May-Ronny Zeidman; Executive Director

May-Ronny has been the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center’s (SBHEC) Executive Director since 2006. In her time at the helm of SBHEC the organization has grown tremendously in stature and reputation. She has built SBHEC into quite possibly New England’s premier Holocaust education resource center. Prior to taking over at SBHEC May-Ronny has served in a variety of positions at the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island (now the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI) and United Way of southeastern New England. All told she has spent over 25 years in the non-profit field.

A graduate of Bryant University May-Ronny is a native Rhode Islander. While she was blessed not to lose any family in the Holocaust her life was changed when she went on the March of the Living.  This experience redoubled her desire to educate about the Holocaust to make sure that it never happens again.  She also has a deep and abiding love for the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

May-Ronny has three sons and 6 grandchildren, who are 4th generation Rhode Islanders. May-Ronny can be reached at



Paula Olivieri; Education Coordinator

Originally a New Yorker, Paula has called Rhode Island home for more than half her life. She is a graduate of Northeastern University and has a background in elementary education and working for non-profit organizations. Paula has worked at SBHEC for more than a decade and is passionate about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust. Working closely with Survivors and teachers has taught her the meaning of faith and commitment.   She looks forward to continuing her work at the Center, recruiting new Speakers, and working with more teachers as the new law requiring Holocaust and Genocide education for all Rhode Island middle and high school students goes into effect.

Paula has two daughters, their significant others, and three grandchildren who are the lights of her life. She loves to travel, play Mah Jongg and canasta, go to the beach, and be with friends.  Paula can be reached at