Our Team

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.

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.

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.

Havi Goldscher, Chief Development Officer

Havi joined in 2018, to oversee the agency’s development and engagement efforts, including the Annual Campaign, Legacy giving, Capital Campaign, Endowment funds, as well as alumni and Board engagement.

Prior to her time at Capital Camps, Havi spent 14 years at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  During her final four years at AIPAC, Havi was responsible for building and executing a national lay leadership program, ensuring the goals of the organization were met in partnership with key leaders.  Prior to that role, Havi served as the Deputy Director of Development, tasked with retaining relationships with the organization’s key stateholders, as well as supporting foundations.  Havi began her professional career at Project Interchange, an institute of the American Jewish Committee.

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.

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.

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.

Jonah Geller, Chief Executive Officer

Jonah joined Capital Camps & Retreat Center in 2012 and has worked professionally in Jewish camping/retreat centers for 21 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.