Howard Gleckman, President

Howard Gleckman is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, where he is affiliated with the Tax Policy Center and the Retirement Policy Program. He speaks and writes frequently on aging and caregiving. He is the author of Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America’s Most Urgent Health Care Crisis, as well as two regular columns that can be read on Forbes.com. In 2016, he was named one of the nation’s top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue.

Gleckman became interested in aging issues when he and his wife helped care for their parents: “It was the toughest thing I ever did, but also the most rewarding.”

Before joining the Urban Institute, Gleckman was a senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of Business Week, where he covered health and elder care, as well as tax and budget issues, for nearly 20 years. He was a 2003 National Magazine Award finalist for a story called The Coming Revolution in Health Care.

Gleckman also was a Media Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Health System’s National Capital Region Executive Governance Committee and a trustee of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety and Quality Committee. He is the former chair of the board of trustees of Suburban Hospital (Bethesda MD) and former president of Tifereth Israel Congregation (Washington, DC).

He lives in Kensington, Md. with his wife, Ann Kline, a retired hospice chaplain.

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors 

Terms expire at the Annual Meeting in the fall of 2022.

President: Howard Gleckman

First Vice President: Ronna Borenstein-Levy

Secretary: Phyllis Coburn

Treasurer: Scot Farrell

Assistant Treasurer: Donald Silverstein

Chief Executive Officer: Shane Rock

Board Class of 2022

Terms expire at the Annual Meeting in the fall of 2022.

Ira Bartfield

Marion Kristal Goldberg

Darryl Hill

Jacky Schultz*

John Shuchart

Vickie Witkin

Board Class of 2023

Terms expire at the Annual Meeting in the fall of 2023.

Barbara Etkind

Lynn Friss Feinberg

Vivien Hsueh

Deborah Liverpool

Ronald Paul

Thomas West

Board Class of 2024

Marc Berman

Jay Goldman


Deborah Korth

Jeff Lipson

David Smith**

Past Presidents

            • George Hurwitz of blessed memory, 1973-1975
            • Julius Sankin of blessed memory, 1975-1978
            • Rosalie B. Gerber of blessed memory, 1978-1980
            • Saul I. Stern of blessed memory, 1980-1982
            • Sidney Z. Mensh of blessed memory, 1982-1984
            • Samuel J. Gorlitz of blessed memory, 1984-1986
            • William H. Goldwater of blessed memory, 1986-1988
            • Irvin A. Lavine of blessed memory, 1988-1990
            • Lawrence L. Levin, 1990
            • Stella M. Bernstein of blessed memory, 1990-1992
            • Sylvia Raphael, 1992-1994
            • Win Greenwald, of blessed memory, 1994-1996
            • Sally M. Herman, 1996-1998
            • Judith S. Ball, 1998-2000
            • Michael Goldberg, 2000-2002
            • Elaine Kotell Binder, 2002-2004
            • Richard Dine, 2004-2006
            • Ed Bonder, 2006-2008
            • Linda Kaplan, 2008-2010
            • Barbara S. Mintz, 2010-2012
            • Samuel G. Kaplan, 2012-2014
            • Sheldon Grosberg, of blessed memory, 2014-2016
            • Natalie Cantor, 2016-2018
            • Norman Goldstein, 2018-2020

Senior Staff

  • Shane Rock


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  • Susan A. Messina

    Senior Director, Development

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  • Tim Larkin

    Senior Director of Finance and Administration

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  • Kathi Dennis

    Senior Director, Heyman Interages Center

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  • Sara Fought

    Senior Director, Center for Information Services

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Shane Rock, Chief Executive Officer



Shane Rock, the former CEO of Interfaith Works in Rockville, is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Jewish Council for the Aging. He succeeds CEO-emeritus David Gamse, who retired after three decades.

Shane brings to JCA many years of experience at social service non-profit organizations. Besides Interfaith Works, he previously led non-profits in Seattle, WA., including that area’s largest food bank, and directed refugee and immigrant services for Jewish Family Services of Seattle.

When making the announcement, JCA Board President Howard Gleckman said, “Just as important as his resume, Shane is passionate about assisting underserved members of his community. I know he will bring that commitment to JCA, which has a nearly 50-year history of supporting older adults in the National Capital Region.”

Rock lives in Gaithersburg with his wife, Karen Rothschild, a fifth generation Washingtonian and public health attorney with a passion for human rights.