Bender JCC Board Officers
Bio for Heidi Brodsky
HEIDI 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 20 years. Most recently, she has worked for D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project representing the best interests of children in Washington D.C Superior Court. Heidi is married to Michael S. Brodsky and has three daughters, Alexa, Claire and Jillian. She has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2009.
Bio for Brian Gaines
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 Bender JCC Board since 2013.
Bio for Andrew Chod
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 Bender JCC Board since 2011.
Andrew P. Shulman
Bio for Andrew P. Shulman
ANDREW SHULMAN is co-founder and managing principal of TDG/SILVEROCK, a commercial real estate investment, leasing and management company. He has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. He has been active with the Greater Bethesda 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 Bender JCC Board since 2007.
Bio for Noam Fischman
Noam Fischman is a Shareholder in the DC office of Polsinelli P.C., and serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Working Group dedicated to litigation arising from merger and acquisition activity. Noam also counsels several area nonprofit organizations about corporate governance and risk-mitigation issues. Noam graduated from Rutgers College and received a Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University National Law Center. Noam and his family are congregants at Shaare Torah. Previously, Noam served on Shaare Torah’s Board of Directors and as its Vice President of Operations. Noam is a first-term member of the Bender JCC Board.
Bio for Sharon Zissman
SHARON ZISSMAN is the client service manager at Everyday Money Management, which helps clients manage their personal finances. She formerly served as counsel at the FDIC and as a principal at JMZ Financial, a financial consulting firm. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from The 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 sisterhood board of Congregation Beth El, on the Board of Women's Philanthropy at Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has volunteered with BBYO, the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and the Montgomery County Commission for Women. She has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2011.
Felicia K. Gottdenker
Bio for Felicia K. Gottdenker
FELICIA GOTTDENKER graduated from 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 Bender JCC Board since 2004. She is also on the board of JCCA, the umbrella continental organization of the JCC movement. She and her husband, Michael have 3 children, Eliana (18), Noah (17) and Olivia (13) and live in Bethesda. All three children attended nursery school at the Bender JCC.
Bio for Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington since January 2009. Prior to becoming the CEO, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Center for three years. Michael works with the Center’s board to develop strategic direction and leads the organization’s professional staff. He has over 25 years of experience as both a consultant to and leader of entrepreneurial businesses and nonprofit organizations. As an executive coach he has helped leaders manage change and create a new, more successful future for themselves and their organizations. He has owned and managed businesses in the manufacturing, service, and high-tech industries, and served in a variety of lay leadership roles in community and nonprofit organizations before becoming a Jewish communal professional. Michael has a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in public policy from Duke University and his M.B.A. in public/nonprofit management and finance from Columbia University.
Board of Directors
Bio for Mindy Berger
MINDY BERGER is a Partnership Manager with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP). She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts University, studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program. She has served as a Jewish and community volunteer for the past 16 years. In addition Mindy co-created the annual fundraiser for Special Hockey Montgomery and created an experiential program for Jewish mothers and daughters called ACHOT which has been awarded a Congregational Innovation Grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning. Mindy has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2008 and received the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging Leaders Award in 2014.
Bio for Nathan Bortnick
NATHAN BORTNICK is assistant vice president at HBW Group, a full-service local commercial real estate firm. A graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, Nathan has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2011.
Bio for Elana Fine
ELANA FINE is Managing Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Elana is also an adjunct faculty member with the Smith School’s Management & Organization department and part of the national teaching team for NSF’s ICorps program. Elana earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2002, and earned a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. Elana was recently named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, “Power Women in Tech” by Tech Bisnow and “50 On Fire” by In The Capital. She is also a contributor to the Washington Post Capital Business. Elana resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and two children (who both attended JCC Preschool and Camp JCC). Elana and her family are congregants at B’nai Israel.
Bio for Brett Friedman
BRETT FRIEDMAN is a Certified Financial Planner and Director of Business Development at DeLeon & Stang, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. He specializes in tax and financial planning for individuals and corporations. His expertise extends to investment management, insurance and employee benefits, and estate and retirement planning. Brett resides in North Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Stivaly, and son, Austin. He enjoys music, exercising, and cheering for D.C. sports teams. Brett grew up in the Rockville area and has been involved in JCC activities his entire life. He was elected to the board of directors in 2016.
Bio for Samuel Gallo
SAMUEL GALLO is Chief Investment Officer of the University of Maryland Foundation (d/b/a/ University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.). He is responsible for the investment of over $1.2 billion in endowment and operating fund assets for the benefit of 21 higher education institutions. Sam’s experience includes leadership roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he assisted asset managers and institutional investors on achieving industry best practices; Ennis Knupp & Associates, where he co-led front-office investment strategy manager research on hedge fund of funds, multi-strategy, commodity, and real-return hedge funds, built the operational due diligence practice, and serviced public plan sponsors in structuring alternative investment portfolios; and as a trader/portfolio manager at a Chicago proprietary trading organization, managing over $8 billion in daily derivative transactions. Sam is the president of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Washington D.C. Chapter, investment committee chairman of the JCC of Greater Washington, and an advisory member to several industry forums such as the Alternative Investor Forum, Institutional Investor Endowment & Foundation Forum, Managed Funds Association Institutional Investor Council, and member of the Washington Area Investor Forum. During the summer of 2016, Sam will be joining Bethesda, Maryland’s Suburban Hospital Foundation board – a Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sam was recognized, in 2015, by Institutional Investor Publishing as one of the top four foundation of year CIOs. He is also the award winning recipient of Institutional Investor Endowment & Foundation Forum’s most effective foundation CIO in developing and instituting enhanced institutional governance. Additionally, Sam was named by CIO Magazine in 2014 as one of the top five most innovative foundation CIOs. He is the recipient of Money Management Intelligence’s 2012 public fund rising star award. During 2011, Sam testified as a subject matter specialist before the U.S. Department of Labor on the characteristics of alternative investments. Sam is also a former member of the University of Illinois Board Of Trustees, appointed by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, as the first ever student member of the Board with full voting privileges. Sam earned a Masters in Business Administration with Honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and two Bachelor of Science degrees with High Honors in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois.
