Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Volunteer Spotlight: Martina Zornpfenning

Posted by Joanna Leefer

JewishGen will lose a valuable asset this December. Martina Zornpfenning’s visa is expiring at the end of the year, and she is leaving New York to return to her native country of Austria.

Martina has been working with JewishGen since September 2009 helping with a variety of projects, including fundraising and translation of the website into German. Most impressive is that she had done this in addition to her regular job working with the Human Resource Department at the museum.

Martina came to the United States from Austria in 2009 and settled in brownstone Brooklyn. She came to the States to improve her language skills, gain experience living abroad, and to work for a non-profit organization.

When Martina is not working or translating she keeps busy with her hobbies. She is passionate about traveling, photography, and sports. She has gone diving in such exotic places as Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, and Thailand, hiked through the Alps and Southeast Asia, and biked through Austria.

Martina, we are sorry that you are leaving us. Thank you for all the work you have done for JewishGen while you have been here in the United States. You will be missed.

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