David Gershaw and Andy Caplan, two North Shore natives, have joined the Jewish Journal’s Board of Overseers.
David Gershaw, a Danvers native and Charlestown resident, is an innovative engineer and entrepreneur who established two high tech design and manufacturing companies with a worldwide presence by the age of 21, and co-founded a medical device company, GAMA Therapeutics by age 30 and a real estate development company Lighthouse Brothers Development at age 31. David is an expert in product development, sales channel, marketing, and global manufacturing/distribution supply chain.
Gershaw’s family has strong North Shore roots. His great-grandfather Louis Gershaw was a founding member of Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly and grandparents Milton and Marjorie Gershaw were founding members of (now) Temple Tiferet Shalom of Peabody. In addition, his sister, Dr. Rachel Gershaw, is an emergency room physician at Baystate Hospital in Springfield, and has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My businesses were all started in Danvers and Middleton as well,” said Gershaw. “I am excited for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful community newspaper, an important component to growing and supporting a strong Jewish identity”
Andy Caplan grew up in Swampscott and is a resident of the town. He is co-founder and partner of Twohig | Caplan LLP, a boutique law firm that helps businesses, professionals, and individuals on the North Shore and throughout Massachusetts to avoid and resolve business disputes amicably and, when necessary, through litigation. In addition to his more than 25 years of experience in the law, Andy brings to the Journal Board his longtime leadership in the North Shore Jewish community, including serving as chair of the Anti-Defamation League’s North Shore Advisory Committee and as president of Congregation Shirat Hayam.
“I am honored to serve on the board of the Jewish Journal, a newspaper I’ve long relied upon for its insightful coverage of news in our community,” said Andy. He is married to Melissa, a special education teacher at Glover School in Marblehead and director of Inclusion at the Marblehead JCC summer camp, and is the father of Lila, a rising freshman at Indiana University, and Louisa, a rising sophomore at Essex Tech.