The Equine Athletics Mission Israel was established in 2014 by a small group of dedicated equestrians, determined entrepreneurs and lovers of Israel from around the world working together to advance Israeli equine athletics to benefit Israeli youth, business, and culture to benefit Israeli society and earn international respect and stimulate national pride for the State of Israel.

Our board and staff are in currently formation.  Contact us if you are passionate about our Mission and Programming to learn how you can get involved!

Board & Staff


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Deborah  Schultz, Founder & Board Chair

Deborah is a San Francisco/New York-based Internet veteran widely recognized as a pioneer in social technology, highly skilled in applying social web dynamics to cultural, societal, and business enterprises. She has brought success to both startup businesses and Fortune 500 companies, including P&G, General Mills, and GE, as well as numerous Internet startups and venture capital firms. As a staunch advocate for Israel, she is well connected to the Israeli startup-up community.

“Horse” was one of Deb’s first words, although as a Jewish girl from Brooklyn, she didn’t have an opportunity to realize her equestrian dreams until she relocated to San Francisco in 2004. She now rides regularly, volunteers at a local stable and is happiest when in the saddle! T.E.A.M. Israel was birthed from the union of Deb’s love of horses and her passion for Israel.

As Founder and Chair of the Board of T.E.A.M. Israel, Deb brings her multi-faceted Internet and business experience to the cause of advancing equine athletic educational initiatives within Israel while simultaneously promoting Israel on the world stage.

Adam Klausner

Adam brings more than a decade of debt and equity capital market experience to the organization. He works in structured finance in domestic and international projects and work-out spaces.  As a Director of the Corporate Finance Management Consulting Group at Duff & Phelps, LLC, Adam advises structured credit investors on a variety of investment banking and related financial issues.  He has been engaged as an expert witness regarding finance issues, including transaction modeling and forecasting, due diligence and other investment matters.

Adam serves as Treasurer of the Board of T.E.A.M. Israel.


Dawn M. Fotopulos

Dawn is an Associate Professor of Business at The King’s College in New York City.  Prior to her full-time teaching tenure of nine years, Professor Fotopulos spent over two decades as a senior executive, serial entrepreneur, and management consultant.  Dawn has successfully launched more than eighty businesses and product lines across a spectrum of industries, including financial services, consumer products, real estate development, high technology, and non-profit organizations.

Dawn has held the post of principal at DF Consulting, Inc. for over 15 years.  The firm advises board level executives on organizational effectiveness through management audits and corporate interventions.

Dawn serves as Secretary of the Board of T.E.A.M. Israel.

Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their guidance and assistance: Tonya Goldberg, Diane Waldman, Susan Goldstein, Yuval and Uri Burstein, Eli Klein, Finn Partners, Ivan Rakovsky, Patterson Bellnap and Mark Spaneth.