Debra became DJHS Executive Director in August 2012. After a long career in Jewish Communal Service which took her from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Omaha, Nebraska to San Francisco, California; Debra first came to Dallas as the Executive Regional Director for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). In addition to teaching in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for 14 years, she has worked or volunteered for a variety of agencies including Dallas Holocaust Center, Congregation Kol Ami, JCC Dallas, JCRC, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Girl Scouts of NETexas, Center for Jewish Education and the Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers. Debra received her Masters of Public Administration and Social Work from University of Nebraska. Contact Debra Monday-Friday at 214-239-7108.
Alexis Ferguson, Archivist
Alexis J. Ferguson, Archivist, comes to the Dallas Jewish Historical Society as an information professional with over 10 years of experience in research, data analysis, information compilation, and information dissemination. She has extensive experience in metadata creation and cataloging, as well as administrative experience. Alexis received a BA in Anthropology from Texas Christian University and a MS in Library Science from University of North Texas, with a concentration in special collections, preservation and conservation. Her previous employment includes work in the private sector as Corporate Digital Librarian for Financial Network, as well as nonprofit employment with the Dallas Holocaust Museum. She previously volunteered with several custodial collections, including the Texas Fashion Collection. Contact Alexis Monday-Friday at 214-239-7116 (part time hours each day).
Esther McKenna, Administrative Assistant
After a long career as a project manager with AT & T, Esther found her joy in serving in the nonprofit community, working with senior adults as a community services manager, nonprofit fundraiser and eventually, as director of the Shepherd’s Center of North Dallas. This is Esther’s second stint at the DJHS serving as office administrator, responsible for maintenance of our membership database and mail campaigns. In addition, Esther’s is the primary face and the voice you hear when you enter or contact the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. Esther can be reached Tuesday-Thursday at 214-239-7120.