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 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 over to Grand Street, where I worked in child care and at the front desk.”

Meet Sheri, our Senior Director who is retiring next week after nearly 40 years of service at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

“I came to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for swim lessons for my children. Little did I know at the time that I would find a wonderful supportive community to connect with.”

Meet Jaylen, one of our School Age Child Care counselors who is helping facilitate our new full-day virtual learning program

“I have been working at the Y since 2017. A few of my friends went to camp until they aged out and I knew Katie from when I was in after care.”

Meet Morgan, one of our School Age Child Care counselors who is helping facilitate our new full-day virtual learning program

“I have worked at the Y for 4 years. I started with camp first. I went to Y camp and Y after care my whole life.”

Meet Miss Beth, one of our amazing teachers who is excited to teach Kindergarten this year

“I first was a substitute at Grand Street in August of 1992 and I joined the child care staff in May 1993. This was my job when I went to college. I always say, ‘the Y has always been what I needed it to be.’”

Meet Matt, one of our fantastic camp counselors who helped us provide our campers with a summer they’ll never forget

“I’ve been working here for five years. I started my senior year in high school. I wanted to work with kids and I thought this was the perfect job for me.”

Meet Tommy, one of our great camp counselors who feels like he found his place at the Y

“I’ve been working at the Y for three years now. I started in Discovery Camp and have worked camp every year since, and I’ve also helped out in the Wellness Center.”