Meet Our Regional Board

Emma Zelkind, President
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Hi, I am Emma Zelkind, and I am a senior at The Seven Hills High School in Cincinnati Ohio. I participate in multiple clubs, including Model UN and Round table (a peer discussion club about current events). I was born in Orange County California but moved to Ohio the summer going into second grade. I go to Wise Temple and was my TYG’s (WOOTY) Religious and Cultural Vice President for 2017-2018. I served at the Ohio Valley’s Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 2018-2019 year, I have also been in the Madrichim program for two years, and I have attended Goldman Union Camp Institute for nine summers. I have traveled to Israel three times, including the summer of 2018, with the NFTY In Israel program. I have also been to Maccabi all over North America for three years. These programs over the years have provided me with the fantastic opportunity to expand my “Jewish Geography” and allow me to meet Jews all over the world. They have also allowed me to learn a lot about myself and my community. I am so thankful to the reform movement, my temple, and NFTY as a whole for allowing me to explore my Judaism to find out more about who I am and what I stand for. I cannot wait to continue to be involved with my Jewish community as I serve as the NFTY Ohio Valley President for the 2019-2020 year!

Micah Burkart, Programming Vice President
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My name is Micah Burkart and I am currently serving as your 5779-5780 Programming Vice President! Outside of NFTY I love sewing clothes, baking, and art. In my free time you can find me drawing or painting, volunteering at my local bunny shelter, or at Ohio State football games! I am so excited to serve as the Ohio Valley PVP this year and help lead such an amazing group!

Bettina Ernst, Social Action Vice President
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Hey NFTY OV, my name is Bettina Ernst and I’m a Senior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. I am so excited to be your Social Action Vice President! Outside of NFTY, I am involved in theatre and I love comedy and the tv show The West Wing! I am super passionate about Judaism, social justice and teen empowerment and I can’t wait to work with all of you to create social action programming and initiatives around issues that you all are passionate about. Some issues that I am particularly passionate about are gun violence prevention and ending human trafficking.

Lindsey Marnocha, Religious and Cultural Vice President
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Hi NFTY-OV! My name is Lindsey Marnocha, and I am so excited to be returning for my second year on regional board; this year as your Religious and Cultural Vice President! I am a senior at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, and I enjoy skateboarding, volunteering, and playing my guitar. I am passionate about human rights and helping my community, as well as my favorite musicians and artists! I can't wait to write and lead services with all of your lOVely faces and voices this year!

Sara Naveh, Membership Vice President
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Frances Magee, Communications Vice President
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Hey OV! My name is Frances Magee and I am your 2019-2020 Communications Vice President. I am a senior from Indianapolis (IFTY) and served this position last year too! I am involved in my school’s Dance Marathon and am the pitcher on our varsity softball team. I am so excited to bring new ideas into OV and work with you all thins year!


NFTY Ohio Valley is governed by a board of teen leaders who are elected by their peers that serve a one-year term. Regional board members play a critical role in all aspects of running the region including event planning and marketing, and mentoring teen leaders from our local youth communities. The regional board is mentored by a Regional Director of Youth Engagement who oversees all programs and administration. The leadership of NFTY-OV is always available to answer questions and provide useful resources. We are here to assist in the development and enhancement of local youth programs.


Dori Singer Zoot


Dori Singer Zoot is a passionate, enthusiastic, youth worker with a dedication to engaging Jewish adolescents and teens in meaningful programs.  Dori grew up at…