Shane Rock joined the JCA team as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2021. 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.
Gerard Etienne has worked as a consultant for the majority of his career, first as a mechanical engineer and later as a management consultant for both small and large companies in the private sector, focusing on intrapreneurship, innovation, and improving customer relationships. He found his passion, however, to be in mission-driven work. Prior to joining JCA, he was Director of the Vocational Services Program at Interfaith Works, a program for which he was a dedicated volunteer for seven years. Gerard has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. He and his wife are avid soccer fans and live in Silver Spring with their dog, Doug.
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 three years, has been associated with non-profit agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland. Tim received a Bachelor 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.
Hal Bordy has a long and distinguished career in executive leadership of social service and Jewish organizations. He has a background in social work education and Jewish history and culture. He has been recognized for his professional leadership in the development and construction of the Jewish communal campuses in Winnipeg and Silicon Valley and has been a consultant in capital fundraising. He holds a Masters’s degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Hal is often spotted in Rockville Town Center with his Bichon Frisé, Maggie.
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.
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.