AFN Leadership Bios

AFN Leadership Bios

AFN Board of Directors


The late Walter H. Weiner (Honorary President)

Walter was the Chairman and CEO of Republic New York Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Republic National Bank of New York. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Weiner received a B.A. degree in 1952 and a J.D. degree in 1953 from the University of Michigan Law School. Walter played a major role in the formation of AFN in 2004.


David Kostman (Chairman)

David serves as the CO-CEO of Outbrain, a successful company specializing in online advertising, and has been the Chairman of NICE Systems Ltd. since February 2013. Mr. Kostman holds an LLB degree from Buchman Faculty of Law of The Tel-Aviv University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD, France. David has served as Chairman of AFN’s board since 2011.


Ariel Recanati (Secretary)

Ariel is the owner of a private investment company. He is active in several educational and philanthropic organizations and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa and as a Member of the Advisory Board of Mount Sinai Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Mr. Recanati is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He has been the Chairperson of AFN from 2006 to 2011 and continues to serve on the board.

Esti Cohen (Treasurer)

Esti Cohen serves as the CFO of Grantchester. Previously, she served as the CFO of 590 Services Corporation from 2004 until 2011 and a Senior Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers from 2000 until 2004. Ms. Cohen has been the accountant of the Recanati family in New York as well as AFN for many years. Esti received her degree from University of California, Los Angeles. She has served on the AFN board since 2014.


Darel Manocherian-Benaim PhD

Dr. Darel Manocherian-Benaim is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York. She is actively involved in ISEF Foundation as Chair of its Student Affairs Committee, while her husband serves as the foundation’s Chairman. She and the Benaim family are committed to addressing the disparity in educational opportunity in Israel and educating disadvantaged youth via scholarships for advanced professional studies at Ben-Gurion University. Darel has been on AFN board since its beginning in 2004.


Dity Brunn PhD

Dr. Dity Brunn is an adjunct professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University. A licensed clinical psychologist in New York, she holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University as well as a masters in marriage, family, and child counseling (MFCC) from the University of Southern California. A resident of Los Angeles, Dr. Brunn’s work focuses on couples and relationships, interpersonal influences, and the effects of brain disorders on human behavior and psychopathology. Dity has been on AFN board since 2014.


Ran Eliasaf

Ran is the Managing partner at Northwind Group as well as TNW Capital. He is a real estate owner/ operator with a specializing in investing across multiple asset classes, predominantly in Manhattan. Mr. Eliasaf served as a captain in the Israeli Navy and hold an L.L.B and a B.A in Finance from IDC Herzliya. Ran joined the AFN board in 2017.


Linda Frieze

Linda Frieze is a Brandeis University Fellow and a member of the Heller School Board of Overseers. Linda and her husband Michael support a number of charitable causes, including scholarships for students at Brandeis, the Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and their own Family Foundation, in connection with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.
Linda has been a member of the AFN since its beginning in 2004.


Andrew Malik

Mr. Andrew J. Malik serves as the Head of Capital Markets at Needham & Company, LLC. Prior to Needham, Mr. Malik spent 21 years at Lehman Brothers, where he served as a Partner and Managing Director. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he ran Capital Markets and Institutional Sales for C.E. Unterberg, Towbin (which became L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin) from 1971 to 1987. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for Needham & Company, LLC since 2008. Mr. Malik is a Director of The Frayman Group, Inc. since January 2010. He serves as Director and Member of Advisory Board of MyTurn.com, Inc. Mr. Malik serves as Member of Advisory Board for TripleHop Technologies, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hummingbird Ltd. and also served as its Lead Director. Mr. Malik lectures extensively on college campuses on a variety of topics related to corporate finance.


Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk

Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk is Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. He, his wife Joanie Berger and their two children moved to Ohio in 2010, after serving as Senior Rabbi at a Congregation in Virginia and an Associate Rabbi in Baltimore. He holds a master’s degree in Hebrew Literature (1999) as well as in Jewish Communal Service (1994) from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Nosanchuk is Vice-Chair of the Reform Movement’s Joint Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning. Robert has been on AFN since 2015.


