Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Assistant CEO / Senior Director, Development
Senior Director and Director of the Misler Adult Day Center
Senior Director, Heyman Interages Center
Harriet Shapiro Block
Senior Director, Center for Information Services
Given the size of our mission and dreams as well as the depth and diversity of our programs, JCA has a small staff indeed! Yet with more than 80 employees, including on-call and temporary personnel, we are among the largest Montgomery County employers. Click here to download a staff listing as of February 2017
Natalie Cantor, President
Immediately after retiring, Natalie became a board member at JCA and has been active ever since. Most recently she was JCA’s first vice president as well as chair of the board of directors’ Advocacy Committee.
“My hope for JCA,” she said, “is that it will continue to go from strength to strength by expanding its services to seniors throughout the metropolitan area while ensuring its financial ability to provide those services. That will be the key focus during my term as president.”
Natalie has lived in the Wheaton area of Silver Spring for almost 50 years and also has a home in West Virginia, where she likes to spend weekends and vacations. She is on the board of the home owners associations in both Wheaton and West Virginia and currently is president of her home owners association in Wheaton.
Natalie is a member of both Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase and Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, where she is a delegate on the board of directors. She was that synagogue’s first female president.
Natalie is married to Barry Cantor and has two sons, four grandchildren and a golden retriever. An avid reader, Natalie is a member of two book clubs. She also takes classes in Talmud and loves to travel. Her interest in her family’s history has taken her to Ukraine, where she saw where some of her family had lived. She plans to travel to Romania next and trace her family roots in that county.
She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University in Philadelphia and a masters’ degree in urban planning and administration at the University of Maryland. She also received a certificate in executive management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
She grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Virginia in 1967. Three years later, she moved to Maryland.
David Gamse, Chief Executive Officer
David Gamse is a gerontologist who has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Council for the Aging since 1990. At JCA, he plays a pivotal role in creating and managing innovative and cost-effective programs that help seniors thrive.
More than 75 staff and 800 volunteers rely on his leadership, and together they serve more than 30,000 older adults and family caregivers each year through transportation services, senior employment programs, intergenerational activities, adult day services, public information programs and more. Concurrently, David serves as CEO of the National Center for Productive Aging™, JCA’s consulting arm.
Over the years, David has led workshops and symposia on issues of aging and nonprofit management for a wide range of public and private organizations including the American Management Association, the White House Conference on Aging and the U.S. Department of Labor. He has represented U.S. policy on aging at international conferences of the United Nations and Israeli Gerontological Society. He has authored many articles about productive aging and service delivery.
Prior to joining JCA, David was a senior manager at AARP, a multi-million-member association. Earlier, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida’s Aging Studies Program, from which he graduated and from which he later received an Eminent Graduate Award. David is also a recipient of the Florida Board of Regents’ Distinguished Scholarship Award and the Seabury Leadership in Aging Award.
David is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council on Aging, the Executive Directors & Headmasters Council of Jewish Agencies in the metro Washington, D.C. region, and the Montgomery Moving Forward Leadership Group. He is an officer of WorkSource Montgomery — the Workforce Investment Board of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Board of Directors and Lay Leaders of the Board
Executive Committee Members and Past Presidents are listed below.
President: Natalie Cantor
First Vice President: Adrienne Mandel
Second Vice President: Jeffrey Lipson
Third Vice President: Marion Kristal Goldberg
Secretary: Nancy Fiedelman
Assistant Secretary: Linda Rosenzweig
Treasurer: Kenneth Simonson
Assistant Treasurer: Richard Galen
Parliamentarian: Howard Gleckman
Chief Executive Officer: David Gamse
George Hurwitz of blessed memory
Julius Sankin of blessed memory
Rosalie B. Gerber of blessed memory
Saul I. Stern of blessed memory
Sidney Z. Mensh of blessed memory
Samuel J. Gorlitz of blessed memory
William H. Goldwater of blessed memory
Irvin A. Lavine of blessed memory
Lawrence L. Levin
Stella M. Bernstein
Sally M. Herman
Judith S. Ball
Elaine Kotell Binder
Barbara S. Mintz
Samuel G. Kaplan