Gerda moved from Vermilion, Ohio to Boynton Beach in 1998 after a 30 year career that spanned education, mental health administration in public relations and development, and working as a consultant directing fund raising campaigns. She earned her MEd. at Cleveland State University. Extremely active in her community, Gerda served on the boards of The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, United Way, and Leadership Lorain County and was the first woman president of Agudath B’nai Israel congregation in Lorain, Ohio. In Florida she served for six years as the Director of Development for The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, South Florida Region. In retirement, Gerda co-founded the Boynton Beach Mental Health Initiative, a grass roots effort promoting education and awareness about mental health and mental wellness, and one of the founding members of the Action Alliance for Mental Health in Palm Beach County.
Gerda and her husband, Warren, have traveled widely, raised five children and are very proud of their five grandchildren, Dexter, Isabel, Jonah, Josiah and Hannah.