Betsy August Gold & Ron Gold

Betsy and Ron first met at Camp Tel Yehudah in 1977 when they were Young Judaea regional mazkirim, Betsy in Florida and Ron in New Jersey. They started dating while on Year Course '78-'79 and are about to celebrate their 30th Anniversary.

Betsy began her career as a reporter at The Miami News and later worked at major newspapers in New York and New Jersey, where she last served as Business Editor of The Bergen Record. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and won the Society of Professional Journalists’ highest award for Distinguished Service after following the path of a serial killer while he was crossing the country murdering young women. Since then, Betsy has had a direct-sales business since 1992 and was named a top performer company wide for 10 straight years.

Ron began working on Wall Street as an arbitrage trader shortly before they married. His 30-year career included positions at E.F. Hutton, Lehman Brothers (from where he witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers), and most recently as a managing director at Barclays. In 2011, his life changed radically when a sleeping driver hit his bicycle head on. Ron’s near-fatal tragedy and new life as a paraplegic opened his and Betsy’s eyes to America's broken home care system and the challenges families face in hiring qualified help at home. Their innovative solution is their new start-up, LeanOnWe, a thoughtfully designed home care service created to help families find the right caregiver for their needs. Ron, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Science, and an MBA from Columbia University, is a highlighted profile in the upcoming book, “Falling To Grace: Guideposts on the Road to Redemption.”

Both Ron and Betsy are active community leaders, with Ron serving on the Executive Committee of the YJCC of Bergen County, NJ, and involved in AIPAC, and Betsy as a lay leader at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and a founding board member and Executive Committee member of the newly independent Young Judaea. Their daughters — Stephanie, Jacqueline, and Alexandra — attended Sprout Lake and TY and are all Year Course graduates.