Adam Broms, Camp Director
Adam is entering his eighth year at Capital Camps. During his tenure, Adam’s leadership has resulted in increased staff retention, a variety of program improvements, and more efficient day-to-day operations of camp. Together with the camp team, Adam focuses on enhancing the camper and staff experience, both at camp and year-round, as well as engaging all members of the camp community in meaningful growth, identity-building, and relationship development
Prior to his time at Capital Camps, Adam worked at Hillel International, recruiting and training young professionals to work at Hillel locations across the country. his experience in Jewish camping includes 10 summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and several years as a camper at Herzl Camp. Adam and his wife, Carrie, live in Washington D.C..email Adam
Sandra Marks, Associate Camp Director
Originally from New York, Sandra’s love of camp began at Camp Moshava in Indian Orchard, Pennsylvania, where she was a camper, counselor and senior staff member for 17 summers. Sandra has a long history of Jewish education, both formal and experiential. Currently, she is a member of the third Senior Educators Cohort of M2, The Institute for Experiential Education. Sandra completed her coursework for her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she lived for eight years, and she has a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College in Urban Studies with a minor in Jewish Studies. Sandra lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Adam, and their two sons.email Sandra
Melissa Grossman, Assistant Camp Director
Melissa joined Capital Camps’ team following 13 successful years in recruiting and professional development at a global law firm. Growing up outside of Philadelphia, Melissa attended overnight camp for 11 summers. Once her daughter made Capital Camps her summer home, she knew she had to get back to camp. After a brief time on the CCRC Board of Directors, she joined the agency as a year-round staff member. As Assistant Director, Melissa focuses on programming, recruiting and other initiatives. She graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in Communications, Jewish Studies and Theater Arts, and received her Master’s degree in Organizational Development from The George Washington University. Melissa, with her husband, Matt, and their two children live in Arlington, VA.email Melissa
Deb Silver, Communications Associate
Deb joined the Capital Camps team in January 2017 after graduating with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Deb focuses her time working with new and returning parents and families throughout the year, and manages the office during the summer. She is the primary point of contact for all camp information. Deb also creates and manages marketing material, communications, and social media content. She is a former camper and sister of two current counselors.email Deb
Ruth Burka, Director, Finance and Administration
Ruth has been a member of our year-round team for 21 years. Ruth’s work focuses on all things relating to Finance and Administration, including Human Resources, and management of our Financial Aid Program. Ruth lives in Olney, MD with her husband, Ben. She is the proud parent of three former campers and counselors – her son Lawrence and his wife, Allee, who met at camp in 10th grade, and her daughter Randi.email Ruth
Penny Hartzman, Office Administrator
Penny has been a part of our year-round team for 17 years. Prior to becoming the Agency Office Administrator, she was the Camp Registrar. Penny now handles the Agency and Camp Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. She lives in Gaithersburg, MD with her dog, Lucy, and is the proud mother of two former campers, David and Deanna.email Penny
Havi Goldscher, Chief Development Officer
Havi joined the Capital Camps & Retreat Center team in 2018, following 14 successful years at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In her role at Capital Camps & Retreat Center, Havi oversees the agency’s development and engagement efforts, including the Annual Campaign, Legacy giving, Capital Campaign, Endowment funds, as well as alumni and Board engagement.
During her final four years at AIPAC, Havi was responsible for building and executing a national lay leadership program, ensuring that the goals of the organization were met in partnership with key leaders throughout the country. Prior to that role, Havi served as the Deputy Director of Development, tasked with retaining relationships with the organization’s major donors, as well as supporting foundations. Havi began her professional career at Project Interchange, an institute of the American Jewish Committee, developing education content for American leader’s trips to Israel.
Originally from Philadelphia, Havi earned a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, after participating in Young Judaea Year Course. Her love of camping was solidified after spending seven summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Wingate * Kirkland. Havi, her husband Eric, and their three children, Ezra, Jonah and Orli, live in Silver Spring, MD.email Havi
Natalie Walden, Development Associate
Natalie joined Capital Camps in June 2017 following her graduation from Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Hailing from West Chester, PA, Natalie spent 10 summers as a camper and staff member at URJ Camp Harlam. Natalie is excited to re-enter the world of Jewish camping, focusing on development and donor communications at Capital Camps. Natalie lives in Silver Spring, MD.email Natalie
Sam Brown, Special Projects Manager
Sam is the Special Projects Manager, overseeing events such as the 30th anniversary celebration, creating print and digital materials for the camp and development teams, and assisting our staff in many ways. For more than 20 years, Sam has worked in the Jewish community in various roles to further connectivity between families and organizations. Prior to joining Capital Camps, Sam worked for the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in community engagement. Sam’s love of camp runs very deep, as she was a third generation camper at Camp Che-na-wah in the Adirondacks, where her parents met. Living in Rockville, MD with her husband, Michael, they chose Capital Camps for their three daughters because of the menschlichkeit values Capital Camps camp promotes.email Sam
Ron Siegel, Chief Operating Officer
Ron Siegel has worked in the Jewish Non-Profit field for more than 20 years and has been with Capital Camps and Retreat Center since 2015 serving as the COO. In this capacity, Ron oversees the retreat business as well as supervising operations and vendor partnerships for both camp and the retreat center. Prior to working at CCRC, Ron was the Vice President of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. His portfolio at the Baltimore JCC included Camping Services, Fitness, Aquatics, Recreation and Security.
Ron began his career at the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked at the JCC in St. Louis in several capacities for more than 10 years prior to becoming the Continental Assistant Director of the JCC Maccabi Games in 2003. Ron moved with his family to the Baltimore area in 2006. He and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Rebecca and Jennifer.email Ron
Jonah Geller, Chief Executive Officer
Jonah joined Capital Camps & Retreat Center in 2012 and has worked professionally in Jewish camping/retreats for 20 years. Prior to his current position, Jonah served as Executive Director of Michigan-based Tamarack Camps and Director of Camp Tel Yehudah in New York.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Jonah earned degrees in Journalism, Jewish Studies and Hebrew from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate of Jewish Community Center Association’s Executive Director Training Program, the Wexner Foundation’s Field Fellowship, and Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. Jonah is married to Jennifer Noparstak and is the proud father of three children – Ari, Ezra and Lea.email Jonah
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