MEET OUR TEAM
DAVID BASKIN, ISRAEL
Chief Executive Officer
David is the CEO and Founder of Ani Shlishi. David grew up in Evanston, Illinois. As a student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, David pursued his great passion, baseball, and made it to the position of team captain. After graduating with honors in 2012, with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology/Pre-Law, David left for Israel where he served in the Special Forces Unit 934 of the Israel Defense Forces. He is a seven-time IDF Soldier of Excellence Award winner.
ILAN KEDAR, ISRAEL
Chief Operations Officer
Ilan is the Co-Founder and COO of Ani Shlishi. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ilan came to Israel in 2009 and served as an officer in the Special Forces Unit 934 of the Israel Defense Forces. Upon his release from active duty, Ilan began numerous entrepreneurial endeavors in high-tech and E-commerce, playing a lead role in driving key strategic initiatives. Ilan’s life goals are to: change someone’s life for good; live without regret; take risks; and make a direct impact in the world. He learned his motivation through his experiences as a lifelong track and field athlete.
MEET OUR BOARD
Ani Shlishi is fortunate to be guided by a multi-generational, international board with experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors.
MIKE BASKIN, US
Mike Baskin has devoted much of his professional career to business management. He recently joined the leadership team of evolveusa.org, a peer group organization serving business owners. Previously, Michael served as Co-President of Mark Shale, a $60 million retail apparel business, with eight stores in four states, and as President of Inclusion=Solutions, a Chicago-based company whose products make businesses accessible to people with disabilities. Michael received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012.
FELICIA BASKIN, US
Felicia Baskin is a Grants Specialist at CJE SeniorLife, a nonprofit eldercare agency in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and M.A. in English from The University of Chicago.
RUTI BELL, ISRAEL
Ruti Bell is a licensed lawyer and accountant. She has extensive professional experience as an auditor as well as a 13 year stint as the Chief Financial Officer at the Archeological Museum of Kibbutz Ein Dor, a non profit that works to illuminate the way of life, materials and culture of the past and the present by engaging in study sessions and social meetings with Arabs and Jews together.
MIKE FRAZIN, US
Mike Frazin is a highly experienced financial executive. He is currently the Principal and CFO of Mosaic Construction, LLC and Design Construction Concepts where he manages the back office and software for construction projects as well as all financial reporting. Michael is also an active member of his community, serving on the Board of Trustees for Keshet, B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim and Chicagoland Jewish High School and on the Children’s Memorial Hospital Fundraising Board; and acting as past President of the Parkinson Disease Research Society. Michael is a certified soccer referee.
STEPHANIE HORWITZ, ISRAEL
Stephanie Horwitz was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating with a B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, Stephanie moved to Israel and served as an IDF tank instructor. She is currently the community manager and a program associate at Jerusalem Village, an Israel NGO dedicated to creating a sense of belonging to Israel’s capital city among young adults from around the world. Stephanie is responsible for outreach and programming, and manages Shalom al Lechem, the organization’s flagship project.
BEN MOGERMAN, ISRAEL
Ben Mogerman has been involved with Ani Shlishi since its inception. Ben holds a B.S. in Psychology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He made aliyah in 2013 through the Garin Tzabar program whose members are young adults who wish to make Israel their home and provide a meaningful contribution to the IDF as “Lone Soldiers”. During his IDF service as part of the Paratrooper’s Brigade, Ben called Kibbutz Ein Dor his adopted home. He currently lives in Tel Aviv, where he is involved in start-up businesses and is a member of a unique funk-driven pop rock group.
From the outset, we have depended on volunteers – mostly post-army young adults – who help collect, schlep, sell, and distribute our second hand items and give of their time to our beneficiary organizations.