Our Board

Avi Nevel

Founder,Director, President and CEO

Avi Nevel is an entrepreneurial senior executive with more than 25 years of broad international business experience. He is skilled in strategic planning, business origination, management and expansion; and international sales and marketing.  Mr. Nevel currently serves as President and CEO of Nevel International, 

Jeffrey Brier


Jeffrey Brier is the president of the insurance and employee benefits agency, Brier & Brier located in Providence, Rhode Island. He founded the firm in 1985 with his father, Milton Brier. His commitment to being a professional insurance advisor is exemplified by his having earned the CLU, ChFC and CASL professional designations.

Dr. Katherine Gordon


Katie Gordon serves as Chief Business Officer of Metro Biotech. Prior to joining Metro in April 2020, she was a business consultant for venture capital – backed startup companies and investment groups, on business strategies, alliances, and diligence on emerging investments. From 2009 – 2017, Katie led Brown University’s Technology Ventures Office as Managing Director

David S. Hirsch

Director ,Organization Legal Counsel

David is partner at Hinckley Allen, focusing on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law.  He represents companies in all stages of business, including emerging and developing companies, established private middle-market companies, and publicly held companies.  

Ella Hood


Ella Hood is a lawyer and business consultant who partners closely with companies and entrepreneurs to help them grow their business and brand. She is originally from Israel and specializes in business development for early stage high tech companies.  

Bob Oster

Director/Vice President

Robert Oster is a private attorney and the principal attorney at Oster Law Offices. He is an adjunct professor teaching business law subjects at Johnson and Wales University and Bryant University. Robert is very interested in contemporary issues related to Israel/America business interests. He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Baruch Perl


Baruch brings vast experience in complex negotiations, legal drafting and structuring of international financing, corporate and technology transactions. In advising parties to investments, financing and M&A in many jurisdictions he gained in depth understanding of business considerations and needs of his clients and the industry.


Jay Rosenstein

Director Treasurer

​Jay has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,  Boston University in 1975 and an MBA from Boston University in 1976. He is a CPA with public accounting since 1976, managing partner at Rosenstein, Halper and Maselli, LLP, a full service accounting firm located in Cranston, RI.  


Miriam A. Ross, Esq. is a business attorney, business advocate and community leader with extensive experience in industry, business law and compliance.  Miriam is the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2012 Women in Business, Champion of the Year for New England and Rhode Island. 

Limor Spalt

Director, Secretary

Limor Spalt is the Operations Lead for Finance and Technology, in the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Virginia Medicaid), where she works with the executive team and practice physicians to provide strategic guidance on improving practice financials. Prior to joining Coastal Limor worked with Schumacher Group's consulting services division.


Kathy Therieau


Kathy manages the international trade partnership between the agency and the John Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. She creates and executes international trade programs for Rhode Island businesses including: trade missions, grants for customized export training, market development programs, seminars on timely trade topics and New England regional trade promotion events.


Dr. Roey Tzezana


Roey Tzezana, PhD, is a public intellectual and a futures studies researcher with worldwide acclaim. He’s a research fellow in the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, and is the academic manager of the program for Futures Studies at Lahav Executive Education in Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University. 

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