Ned Himmelrich, President*
Fred Heyman, First Vice President*
Fran Pruce, Vice President*
Josh Mauer, Treasurer*
Larry Ziffer, Secretary
Louise Zirretta, Immediate Past President*
Board of Trustees
Honorary & Ex-Officios
Sanford (Sandy) Cardin
Roberta (Bobbi) Perlman
Shoshana S. Cardin, z”l (Honorary)
Dan Hirschhorn (Honorary)
Ellen Lightman (Honorary)
Pamela Platt* (Ex-Officio)
Nancy Kohn Rabin* (Ex-Officio)
Erika Pardes Schon * (Ex-Officio)
Our Professional Team
Beth Gansky is the Executive Director of ACHARAI: Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Leadership Institute. Before becoming Executive Director in June 2015, Beth had been serving as a leadership coach for both the ACHARAI Fellows Program and Presidents’ Circle. She holds a Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Binghamton University. Beth is an experienced facilitator and a member of the faculty team of ACCELERATE, a year-long national program for high potential Hillel professionals who aspire to become directors.
Beth helps people bring their best selves to their professional and personal lives. Over the last twenty years, Beth has trained, consulted and coached both volunteer and professional leaders for local and national organizations. In 2012, she launched The Gansky Group, LLC, a consulting practice that specializes in coaching and training, particularly with non-profit organizations. Beth was with Hillel of Greater Baltimore for fourteen years until 2009, as the Executive Director for the last five. She led the decentralization of that regional operation to four self-sustaining Hillel campus foundations and played a significant role in the opening of The Smokler Center at Johns Hopkins University. Beth is also a board member at Camp Ramah in the Poconos where she is chairing their strategic planning process. She is a past board member at Beth Israel Congregation, University of Maryland Hillel, Beth Tfiloh and is a facilitator for the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development.
Outside of her professional life, Beth finds great fulfillment as a traveler, cook, reader, theatre patron and mother.
Naami is the Program Director for ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Leadership Institute, a division of Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning. Naami received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in Leadership studies and most recently became certified as a Leadership Coach through Georgetown University.
Naami’s passion for Jewish communal work was inspired by her parent’s involvement in her hometown Jewish community of Los Angeles. She has worked for nonprofit organizations in California, New York and Israel. In New York, Naami and her husband built a Jewish community at SUNY Albany engaging over 1,000 Jewish college students in meaningful Jewish experiences. In Israel she planned and led multiple Israel activism trips. After more than a decade of nonprofit work, Naami set her roots in Baltimore with her husband Yanky and three daughters. She began working at ACHARAI as program director. In this role, Naami has been involved in the development of three ACHARAI Fellows Program cohorts and oversees the alumni program of over 165 ACHARAI alumni. Naami is most looking forward to furthering the goals of Na’aleh through leadership coaching and creating more learning opportunities and experiences for the lay leaders in the Baltimore Jewish community.