How We Began
USIEA has established uniquely significant and meaningful ties with Israeli leaders. These include the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, and leaders in the areas of local government, science, education, military and business. USIEA values the Judeo-Christian heritage and both the historical and spiritual significance of Israel; therefore, our relationships are based on deep mutual respect and open dialogue.
Founder and Executive director
Over the past 20 years Heather has personally pioneered the way in building the strategic relationships and providing the relevant perspective that makes USIEA a valued resource to U.S. and Israeli leaders. For over a decade, she has led dozens of trips to Israel comprised of businessmen, Members of Congress, and other distinguished guests and leaders, in addition to leading and facilitating briefings in Washington, DC. Heather is a world renowned speaker on Modern Israel.
Also, Heather, in partnership with former Mayor Ron Nachman, established the National Leadership Center in Ariel, the capital of Samaria. Today the Leadership Center hosts groundbreaking programs that have given more than 70,000 Israeli and Arab youth the opportunity to meet and participate in a unique experiential learning adventure.
Heather attended Auburn University studying Communications and completed her Masters of Theology degree at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL.
Ari Sacher is a Rocket Scientist, and has worked in the design and development of missiles for over twenty-five years. He has briefed hundreds of U.S. members of Congress on Israeli Missile Defense, including three briefings on Capitol Hill at the invitation of the House Majority Leader and the Israeli Ambassador. Ari is a highly requested speaker, enabling even the layman to understand “rocket science.” Ari has appeared on CNN, Fox News, i24news, and the Discovery Channel.
Since November 2017, Ari has been serving as the Educational Director at the US Israel Education Association. In his position at USIEA, Ari is the direct interface with members of Congress and their staff. Ari leads in the development, implementation and evaluation of USIEA’s dynamic education programs.
Board of Directors
Heather Johnston, Founder and Executive Director, USIEA
CEO/Founder, The Broadway Group, LLC
Ken Cella, Principal, Client Strategies Group, Edward Jones
Charles Krulak, General, USMC (Ret.) 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps; President Emeritus, Birmingham-Southern College
Musette Morgan, EdD
Bruce Pearl, Head Coach, Auburn University Men’s Basketball
Dr. Phil Roe, Former U.S. Representative, Tennessee 1st District