• Our Staff

    Ilan Wagner

    President and CEO

    Ilan was born in New Jersey and moved to Israel in 1986 after years of activity in the Young Judaea youth movement. Upon arriving in Israel, he helped found the Keren Kolot Educational Seminar at Kibbutz Ketura, wrote a text book for teaching English at the high school level, and then went on to be […]

    Jessica Siskind

    Vice President for North America

    Jessica was born in raised in New Jersey. Throughout her youth, she attended and worked at Ramah movement summer camps and was involved in United Synagogue Youth (USY). During college, she had the opportunity to study abroad in two incredible cities, London England and Haifa Israel, which helped shape her interest in giving young people […]

    Eliran Cohen

    Vice President for Operations and Business Development

    Eliran is married to Maayan and father to Or-Yosef. From a very young age Eliran was active in social organizations as both participant and staff. Eliran served as a fighter and commander in the Israeli navy. After this he was a Shaliach in US, before returning to Israel to continue his career. In the last […]

    Scott Copeland

    Vice President for Education

    Scott currently serves as the Vice President and Director of Education at Onward Israel. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Judaic Studies and an M.A. from Hebrew University’s Institute of Contemporary Jewry, and is also a graduate of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, a prestigious leadership development center for the Jewish educational world. Scott […]

    Brad Garoon

    Vice President for Marketing and Communications

    As VP of Marketing and Communications, Brad creates and implements marketing strategy, finds new ways to grow Onward’s network and engage its community, and manages the organization’s branding, web presence and social media channels. Brad grew up in suburban Detroit, and lived in the Philippines before moving to New York City. Brad comes to Onward […]

    Veronika Matlov

    Director of Global Partnerships

    Veronika was born and raised in Vilnius , Lithuania, After making aliyah in 1990 she continued her B. A studies in Hebrew University in the field of Sociology and History. Veronika worked for the Jewish Agency for 20 years , mostly with educational projects for young adults and professional projects to new immigrants all over the world . In […]

    Keren Dahan

    Director of Operations and Quality Control

    Keren was born in Paris. She studied in Jerusalem at the David Yellin College of Education, earning a BA in Informal Education and History. As a student, Keren spent her summers in Israel guiding groups from abroad with with the JNF. In 2005, Keren began to working at Yad Vashem as a guide, and two […]

    Desiree Neissani

    Director of New Hybrid Initiatives & Internal Programs

    Desiree joined the Onward Israel team in 2017 as the very first Theme-based Programs Coordinator. Due to the expansion of Theme-based Programs, an increased focus on Internal Programs and the creation of the new Hybrid Programs, her scope and position have also grown. Desiree works on best practices for implementation of Hybrid Programs, oversees recruitment […]

    Liad Shahar

    Director of Knowledge and Registration

    Liad coordinates Onward Israel’s CRM system and website. she takes the lead on interactions for logistics issues with program organizers before and while the programs are running and is also managing the Israel office and in charge of Ilan Wagner’s schedule, Onward Israel’s CEO. Previously, Liad has worked in the Priority Regions Division ,Scholarships Unit […]

    Renana Shanani

    Director of Educational Projects

    When Renana was a child her family went on a four year Shlichut program to Canada. There she created a deep connection and personal identification with the international Jewish community. Ever since, she has been active and connected to the worldwide Jewish community and committed to connecting it. She believes the personal and national connection […]

    Aryeh Solomon

    Director of Internal Programs

    After his army service as a commander in the Paratroopers Brigade, Aryeh studied for his B.A. in education while working with both formal and informal education projects. In 2009 Aryeh joined Yavne Olami as the director of a summer internship program.  A couple of years later he moved to one of the largest educational tourism […]

    Jacob Kranitz

    Partner Relations & Special Projects Coordinator

    Jacob grew up in Eugene, Oregon and studied Political Science with a focus on the Middle East and the Environment at the University of Oregon. He spent the summer between his Junior and Senior years as participant on Onward Israel’s Green Energy Theme-Based Program where he lived in Bat Yam and worked in an alternative […]

    Eliana Rohrig

    New York & Camp Counselor Program Coordinator

    Eliana manages the coordination recruitment and registration for the New York and Camp Counselor Program. As a New York local and a long time camp person Eliana is thrilled to be working for Onward to ensure meaningful summer experiences and opportunities for professional development for our participants. Eliana was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved […]

    Jason Steckler

    Bay Area Coordinator and West Coast Recruiter

    Jason was raised in Culver City, California and studied Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with a focus on Tourism at San Francisco State University. Jason spent the Summer of 2014 on Onward Israel’s National Hillel program where he lived in Jerusalem, interning for a Dual-Narrative Tourism organization. His experience that Summer helped him materialize his […]

    Sydney Katz

    Theme Based Programs Coordinator

    Sydney coordinates the registration, implementation, and operations for all of the Theme Based Programs. As a past Onward Israel participant herself, Sydney is excited to be working for the organization to help provide the same professional growth and enriching summer experiences to our participants that she experienced. Sydney was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio […]

    Hila Eitan

    Placement Manager

    Born and raised in Beer Yaakov, Israel, Hila served as a welfare NCO in the Patrol unit of the Armored Corps. Hila is in charge of Internship placements for Onward Israel Hybrid Winter Programs. Hila has a BA in Behavioral Sciences and is currently pursuing an MA in Cultural Research at Tel Aviv University. For […]

    Holly Millet

    Partner Relations Coordinator

    Holly works with our North American partners to ensure great experiences in Israel for our program participants. Israel holds a special place in Holly’s heart as she recently returned from a Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship where she lived and taught English in Haifa for one year. While in Israel Holly spent her weekends gaining cultural […]

    Shunit Karako Tanne

    Placement Manager

    Shunit is in charge of placements and business relations for our Law & Entrepreneurship Theme Based Program and the Finance & Economics Theme Based Program. Born and raised in Israel, Shunit moved with her family to Amherst, Massachusetts for a few years as part of her father’s Navy service. For the past few years, Shunit […]

    Yoni Mann

    Senior Advisor to the CEO

    Yoni Mann serves as the Senior Advisor to the CEO of Onward Israel. He grew up in San Francisco and made Aliyah to Israel in 2011. Yoni has a deep passion for Israel and Jewish Peoplehood. Prior to Onward Israel, Yoni founded and headed the Campus Department at Jerusalem U for four years, working to […]

    Isabel Greenblatt

    Programs & Operations Assistant

    Isabel was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing. After attending college in New York, she decided to permanently live in New York City. In the summer after her sophomore year of college, Isabel […]

    Jessica Soria Korsunsky

    Alumni Coordinator

    Jessica is a New Jersey native, but found herself at home when she moved to San Diego with her family in 2016.  She brings over 10 years of Jewish community engagement and marketing experience. Her past work includes roles with Open Dor Project, GrapeVine, Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, American Jewish World Service as well as […]

    Zehavit Algem-Haimof

    Operations and Financial Coordinator

    Zehavit coordinates finance and operations at Onward Israel, taking the lead on budget issues, and managing negotiations with suppliers and organizers. Zehavit served in the army as a satellite communication guide in the Computer and Information Corps. Prior to joining Onward Israel, she has worked at the Jerusalem Mayor’s building as a social media intern […]