Bender JCC Board Officers
Bio for Charles Levingston
CHARLES LEVINGSTON, 40, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, Inc. since April 2017. Mr. Levingston, a Certified Public Accountant, served in various financial and senior management roles at the Bank prior to his current role. Mr. Levingston joined the EagleBank in January 2012, and previously worked at The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia as a Bank Examiner, and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Manager in the Advisory practice. He has over 19 years of experience in the banking industry. Charles and his wife Ali, have two children, Jonah (age 8) and Maya (age 5) who have been through the JCC preschool. They now attend Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and attend the JCC afterschool program. Jonah has been a camper at Camp JCC.
Bio for Wendy Morris
WENDY LEFKOE MORRIS received her bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and her Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. She began her career as a corporate and banking lawyer with Muldoon, Murphy & Faucette, and then Mayer, Brown & Platt. After her eldest son was diagnosed with autism, she has dedicated her time to volunteering with various autism-related organizations including Autism Speaks and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Wendy is married to Matthew S. Morris and has two sons, Jared and Drew. She joined the Bender JCC Board in 2020.
Bio for Rachel Weinstein
RACHEL WEINSTEIN is a seasoned communication specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She leads communication and media activities for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Rachel has expertise in strategic planning, health promotion, social marketing, and partnership development. Rachel is an active member of B’nai Israel Congregation where she has served on the Board of Governors and in other leadership roles. She also served as Chair of the Bender JCC’s Arts & Ideas Committee and as an officer in her local Parent Teacher Association. Rachel, her husband, David, and their children, Ellie and Sara, are all active members of the Bender JCC community.
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 Josh Bender
Josh Bender has spent the last 20 years in leadership roles spanning the JCC, Jewish camping, synagogue, and Jewish Day School worlds. He brings an eclectic background in both executive and educational leadership in the Jewish non-profit sector. Josh is a graduate of DSLTI, a leadership program at the Jewish Theological Seminary, holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew Institute of Towson University, and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in English Writing. Josh grew up in the JCC movement in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he learned his love of sports, song leading and playing the guitar in JCC camp and youth groups. Josh is married to Julie and has 4 children, Noah, Jacob, Ethan, and Sophie.
Board of Directors
Bio for Stacey Watson
Stacey Watson is the Director of Member Experience for Main Street Connect, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Rockville, Maryland with a national reach. Main Street focuses on accessible living, a membership-based community and a spreading an ethos of inclusive communities. Stacey’s professional experience has focused on creating and strengthening communities through enriching and award-winning programming. Stacey is a proud alumna of Syracuse University, and earned her MSW, specializing in Management and Community Organizing with a concentration in Families and Children, from the University of Maryland in 2010. She lives in Kensington, MD with her husband, Andrew, and their two children.
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 Jermaine Stanley
A Cybersecurity and Information Tech Risk leader with more than 25 years of expertise who is passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Technology. Jermaine is an influencer who is effective at gaining consensus at all levels of management. As a trusted advisor to multiple industries, such as Financial, Healthcare, Technology, and Government, Jermaine has coached organizations on best practices in creating inclusive cultures. As a technology leader with a reputation for building teams, mentoring, and a passion for creating diverse and inclusive cultures, Jermaine strives to help companies build, and launch initiatives that promote DEI within their organizations. Viewed as a rising voice in DEI and he brings a unique business perspective on DEI in technology. This perspective has enabled Jermaine with the insights to help companies develop and shape the their approaches to establishing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
Bio for Anne Kaiser
Delegate Anne R. Kaiser is in her fifth term as a member of the House of Delegates, representing the 14th District in Montgomery County. Anne is Chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee after having served as Majority Leader. As chairman, Anne helps to set the direction for K-12 education policy and is instrumental in advancing voter protections and easing the tax burden on working families. Anne grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Rockville High School, before earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, as well as two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. An adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, Anne teaches two courses in the Public Policy program: Women in Leadership as well as Public Leaders and Active Citizens. Anne lives with her wife, Nancy, and their daughter Allison Joan “AJ” in the Calverton neighborhood of Silver Spring. She is a lifetime member of Tikvat Israel (formerly Beth Tikva), in Rockville, and participated in many JCC activities in her youth, including swimming, gymnastics, day camp and guitar lessons.
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 Eric Klein
Eric Klein was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where he attended Hillel Day School. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 and moved to Chicago. Eric moved to Montgomery County in 1995 as his wife Vicki, also a Michigan alum, grew up in Potomac. Eric is a CPA and an Assurance Partner with EY. Eric is board member of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless where he actively volunteers. They belong to Congregation Har Shalom and have two daughters (a recent graduate of Michigan and a sophomore at Michigan).
