Museum Staff & Advisory Board

  • Susan Gladstone Pasternack, Executive Director

    Susan Gladstone Pasternack was appointed as the Executive Director for the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on June 1, 2017. Gladstone Pasternack brings more than 30 years of executive experience at the national and global levels. Gladstone Pasternack leads the Jewish Museum of Florida‒FIU’s team, including the museum’s curator, membership/programming director, fiscal administrator and grants manager, museum educator, exhibit designer, and a staff of administrators, coordinators, docents, and volunteers.

    Gladstone Pasternack has served in several prominent leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad, most recently as director of development for the museum and for all of FIU’s Jewish Strategic Initiatives – including the university’s Global Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Studies and Hillel FIU.

    Gladstone Pasternack’s career has led her to excel at the highest levels of expertise in creating and managing multi-million dollar budgets, fundraising, and the cultivation of sponsorships, donors and major gifts.

    She has a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Florida International University.  As a lifelong member of the Jewish Community in Miami and the daughter of a rabbi, she has championed the importance of acceptance and tolerance. 


  • Nancy Doyle Cohen, Assistant Director

    Nancy Doyle Cohen manages the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU where she oversees the day-to-day operation of the museum, including programming, marketing and membership. She is the former director of group sales for Broadway Across America at the company’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Nancy is experienced in sales, marketing, and promotions and is an avid theatergoer and arts patron. She has a BA in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and is a lifelong Miami resident. 


  • Dr. Tudor Parfitt, Academic Director

    Tudor Parfitt is distinguished professor and President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi studies at Florida International University. He is also director of the Global Jewish Studies Program. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and corresponding fellow of the Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Belgium. He was professor—now emeritus—of Modern Jewish Studies at SOAS.

    Parfitt specializes in the study of Jewish communities around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Some of these communities have been recognized only since the late 20th century as having ancient Jewish origins.

    His latest books are Hybrid Hate: Conflations of Antisemitism & Anti-Black Racism from the Renaissance to the Third Reich ( Oxford University Press, 2020) , In The Shadow Of Moses: New Jewish Movements In Africa And The Diaspora, ed. D. Lis, W. Miles and T. Parfitt (Africa World Press, 2016); Black Zion, ed. Ed. Bruder and T. Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2012) and Black Jews in Africa and the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2013).


  • Daniel Zayas, PR & Marketing Manager

    Daniel Zayas is a communications professional with extensive experience in the South Florida market. He spent much of his career at some of the most prominent and well-known PR agencies in Miami. Beginning his career in the lifestyle and food and beverage sector at Brustman Carrino Public Relations, Daniel was exposed to high-profile clients and was a key member of the team responsible for local media relations for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. He made his way to the largest local communications agency in Miami, rbb Communications, where he specialized in healthcare PR, most notably working beside the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU. Daniel spent the last two years at Kreps PR & Marketing, managing clients like Amerant Bank and the Biltmore Hotel, among others.

     An FIU alumnus, Daniel is thrilled to be returning to his alma mater to bring local and national media attention and enhance the social and digital presence of JMOF-FIU.

  • Jacqueline Goldstein, Curator

    Jacqueline Goldstein is the curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. During the course of her  ten years at the museum she has curated many exhibits including Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter, Daniel Chimowitz: Walking Canvases, Preservation and Renewal: Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv, The Art of the Lithograph, Zachary Balber: Tamim, Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman and Judio y Cubano.

    Several of her curated exhibitions have appeared in The New York Times, Ocean Drive Magazine, The Robb Report, Miami ArtZine, 360 Magazine and The Art Newspaper, among others. Jacqueline received her MA in Art History from The City College of New York, CUNY, and was awarded the Connor Travel Grant for research. 


  • Todd Bothel, Registrar

    A resident of South Florida since 2003, Todd Bothel has worked at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU since 2008. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Museum Studies. An avid historian, Todd has worked in the museum field for nearly twenty-five years, researching and installing exhibits covering a wide variety of subjects. He has written four books exploring the history of Fort Lauderdale. 


  • Pierre Delerme, Maintenance Supervisor

    Pierre Wesly Delerme started his career as a journalist in Haiti covering topics such as politics and social justice. He attended university at the Superior Institute of Political and Administrative Careers at Haiti State University and received his degree in business management 1994. Delerme then went on to Miami Dade College, attending business software and networking courses.  

    He emigrated to Miami in 1999 and worked at the Miami Herald for several years in the newspaper dispatching department. He joined the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in 2013 and is currently the museum’s Building Maintenance Supervisor. He spends his much of his free time with his church congregation, where he serves as the chairman of the Deacon Board, and with his beloved family. 


  • Eva Shvedova, Admissions & Gift Shop
  • Advisory Board
    Ira D. Giller
    Vice Chairs 
    Paul Drucker  
    Elliot Stone
    Board Members 
    Kenneth M. Bloom, Immediate Past Chair 
    Stephen Fain 
    Reggie Feldman-Goldstein
    Andrew Gottlieb 
    Mike Kosnitzky
    David Lefkowitz
    Allen Levitt 
    Jonathan Macy 
    Jeremy Milgroom
    Gerald K. Schwartz 
    Daniel Weiss 
    Judith Wurtman 
    Founding Executive Director
    Marcia Jo Zerivitz, L.H.D.