Leadership

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 90 employees, including on-call and temporary personnel, we are among the largest Montgomery County employers.

Senior Staff

  • David Gamse

    Chief Executive Officer

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  • Micki Gordon

    Assistant CEO / Senior Director, Development

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  • Stephen S. Wolk

    Senior Director of Finance and Administration

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  • Patty Hagen

    Senior Director, Cahnmann Center for Supportive Services and Director of Misler Adult Day Center

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  • Leah Bradley

    Senior Director, Heyman Interages Center

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  • Harriet Shapiro Block

    Senior Director, Center for Information Services

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Natalie Cantor, President

natalie-cantor-headshotNatalie Cantor is JCA’s 23rd president. After spending 26 years at Montgomery County’s Midcounty Regional Services Center, 17 of those years as the center’s director, she retired five year ago.

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 country.

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 90 staff and 900 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 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. He is a member of the Age-Friendly Montgomery leadership group.

David is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Executive Directors & Headmasters Council of Jewish Agencies in the metro Washington, D.C. region. He serves on the board of WorkSource Montgomery, which helps meet the talent attraction, development and retention needs in Montgomery County, Md.

Board of Directors and Lay Leaders of the Board

Executive Committee Members and Past Presidents

  • President: Natalie Cantor
  • First Vice President: Jeffrey Lipson
  • Second Vice President: Richard Galen
  • Third Vice President: Marion Kristal Goldberg
  • Secretary: Howard Gleckman
  • Assistant Secretary: Nancy Fiedelman
  • Treasurer: Barry Hartzberg
  • Assistant Treasurer: Kenneth Simonson
  • Parliamentarian: Adrienne Mandel
  • Chief Executive Officer: David Gamse

Except for the Chief Executive Officer, terms of Executive Committee members run from the JCA Annual Meeting of September 20, 2016 through the Annual Meeting of 2017.

Past Presidents

  • 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 of blessed memory
  • Sylvia Raphael
  • Win Greenwald
  • Sally M. Herman
  • Judith S. Ball
  • Michael Goldberg
  • Elaine Kotell Binder
  • Richard Dine
  • Ed Bonder
  • Linda Kaplan
  • Barbara S. Mintz
  • Samuel G. Kaplan
  • Sheldon Grosberg