Bio for Jeffrey Krauthamer
JEFFREY KRAUTHAMER After graduating from Walter Johnson High School in 1991, I began my current job as a fulltime receptionist/legal assistant at the law firm of Krauthamer & Stahl in Chevy Chase. After taking some time off from school, I continued my education at Montgomery College, receiving an Administrative Support Technology Certificate in 2004. I received a Volunteer Service Award from the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in 2007. I was a participant in a 2011 photography project for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, portraying people with disabilities in the workplace. My photo was used, along with a written profile about me and my job, on the Department's website. I am a past board member of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and the Jewish Social Service Agency. I have been a member of B'nai Israel Congregation, along with my family, since 1976.
Bio for Jennifer Lavinbuk
JENNIFER LAVINBUK is a partner at Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm. She has nearly two decades of experiences advising public and private organizations on a wide variety of human capital issues, including total-rewards strategy, executive and employee compensation, and career design. Jennifer earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and also serves on the board of B'nai B'rith Homecrest House, a local non-profit that provides housing for seniors. Her children, Jacob and Lucy, attend CESJDS and participate in the Bender JCC’s Kids After School (KAS) Program. In 2017, Jennifer joined other women from the Bender JCC community on a JWRP trip to Israel.
Bio for Rebecca Stallone
REBECCA STALLONE works in acquisitions and asset management at Polinger Company, a local real estate company. She has her bachelor’s in business administration from American University. Her children attend(ed) the Bender JCC preschool and Camp JCC.
Bio for Bruce Wiener
BRUCE WIENER was born and raised in and around Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. Bruce and his wife Rochelle moved the area in 1984, where Bruce began practicing law in Washington, D.C. He worked for several law firms and the federal government until he he established Wiener Financial Management, an independent financial advisor business, in 1998. Bruce has been involved in various local Jewish organizations, including serving as the president of Beth Sholom in Potomac and participating in the Investment Committee for the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Bruce and Rochelle have two sons – Daniel (who lives in Denver with his wife Rachel and their daughter Sadie) and Ari (who lives in Boston with his wife Francesca).
Bio for Jonathan Weinberg
Jonathan Weinberg serves a s Evolent Health’s General Counsel and is the chief legal officer of the company. Prior to joining Evolent, Jonathan was a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Coventry Health Care, Inc., where he supervised many of the operational functions of the Coventry legal department including mergers and acquisitions, federal and state regulatory issues, provider contracting, and Medicare and Medicaid issues. While a t Coventry, Jonathan also was in charge of the risk management department. Prior to joining Coventry, Jonathan was an associate and then partner a t Epstein Becker and Green, P.C. in the firm’s health care practice, specializing in managed care issues. Jonathan received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his JD from the Catholic University of America.
Bio for Holly Mendelson
Holly Mendelson is the Vice President and co-owner of Potomac Publishing, Inc. She is the co- publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest, oldest, and most respected national diversity, equity, and inclusion magazine in higher education. Prior to owning INSIGHT Into Diversity, Holly worked in corporate marketing at companies such as Marriott International, Inc., and Bell Atlantic, Inc. She spent 20+ years shaping the way organizations communicated with their customers and was proud to help grow the Marriott Rewards program into the largest hotel loyalty program in the world by the time she left. When the opportunity arose in 2007 to transition to communicating about diversity, inclusion, anti-hate/bias, and the critical nature of the work being done in these areas, she embraced the opportunity. Holly believes her work supporting higher education access, employment, and social justice for people from all underrepresented groups through INSIGHT Into Diversity over the last 15 years has turned out to be her 'calling.' It is in line with her strong personal beliefs and values, and she feels it has been life-changing for her in innumerable ways. Since purchasing INSIGHT Into Diversity, Holly and her co-owner have completely revamped the publication to be the foremost voice advancing the national conversation about diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Holly has focused on expanding INSIGHT's readership through partnerships with highly respected non-profit organizations in order to reach all underserved populations, and its Editorial Board to ensure that all voices are represented. INSIGHT Into Diversity is well known for its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only national recognition for an institution's level of achievement of and commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout campus. Holly graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, communications and psychology. She resides in Gaithersburg, MD, with her husband Brad, and has young adult children. To learn more about Holly Mendelson and INSIGHT Into Diversity visit www.insightintodiversity.com or (43) Holly (Benton) Mendelson | LinkedIn.
Bio for Ayelet Masica
Ayelet has a passion for designing spaces that are both beautiful and functional. Having worked on restaurant designs for the majority of her career she has developed a skillset and passion for creating inviting spaces that work. She works with the mindset that the ultimate design should be one that you love and enjoys working with clients to bring their design goals to life. She has worked in Washington DC for the award-winning design firm, HapstakDemetriou+ with a focus on fine dining restaurants, fast casual and concept prototype design. Ayelet holds an MFA in Interior Design from George Washington University.