Officers & Board

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JCCGW Board Officers

Felicia K. Gottdenker

Chair, Board of Directors

FELICIA GOTTDENKER attended Syracuse University and spent 12 years working in the retail business. In 2001, she moved to the DC area from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she was involved with the Jewish Community Center and Federation. Lisie has served on the JCCGW Board since 2004.
Brian Pearlstein

Chair, Administration/Finance and Treasurer

BRIAN PEARLSTEIN is a family law attorney and managing partner of Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chartered. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law. He is council member of Maryland State Family Law Section, and has served on Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Board. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Heidi Hookman Brodsky

Chair, Development

HEIDI HOOKMAN BRODSKY received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her juris doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law. She has worked as a community volunteer and organizer for the past 15 years. Currently, she works for D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project representing the best interests of children in Washington D.C Superior Court. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2009.
Mindy Berger

Chair, Governance

MINDY BERGER is a part-time facility administrator for LabN Consulting LLC. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts University and studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. She co-founded a graphic design studio. Mindy received the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging Leaders Award in 2014. She has been active with Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as a board member and volunteer, Pinemere Camp, B’nai Israel Congregation and the former Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning. Mindy co-created the Annual Cheetah-thon fundraiser for Special Hockey Montgomery. In 2013, she created and piloted ACHOT, an experiential program for mothers and daughters to celebrate the vital role of Jewish women in community life. Mindy is a scholar in the Wexner Heritage Program (DC13). She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2008.
Darryl Shrock

Chair, Membership and Programming

DARRYL SHROCK is founder and CEO at Quiet Rock Dining I, LLC and is a partner with NOVO Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2010.
Neil Gurvitch

General Counsel

NEIL GURVITCH is a tax and estate planning attorney at Selzer Gurvitch. He has a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School, and a master of laws in taxation degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Matthew Weinberg

Secretary

MATTHEW WEINBERG is CEO of The Weinberg Group, a scientific and FDA consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has served on the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Matthew is founder and chair of Building Steps, a nonprofit organization that exposes bright, underserved high school students to science and technology-based careers. He is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage fellowship program and has served as treasurer of the Food and Drug Law Institute. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2007.
Andrew Chod

Assistant Secretary

ANDREW CHOD is a vice president at Minkoff Development Corporation. He has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He has served on the board of C&O Canal Trust and is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery program. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Helen Rubin

Assistant Treasurer

HELEN RUBIN is a retired certified public accountant. She has a bachelor's degree from Hunter College and the University of Maryland. She serves on the board of the Greater Washington chapter of Hunter University’s Alumni Association, and as a chair of her homeowner's association. Helen has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Brian Gaines

Ombudsperson

BRIAN GAINES is CEO at MdBio Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics education opportunities. He has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2013.
Bradley C. Stillman

