Marisa is the Israel and Overseas Engagement Associate at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, where she is very excited to engage local young adults and connect them with Israel and overseas opportunities.
She holds a BFA in Graphic Design and Computer Imaging from Ohio Wesleyan University. After college, Marisa traveled on Birthright where she fell in love with the sites, people, and culture of Israel, and three weeks later she returned to Israel with WUJS Tel Aviv, program of Masa. After returning to Baltimore, she worked as a graphic designer and marketing manager for a Jewish day school and as a part-time swim coach at the local JCC. As an alumna of Birthright and Masa, she understands the meaningful impact of peer-travel and immersive Israel programs and looks forward to providing others with the same transformative experiences.
Mirit Balkan is the I-Connect Manager at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. I-Connect increases number of young Cleveland adults ages 18-30 going on Israel programs including Masa Israel Journey. Mirit began in 2011 and has established herself as the local "to go" person when looking for a long term Israel Experience in the Cleveland Jewish community. Mirit was born in Israel, served as a sharp shooter sniper in the IDF, worked in Walt Disney World and The Gilo, The Rabin Center in Israel. She holds a Master in Interdisciplinary Democracy & a certificate in Peace a building and conflict studies.
Meira Kreuter is the Florida Regional Manager at Masa Israel, where she works on the full lifecycle recruitment process, including being the initial contact with potential program participants. Meira helps ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the entire process. Meira has been working at Masa since September 2016. Prior to working at Masa, Meira worked for several Birthright organizers in Israel, was a Hillel professional, and attended Law School. She also actively volunteers as a chapter advisor for her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon and is an alumna of Florida Atlantic University.
Amanda Monto is the Engagement Associate for Masa Israel in Chicago, where she serves as a community resource for Masa Israel opportunities. Prior to working at Masa, Amanda was a content manager for Prevent Child Abuse America. She is a University of Iowa alumna, with a degree in Communications and Psychology. Amanda served as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion from 2014-2015.
Jacob was born and raised in Metro Detroit. Jacob graduated early from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity, and Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies. He speaks fluent Hebrew and has visited Israel twice. Jacob works in the Israel & Overseas Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He works on scholarships, the Israeli Camper Program, Partnership2Gether with the Central Galilee Region and Masa. As a regional representative Jacob helps recruit for Masa programs. He is passionate about enhancing the relationships between Israel and the Metro Detroit Jewish community.
Roxanna (though everyone calls her Roxy) was born and raised in sunny southern California. Roxy caught the travel bug after her first trip to Israel as a teenager and had been collecting stamps on her passport ever since. After her gap year on the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, Roxy went on to study Psychology and Human Development at the University of California-Davis. Since graduating, she has spent many years working and volunteering for various Jewish organizations such as Hillel, Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, and the Builders of Jewish Education. Roxy is currently working as the Program Director for Israel Experiences & Post-Programs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She is passionate about Israel and helping people find the right Israel experience for them.
Rick was born in a small city in Florida near Tampa. He first went to Israel when he was 18 and was struck by the beauty of the country. That following summer he volunteered at a youth village in Pardes Hana. It was that experience that solidified his love and devotion to the State of Israel. While majoring in Jewish Studies and Social Work at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Rick was extremely active in Jewish/Israel student organizations. Rick was the vice president of the JSU, a two-time Israel Month Director, and for two years he was a WZO Student Outreach Fellow. His greatest accomplishment at UF was directing the Florida Loves Israel Conference. In 2013, after his graduation, Rick made Aliyah and drafted into the IDF's Armored Corps. While in the IDF he was awarded best soldier in the company multiple times and was active in Operation Protective Edge. Rick is currently working as a Program Advisor in Masa's Jerusalem office. He is dedicated to sharing the beauty of Israel with all those who are interested in helping them find the best program possible.
Hayley Geller is the Project Manager at Masa Israel, where she supports the Director of Partnerships and Director of Business Development. Hayley was a campus representative before joining Masa’s New York office in August 2015 as a Recruitment Coordinator. Hayley spent a semester studying abroad at Tel Aviv University and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Political Science degree in 2014.
Guy is the regional representative for Masa in the NY (and Boston) area. He came to Masa after interning for Hillel because he saw the work at Masa as his way of representing his country, Israel. Born and raised in Israel, after completing his IDF service, Guy left Israel and started jumping around the globe. After backpacking in South America, working in aviation security in Hong Kong, and studying International Affairs in DC (George Washington), he settled in NYC to start recruiting for Masa. Maybe because he is missing the Israel experience, Guy likes to engage in large gatherings of friends, having a drink, sharing a laugh, watching a movie, or simply making a lot of noise. He's really into politics and world affairs, even though his background is art and bars. Guy bartended for 12 years in 3 different continents, and though he traveled to over 15 countries, now he can barely stand taking the NYC subway.
Rachel Moses is the recruitment manager at Masa Israel, where she works on the full lifecycle recruitment process, including being the initial contact with potential internship participants. Rachel helps ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the entire process. Rachel has been working at Masa since October 2011, and has expertise in Masa Israel opportunities. Prior to working at Masa, Rachel was an elementary school teacher in New York City. She holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from York University in Toronto.