New York board members
Emily Ashman grew up in Chicago but moved to the east coast for law school. Been practicing as an attorney in a general civil litigation firm for the past five years. Lives in the city with her husband Andrew and loves taking advantage of everything the city has to offer. Emily is very happy and excited to be a part of the YWLN New York Board.
Jessica Bendes is a born and raised New Yorker and graduate of University of Rochester, where she double majored in marketing, human behavior & consumption and language, media & communications. After college she worked at NBCUniversal in audience coordination for "The Meredith Vieira Show," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "Saturday Night Live" while pursuing her passion for marketing with Syfy and USA. She now serves as a partnership marketing coordinator for Bravo & Oxygen.
Erika Berger grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she double-majored in marketing and human resources and minored in modern dance. Upon graduation in 2012, Erika moved to New York, starting her career in television as a NBCUniversal page. Erika is currently the trade marketing manager at Bravo Media. Erika continues to dance and also enjoys exploring all New York City has to offer.
Emma Bethel graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied international studies and public health. After graduating, she worked for NO MORE, a public awareness campaign aimed at amplifying the conversation and reducing the stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. She lives in New York and is currently enrolled in the post-bac pre-med program at Columbia University. Emma loves hiking in Idaho and animals of all sizes.
Rebecca Birnbach grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in criminology and criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. She currently works as health insurance specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Rebecca loves traveling, discovering new restaurants and her puppy, Bane.
Hannah Deoul is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with a major in German and minor in psychology. While in school, she was the co-host of a radio show, and had the chance to spend a semester abroad in Berlin. Additionally, she was a captain of the women's lacrosse team and member of the field hockey team, and her love of lacrosse took her to Israel last year to start a girls' youth lacrosse program. While coaching and growing the game, she was also a member of the Israeli Women's National Team. Hannah now works as an analyst in the CEO practice at Spencer Stuart, an executive recruiting firm.
Sarah Lewis is the program administrator of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center, where her focus is on research facilitation and communications. She also serves on Sigma Delta Tau's National Council, where she is the national advisor to two SDT chapters in New York. Sarah has a master's in health administration from Hofstra University and a B.S. from Tulane University. She is originally from Long Island, NY.
Erika Oppenheimer coaches high school students in a mindfulness-based approach to SAT and ACT preparation. Through her work, she helps students acquire skills and mindsets beneficial in the test room and in life. She shares her unique methodology in her book, Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test. Erika graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with degrees in English and psychology. Originally from South Dakota, she has lived in New York City for more than seven years. She has ongoing yoga and meditation practices and loves a good green juice.
Amanda is honored to serve as president of JWI's Young Wo men's Leadership Network in New York. She is a licensed real estate salesperson with The Katzen Team, one of the top 10-grossing teams at Douglas Elliman. She is also the junior sales associate at Elliman's New Development Project, Madison Square Park Tower. Amanda serves as Fuel for Truth's chair of Events and Alumni Engagement, is on the UJA Generosity Host Committee, co-chairs the Young Professionals Committee for the Children’s Hearing Institute, is a member of AIPAC Young Leadership, participated in the Jewish Leadership Initiative. Amanda hails from the sunshine state and is a graduate of Florida State University, with degrees in hospitality and creative writing.
Keren Siegel is an occupational therapist at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. Her passion for working with children is what drove her through graduate school and led her to her current job. Keren graduated from Binghamton University in 2012 with a major in human development and continued to receive her master's degree from Seton Hall University in Occupational Therapy in 2015. Keren was born, raised, and currently lives in New Jersey.
Jackie Soleimani is the director of board relations for the Birthright Israel Foundation. She has been fundraising in Manhattan for seven years and before working at Birthright Israel, spent five years at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Jackie graduated from Stern College in June 2008 and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and one-year-old son, Liam.
Talia Solomon was born in Dallas, Texas to two South African parents and is the first generation of her family in America. She attended the University of Maryland where she double-majored in psychology and Spanish, however, a senior year internship at The Discovery Channel ignited her passion for marketing. After college Talia worked in marketing at TLC, The Ad Council, Showtime and now Bravo. Mazel! Outside of work Talia’s passions are Autism Awareness (due to her brother), Jewish advocacy, anti-bullying (she is writing a memoir in her free time about this), French bulldogs and Bikram Yoga. She also loves meeting new people and striking up conversations any and everywhere.
Juliana Stone is from Los Angeles, California and graduated with highest honors from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science and history. Juliana has worked at the Democratic National Committee, was an NBCUniversal page, and now works in business development at Broadway Video in New York City.
Sara Wiesenfeld is a native New Yorker and graduate of Brandeis University, where she double-majored in theater & American studies with a minor in journalism. Immediately after graduation, she began her career as an NBC page in New York, where she worked on "The Doctor Oz Show," CNBC as well as audience work at "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." She currently works as a creative marketing coordinator at Oxygen Media, a perfect fit for a pop culture junkie like herself. A self-professed theater nerd, Sara is currently working on memorizing all lyrics to Hamilton.