Executive Staff

Ahmir Lerner, Executive Director

Ahmir serves as Executive Director at Beit Issie Shapiro. Ahmir began his career as a navigator in the Air Force. He then served for twenty two years in the Prime Minister’s Office where his last two positions were Deputy Director of Logistics and Security, and Director of the Leadership School. Three years ago, Ahmir left the Prime Minister’s Office to join the social sector. He worked at Education Cities as a member of the management team, after which he joined the Mandel School for Educational Leadership fellowship program.  Ahmir holds a first degree in Economics and Banking from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

Naomi Stuchiner, Founder

Naomi is the founder of Beit Issie Shapiro and served as Executive Director through its first 25 years of development. From 2006, Naomi dedicated herself to building international support for the organization towards enhancing its future sustainability. Naomi today serves as Founder, representing Beit Issie Shapiro in various frameworks in Israel’s social sector. Naomi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has recently been awarded the Wind Annual Social Entrepreneurship Award by the IDC Herzliya Honorary Fellowship.

Lili Levinton, Professional Deputy-Director

Lili has been working at Beit Issie Shapiro since 1986, serving as Professional Deputy-Director since 2010. Lili focuses on identifying innovative trends, and managing and leading projects that cut across the organization, including BIS’s Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence and BIS’s Technology Consulting Center. Lily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hebrew Literature and Educational Psychology from Ben Gurion University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the Hebrew University.

Oren Sela, Deputy Director Finances and Administration

Shosh Kaminsky, Director of Knowledge Management and Social Change Unit

Shosh directs the Knowledge Development and Management Department, supervises the Community and Social Change Department at Beit Issie Shapiro, and works towards the greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. She is a consultant on BIS’s model of community and service development and has recently been awarded an Exemplary Award for the promotion of professional knowledge and the development of social rehabilitation services by the Homesh – Rehabilitation Division of Social Workers in Israel. Shosh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Social Work from Bar-Ilan University, and a Master’s Degree in Planning & Administration in Social Work from Bar-Ilan University.

Ronit Segelman, Director of Global Resource Development

Ronit began work as the Director of the Global Resource Development Department in 2018. Ronit manages the Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro overseas, and the partners around the world working closely with them in their fundraising efforts and promotion of Beit Issie Shapiro abroad.

Sigal Winter, Manager of Israel Resource Development & Public Relations

Adela Hahamy, Director of Human Resources

Adela has built and managed the HR department in Beit Issie Shapiro since 2002. She oversees all aspects of the individual worker at Beit Issie Shapiro in the complete organizational life circle, as well as organizational processes such as succession plan, organizational engagement plan and others. Adela has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and has studied HR management, Organizational Consulting and Mediation.

Dr. Dana Roth, Director of the Research and Evaluation Department

Dana is the Founder and Director of the research and evaluation department and for the last decade has been promoting collaborative/inclusive research and evaluation approach with people with disabilities. She has published extensively in areas relating to quality of life, attitudes and stigma, accessibility, abuse and violence related to disability, self-advocacy, implementation of different treatment and intervention methods, applied research, inclusive methodologies, and most recently assistive technology and its impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Dana has chaired several international conferences and serves on journal editorial boards, as well as on national and international committees. Dana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Haifa, a Master’s Degree in Special Physical Education from Adelphi University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Benny Hozmi, Academic Director

Benny specializes in Education in Developmental Disabilities. In 2006, 2011 and 2015, he co-chaired Beit Issie Shapiro’s International Conferences on Disabilities. Benny’s pioneering educational programs for people with learning difficulties are world known and he established Beit Issie Shapiro’s Inclusive University affiliated with Israel’s leading universities. Benny has a a Ph.D in Social Work from Bar Ilan University.

Sharon Yeheskel-Oron, Manager of the Global Professional Development Department

Sharon is in charge of developing Beit Issie Shapiro’s international professional network, as well as marketing consultation and training packages in the field of disabilities to international stakeholders. Sharon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and International Relations and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Law from the Hebrew University.


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