Meet the Students

Shamir Ceuleers

Maastritch - Netherlands

Graduating from University College Maastricht in the Netherlands with a focus on Political Science and International Relations, Shamir Ceuleers, 24, works part-time for a Member of the European Parliament, as well as studies international Law at the University of Amsterdam. As a parliamentary assistant, Shamir researches the distribution of funds from the European Union in Palestinian territories. Originally from the Netherlands, Shamir also participates in a Dutch Christian political party, where he serves as a member of the National Board.

The Israel Experience program will teach you all you need to know to be an ambassador of Israel. It reveals the facts on the conflict, the land, its people and the need for dedicated Christians to love the Jews. It gives you a unique experience and insight, in the land, that no other trip will give you.

Josee Chiasson

York University

Josee Chiasson, is a York University student in Toronto completing an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. Inspired by what she learned on the Israel Experience, she wrote her undergraduate thesis about the influence of media bias on group attitudes towards Israelis. In her capacity as past President of Christians United for Israel at York University, she fought for Israel by trying to change the name of Israel ‘Apartheid’ Week to Middle-East Peace week and by educating and mobilizing other students in support for Israel on campus. Josee has spoken on student panels; she has been interviewed in magazines and on television and has published articles addressing the anti-Semitism on campuses and at the United Nations. Josee was project manager and coordinating administrator for the Durban III Conference protest which rallied over 2,000 people from around the world to support Israel at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the United Nations in September 2011.

Christian Gonzalez

Yale University

Completing his Master’s in Architecture at Yale University, Christian Gonzalez works internationally as a writer, director, speaker and social activist. He has participated in numerous relief projects in the United States, Germany, China and Thailand. Christian has been advising organizations all over the world on how to innovate ways of communicating. Christian has written, produced and directed four off-Broadway productions. He is the founder of an international ministry called Splinter, a theatre group that has presented to over 70,000 people and trained over 200 students in the last 5 years.

Cornetta Lane

Wayne State University

Cornetta Lane is an Alumnae of Wayne State University, where she received her BA degree in Near Eastern Studies- emphasis on Arabic and Hebrew. In 2008 she was the president of Students for Israel and was chosen to be an AIPAC Diamond intern in Washington D.C. Cornetta was also instrumental in ending a divestment campaign at Wayne State University. She currently works for a non-profit organization in Detroit, serving as an English tutor at a middle school. Cornetta Lane will begin her Master's program in Fall 2012.

Josh Lawson

University of California, George Washington University

Josh Lawson has held positions handling corporate-political affairs. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a Regents Scholar, the university's highest merit scholarship, and holds an MPS in Political Management from George Washington University. Josh was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Los Angeles, and later held positions as a White House editor and personal aid to John Ashcroft. He is currently completing a JD at the University of North Carolina School of Law and lives with his wife in Durham.

Ryan Mauro

American Military Academy

As an author and geopolitical analyst, Ryan Mauro is serving in his eighth year with Tactical Defense Concepts monitoring radical Islamic activities, he is the founder of World, the national security researcher for the Christian Action Network, and the Director of Intelligence of the Symmetric Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center.

The Israel Experience is the most generous, yet educational, program for students I have ever come across. Students are taken care of well and are in a safe, comfortable environment, but are given an Ivy League-level education. Future students should prepare themselves for an intellectual and emotional roller-coaster.

Esther Moon

King’s College

Esther Moon, graduated from The King's College in New York City with a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Esther was an intern at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, worked in the office of the Israeli Consul General to New York, Ambassador Asaf Shariv. After college Esther was awarded a fellowship at the John Jay Institute for Faith and Society, where she completed academic courses in culture, politics, and law and interned in Macedonia with Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister. She is currently working as an assistant financial representative at Northwestern Mutual.

Jing Wang

New York University

Jing Wang graduated from New York University with a BA in Marketing and International Business. She was also a Sterns School of Business scholar. Jing is a former representative for Fuel for Truth. Currently Jing is the Vice President of Strategic Investments at JP Morgan in New York and serves as director of strategy and development for the Israel-Asia Center (IAC).

The Israel Experience program linked my destiny with Israel.