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.
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.
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!
Vickie Isaac, M.Ed., Director of Communications
Vickie Isaac is an innovative executive with over two decades of experience in communications and integrated marketing, with experience working in the Christian music industry, broadcast, advertising agency, education, and non-profit arenas. Vickie is committed to a biblical model of servant leadership that results in creative, innovative, and results altering outcomes.
Vickie and her husband Steve have five wonderful children and two grandchildren. Steve is a senior pastor at a local Phoenix church where Vickie also serves as the Director of Adult Education. Together they enjoy scuba diving, skiing, reading, writing, and passionately serving our Lord.
Troy B. Wallace, Director of Congregation & Leadership Development
Troy B. Wallace grew up in the faith under the tutelage of Asher Intrater, Ted Simon, and Todd Westphal at El Shaddai Congregation in Frederick, MD. Troy was trained as an engineer at Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering in 1998 and a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2001. After working in the engineering field for four years, he has actively been in vocational ministry since 2005 after an internship at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO. In 2007 he returned home to Maryland to serve both as a ministry intern at El Shaddai Congregation and a staff member of Revive Israel, an indigenous apostolic ministry based in Jerusalem, Israel led by Asher Intrater. From 2009 through the beginning of 2015, Troy served concurrently as the Assistant Congregational Leader at ESC and the Director of Revive Israel North America. With much introspection and with great excitement, Troy connected to the heartbeat of the work of Jewish Voice Ministries International over the years and moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona in 2015 to join the team. Troy and his wife Jen Cohen, a Colorado native, were married in 2008 and have three children – Lyla, Eva and Nehemiah.
Troy’s passion is to see the restoration of all things when Yeshua is ruling the nations of the world from His governmental headquarters in Jerusalem. He believes that as we understand God’s plan for Israel and the Nations, we can hasten the return of Yeshua – the fulfillment of the hope of our faith.
Ellen Nevitt, Human Resources Officer
Ellen Nevitt joined Jewish Voice in 2014 as our Human Resources Officer. She is a seasoned HR Professional having earned a BA in Communication Studies from ASU summa cum laude and a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is also certified as an EQ-i/EQ360 administrator and a Predictive Index Analyst. Ellen has nearly 20 years in Human Resources. She has worked in a broad array of industries including; medical services, IT, engineering, PEO and manufacturing. She provided HR consulting work in both secular and ministry fields for nearly 10 years. Her experience includes, management training, employee relations, benefit administration, recruiting and organizational change to name a few.
Ellen’s passion is to help people use their God-given gifts for His Kingdom work and reach their potential. She does this by working to align people with the right jobs, providing coaching for management and staff toward development and encouraging an open and communicative environment. Ellen is a native Arizonian, married to a wonderful husband and blessed with two amazing children and one stepson. She’s a long-time member of Oasis Community Church in Phoenix serving in various ministries including women’s outreach, drama, and worship.