Meet Our Staff

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change. Every day, our staff — of all ages with diverse backgrounds and life experiences — work to bridge the gap in community needs. These team members nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide support to our neighbors.

Learn more about why the Y is a great place to work by viewing our short video featuring Y staff and members and read their stories below.

Meet Bob, one of our dedicated Tae Kwon Do instructors, who can’t wait to be back teaching our Y members

“It’s about finding the right style that works for you. There are many benefits to Tae Kwon Do: you’re getting in shape, learning self defense and you keep moving.”

Meet Imani, one of our new Welcome Center representatives who is enjoying helping our members and getting to know our Y family

“I was a member of another Y before this, pretty much for my whole life. It’s where I learned to swim and in high school, my swim team used the Y pool for practice.”

Meet Sarah, one of our Educational Child Care teacher’s assistants who is getting ready for a fantastic summer with our Little Sprouts half-day camp for kids ages 3-5

“Every day, I enjoy going to work. They are just fun to be around, and when you’re able to help them, it’s a good feeling.”

Meet Nora, one of our Educational Child Care teacher’s assistants who is excited to be working with our Little Sprouts Camp this summer

“Working here actually inspired me to get my teaching degree. It wasn’t something I was planning to do when I graduated from high school.”

Meet Alex, one of our dedicated lifeguards, who is passionate about swimming, swim safety and the importance of staying active

“As a swimmer, lifeguarding seemed like something I could do. I also appreciate having the opportunity to swim and wanted to give back.”

Meet Jim, Headmaster of the Northeast Division of the USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association, and one of our fantastic instructors

“I’ve studied Tae Kwon Do since I was in high school. My best friend in high school was a black belt in Karate and I was shocked by what he could do. I wanted to learn, too.”

Meet Meagan and Katie, two of our teacher’s assistants who started as volunteers

“I enjoy being so involved in the classroom and getting to know the kids. I like seeing how they interact with each other and with us.”

Meet Jake, one of our friendly and helpful health screeners who recently returned to our Y

“I came back to work at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y in early March. I had previously worked here during the 2017-2018 school year as a lifeguard and swim instructor.”

Meet Tim who started as an intern at our Y and will be teaching several youth sports programs this spring

“I’ve always just enjoyed working with kids and sports is a huge part of my life. When I got the opportunity to work at the Y, I realized that I wanted youth sports to become a long-term career at some point.”

Story Update: Meet Tina, one of our fantastic group exercise instructors and personal trainers

“For me, it’s a win-win-win. I get to exercise, I get to go to work, and I help other people get healthy.”

Meet Hannah, one of our great School Age Child Care and Camp counselors

“This is going to be my 5th year working here. I’ve pretty much grown up at the Y though. My older brother and I went to camp here when it was Camp Mak. Some of the people here basically know me from when I was born.”

Meet Kayla, one of the fantastic teacher’s assistants with our Educational Child Care program who enjoys watching the children in her care grow and thrive

“The kids are just fun; they’re really cute. I like to watch them grow. The kids I’m with now have been with me since they were around 18 months and now they’re going to be 4.”

Meet Adam, one of our friendly and helpful health screeners

“I started working here around September. I lost my previous job when COVID hit and I had no place to work.”

Meet Sami, one of our School Age Child Care counselors who has been working with our Virtual Learning students this year

“I started working here in March 2017 and worked in the after care program at several schools, including Evergreen, School One and McGinn.”

Meet Stacy, one of our new lifeguards who has found her second home at our Y

“I’m a Y person, whenever I move, I look for the YMCA. There I always find a community.”

Meet Bridget, one of our fantastic Child Care teachers

“I came to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y when I was a senior at Union County Vo-Tech with a focus in Child Development. I interned with the Y’s former Kinderwrap program to get my first real teaching experience.”

Meet Kim, one of our friendly Welcome Center representatives who previously worked for our Y in the 1980s

“I started working here again in July 2019, but I was also here back in the 80s. I was a lifeguard, I worked at the front desk and was also a camp counselor when it was Camp Makawakmo.”

Meet Max, one of our great School Age Child Care counselors

“First, in elementary school, I participated in the Y’s after care for about four years from first to fourth grade.”

Meet Miss Liz, one of our terrific Kindergarten teachers who is set to have a great year with her students

“I have been working here on and off since I was 17. I started working in the after care program and then switched o