BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert Newman - President of The Foundation
Robert Newman - President of The Foundation
Robert N. Newman is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor. He uses a variety of investment strategies seeking to generate growth and income. Robert received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkley in 1976. He entered the financial industry in 2000 .

Robert N. Newman is  a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor.  He uses a variety of investment strategies seeking to generate growth and income. Robert received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkley in 1976. He entered the financial industry in 2000 .

Yehochai Schneider – Chairman of The Board
Yehochai Schneider – Chairman of The Board
Mr. Schneider was co-founder of A&E Plastik Pak Co., Inc., the first plastic container company in the City of Los Angeles, California in 1956. A&E developed a system of manufacturing products using oriented polystyrene sheets, and subsequently became a major factor in the disposable packaging industry.

Mr. Schneider was co-founder of A&E Plastik Pak Co., Inc., the first plastic container company in the City of Los Angeles, California in 1956. A&E developed a system of manufacturing products using oriented polystyrene sheets, and subsequently became a major factor in the disposable packaging industry.

Since 1981, Mr. Schneider has been involved in the acquisition and operation of more than 60 companies worldwide. Mr. Schneider has been acquiring distressed companies and improving their operation until they were ready for sale on a profitable basis. Most of his acquisitions were highly leveraged.

Mr. Schneider has over 55 years of involvement in the plastics industry as well as other industries with expertise in manufacturing, management, financial and legal oversight of transactions, lender and public shareholder relations, and crisis management of distressed companies.

Mr. Schneider has Bachelor Degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering as well as a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Yehochai Schneider has served as the President of the Israel Air Force Center Foundation since its inception. He has been the driving force behind the growth and development of the IAF Center and the Foundation, generously supporting the expansion of its programs and activities.

Mr. Schneider has spent a lifetime in a myriad of philanthropic pursuits including support of various Israel based causes including educational, cultural, and social services projects.

Albert Bootesaz - Director
Albert Bootesaz - Director
Albert Bootesaz was born in Iran in August 1956. In April of 1974, after graduating from high school, he moved to Manchester, England to attend Old Trafford College. In 1976, he was admitted into Manchester Polytechnic. In 1977 he was elected as member of the student union board, he was instrumental in negotiations with the union to get financial assistance for Iranian students suffering hardship during the Iranian revolution.

Albert Bootesaz was born in Iran in August 1956. In April of 1974, after graduating from high school, he moved to Manchester, England to attend Old Trafford College. In 1976, he was admitted into Manchester Polytechnic. In 1977 he was elected as member of the student union board, he was instrumental in negotiations with the union to get financial assistance for Iranian students suffering hardship during the Iranian revolution.

In 1979, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in polymers and plastics science. He worked in several chemical and plastic companies in Manchester.

In February of 1986, Albert immigrated to the U.S. with his family. In August of 1993, he married his wife Mojgan. They have a daughter, Ashley, and a son, Brandon. He is currently the CEO of LeatheruUp.com, an internet based retail company.

Dr. Farid Pakravan - Director
Dr. Farid Pakravan - Director
Dr. Farid Pakravan is a Senior Partner of West Coast Dental Services, a Dental Management company that owns and operates 23 multi-specialty dental offices in Southern and Central California.

Dr. Farid Pakravan is a Senior Partner of West Coast Dental Services, a Dental Management company that owns and operates 23 multi-specialty dental offices in Southern and Central California.

Dr. Pakravan is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization; an organization of young executives dedicated to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. He is also an active member of the leadership group of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Dr. Pakravan serves on the board of directors of Milken Community High School.

Dr. Pakravan attended UCLA for undergraduate studies and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Pacific in San Francisco.

Moussa Shaaya - Director
Moussa Shaaya - Director
Moussa Shaaya moved to the U.S. in the 1970’s where he has become a leading entrepreneur. He has been an avid supporter of the IAF Center Foundation for several years as well as being an active board member of the foundation.

Moussa Shaaya moved to the U.S. in the 1970’s where he has become a leading entrepreneur. He has been an avid supporter of the IAF Center Foundation for several years as well as being an active board member of the foundation.

Moussa and his wife Sholeh live together in Los Angeles, California.

Andrew W. Tarica - Director
Andrew W. Tarica - Director
Andrew W. Tarica graduated from Northeastern University in 1982. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Inc. in 1983 as a bond trader, eventually managing the firm’s bond trading department for a period of five years prior to his departure in 1990.

Andrew W. Tarica graduated from Northeastern University in 1982. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Inc. in 1983 as a bond trader, eventually managing the firm’s bond trading department for a period of five years prior to his departure in 1990.

From 1990 to 1992 Mr. Tarica ran Kidder Peabody’s high grade bond sales, trading and research business. In 1992, he became the Global head of the High Grade Corporate Bond Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Tarica left the company in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Tarica founded Meadowbrook Capital Management, a hedge fund and asset management firm. Mr. Tarica is currently the CEO of MCM as well as an active employee at Concept Capital Markets, LLC, running the firm’s fixed income proprietary trading. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Metropolitan West Asset Management since 2002 and acting Chairman since 2009. Mr. Tarica is a board member of TCW Mutual Funds since 2011.

In 2005 he established the Edwards/Tarica Business Fellowship at Northeastern University and in 2010 created the Tarica Finance Endowment. Mr. Tarica is an active board member of the IFF, a non-profit foundation committed to funding and supporting pediatric brain tumor research. He is a lifetime supporter of the UJA Federation of New York, Welch Allyn healthcare, the Israeli Tennis Center, Magen David and several other Jewish and Israeli Charitable Organizations.

