Our Key Staff
Jonathan Bernis, President & CEO
A Jewish Believer in Yeshua (Jesus), Jonathan Bernis is President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Jonathan has worked on the forefront of world evangelism since 1984, taking the Good News of Israel’s Messiah to the far reaches of the earth, to the Jewish People, and also to the Nations.
Today, as President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI), and our associated organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom, Jonathan directs all aspects of the ministry, including the weekly television program Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, which airs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
A sought-after speaker, Jonathan also teaches at seminars and in conferences worldwide. He is a prominent leader in the Messianic movement and is a passionate supporter of Israel. He is the author of several books A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days and A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth.
Jonathan is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993. He also founded and pastored the Messianic Center of St. Petersburg, Russia, where he lived and ministered from 1993 to 1997.
Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, are the parents of two daughters, Liel and Hannah, and reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tim Tiller, LMSW, Chief Operating Officer
Tim Tiller is a confident visionary and strategic executive defined by servant leadership principles. A proactive leader, Tim is driven to exceed established goals, ensuring success for stakeholders, associates, donors, and the community.
At the age of 36, Tim assumed the role of President for Multi Systems Inc. (MSI), a leading provider of technology to the hotel industry. His 13-year tenure with MSI prepared him for his current position as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.
Tim earned his masters of social work from Arizona State University in August 2004. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). CASS is the largest organization in Arizona providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, and children. He is an adjunct professor at Western International University, teaching courses in communication and leadership. In addition, he plays an active role in his local church, Christ’s Church of the Valley.
Tim is married to his wife Dawn, and together they have five children—Ryan, Jordan, Collin who passed away 10 hours after birth; their adopted son, Nick, and Austin. In his spare time, Tim enjoys reading, physical fitness, and traveling with his family.
Patti Phillips, Director of Finance
Patti Phillips leads the Finance and Accounting Department for Jewish Voice Ministries International. A graduate of the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, Patti joined Price Waterhouse after college, where she worked for more than six years as an auditor. She was the Director of Finance for Fox 10 in the Valley for four years.
Before coming to Jewish Voice, she was Vice President of Finance and Operations for PromoWorks Southwest in the store sampling division for seven years.
Patti and her husband, Jon, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of four wonderful children. They are members of Oasis Community Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Emily Howell, Director of Operations
Emily Howell, Director of Operations for JVMI, manages multiple departments within the JVMI organization, including the Domestic Events, Donor Services, and the Partner Relations Team. Emily’s team works together to build partner relationships, provide excellent service to our donors and increase education and awareness in the Messianic community, while helping the ministry as a whole function in a productive and efficient manner.
Emily has been in corporate management for more than 17 years with an emphasis on operations, project management, service, and support to the organization. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communications from the University of Arizona and has been located in the valley for the last 30 years.
Emily has two beautiful children, ages 12 and 15, and a close-knit community of friends and family that share her love for the Lord. Considering herself to be incredibly blessed by God, Emily contributes as a servant member to her congregation, and supports her community through service and volunteer projects.
Mary Ellen Breitwiser, Director of Publications
Mary Ellen Breitwiser joined Jewish Voice in early 2009 after serving as Associate Manager of Media for Joyce Meyer Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, for nearly seven years and spending the following ten years with Joyce’s media agency in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She is currently Director of Communications-Publications at Jewish Voice, where she is responsible for oversight of the creative staff that produces the bimonthly Jewish Voice Today magazine and Connections newsletter, as well as all print and electronic media projects.
After leaving Western Illinois University, Mary Ellen spent the first 14 years of her career in the newspaper business. Later, she joined the Publications Department staff at a 6,000-member, non-denominational church in St. Louis. Called to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1988, she directed the operations of a 5,000-member church and evangelistic association. She is a freelance editor and ghostwriter for a number of well-known Christian leaders.
Her son Timothy and daughter-in-law, Lori, live in Michigan and are the parents of her grandchildren, Nicholas and Savannah.
Joseph Paniccia, Director of Partner Relations
Joseph Paniccia has a 20-year record of sustained results and sales awards, a strong history of building client relationships while demonstrating an exceptional work ethic grounded on integrity in the corporate world. Joseph is excited to use his experience for God’s glory at JVMI. His career success confirms his ability to set high standards of achievement for himself and those he leads. He looks for opportunities to compete and to win. Venturesome, he is stimulated by new challenges and situations, and has constantly driven himself and others to new horizons. He is a creative problem-solver and is passionate about helping others.
For many years, Joseph prayed that the Lord would call him to serve a ministry, investing his skills and talents in Kingdom purposes. Needless to say, he is ecstatic to have been called to Jewish Voice. Joseph is husband to Robin, a father of three, has one grandson and one on the way. He is an avid golfer and a singer-songwriter.
Rebecca Cohen-Fortune, Senior Supervising Producer
Rebecca Cohen-Fortune holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in communications, and a master’s in Clinical Psychology. She has extensive experience working in various producer roles for popular television shows like The Leeza Show, The Donny and Marie Show, The Tyra Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. Married eight years this August, Becky enjoys her husband, John, and her two girls, Sadie, 3, and Ellie, 1. Besides family time and great restaurants, Becky also loves running every morning. Not only is it a wonderful way to strengthen the body, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to pray at the same time!
June Liggins, Strategic Management Analyst
June Liggins currently serves as Strategic Management Analyst at Jewish Voice, where she is responsible for a full range of activities that assist the organization in achieving its overall strategic goals and initiatives, and ensures operational effectiveness. She previously served as Project Manager for both the Media and Finance Departments.
June began perfecting her skills while serving as a Leadership Development Instructor in the United States Air Force. During her ten years with the City of Phoenix, she developed numerous training programs and provided consultation services for three departments, influencing the professional development of more than 1,500 employees. She has designed and presented training programs for Phoenix residents and facilitated focus groups employing various conflict resolution and strategic planning skills.
June has also served the church in many capacities over the last 19 years. She has facilitated and participated in ministry/leadership training, women's symposiums, and team-building summits. She has also spoken at success and leadership conferences and conducted live radio broadcasts. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Theology. She also holds certifications for the following programs: Interaction Management, Life Orientation, True Colors, and True Love Styles Programs.