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Our Team

Connecting The Startup Nation and The Silicon Prairie

The welaunch Team

Experienced global, business and community leaders — throughout Israel and the Midwestern United States.

Rabbi, Dr. Baruch HaLevi

co-founder & CEO - Israel

For 15+ years, Baruch served as a synagogue rabbi in Los Angeles, CA, Des Moines, IA and Swampscott, MA, where he built one of the most innovative and successful congregations in the country, as detailed in his book, ``Revolution of Jewish Spirit``. He is a serial social-enterprise entrepreneur, renowned motivational speaker and author of multiple books.

Don Schoen

co-founder & COO - Iowa

Don Schoen is a serial entrepreneur with more than 40+ years experience, owning 6 different companies, with 2 successful technology company exits to publicly traded companies. Active as business and technology consultant and active on the University of Iowa's entrepreneurial and business advisory boards.

Bob Wolfson

co-founder & CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) - Nebraska

After training and working as an attorney in the area of employment discrimination, Bob shifted to working at the Anti-Defamation League for over 28 years and served on the senior leadership team in New York focused on social impact organizational management and leadership, managing 27 regional offices.

Larry Turow

Sr. VP of Business Development, Indiana

Larry has spent 20+ years in corporation finance, international business development, and investment planning. He is a Certified Financial Planner Professional and Managing Director with The Grabovsky Group; CEO and founder of both Accelerate Israel - bi-national business development, and Israel Investment Consultants - international investment consulting.

Eran Harish

Sr. VP of Business Development - Israel

Eran has spent 20+ years within the Israeli startup ecosystem and international arena focused on strategic business planning, global expansion, fundraising strategy and cross-cultural relationships. In addition to welaunch he is the Business Development Manager at Sagent Management Israel - a global financial and tax services firm.

Marjorie Robinow

Director of Engagement & VP of Business Development - Kansas/Missouri

Ms. Robinow, currently of Robinow Group Consulting worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach for a 20+ year career. Margie’s passion for business has always motivated her ongoing consultation work for large and small businesses throughout the United States. Her consulting focus has been in communication, stress management and productivity and maintaining a productive workplace environment. Margie has engaged in political support for pro Israel issues all her life.

Jacob Millner

VP of Business Development - Minnesota

Mr. Millner is a public policy professional. He is the Midwest Regional Director and Senior Policy Analyst with The Israel Project, a Washington D.C.-based strategic communications organization and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.<br /> Jacob has also worked in various capacities with different trade associations as director of government affairs where he led legislative and regulatory efforts.

Edie Roodman

VP of Business Development - Oklahoma

Jill Suskind

Grants Writer and Manager - Andover, MA

Ms. Suskind has 30+ years experience teaching high school English and designing Jewish education curriculum. She has owned and operated several nonprofits. As principal grant writer and manager of Et Al Jewish Grant Writing Services, Jill specializes in advising and securing funding for agencies that operate both in the US and Israel.<br />

Jan Goldstein

Director of Community Relations & Tours - Nebraska

Jan spent 20+ years as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha; She currently serves as the Stateside Director for the Jewish Agency For Israel's (JAFI) Partnership2Gether Central Area Partnership Consortium. Jan is also the Director of North American Tours for Amiel Tours, Israel's longest running, largest, privately owned land tour operator.

Norman Birnbach

Director of Public Relations - Boston, MA

For 25+ years, Mr. Birnbach has managed public relations and social media for tech, biotech, fintech, cybersecurity, AI, and nonprofits for clients including IBM, Corning, Fidelity, Forbes, and Joslin Diabetes Center. He advises Israeli clients in the U.S., planning and executing thought leadership campaigns, and helping raise awareness. Norman is also president of Birnbach Communications, a Boston-based PR and social media agency.

Iris Golani

Director of Education, Israel

Iris has 15+ years experience in marketing and business development, with an emphasis on B2B, as well as professional services marketing and relationship marketing. Since 2009, Iris has been working as a Business Development freelancer with various organizations, projects and initiatives in the Israeli market including facilitating professional and business conferences, events and educational programs.

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