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Sue Gelsey

Sue Gelsey, the chief program officer (CPO) at JCC Association of North America since 2019, oversees the growth and development of JCC Association’s signature programs and talent portfolio, including professional development, Sheva Center, JCC Maccabi®, JResponse®, Center for Israel Engagement, and JWB Jewish Chaplains Council®. Most of her career has focused on Jewish communal work, and previously Gelsey was the chief operating officer at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey, a large social service agency with more than 12,000 members. Earlier, she held positions there as the youth services director, camp director, JCC Maccabi Games® director, and a program director. She also served as a regional youth director and assistant overnight camp director for the Union for Reform Judaism and as vice president of a fitness management company, working with JCCs, universities, and hospitals on operations and management. Gelsey holds a master’s degree in recreation management from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies and psychology from Emory University and is an alumna of the inaugural Mandel Executive Leadership cohort. She and her family are members of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.