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Miri Kornfeld - Executive Director of High School Affairs
Territory: North America

Miri Kornfeld, originally from Denver, Colorado, immediately found her passion for promoting Israel on college campuses when she began attending UCLA. Her involvement in Israel advocacy remained her top priority, and she became the president of Bruins for Israel, UCLA's pro-Israel organization, in her senior year. Upon graduating, Miri joined the StandWithUs team as the Executive Director of High School Affairs in North America. Miri focuses on promoting education about Israel to high school students, providing them with the support and tools they will need to become leaders and Israel advocates on their future college campuses and in their communities.

Liz Brough - Associate Director of High School Affairs.
Territory: Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado

Liz Brough returned from a high school trip to Israel with a desire to share her new found knowledge of the Israeli culture and people with her peers. This motivated her to gain a degree in Jewish Studies and Bible from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. During this time, Liz was very active in the pro-Israel community in the greater Chicago area. Liz also served as the vice president of Kesher, the pro-Israel student organization on her campus, organizing events and actively promoting Israel awareness to her peers.

Maria Ntourlia - Northeast High School Coordinator
Territory: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia

Maria Ntourlia was born and raised in Athens, Greece where she got her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She learned about the Arab-Israel conflict by participating in the Model United Nations and was assigned to represent both sides of the issue. Eager to learn more about Israel, she eventually moved to the country, where she studied for her Masters Degree at IDC Herzliya, focusing on Diplomacy and Conflict resolution. She has worked as a Legal Adviser to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations and, among others, as a Researcher at the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy, in Israel, under the former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor. After coming back from Israel, Maria focused on representing Israel and countering misconceptions back in Greece and around Europe. Maria is looking forward in engaging the next generation of youth and promoting the state of Israel around the Northeast region.

Paul Friedman - Tri-State Area High School Coordinator
Territory: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Paul Friedman discovered his passion for educating students about Israel while studying and living in Israel for a full year in 2007-2008. He furthered his passion for obtaining knowledge about Israel and educating others while being selected as a Graduate Assistant at the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University. He also earned his Masterís Degree in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Kean University where he wrote his thesis on the history of Polish anti-Semitism. After graduating,Paul began working for StandWithUs as a Tri State Area High School Coordinator ensuring that students and educators are exposed to all of the facts so that students will be equipped with the knowledge to support Israel.

Rayna Exelbierd - Southeast High School Coordinator
Territory: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee

Rayna Rose Exelbierd was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an International Business Degree. Rayna spent a gap year studying in Israel and has continued to travel there and participate in advocacy programs. At FAU, Rayna was a StandWithUs Emerson fellow, and held many leadership roles in various Israel organizations and groups on campus. Upon graduating, her passion became her career.

Shanel Jacobs - Canada High School Coordinator
Territory: Canada

Shanel Jacobs graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a BA in Criminology and Justice. While a student she founded the first pro-Israel movement on campus. Born to Indian parents in Israel, Shanel was always fascinated by her roots. Through the knowledge she received from studying the Jewish diaspora, she discovered her passion for Israel advocacy. Shanel is looking forward to using her skills and knowledge to help students be proactive for Israel in our community.

Avi Yudkowsky - Midwest High School Coordinator
Territory: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio

Avi Yudkowsky was born and raised right here in Evanston, Illinois. After completing high school at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, he went to Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim in Bet Shemesh, Israel for two years. Afterwards, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was also the Hillel President and a CAMERA on Campus Fellowship intern. He then continued his education by pursuing his M.A in International Relations and Conflict Resolution Studies with a Specialization in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics from the IDC Herzliya Raphael Recanati International School in Israel. Avi then returned and spent 6 months working for the Hillary Clinton campaign on her field staff in Ft. Lauderdale, He is excited to be working for StandWithUs and continuing the standard for excellence set forth in the Midwest Region.

Jesse Stock - StandWithUs Texas Associate Director
Territory: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

Jesse Stock is from Agoura Hills, CA and currently serves as the StandWithUs Texas Associate Director. He is an expert in Middle Eastern geopolitics and studied Counter Terrorism at the IDC Herzliya in Israel and American Jewish University in Southern California. He has spoken at universities and high schools throughout the southern US. He has appeared on CBS news and has reached over a thousand teens with pro-Israel messaging.

Aryeh Gelfand - Pacific Northwest High School Coordinator
Territory: Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Aryeh Gelfand joined StandWithUs in the summer of 2017 and has brought his love and passion for Israel to the Bay Area. He was born and raised in Queens, New York, spent two years studying and living in Israel and is a graduate of CUNY-Queens College. On campus, he was a student reporter and social activist with the New York Public Interest Research Group and an active member of Hillel at Queens College. He has staffed Birthright trips with Israel Outdoors and also attended the Brandeis Collegiate Institute's month-long intensive Jewish educational experience in Brandeis, CA. He is excited to bring creativity and excitement to the High School Internship program in the Pacific Northwest.

Tatiana Uklist - Southern Region High School Liaison
Territory: Texas

Tatiana Uklist was born in Katy, Texas to two immigrants from the Former Soviet Union. After seeing the anti-Israel activity on her campus and learning more about her family's history in the Holocaust, Tatiana got involved with Israel and Jewish life on campus. She eventually became a StandWithUs Emerson fellow in her sophomore year and held multiple positions within her Hillel and the Israel group on campus. Now in her senior year at the University of Houston, Tatiana is excited to continue to work with StandWithUs in the high school department to help educate and empower high school students around the south.

Justin Feldman - Southwest High School Assistant
Territory: Southern California

Justin Feldman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently a sophomore and Political Science & Middle East Studies major at Santa Monica College. After witnessing the burst of misinformation against the Jewish state during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Justin became a StandWithUs High School intern. He also vocalized his Zionism as his NCSY chapter's Director of Education and advocacy film-maker for Onward Israel Video Activism. Today, Justin aspires to educate and mobilize fellow students and members of his community, as a part-time member of the StandWithUs High School team and President of his Students Supporting Israel chapter on campus.

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