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
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