Israel

OUR TEAM

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HEATHER JOHNSTON

FOUNDER & CEO

Over the past 20 years Heather has personally pioneered the way in building the strategic relationships and providing the relevant perspective that makes USIEA a valued resource to U.S. and Israeli leaders. For over a decade, she has led dozens of trips to Israel comprised of businessmen, Members of Congress, and other distinguished guests and leaders, in addition to leading and facilitating briefings in Washington, D.C. Heather is a world renowned speaker on Modern Israel.

Also, Heather, in partnership with former Mayor Ron Nachman, established the National Leadership Center in Ariel, the capital of Samaria. Today the Leadership Center hosts groundbreaking programs that have given more than 70,000 Israeli and Arab youth the opportunity to meet and participate in a unique experiential learning adventure.

Heather attended Auburn University studying Communications and completed her Masters of Theology degree at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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ARI SACHER

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Ari Sacher is a Rocket Scientist, and has worked in the design and development of missiles for over twenty-five years. He has briefed hundreds of U.S. members of Congress on Israeli Missile Defense, including three briefings on Capitol Hill at the invitation of the House Majority Leader and the Israeli Ambassador. Ari is a highly requested speaker, enabling even the layman to understand “rocket science.” Ari has appeared on CNN, Fox News, i24news, and the Discovery Channel.

Since November 2017, Ari has been serving as the Educational Director at the US Israel Education Association. In his position at USIEA, Ari is the direct interface with members of Congress and their staff. Ari leads in the development, implementation and evaluation of USIEA’s dynamic education programs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heather Johnston

CEO & Founder

USIEA

Ken Cella

Principal, Client Strategies Group 

Edward Jones

Ann Leatherman
Bob Broadway

CEO & Founder

The Broadway Group, LLC

Bradley Byrne

Special Counsel 

Adams and Reese LLP 

Former U.S. Representative

Alabama 1st District

Julia Grumbles
Charles Krulak

General, USMC (Ret.)

31st Commandant of the Marine Corps

President Emeritus, Birmingham Southern College

John Mejia

CEO & Founder 

Providence Investments

Musette Morgan
Bruce Pearl

Head Coach 

Auburn University Men's Basketball

Dr. Phil Roe

Former U.S. Representative

Tennessee 1st District

STAFF

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JAHAN BERNS

JULIE ESCUE

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
DIRECTOR OF TOURS & EVENTS
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JOAN LESLIE MCGILL

CHIEF OF STAFF
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EJ KIMBALL

SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
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CAROLINE ESCUE

EXECUTIVE MANAGER OF TOURS & EVENTS

ERIN EHRICH 

DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT
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SHELBY PUTNAM 

MARKETING & DESIGN STRATEGIST 
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TYLER DENNEY 

DONOR & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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SHAN FINLEY 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO HEATHER JOHNSTON

DONNA LONG

OFFICE MANAGER
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ASSISTANT TO HEATHER JOHNSTON

BREE KOLIBAS 

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