Meet the Network Team

Our team is here to help you strengthen and sustain your connection with the global Jewish community. To learn more about our work, please feel free to contact us. For general questions, or if you are unsure which regional director serves your community, please contact Erica Heisman.


The Network Professional Staff

Danny Nathanson
Executive Director/Regional Director
(818) 219-7948

Danny leads the Network team and serves communities throughout the Western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Danny has spent more than three decades working in communities across the nation to help Jews in need and to ensure Israel’s survival. He has held professional leadership positions at a number of major Federations, from Florida to California. His USC/HUC Master’s thesis, “The Impact of Population Density on Jewish Involvement and Identification,” has been an excellent resource for his community development work.

Andrew Feuerstein
Regional Director
(212) 284-6734

Andrew is based in New York City and is very excited to work with communities in Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington to enhance Jewish life and fundraising efforts.  He comes to JFNA most recently serving as Regional Director for the BBYO Big Apple Region (Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island).  During his time there, he revamped the operational structure with the region and expanded BBYO’s reach within the Brooklyn community.  Andrew previously worked for Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) where he connected with undergraduate and alumni communities throughout the United States.  He holds a BA in Organizational Communication from SUNY New Paltz.

Andrew was born and raised in New York and enjoys travel, spending time with his family and friends, exercising and outdoor adventures.

Edward Finkel
Regional Director
(212) 284-6530

Ed serves Network communities from Maine to Maryland, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, North, Central and South Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ed has designed and directed annual, capital and endowment fundraising operations for over three decades for synagogues, Jewish community institutions and organizations providing key, strategic expertise. He founded EJF Associates, a campaign management and philanthropic consulting firm and previously served as Assistant Atlantic Seaboard Regional Director of United Jewish Appeal.

He is a trained broadcast journalist and a graduate of Boston University College of Communication. He currently serves in leadership capacities to several educational, arts and Jewish organizations and has been honored for his contributions to their work.

Abby Levine
Regional Director
(843) 442-2551

Abby comes to JFNA with over 25 years of experience in donor relations and fundraising in the Jewish community. She is based in Charleston, South Carolina, and is very excited to work with the Network Communities throughout the Southeast to help strengthen their opportunities to enhance Jewish life and their campaign fundraising efforts.

Before working at JFNA, for five years she was Head of School at Addlestone Hebrew Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, a community Jewish Day School, serving over 130 students from 18 months old through 8th grade. She previously served as Executive Director at Synagogue Emanu-El in Charleston and received her professional certification as Fellow of Synagogue Administration by the North American Association of Synagogue Executives.

Rachel O. Levy
Regional Director
(917) 533-8097

Rachel serves Network communities in the Florida Panhandle, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

She has worked for the Network since 2011. Prior to joining the Network, she worked for the Jewish community for over 20 years at Hillel, Solomon Schechter Day School, several Jewish Federations and in the Jewish start-up sector.

Jacquelyn Shapiro
Regional Director
(212) 284-6727

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Shapiro serves Network communities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Development at Queens College Hillel and Development Associate for ARZA, Union for Reform Judaism. Jackie received her MSW from Columbia University with a concentration in social enterprise administration and graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Queens College.

Jackie is the first person from her family to be born in America. Her parents are from the Former Soviet Union and Jackie is fluent in Russian. She has participated on JDC Entwine trips to Argentina, Tbilisi, Georgia, Israel, and Ukraine, which she co-chaired, and is a part of JDC’s inaugural cohort of community representatives based in the New York area.

Erica Loiacano
Accounting Assistant
(212) 284-6602

Erica has been with JFNA in administrative support since 1996. She holds a BA in early childhood education, and is married with two daughters.

Erica Heisman
Network Assistant
(212) 284-6584

Erica recently joined the Network team after working in book publishing for a number of years. Growing up, she lived in Network communities in Georgia, California and Wisconsin. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

The Network Advisory Committee

Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, Chair
South Orange, NJ

Lauren Bandari           
San Luis Obispo CA

Julie Bercow              
Miami Beach FL

Daniel Frankel            
Winston-Salem NC

Beth Grode                  
Kalamazoo MI

Sharon Janks               
Los Angeles CA

Sam Kimelman            
Tallahassee FL

Linda Klein                  
Huntington WV

Tom Kramer                
Bloomington IN

Ann Pava                     
West Hartford CT

Steven Roosth            
Tyler TX

Caryn Rosen Adelman 
Chicago, IL

Joshua Rubenstein      
New Orleans LA

Don Sawyer                 
Jackson MS

Andy Schneider          
Winston-Salem NC

Marc Slotnick              
Charleston WV

Steven Slutsky            
Gainesville FL

Howard Stein             
Wilmington NC

Andre Tarraf              
Port St. Lucie FL

Gwen Wallace             
Lafayette IN

Elliott Weinstein        
York PA

Susan Weiss Firestone 
Longmeadow MA

Julie Wise Oreck         
New Orleans LA

Mark Wright               
Tampa FL