Bio for 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 Bender JCC Board member.
Bio for 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 an international private equity firm. Lisa serves on the boards of Stone Soup Films, a 501(c)(3) company that creates and donates promotional films to nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, and of the Anchor Fund, a 501(c)(3) company that provides emergency funds and support to victims of domestic abuse and neglect in the DC Metropolitan area . She also volunteers at Sidwell Friends School and has served on the board of Harbor School, including as its Chair. She has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2015.
Bio for Meredith Jacobs
MEREDITH JACOBS, JWI’s vice president of marketing and communications, is an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week. She is the author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate—Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins) and co-author, with her daughter Sofie, of Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms (Chronicle Books, Spring 2010). She is cofounder and editor of ModernJewishMom.com, now part of MyJewishLearning’s Kveller.com. Meredith has hosted the radio show “Connecting Family” on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate WYPR, DC101’s “Jew Rock Marathon” and “Modern Jewish Mom” for XM’s Radio Hanukkah. She has also been seen cooking potato latkes and matzo balls on TV — on The Jewish Channel’s holiday television special “Modern Jewish Mom” and on WUSA-TV’s 9NewsNow. Meredith previously served as the director of family programming for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and facilitator for the Washington, D.C. Mother’s Circle (for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children). Most significantly, Meredith is wife to Jonathan and mother to Sofie and Jules.
Holli Beckerman Jaffe
Bio for 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 and Congregation B'nai Tzedek. She has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2013.
Bio for Rami Kandel
RAMI KANDEL holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and is the Business Development Manager at 3M Health Information Systems. He has coached the Bender JCC 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 has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2015.
Bio for Jill Myers
JILL MYERS is an experienced financial professional and Certified Public Accountant. She serves as a Contract CFO for several non-profit organizations in the Washington area. An expert on nonprofit finances and former audit manager with Deloitte, Jill previously worked as Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (now CESLC). Jill’s current clients include the JCRC of Greater Washington, Israel on Campus Coalition. Jill recently served on the board of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, where her two sons attend, as the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Development and Trustees Committees. Jill graduated from the University of Maryland, and can often be found in the body pump, yoga and NIA classes at the JCC or cycling outdoors.
Bio for 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 JD 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 Bender JCC Board since 2011 and in 2014 he received the Esther Leah Ritz Emerging Leaders Award.
Bio for 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 Bender JCC Board since 2011.
Bio for Helen Rubin
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 Bender JCC Board since 2011.
Tracy Bloom Schwartz
Bio for Tracy Bloom Schwartz
TRACY BLOOM SCHWARTZ, CSEP is president of Creative Parties, Ltd. She has a bachelor's degree from Bradley University and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. She is currently a member of the Board of Arts and Entertainment for the Bethesda Urban Partnership. 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 Bender JCC Board since 2012.
Bio for 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 Bender JCC Board since 2012.
Bio for Jenny Shtipelman
JENNY SHTIPELMAN has been leading individuals and businesses in the Wasington, D.C. area to financial success for nearly 20 years. A valuable consultant and resource, her expertise in banking and ability to effectively streamline processes make her a sought-after professional in the region. With a rare blend of marketing and operational strengths, Ms. Shtipelman has achieved notewortyh results and is recognized for her success in growing sales and profits. Her strategic approach is reflected in her work as a Financial Advisor/Advisor Coach at Ameriprise Financial, formerly American Express Financial Advisors, where she started assisting in millions of dollars in investments to the company. Her marketing and consulting capability is demonstrated further in her work as a Business Banking Officer at Citibank FSB where she managed over 150 million dollars in business deposits and loans. Currently a SVP, Commercial Relationship Manager at EagleBank, she focuses on expanding and supporting the Bank's clients in MD, D.C., and VA. Ms. Shtipelman received her BBA from the George Washington University. She has a Small Business Consulting Certification, a Financial Management Certification from Cornell University, and an ActionCFO Advisor Certification. Ms. Shtipelman serves on the Board of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association of WDC . D.C. Commercial Real Estate Women Association honored her with an Esprit de Corps Award in 2008 for her contributions to the organization. Ms. Shtipelman was voted one of the Top 100 Bankers in the Greater D.C. area by readers of Smart CEO magazine. She is an active member of CADRE and a number of other non-profit and industry trade organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, where she reside.
Bio for Dale Singer
DALE SINGER is executive director of Renal Physicians Association. She is president of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. 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 Bender JCC Lessans Family Annual Book Festival, and has been a member of the Bender JCC Board since 2014.
The Honorable Jeff Waldstreicher
Bio for 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 Bender JCC Board since 2012.
Bio for Matthew Weinberg
MATTHEW WEINBERG is CEO of The Weinberg Group, an FDA regulatory consulting firm. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has served on the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the Food and Drug Law Institute. Matthew is the founder 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. Matthew is married to Robin Hettleman and together they have three children. He has served on the Bender JCC Board since 2007.