Dr. NIGIST MENGESHA, CEO
GIL GILA D., DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND VOLUNTEERS
Gil has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology – Bachelor’s degree . She is a certified tax consultant and bookkeeper, insurance agent and fitness trainer.
Gil has more that 30 years of hands-on experience in business management and working with non profits in Israel.
NEGA ALENE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MEDIATION
Born in Ethiopia Nega made Aliyah in 1995 and has dedicated his professional life to advancing the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Prior to making Aliyah, Nega completed his teacher training in Gondar, Ethiopia and served as the education director of the Addis Ababa immigrant transit camp, responsible for education of over 4,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants. Over the past 20 years, Nega has held numerous roles in the field of education, truancy-prevention, mediation and group facilitation. Nega joined FIDEL in 2003 and served as director of the FIDEL crisis center for Ethiopian-Israeli teens at risk and national director of FIDEL’s youth centers.
Since 2011, Nega has served as Director of Community Development and Mediation at FIDEL. Nega oversees the FIDEL mediation program, which trains and places social and educational mediators in schools with a high concentration of Ethiopian-Israeli students to bridge the cultural gap between the parents, school administration and the students.
AVIVA ZARA, DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM – JERUSALEM & SOUTHERN REGION
Aviva has extensive experience in education, both formal and informal working for municpalities and social impact NPOs. She has a B.A. in Education and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University and is currently a graduate student in public administration and policy.
Aviva and her family live in Ashkelon, close to the schools and students she serves.
DANI DESTA , DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM HAIFA AND THE NORTH
YAAKOV (JACK) FROHLICH, DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Yaakov made aliyah from Canada in 1989. He joined FIDEL in 2015 with a rich background in resource development and marketing together with experience managing educational initiatives and leading informal education activities.
Yaakov has a keen understanding of the needs of the Ethiopian Israeli community as during the past 15 years he has worked closely with many immigrant populations in Israel (olim).
Yaakov has a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and a Masters in Judaic Studies.
ORA ASEFU BREHANU, HEALTH EDUCATION COORDINATOR
YANIV BEN HAGAY LEVI – DIRECTOR OF YOUTH CENTERS
NETA LEVIN, FINANCIAL OFFICER AND PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT