Staff Profiles

DIRECTOR:

 

Photo Noach BraunNoach Braun

Founder of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind - 1986

Began training dogs while a paratrooper in the IDF

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

2 years training - Pilot Dogs, Columbus, Ohio, USA

2 years training - British Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England

First dog trained in Israel - 1991

noach@igdcb.org

 



INSTRUCTORS:

 

Photo RafiRafi Taglicht

Director of Strategic Planning & Senior Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

3 years training - Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England

Joined IGDCB: 1992

rafi@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Yael ColumbusYael Columbus

Senior Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 1992

12 years education with "Bugrut"

3 years training with Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England

yael@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

Photo AmiAmihai Toren

Director of Guide Dog Training and Operations

Joined IGDCB: 2001

Hebrew University, B.S. Marine Sciences

Guide Dogs for the Blind in Oregon, USA

Clicker Training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, California, USA

ami@igdcb.org

 

 

 

Photo YarivYariv Melamed

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 2001

High School: Toronto, Canada

1 Year scholarship with Guide Dogs Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

2 Year program at IGDCB, Beit Oved, Israel

yariv@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

Photo RoeeRoee Rosen

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 2007

IDF "Oketz" - trained dogs to detect bombs

Seeing Eye in Sasa, Israel & Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California

roeer@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

Nathanel ElbazNatanel Elbaz

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB - 2010

University for Durable Development (Ecology)

Trained in Mobility Rehabilitation (use of a cane)

Trained at our center in Beit Oved, Israel

natanel@igdcb.org

 

 

Yoav OrtovYoav Ortov

Guide Dog Trainer - apprentice

MA in Environmental studies

Photographer in IDF spokesman unit

Joined IGDCB: May 2013

Yoav@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

 

Hila BenmeirHila Benmeir

Guide Dog Trainer - Apprentice

Joined IGDCB 2014

Therapeutic Riding Instructor for 10 years

Border Security for the IDF using bomb sniffing dog 1 year

hila@igdcb.org

 

 

 


DOG BREEDING & RAISING:

 

Photo Orna BraunOrna Braun

Director of Animal Services

Joined IGDCB: 1987

Professional Training:

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association - Great Britain

Veterinary Support Personnel Network

orna@igdcb.org

 

 


Photo Eli

Eli Ben Boher

Supervisor for Puppy Raising Families

Joined IGDCB: 1999

BSc in Animal Sciences

Guide Dog Trainer - Beit Oved, Israel

eli@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

Dana HalperinDana Halperin

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor - Apprentice

Joined IGDCB - 2011

University - Studied Music and Sociology

Formerly worked in dog grooming

Trained at our center in Beit Oved, Israel

 

 

 

Photo TimoraTimora Sela

Kennel Staff

Joined IGDCB: 2001

PE Teaching Credential, Wingate Institute

Two years with the SPCA - Israel

 

 

 

 


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:

 

Gal-li Gal-Li Danon

BA in Management and Marketing: College of Management

Young Entrepreneur's - JA Worldwide. Teaching kids about business

Joined IGDCB: July 2015

gal@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

 


ADMINISTRATIVE:

 


MenasheMenashe Kashi

Director of Administration & Finance

Returned to IGDCB: 2014

4 years' experience as a non-profit professional, Operations, HR & Finance Manager

Education: MA in Political Science and Public Administration, Bar Illan University

MCSE - Microsoft Certified Professional System Engineer

BA in Social Sciences, Open University

Associates Degree - Business Administration and General Management, University of Haifa

kashi@igdcb.org


Efrat Gal-MorEfrat Gal-Mor

Human Resources Coordinator & Operatioins

Joined IGDCB: October 2012

MBA: Business Operations from Michlali College

BA: Human Resources from College of Management

10 years experience in Human Resources

 

 

 

 

Dennis AllonDennis Allon

Director of Resource Development

Joined IGDCB May 2012

MA: Political Science, Hebrew University

23 years experience as a non-profit professional, donor consultant and project manager

dennis@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

Photo LisaLisa Baron Haet

International Liaison - Tour Coordinator (English Speaking)

Joined IGDCB: February 2009

16 Years Jewish Community Professional - San Francisco, California

BA - Recreation Therapy/Dance Therapy - San Francisco State University

lisa@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

 

Zippi NisimTzippi Nissim

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the Director

Joined IGDCB: May 2000

zipi@igdcb.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo SaritSarit Sharon

Bookkeeping

Joined IGDCB: 2009

Professional Bookkeeping & Computer training

Trilingual: Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese (and a little English)

 

 

 

Avital Margulis

Director of Marketing

MBA - 10 years experience in entrepeneurship and strategic marketing, sales activities, fund raising, business development, channels of distribution and management, market analysis and communications.

Joined IGDCB: February 2013

Avital@igdcb.org

 

 

Jed Schlesinger, PhD

Psychologist, Staff Consultant

Education:  PhD Clinical Psychology + Post Doctorate U.C.L.A.

Army experience: Paratrooper

Training: Specialization in Health Psychology

Joined IGDCB: October 2013

jed@igdcb.org

 

 

 

Bracha Ben-Avraham

Assistant - Resource Development and Marketing

Degree in Preschool Education, Music Education, and Technical Writing

Freelance technical writer & translator. Former kindergarten and music teacher.

Musician: Specialty in Traditional Irish & Israeli Folk Music

Guide Dog user since 2009

Joined IGDCB: October 2013

bracha@igdcb.org

 

 

 

STUDENT SUPPORT & MAINTENANCE:

 

Photo FriedaFrieda Tinn

House Mother - Student Support

Joined IGDCB: September 2005

Professional Training: Executive Business Secretary & Culinary Arts

friedatinn@walla.com

 

 

 

 

 

Rute Teper

House Mother - Student Support

Education: Alternative Medicine & Management of nursing homes

IDF: Officer in acquisitions, Tel Ha Shomer, Education Department

Joined IGDCB: March 2013

rute@igdcb.org

 

 

 

Photo MeirMeir Mordechai

Maintenance Manager

Joined IGDCB: April 2008

Professional Background: Electrical Communication Systems

 

 

Photo AlizaAliza Lugacy

Kennel Staff and Building Maintenance

Joined IGDCB: May 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Bar Ben DavidBar Ben-David

Maintenance Department

Joined IGDCB: August 2004

Competitive Swimmer

Assisted in Dog Competitions

 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES OFFICE:

 

 

Michael LeventhalMichael J. Leventhal

Executive Director

Joined IGDCB - 1987

Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy - Business Administration

LaSalle University - MBA in Healthcare Administration

215-343-9100 (work)

mike@israelguidedog.org

 

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