Officers & Board of Directors

As of July 30, 2013 (General election results from the 23rd Annual Conference)


President: Roger L. Martinez-Davila, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. More information at:

First Vice President and International Membership Coordinator: Genie Milgrom. President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami as well as President of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle. Genie is a researcher in Spain and Portugal in the areas surrounding the Duero River and is author of My 15 Grandmothers. Her website is

Vice President of Communications and Editor of HaLapid: Corinne Joy Brown. Corinne is an author of four books to-date and senior writer on four national magazines. A past president of the Denver Woman’s Press Club and a charter member of Women Writing the West, she was Board Chair of the Mizel Museum of Judaica in Denver from 1990-2000. She created WritingtheWest a literary conference, now part of Western State College Humanities program. She is a board member of the SCJS and editor of HaLapid, the Society’s literary journal/magazine.
A partner with her husband in a contemporary home furnishings business since 1976, they have one son and live in Englewood, Colorado.
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Vice President of Programs: Matthew Warshawsky, Ph.D. An Assistant Professor at the University of Portland. Academic degrees: Ph.D., Spanish Literature and Culture, Ohio State University, December 2002. M.A., Spanish Literature and Culture, Ohio State University, June 1998, B.A., Latin, Swarthmore College, June 1992. He has lectured as conferences of SCJS and contributed articles to HaLapid. His teaching and research interests include: Jewish history, literature, and culture in Latin America; Sephardic studies (Sephardic describes Jews who trace their ancestry to Spain and Portugal); Spanish literature and culture of the Renaissance and Baroque eras; and Latinos today in the United States.

Vice President of Membership: Annette Chana Cohen. Annette Chana Cohen has been a member of SCJS since 2008.  She has actively promoted the Society since that time.  Chana attended Harcum College, Columbia University, and Gratz College respectively concentrating on Business Administration, Art History and Jewish Studies, as well as studying at Aish Ha Torah Yeshiva in Jerusalem.  Chana has been to Israel 24 times on learn and study programs.   She was the sole proprietor of a major Judaica business in Philadelphia for many years.  To date Chana has been published in the JNS, The Algemeiner, and the Jerusalem Post as well as other publications.  She is an ardent advocate for the Bnai Anusim and traveled to Israel with them and Rabbi Stephen Leon on “The First Official Visit of the Bnai Anusim to Israel.”  Chana has and continues to be a Docent at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. She can be reached at

Treasurer: Arthur BenvenisteA member of SCJS since 1993, traveling with society members to Belmonte when the SCJS conference was held there in 1994. Mr. Benveniste has served the society as president and HaLapid editor. A retired history teacher, he is active as a speaker on Sephardic and crypto-Jews. More information at:

Secretary: Frances Salas. Frances Salas holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems and International Business. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Youth at Risk.  She teaches SmartLab at Carlos F. Vigil Middle School in Espanola, New Mexico.  SmartLab is a computerized learning center with 25 subjects, such as robotics, physics, digital animation, and other related fields. Frances also owns and manages a farm in Presidio, Texas, where she manufactures anti-aging cream and soap.  Frances is a descendent of the original crypto-Jews that came from Spain and Portugal.  Her ancestors are the Torres, Romero, Salas, and Ortiz families.

Secretary:Immediate Past President: Dolores (Dolly) Sloan. Ms. Sloan is Author of the nonfiction history The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal, and Editor of the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto-Jews. Society member since 1998, she is Research Fellow for Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, developing curriculum for the program with which SCJS is affiliated  She is also Grants Administrator for the Society. Ms. Sloan is a former arts and health administrator for the state of New Mexico and a speaker in the U.S. and Europe on crypto Judaism.  More information at:


Member at Large and Editor of La Granada: Debbie Wohl Isard.

Member at Large: Schelly Talalay Dardashti. A genealogists, journalist, international speaker and instructor, Schelly has traced her  Sephardic, Mizrahi and Ashkenazi family across Spain, Iran, Belarus, Lithuania and around the world for more than 25 years. She is the US genealogy advisor for A pioneer award-winning genealogy blogger (, since 2006), she also moderates Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook, with nearly 1,000 members, and administrates/co-administrates several DNA projects at, including the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project. The former genealogy columnist for the Jerusalem Post (1999-2006), she has been published in many news outlets, such as JTA, The Forward, Family Tree Magazine and more. She has served as president of several Jewish genealogical societies in the US and Israel.

Member at Large: Miriam Herrera.

Member at Large: Harry Ezratty An attorney, historian, writer, lecturer and Sephardic Jew who, for more than 30 years, researched the history of the Sephardim in the Caribbean. He is the author of 500 Years in the Jewish Caribbean: The Spanish & Portuguese Jews in the West Indies Jews of the New World and They Led the Way: the Creators of Jewish America. He is currently preparing Vol.III, “The Builders: Jews Who Shaped Modern America.

Member at Large: Abraham (Abe) Lavender, Ph.D. Dr. Lavender received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Maryland with a dissertation on generational changes in Jewish identity. He is Professor of Sociology at Florida International University in Miami, FL. One area of his specialization is World Jewish Communities, with an emphasis on Sephardim. He has been an active member of the Society since 1996, and was president from 2003 to 2007. He is the author/editor of seven academic books, six articles in HaLapid, about fifty other academic articles, and over eighty encyclopedia articles or academic book reviews, many on Judaica. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto-Jews. More information at:

Member at Large: Arnold Trujillo.

Member at Large: Gloria Trujillo A member of the SCJS since 1991, Ms. Trujillo has served the Society as President, Immediate Past President and Conference Chair and has served on numerous Society committees. She is a founding member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America and is active in several other genealogical organizations.

Member at Large: Seth Ward, Ph.D. Is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Academic Professional of Religious Studies at the Univesity of Wyoming. He has done extensive studies of crypto-Jews and has given papers at SCJS conferences and contributed to HaLapid.

Member at Large: Seth Kunin, Ph.D. A long time active member of the board of SCJS, he is now Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Humanities) at Durham University in Britain. He earned his B.A. at Columbia University, M.A. at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at Leo Baeck College in London. He has done extensive research on the crypto-Jews of New Mexico, and is author of Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among the Crypto-Jews (Columbia University Press).

Member at Large: Isabelle Sandoval Medina.

Senior Adviser to the Board: Stanley Hordes, Ph.D. A founding member, Dr. Hordes received his Ph.D. in Colonial Mexican History from Tulane University, with his doctoral dissertation on the crypto-Jewish community of Mexico in the seventeenth century. He is the author of To the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico (Columbia University Press).