Rick Goodman

Rick is from Scarsdale, New York and has lived in New York City since 2021. Rick graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a B.A. in International Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Rick currently works as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch as a part of the Goodman Group, which has over 35 years of combined experience working with clients in building wealth strategies designed to meet long term goals. Rick is most passionate about supporting JOIN’s Educational Consulting Program.

Yehudis Gottesfeld

Yehudis is a chemical engineer with a background in nuclear engineering and environmental engineering. She conentrates her work in the energy sector and has a conducted chemical engineering and environmental engineering research in various roles at Columbia University and The City College of New York. Yehudis has volunteered her time helping others with through multiple non-profits organizations for over 10 years.

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Heath Hartman

Heath is from Westchester, New York and has lived in New York City since graduating college in 2017. Heath graduated from The University of Michigan with a BBA from the Ross School of Business. Heath currently works at One Madison Group as an Investment Associate where he is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and deal execution of new investments, as well as portfolio management of current investments. Before joining One Madison Group, Heath spent four years at Citi in Investment Banking. Heath is most passionate about supporting JOIN's Literacy project.

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Thomas Isaacs

Thomas is currently a management consultant at Boston Consultant Group (BCG) in their NYC office. Prior to BCG, Thomas was a management consultant at PwC, advising private equity and corporate clients through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Thomas received a BS in Business Administration from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Thomas was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and currently resides in downtown Manhattan. Thomas is most passionate about supporting JOIN's Hot Lunch project.


Adam Koeppel

Adam was born and raised in New York City and has lived there ever since graduating college in 2019. Adam graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Adam currently works at J.P. Morgan, where he is responsible for the due diligence and manager selection of private equity, credit and real estate fund investments.Adam is most passionate about supporting JOIN's Big Brother project.

Adam Sussman

Adam V. Sussman is a partner in the Private Investment Funds practice of Goodwin Procter LLP in New York and a member of the firm's Private Equity group. Adam counsels private fund sponsors on all aspects of their business, including the organization, marketing/fundraising and ongoing operation, compliance and management of private equity funds, hedge funds, co-investment funds and managed accounts, as well as the firm ownership and upper-tier organization of asset managers. He also advises institutional investors with respect to their participation in private equity and other alternative asset funds.

Before becoming a lawyer, Adam was an analyst at an early-stage investment fund and business incubator based in New York’s Silicon Alley and served in the War Room of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign as part of the Media and Rapid Response Team. Adam earned his B.A., with Distinction, in History and Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University, and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and holds an M.A. concentrating in Political Economy. Adam is excited to be part of an organization that leverages private resources to access and enhance available programs and improve the lives of vulnerable populations in Israel.

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Melissa Sussman

Melissa Sussman, DO, MPH is currently a Family Medicine Resident Physician at Mount Sinai South Nassau. Melissa attended osteopathic medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), where she had the opportunity to spend time working in private and public hospitals and villages in Mumbai, India. She also spent a research year working at The Dr. Oz Show as a Medical Student Researcher from 2020-2021 where she covered breaking COVID-19 news, provided medical research for health, public health, and nutrition topics as well as participated in live segments on the show. Melissa has a recently published paper in the Hindawi Journal of Case Reports in Psychiatry and is currently working on manuscripts in Dermatology, and Lifestyle Medicine. Melissa graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Theater and Psychology.

Following college, Melissa performed in Off-Broadway shows and commercials in NYC and also had a background in breast cancer research at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.  Melissa transitioned her career back into the field of science by working as a Head Biotech Analyst at Actin Biomed, an Orphan Disease therapeutics investment firm. This job inspired Melissa to learn more about the FDA, regulatory process, policy and public health.  Melissa then obtained her Masters of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health prior to medical school. Melissa is thrilled to be joining an organization which focuses on helping those in need in Israel.

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Catherine Weingarten

Catherine Weingarten is a NYC based playwright and educator. She has worked in numerous public schools in NYC teaching theater, puppetry and other art forms. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College and an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.
Catherine is passionate about philanthropy, education for all and giving back to the Jewish community. Catherine is most passionate about supporting JOIN Literacy.

Liora Zaidner

Liora was raised in Jerusalem, did national service at Nefesh B’Nefesh and then a Bachelors in Computer Science at Bar Ilan University. Liora started working at Google as a student and relocated to New York City.

Growing up in Israel, Liora feels very connected to the land and people and so excited to be part of this cause. She's especially passionate about welfare programs for the elderly.