Prior to joining United Hatzalah Felicia was a Senior Development Executive in the Wall Street Division at UJA-Federation of New York. Before her experience in the non-profit sector, Felicia worked in sales and marketing for a division of the Bank of New York. She holds a B.A. from Emory University and an M.P.A in Health Management from NYU Wagner.
The drive to spread the importance of emergency response was the result of the tragedy which occurred on June 5, 2002. On that date, Bat-El’s brother Avi became a victim of terror at one of the worst bus bombings - # 840 bus. The rare chances of his survival later encouraged her to travel to the U.S. to clear her head from the horrifying tragedy.
This traumatic experience coupled with her desire to educate people about the importance of saving lives in Israel, led her to her current efforts with United Hatzalah. In 2004 she became a United Hatzalah volunteer, representing the organization in New York doing mainly administrative work. Alone, far from her family she soon understood that she had to plan for her future, and so she enrolled in Borough of Manhattan Community College focusing on Finance and Business Administration.
As the terror attacks continued in Israel, in 2006, following the Second Lebanon War, her passion for United Hatzalah continued growing and until 2009 Bat-El was performing substantial fundraising to help the organization continue save lives. In 2009 Bat-El got married and moved to Florida. She recently graduated with her degree from Touro College South.
Bat-El chose to take the great opportunity to become the first formal representative in Southern Florida. Her main goal is to connect individuals in the most direct and beneficial way to the state of Israel. Saving lives and keeping families together is her passion.
David Ramati served in the Marine Corps for two combat tours in Vietnam where he received the Presidential Unit Citation. After his honorable discharge he returned to complete his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After a period of soul searching he converted to Orthodox Judaism and immigrated to Israel where he has dedicated his life to Israel and the Jewish people, living for almost 40 years in Kiryat Arba, an urban settlement next to Hebron.
David served in the Israel Defense Force, rising to the rank of Captain of infantry. Among his last assignments for the IDF was gathering intelligence information for a special unit of Military Intelligence.
He has also worked as an investigative journalist, and his work has been used as reference material for U.S. Congressmen who are interested in the better understanding the issues at stake in the present conflict. David is a father of six and grandfather of 21.