Our Team

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Nick Haberman

Founder & Director

Nick Haberman (he/him) is a 4th generation teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was named the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s “Holocaust Educator of the Year,” the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Secondary Teacher of the Year,” Incline Magazine’s “Who’s Next in Education,” “Master Teacher of the Holocaust” by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, and he is a 2019-2020 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum teacher fellow. In addition to creating and managing the Light Education Initiative, Nick teaches “The Holocaust: Background, Tragedy, and Aftermath” and “Multiculturalism, Genocide, and Human Rights Violations” at Shaler Area High School.

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Nicole Cmar

Creative Director

Nicole Cmar (she/her) is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Pittsburgh, PA. From 2018 to 2020 she was the creative director for an international illustration collaboration called Pretty Picture Club. Her projects have ranged from working on a commercial shown on Adult Swim to designing a pocket mirror for The Sad Ghost Club which promoted the importance of youth mental health. Her work has been shown internationally, including at a 2019 show for Mattel Toys at Gallery1988 in California. Outside of her work for LIGHT, Nicole also freelances for City of Asylum and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

Doug Khorey

School Partnership Coordinator

Doug Khorey (he/him) has been a community oriented educator for over twenty-five years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At Shaler Area High School, he taught social studies and sponsored clubs and events including a student organized  world record attempt (resulting in the second biggest Duck Duck Goose game ever). Beyond the classroom, Doug's experiences include co-creating lifelong learning programs at the Neighborhood Resilience Project in Pittsburgh's Middle Hill neighborhood, and Library Assistant in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Teenspaces.

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Roman Benty

Community Partnership Coordinator

Roman Benty (he/him) is an educator, writer, and musician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 2017-2020, Roman developed the Youth Program Director position at the Millvale Community Library. Roman received the 2020 Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Rendell Friend of Social Studies Award” for his work that centers youth voice, sustainability, civic engagement, and mentorship as frameworks that provide students in Millvale with opportunities to take their education beyond the classroom and into their community.

Did you know that the LIGHT team is intergenerational? Doug was Nick’s teacher, and Nick was Nicole and Roman's teacher. The team’s story is a testament to the program’s impact.

LIGHT is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Osage Nation.  Of the 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States, Pittsburgh has also been home to numerous other indigenous groups. To learn more, visit the National Congress For American Indians.