In 2009, after attending the IAF graduation ceremony, Mr. Tarica became involved with the IAFC and has hosted multiple events in support of the Golden Hour study and the Asymmetric Warfare study. Andrew Tarica and his wife of 26 years, Beth, have three children, Zachary age 24, Jaclyn age 21, and Jeremy age 16.

David S. Tarica - Director
David S. Tarica - Director

David S. Tarica, D.M.D is the President and CEO of NYCDentist.com, practicing general dentistry in New York City.

David S. Tarica, D.M.D is the President and CEO of NYCDentist.com, practicing general dentistry in New York City.

He has served on the President’s Council of Union College, the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and the Board of American Friends of Welch Allyn Healthcare and Solomon Schechter High School of Nassau County.

Mr. Tarica graduated from Ithaca College in 1978, did post-baccalaureate work at Columbia University, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1983. David Tarica lives in Jericho, NY with his wife Michele and their daughters Rachel and Erica.2

Joy Avidan
Joy Avidan

Joy Avidan was born in Long Island, New York and raised since the age of 9 in Eastchester, NY, in Westchester County in the home her father built. Joy grew up with 2 younger sisters.

Joy Avidan was born in Long Island, New York and raised since the age of 9 in Eastchester, NY, in Westchester County in the home her father built. Joy grew up with 2 younger sisters.

Joy attended Adelphi University where she received a Bachelor in Social Work. She met her husband, Avi, in Jerusalem, Israel in 1970 and were married in 1975.

Joy and Avi have 3 children; Sara, Rachel and Joshua. The family has expanded to son-in-laws,  Cory and Sal, and soon to be, daughter-in-law, Daniela. Joy and Avi have 4 grandchildren - of course, the loves of Joy's life!.

Avi & Joy have 43 years experience in real estate development and related fields. Avi owned and managed 3,000,000 square feet of various real estate.

Joy’s parents started a foundation for Gaucher’s disease since Joy’s sister passed away from it. The Avidan Family Charitable Trust Foundation gives each year to MS and they donate to many Jewish organizations. 

Joy has always been a "volunteer philanthropist" - raising her children in Purchase, NY.  Joy is active volunteer with the UJA Federation, The Jewish Community Center of Harrison (a member now for 37 years), Hadassah, Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, and Blythdale Children's Hospital. Joy worked closely with her family's charity - The National Lipid Diseases Foundation raising money for research for metabolical and neurological diseases.

Joy loves to be 'social' and prides herself on her many friends. Joy enjoys travel, playing tennis, reading, and playing cards. Today, Avi and Joy, work as a team to learn everything about MS. Avi was diagnosed 8 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis, they attend MS Conferences worldwide and support researchers to find different treatments and they hope a cure for MS. Avi & Joy have been involved with the IAFCF for about 20 years.

It all started at a parlor meeting for the IAFCF at a friend's home in Westchester. Joy and her family attended a mission in the 90’s and they were 'hooked'. Joy is very excited to join the IAFCF Board.  Joy hopes she can expand the success of what the Foundation has done so far with all of its amazing programs- ”The Israel Air Force Center Foundation is one of the life lines of the state of Israel now and forever.”

Joy & Avi enjoy a very active Jewish life in both New York & Florida.



Emeritus Chairman of The Board

Sheldon G. Adelson – Emeritus Chairman of The Board
Sheldon G. Adelson – Emeritus Chairman of The Board

Sheldon G. Adelson is Emeritus Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. A dynamic entrepreneur, business visionary and venture capitalist, Mr. Adelson’s business career spans more than six decades and has included creating and developing more than 50 different companies worldwide.

Sheldon G. Adelson is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. A dynamic entrepreneur, business visionary and venture capitalist, Mr. Adelson’s business career spans more than six decades and has included creating and developing more than 50 different companies worldwide.

Mr. Adelson’s penchant for challenging the status quo has been the foundation of his success and has led governments in places like Macao and Singapore to select Las Vegas Sands to create economy-changing tourism developments in their countries.

On August 28, 2007, The Venetian Macao opened to massive crowds and, similar to what Mr. Adelson helped accomplish in Las Vegas, Macao began its transformation into an international leisure and business destination. Under Mr. Adelson’s leadership, the company recently opened the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This iconic integrated resort facility features the type of business and leisure facilities that have become the hallmarks of Las Vegas Sands-developed properties and will be the bar by which all future integrated resort facilities are judged.

Mr. Adelson has been granted honorary degrees and other awards, and lectured at various colleges and universities including the University of New Haven, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Tel Aviv University and Babson College.

Mr. Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, have three grown daughters, two young sons, and four grandchildren. Dr. Miriam Adelson is a leading physician and expert in drug rehabilitation. She sponsors and manages two major drug abuse treatment and research facilities.



Emeritus Board Members

Mark Ramer z”l
Mark Ramer z”l

Arnon Adar
Arnon Adar

Glenn H. Edwards
Glenn H. Edwards

Shahab Karmely
Shahab Karmely

Elie Schalit z”l
Elie Schalit z”l

Dr. Sean Younai
Dr. Sean Younai

Al Berg z"l
Al Berg z"l

Phil Friedman
Phil Friedman

Stephen Saft
Stephen Saft

Richard Kandel
Richard Kandel

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