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New Leadership Team for Tolerance in Motion

Minneapolis, MN - The Board of Directors of Tolerance in Motion (TiM) announces the formation of its executive leadership team, appointing Laura Zelle as COO and Lisa Lane as CEO.

Founded in July 2012, Tolerance in Motion is developing the first of its kind in the nation, a "tolerance education experience on wheels," housed in an 18-wheel semi-truck, customized with state-of-the art exhibits.  The mobile exhibit will engage diverse audiences - students, educators, employees and community members - as they examine the consequences of prejudice in difficult periods of history, from the Civil Rights era to genocides and the Holocaust.

TiM Board Chair, Elyse Rabinowitz noted "Lisa Lane has worked in the non-profit sector creating programs and leading development efforts since 1995.  Her knowledge and understanding of tolerance education combined with her non-profit leadership and development experience will ensure a strong start to our $5 million sponsorship campaign to build the mobile exhibit and our continued success well into the future."

Lane recently served as the Director of Resource Development for Hennepin Theatre Trust.  Prior to that position, she served as Vice President of Resource Development for The Neighborhood House and as a Foundation Director for the Phillips Eye Institute as well as the Founding Director for Tolerance Minnesota and Development Director for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).

Zelle, a Founding Director of Tolerance in Motion, has been a key architect of the mobile exhibit's educational vision, research and development since its conception. "Laura brings considerable experience as an educator and program developer to TiM," said Rabinowitz. "She will drive content to highlight the impact of young people's voices throughout history, both challenging and brave choices young people made during difficult histories, as well as those making a difference today."

Zelle is also Director of Tolerance Minnesota at the JCRC, where she has worked since 2005. Additionally, she is a filmmaker and has produced two Telly award winning documentary films, "In the Shadow of the Acropolis" and "But Some Survive."  Zelle was a public school teacher for 15 years.

Tolerance in Motion was made possible by an initiative of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and with generous support from foundations and individuals.  For more information please visit or e-mail Laura Zelle at or Lisa Lane at