Rabbi Michael Siegel

A graduate of Hiram College, Rabbi Michael Siegel was ordained in 1982 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he received his Master of Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Siegel came to Anshe Emet in 1982 as Assistant Rabbi and was named Senior Rabbi in 1990.Rabbi Siegel is a dedicated leader in the Jewish community both locally and nationally. He has served on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet, the Executive Board of MAZON: A Jewish Resource to Hunger and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. He is a past President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and served as national Co-Chair of the Magen Tzedek Commission. Additionally, Rabbi Siegel helped to form the Hayom Coalition, an organization of synagogues committed to the transformation of institutions, and a re-envisioning of the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Siegel has also worked hard to bridge the gap between African Americans and Jews in Chicago through outreach to clergy. Rabbi Michael Siegel and his wife, Janet have been blessed with four wonderful children: Joseph, Rebecca, Deena and Emma.


Toni Young

Toni Young has served as President at American Associates Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the first Vice President on the AABGU board of directors, and the first woman President of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. She has also served on the national boards of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Ms. Young is the author of Becoming American, Remaining Jewish: The Story of Wilmington; Delaware’s First Jewish Community, 1879-1924 and The Grand Experience: A History of the Grand Opera House. She earned a master’s degree in Spanish at Harvard University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College. Toni has been on AFN board since 2014.

AFN Staff


Jaime Seltzer, Executive Director

American Friends of NATAL is thrilled to welcome Jaime Waldman Seltzer as AFN’s new Executive Director. A consummate non-profit professional with a passion for Israel, Jaime joined the team this summer and brings with her 42 years of experience working in development and a deep understanding of Jewish communities. Jaime holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and has spent her career dedicated to helping nonprofits with a focus on Israel.

She is eager to get to know NATAL’s friends and supporters in the coming months and to share her vision for growth and development.

“I am very humbled to be serving as the Executive Director of AFNatal. I recently returned from Israel where I met with the professional and volunteer leadership of NATAL. What I saw there was absolutely incredible! We are on the frontline internationally in times of need. From the very first contact with us through the helpline, to the delivery of clinical services and programs, we treat people with dignity and respect and work to develop an approach to their care in a most thoughtful and personal way. This is the perfect blending of my social work background and my extensive development experience. I look forward to building upon the wonderful achievements of AFNatal to date by increasing and broadening our reach in the U.S.” – Jaime Seltzer


Maya Anderman, Director of US Programs

Ms. Maya Anderman serves as the Director of US Programs for NATAL. For over a decade, Ms. Anderman has dedicated her work at NATAL to assist communities and organizations in the US in becoming more trauma informed. Her work in developing partnerships and launching tailored programs encapsulates the full spectrum of NATAL’s proactive approach to trauma treatment and prevention. Recent partnerships include the Wounded Warrior Project, The Urban Resiliency Center (Chicago, IL), and New Jersey’s first responders (in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security).

Having served in Israel’s Defense Forces, and experienced one of the most traumatic periods of terrorist attacks on civilian population in Israel; Ms. Anderman brings with her a unique perspective on the need to support trauma victims and communities.

Ms. Anderman participates in professional forums, and public awareness initiatives, to de-stigmatize trauma and promote the awareness to the need to seek help, treat, and build resiliency. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Israel’s Open University, and MBA from the University of Manchester in the UK.


Kym Pitlor-O’Meara, Director of Outreach

As Director of Outreach for American Friends of NATAL, Kym Pitlor-O’Meara spearheads community outreach and marketing efforts within the US. With extensive background in public relations and marketing for international non-profit organizations, Kym works to extend NATAL’s network through grant seeking, marketing and events, public advoacay and outreach, donor cultivation and partnerships. Prior to AFN, Kym worked with the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and Cornell University Cooperative Extension in NYC. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and enjoys spending time with her husband, toddler son and rescue dog, Shoshana.

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