currently a Senior Consultant for the Information and Archival Services Division at The Winthrop Group. He was previously Senior Manager at The Durst Organization, an industry-leading multi-generation New York City real estate developer. Ryan has served on the Business Archives Steering Committee of the Society of American Archivists, as well as president and other board roles with the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. Returning to his hometown Seattle, Ryan works with the WSJHS to raise awareness, cultivate engagement, and develop strategies and initiatives to support the WSJHS Archives!