Shane Rock joined the JCA team as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2020. He succeeded CEO-emeritus David Gamse, who retired after three decades.
Shane brings to JCA many years of experience at social service non-profit organizations. He most recently was the CEO of Interfaith Works in Rockville. 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.
Rock lives in Gaithersburg with his wife, Karen Rothschild, a fifth-generation Washingtonian and public health attorney with a passion for human rights.
Kathi Dennis came to Washington in 1994 as part of the staff charged with launching the AmeriCorps program- a federal program that encourages Americans to serve their country as volunteers. She has continued to work in the volunteer sector promoting and advocating for volunteering worldwide. Kathi graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in environmental education and went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Kenya, teaching biology and physics in secondary school. She joined JCA in November 2019.
Tim Larkin joined JCA on July 1, 2021, and has worked in the accounting, financial planning, and administrative departments for various companies and industries for the past 37 years. He has been living in the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1987, and for the past 3 years has been associated with non-profit agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland. Tim received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and has earned a Certified Public Accountants (CPA) license, which is currently inactive.
Sara Fought worked in telecommunications for 20 years. She transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2006 where she applied her corporate management and communications experience. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has been a lifelong volunteer at many organizations, most recently in a leadership role with Susan G. Komen.
Susan Messina has been working as a fundraising and communications professional for health and human services organizations in the Washington area since 1991. Immediately prior to joining JCA, she was with Iona Senior Services in DC. Susan currently serves on the board of the Palisades Village in NW DC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, two master’s degrees from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research, as well as a master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.