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.
Susan Fischer

Chief Program Officer

Prior to serving as the Bender JCC’s Chief Program Officer, Susan Fischer joined the staff as the Sports and Rec Director and later the Director of Youth and Teens. Susan currently oversees the development, delivery, and evaluation of the agency’s programs that support families with young children. This includes the Early Childhood Education Center, Parenting Center, licensed after school child care program, after school enrichment programs, and Camp JCC, as well as the Arts and Culture and Senior Services programs. Before moving to the Greater Washington area, Susan worked for 15 years as a successful Academic Administrator at two New England private schools, serving as Director of Athletics and the Head of the Middle School. She earned a BA from William Smith College and was a two-sport college athlete earning All-American honors.
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

Accounting

Jennifer Wenk

Database Manager

Fatima Kamara

Registrar

Jason Weinstein

Booking Management Coordinator

Imelda Avellaneda

Staff Accountant

Toorialay Toorman

Database Coordinator

Arts & Adults

Frieda Enoch

Director, Coming of Age

Lindsay Frankel

Program Coordinator, Coming of Age Senior Adult Programs

Marcie Blackman

Director, 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

Senior Graphic Designer

Liz Weir

Digital Communications Manager

Development

Jodi Shulimson

Director, Annual Giving and Events

Andi Kronzek

Development & Marketing Coordinator

Early Childhood Education

Sarah Meytin

Senior Director, Early Childhood Center

Brenda Footer

Assistant Director, ECC

Tricia Wolper

ECC Office Manager

Lauren Dworkin

Director, Engagement and Social Action

Jennifer Radosh

J Play Coordinator

Family Engagement Coordinator

Facilities

Bob Layman

Building Maintenance Manager

Health & Fitness

Fitness General Manager

Mike Holmes

Assistant Director of Health and Fitness

Caroline Cardullo

Aquatics Director

Sherry Narayan

Group Exercise Coordinator

Paul Macias

Senior Floor Staff

Human Resources

Rebecca Brossy

HR Generalist

Member and Guest Services

Deb Rosenberg

Associate Director Member & Guest Services

Kim Daniel

Member & Guest Services Coordinator

Tim Mooney

Member Sales

Art Thomas

Member Sales

Cynthia Anderson

Member & Guest Services Associate

Ariana Cabrera

Member & Guest Services Associate

Susan Horowitz

Member & Guest Services Associate

Julio Jimenez

Member & Guest Services Associate

Eder Morales

Member & Guest Services Associates

Taiwo Ogundipe

Member & Guest Services Associates

Taffy Sassoon

Member & Guest Services Associates

Recreation, Youth, & Teens

Kindy Diallo

Director, Sports Programs

Rentals

Maytal Regev

Rentals Manager

Ellen Kraft

Rentals Coordinator

Noel Kendall

Technical Manager

Special Needs

Heather Strauss

After School Inclusion Consultant

Eva Cowen

Inclusion Consultant

Additional Contact Information

Bender JCC 301-881-0100