• Maimonides Society Program

    Sunday, November 19
    6:30 p.m. networking
    7:00 p.m. program
    at the Greensboro Jewish Federation

    “Responding to Community Crisis: Local and Israeli Perspectives”

    The community is invited - no cost.

    Sunday, November 19
    6:30 p.m. networking
    7:00 p.m. program
    at the Greensboro Jewish Federation

    “Responding to Community Crisis: Local and Israeli Perspectives”

    The community is invited - no cost.

Speakers

Talia Levanon, Executive Director, Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), and Alyson Best, Public Health Preparedness Manager, Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH).

 

Talia has a MSW in clinical social work from Bar Ilan University, a degree in Integrative psychotherapy and a BSW in Social Work from the Hebrew University.

In 1973, During the Yom Kippur War, Talia served as an officer in the IDF, working with bereaved families and wounded soldiers. Talia also serves as a supervisor for social workers and worked in a special unit of the Israeli National Insurance Institute for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Widows and Widowers.

Since 2001 , Talia Levanon  has directed the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), a collaborative network of over forty organizations committed to a proactive role in policy making and the provision of a systematic continuum of trauma related care and preparedness. As Executive Director of the ITC, Talia is responsible for the development and establishment of innovative models such as five resilience centers and regional training centers, leading the partnership with the Government and Home Front Command.

 

With over 30 years’ experience in the field of trauma care and bereavement, Talia is actively involved in several national and international projects committed to developing emergency preparedness and community resilience. Models, protocols and interventions developed by the ITC have been implemented in Haiti, U.S.A, Japan, Mumbai and the Philippines. Talia represented Israel at the United Nations in a forum on victims of terror, has worked with WHO, UNICEF, CDC and EUTOPA on several post disaster and preparedness projects and is a frequent key note speaker at international forums.

 

Talia was born in Switzerland and was raised in Nigeria. She and her husband Erez, live in Jerusalem and take great joy in their four daughters and eight grandchildren. In addition to her work, Talia enjoys entertaining, travel, Jewish study and opera. She is fluent in English, French and Hebrew. 

Alyson Best obtained her degree in Public and Community Health at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she worked as an

Environmental Health Specialist before moving to North Carolina. 

Alyson has worked in Durham and Davidson Counties and since 1998, at the Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH). She has held several Environmental Health positions, including Program Manager for Children’s Environmental Health, Health Hazards and Animal Control. In 2013 she took the position of Public Health Preparedness Manager.

In 2016 and 2017 Alyson was invited to participate in the NC-Moldova Nursing and Public Health Collaborative building capacity in the Republic of Moldova, Europe. The multi-year collaborative is sponsored by Guilford Rotary Club, Rotary International and NC-Moldova Partnership. A return trip is planned for 2018.  Alyson lives in Greensboro with her husband Joe and 20-year-old daughter Hannah.