Staff Contact Information

Executive Staff

Josh Bender

Chief Executive Officer

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 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.
Phil Liebson

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah D. Feinberg

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Sarah D. Feinberg has spent her career working in nonprofit management across the Jewish community. She is passionate about creating positive work environments, strengthening internal systems to realize organizational mission, and fostering community. She began her career in Jewish education and has held positions at NCJW, Inc and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Brandeis University. She holds an M.B.A. and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Boston University and a B.A. in History from Barnard College. When she is not strategizing, building relationships, and crunching numbers, she enjoys flexing her creative muscle through photography, cooking, and gardening. Sarah lives in Silver Spring, MD with her daughter.
Rachel Ossman

Chief Development Officer

Rachel Ossman joined the Bender JCC Development team in 2019 and in July 2021 became the Chief Development Officer where she oversees all the fundraising initiatives. Rachel has over 20 years of Jewish communal experience, beginning at Johns Hopkins University Hillel and working in Development at Hillels of Greater Philadelphia. She then worked as the Development Director at University of Delaware Hillel and Cornell Hillel. Rachel earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from New York University. She is an avid runner, baker, and fitness instructor which includes teaching classes at the Bender JCC. Rachel is married to Hal and is a parent to two daughters (both alumnae of the Bender ECC).
Brandon Chiat

Chief Marketing Officer

Brandon is an empathetic leader, thoughtful storyteller, and forward-acting marketer with 10+ years of experience as a writer, advisor, strategist, and in-house director for Jewish community organizations. He’s a “nice Jewish boy” turned creative professional who believes compelling content and distinctive design can help ensure the survival of Jewish communities, culture, and traditions. Brandon is a former Jewish summer camper, an alumnus of two Jewish day schools, and grew up in Jewish Community Centers: the first home run he ever hit was on a JCC baseball field. Brandon is eager to apply his talent and vision to the Bender JCC. His digital and traditional marketing expertise includes brand strategy and positioning, editorial planning and creative content development, and social media strategy. Brandon started his career as a writer for publications including the Baltimore Jewish Times and co-founded a popular digital music magazine. These experiences taught him that engaging communications begin with two parties seeking a deeper understanding of one another and that great content should always be helpful, interesting, and entertaining. When the Great Recession led Brandon away from journalism, he began specializing in content marketing, helping organizations communicate more authentically and consistently. Brandon recently moved to Montgomery County with his partner Whitney and their two dogs, Gabby and Toby. When he’s not wordsmithing, Brandon is likely buried in a new novel, crossing cities off his bucket list, or playing guitar. He lives for live music.
Susan Krupka

Executive Assistant


Ed Berkowitz

Director of Accounting

Jennifer Wenk

Director, CRM Applications

Liya Lachovizer


Jason Weinstein

Booking Management Coordinator

Imelda Avellaneda

Staff Accountant

Ana Levcovitz

Associate Registrar

Arts & Adults

Frieda Enoch

Director, Coming of Age

Lindsay Frankel

Program Coordinator, Coming of Age Senior Adult Programs

Marcie Blackman

Director, Arts & Adult Programming

Rivka Degani

Director, Hebrew Language Program

Rachel Elazar

Arts and Adults Program Coordinator

Camp JCC

Talin Tahmasian

Senior Director, Camp

Michael Sherman

Assistant Director, Camp and Youth

Allison Buchman

Camp Office Manager

Communications & Marketing

Mauricio Garcia

Marketing Director


Andi Kronzek

Development & Marketing Coordinator

Kayla Kapen

Senior Development and Event Associate

Early Childhood Education

Alex Band

Interim Director, Early Childhood Center

Tricia Wolper

ECC Office Manager

Lauren Dworkin

Director, Engagement and Social Action

Jennifer Radosh

J Family Program Director

Family Engagement and Social Action Coordinator


Bob Layman

Building Maintenance Manager

Health & Fitness

Mike Holmes

Director of Health and Fitness

Caroline Cardullo

Aquatics Director

Emma Hertzberg

Coordinator, Group Exercise

Paul Macias

Health & Fitness Coordinator

Human Resources

Rebecca Brossy

HR Generalist

Member and Guest Services

Deb Rosenberg

Associate Director Member & Guest Services

Kimberly Daniels

Member & Guest Services Coordinator

Art Thomas

Membership Sales Associate

Cynthia Anderson

Member & Guest Services Associate

Ariana Cabrera

Member Sales & Guest Services Associate

Julio Jimenez

Member & Guest Services Associate

Taffy Sassoon

Member & Guest Services Associate

Daniel Randall

Membership Sales Associate

Erika Adams-Sa

Member and Guest Services Associate

Recreation, Youth, & Teens

Kindy Diallo

Director, Sports Programs


Maytal Regev

Director, Rentals & Strategic Partnerships

Ellen Kraft

Rentals Coordinator

Noel Kendall

Technical Manager


Kate Falls

Inclusion Director

Heather Strauss

After School Inclusion Consultant

Eva Cowen

Inclusion Consultant

Additional Contact Information

Bender JCC 301-881-0100