Immediate Past Chair

Board of Directors

Gilly Arie
GILLY ARIE is a partner in several businesses in the Maryland area — Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Smoothie King, Potomac Garage Solutions (organization system for the residential garage) and Empire Petroleum. He was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, and came to the Maryland area in 1989. He worked at the Embassy of Israel from 1990-93 while attending the University of Maryland. Gilly graduated in 1993 with a degree in business. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2008.
Brent Berger, MD
BRENT BERGER, M.D. is an internist at Bethesda Medical Associates. He has an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has been active at Congregation Beth El, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and United Jewish Appeal, and currently serves on the board at Hopkins Hillel. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Robert I. Black
ROBERT I. BLACK is an associate with Arkin Youngentob Associates, LLC, a firm which provides insurance and financial services. He is certified in long-term care insurance planning. Rob has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2007.
Nathan Bortnick
NATHAN BORTNICK is assistant vice president at HBW Group, a full-service commercial real estate firm. He is a graduate of Hofstra University and is currently part of the Wexner Heritage Program. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Andrew Bridge
ANDREW BRIDGE is senior vice president and business development sales manager of EagleBank. He is also the owner of Big Adventure Golf, LLC and LeaderBoard of the National Capital Area, charity golf and corporate fundraising management organizations. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2008.
Ron Gorfinkel
RON GORFINKEL is founder and chief executive officer of Royal Airport Concierge Service, which he established post-9/11 in order to assist high-end travelers with the challenges of increasing airport complexities. He grew up in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv. After his service in the Israeli army paratroopers elite Unit 101, Ron served at the Israeli Embassy in the United States, protecting three of Israel's ambassadors to the United States from 1998-2004. He is a first-term JCCGW Board member.
Toby Gottesman
TOBY GOTTESMAN holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University. Now retired, he spent most of his professional career in the housing and real estate development industry, serving as a project manager and construction project executive. He has volunteered with the DC Jewish Community Center and the Washington Literacy Council; as a reading tutor; as a volunteer recruiter for several organizations; and with the Lymphoma Research Foundation. In 2012, Toby founded the Men’s Discussion Group at the JCCGW. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2014.
Lisa Gunty
LISA GUNTY holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from Wharton School of Business. She worked in various departments of an investment bank and was principal of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm. Lisa serves on the board of Stone Soup Films, a 501(c)(3) company that creates and donates promotional films to nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. She also volunteers at Sidwell Friends School and has served on the board of Harbor School. She is a first-term JCCGW Board member.
Holli Beckerman Jaffe
HOLLI BECKERMAN JAFFE is senior policy officer, ethics, at the National Institutes of Health. She received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a juris doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, American University. She volunteers at Walter Johnson High School, Congregation B'nai Tzedek and on Montgomery County Public Schools Ethics Panel. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2013.
Rami Kandel
RAMI KANDEL holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and is the sales development manager at 3M Health Information Systems. He has coached the JCCGW boys’ soccer team at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Games. In 2005, Rami and his wife Melanie established the David Lev Kandel Memorial Endowment Fund in memory of their son. The purpose of the fund is to support the Camp JCC inclusion program. Rami is a first-term JCCGW Board member.
Stuart Lessans, MD
DR. STUART LESSANS is a retired ophthalmic surgeon. He received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is active with B’nai Israel Congregation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Jewish National Fund, American Jewish Committee, AIPAC and Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. He is also involved with Aish HaTorah and Chabad, the Hebrew Home, American University Center for Israel Studies, Camp Ramah, the Holocaust Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as with Strathmore Foundation. In 2013 Dr. Lessans and his wife, Dr. Ellen Lessans, named The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival at the JCCGW. He is a first-term JCCGW Board member.
Randi K. Meyrowitz
RANDI K. MEYROWITZ is an owner of The Wine Harvest and is a professional calligrapher. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She has volunteered with B’nai Brith, Jewish Women International and has served on the board of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and Congregation B’nai Tzedek. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2007.
Candace Ourisman
CANDACE OURISMAN is the marketing chair and board member at Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington. She has a degree in business communications from Stevenson University. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2014.
Arthur Polott
ARTHUR POLOTT owns and runs Gateway Legal Placements, LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League and has served on the executive board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Adam Polsky
ADAM POLSKY is owner and managing attorney at Peak Settlements. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is active as a member and volunteer at Shaare Torah Congregation. Adam has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
Tracy Bloom Schwartz
TRACY BLOOM SCHWARTZ is president of Creative Parties, Ltd. She has a bachelor's degree from Bradley University and an MBA from Boston University School of Management. She has been active with Bethesda Green, a public-private partnership that serves as a catalyst for environmentally-sustainable economic growth and living in Bethesda, and at 6th and I Historic Synagogue. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2012.
Reed Sexter
REED SEXTER is a principal and executive vice president at Shapiro, Lifschitz and Schram, P.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He has volunteered for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2012.
Andrew P. Shulman
ANDREW SHULMAN is vice president at Avison Young (formerly McShea & Company, Inc.). He has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. He has been active with the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Revere Bank, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. Andrew is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2007.
Dale Singer
DALE SINGER is executive director of Renal Physicians Association. She also serves as president-elect of the American Association of Medical Society Executives, assuming the presidency in July 2015. Dale holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland. She is an active member, board member and volunteer at B’nai Israel Congregation. She has served as chair of the JCCGW Lessans Family Annual Book Festival, and has been a member of the JCCGW Board since 2014.
Maurice "Mac" VerStandig
MAC VERSTANDIG is an attorney with Offit Kurman, P.A. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a juris doctor degree from the University of Miami. Mac is a director of Women's American ORT Foundation, an international Jewish educational charity for which he also serves as general legal counsel, and serves on the board of visitors of the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2014.
David Waghelstein
DAVID WAGHELSTEIN is the President/CEO of MemberCar and M&M Auto Brokers. He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.
The Honorable Jeff Waldstreicher
JEFF WALDSTREICHER is a third-term delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Maryland's District 18 in Montgomery County. Jeff received his bachelor's degree from Emory University and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He has served on the JCCGW Board since 2012.
Sharon Zissman
SHARON ZISSMAN is the client service manager at Everyday Money Management, which helps clients manage their personal finances, and is a principal at JMZ Financial, a CFO consulting practice. She formerly served as counsel at the FDIC. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from State University of New York at Albany and a juris doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School. Sharon serves on Jewish Women International's Financial Advisory Board and National Leadership Council, is on the board of Congregation Beth El and on the BBYO Adult Board, and has volunteered with Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and the Montgomery County Commission for Women. She has served on the JCCGW Board since 2011.

Council of Advisors

Daniel H. Abramowitz
David S. Bender
Stuart Bindeman
Dean Eisen
Bernard Forseter
Greg Friedman
The Honorable Douglas F. Gansler
Toni Goodman
Eric Kassoff
Michael Kay
Mark Lerner
Jeffrey Linowes
Lawrence Mann
Alan Meltzer
Robert Phillips
Pamela Nadell, PhD
Howard Ross
Julie Silver
Kathy Sklar
Marc Solomon
Robin Taub
Michael E. Winer
Susan Zuckerman

Past Presidents

Morris Cafritz z”l
Marcella E. Cohen
Scott Cohen
The Honorable Stuart E. Eizenstat
Barry P. Forman
Rosalie B. Gerber z”l
Michael S. Gildenhorn
Col. Julius Goldstein z”l
Simon Hirshman z”l
Lesley Israel
Rosalyn Levy Jonas
Edward H. Kaplan
Joel S. Kaufman z”l
Harry King z”l
Fred Kogod z”l
Robert P. Kogod
Samuel Lehrman
Harry M. Linowes
Steven D. Lustig
Philip N. Margolius
Col. Benjamin Ourisman z”l
Sydney M. Polakoff
Richard B. Reff, M.D.
Leo Schlosberg z”l
Burnett Simon z”l
Beth C. Sloan
Charles E. Smith z”l
Andrew M. Stern
Bradley C. Stillman
John D. VerStandig
Bernard M. Weisz
Bernard S. White z”l
Morton H. Wilner z”l
Donald E. Wolpe
z”l = of blessed memory