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For more than 40 years, the Mizel Institute has grown into a nationally-recognized nonprofit institution with two distinct centers: the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL).

The Mizel Museum promotes social justice with its unique educational programming, cultural exhibits and events. The CELL confronts the threat of terrorism through its renowned event series, world-class exhibit and national training initiatives.

These organizations fulfill the Mizel Institute’s mission of developing more educated, conscientious and empowered communities in order to create a world that is safer and more inclusive.

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Mizel Institute Board of Directors

Larry A. Mizel

Founder, Mizel Institute, Executive Chairman of the Board, MDC Holdings

Herbert Buchwald

Chairman of the Board and President, BPR Management Corporation, Principal, Herbert T. Buchwald, P.A.

Michael Burg

Founder/Shareholder, Burg Simpson Personal Injury Lawyers

David P. Cohen

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

David H. Engleberg

Anne Hillary

Community Activist and Philanthropist

Arlene Hirschfeld

Life-long Community Leader

John Ikard

Director, FirstBank Holding Company

Walter Isenberg

Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Hospitality

James A. Lustig

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Management

David D. Mandarich

President and Chief Executive Officer, MDC Holdings, Inc.

Andy Miller

Managing Principal, Miller Frishman

Courtney Mizel

Founding Director, CELL

Michael Pollak

Co-founder, Hyde Park Jewelers

Blair Richardson

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Bow River Capital Partners

Rick Sapkin

Founder and Managing Principal, Edgemark Development

We are grateful to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for their generous support!

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Your generous donation helps further the impactful work of the Mizel Institute. Thank you for your support!


Mizel Institute Staff

Melanie Pearlman

President & CEO

Tom Ruppel


Elizabeth C. Johnson

Education & Projects Manager

Jacqueline Graham

Writing & Communications Specialist

Leslie Hamdorf

Manager of Curriculum & Instruction

James Hippensteel

Manager of Education & Programs

Libby Hodgin

Associate Communications Manager

Becci Jacobs, MSW

Education & Outreach Specialist

Samantha Jones

Database & Administrative Coordinator

Caitlyn Lauchner

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Rudolf Leyba

Education & Special Projects Coordinator

Samantha Neville

Database & Administrative Associate

Magdalena Perez

Education & Special Projects Coordinator

Meg Robbins

Education & Special Projects Specialist

Andy Stanley

Database & Administrative Associate

Bailey Yamshak

Special Projects Coordinator

Hannah Haebig

Special Projects Intern