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 Kera, one of our terrific camp counselors who is looking forward to creating a great Summer Camp experience for our campers

“I have been working here for about 7 years. I needed a job and I emailed the Camp Director at the time. She hired me for Summer Camp and I also started working in the after school program during the year.”

Meet Katie, our School Age Child Care and Camp Director, who is excited to have the Best Summer Ever

“My journey here at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA started when I was 3 years old with parent-child swim lessons. My father would bring me every Saturday for classes.”

Meet Chris, our Director of Competitive Aquatics, who began his Y journey as a member of our Swim Team and now oversees the team of over 200 swimmers

“I started at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in 1993 after joining the FSPY Swim Team. I started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor in 1997.”

Meet Zach, our Associate Aquatics Director, who was a Y kid turned Y professional

“My Y journey began with swim lessons run by my local Y when I was 9 years old. From there, I joined the Swim Team and stuck with it through grade school.”

Meet Donna, our Director of Healthy Living who is also a registered dietitian and in her role, leads many of our health management programs

“My Y story goes back a bit. Our family moved to New Jersey from Massachusetts in 1996 when my boys were 5 years old and 11 months old. My husband was working in the city and I was alone with the two boys. So, the first thing I did was seek out the YMCA!”

Meet Kathy, our Senior Director of Child Care Services who started her Y journey 30 years ago

“My story started when I was in college. I was taking an education course that required me to either volunteer or work at a school or child care center. I found myself at the Grand Street Y working as a teacher’s aide; 30 years later, here I am as a senior program director.”

Meet Jennifer, our Health and Wellness Director, who started as a member of our Y and discovered her love of group fitness

“I started part-time 10 years ago as an instructor teaching cycle. I was a member and had been taking another instructor’s class and she asked if I’d be interested in becoming an instructor myself.”

Meet Tracy, our associate executive director who started working at our Y 20 years ago as a lifeguard and swim instructor

After I graduated high school, I moved away and went to college. But I wasn’t 100% committed. I changed majors and decided it was best to take a break, figure out what I wanted to do and then go back.”

Meet Jennifer, our Director of Sports and Fine Arts, who enjoys giving back to the community in her role at the Y

“My Y journey started when we moved to Scotch Plains in 2004. My son attended the YMCA Child Care at Grand Street as an infant, and through the years, my kids took swim lessons, my…

Meet our CEO Kim, who began her Y career as a camp counselor and is now leading our Y through these challenging times

“I started at the Y in Union when I was 17 as a camp counselor. I had no intention of working for the Y as my career. When I graduated college, I decided to work for the Y one more summer and then find a ‘real job.’”

Meet Kawanzaa, one of our fantastic Spin instructors who was inspired to join the Y team after taking classes as a member

“I was at the Y as a member for at least 15 years before becoming a teacher. I learned to swim there as an adult, and my kids also learned to swim there.”

Meet Taj, one of our dedicated employees who started at FSPY as an intern and became the Sports Coordinator three years ago

“When I was in college, I majored in sports management and I was looking for an internship. I participated in a lot of sports growing up like football, basketball and track which led to my interest in sports management. I knew that the Y offered a lot of sports programs and applied for an internship.”

We are Y Wednesdays: Meet Anne, our Administrative Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer who sees the impact our Y makes every day

“My twin sons were 15 months old and I thought I might like a little part-time job for a couple of hours a week. I worked in Child Watch, back then it was called Babysitting, for about 2 weeks and then was moved to the Front Desk.”

Meet Kristine, our Membership Engagement Director who has been with our Y for almost 2 years, but has been part of the Y family for 15 years

 “When I was little, I used to go to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y for Preschool and to take swim lessons.”

Meet Alex, our marketing and communications intern who is learning about our Y over her winter break

“During the Fall semester, I was looking for internships related to my major. My university connected me to the YMCA with an internship in marketing/communications.”

Meet Samantha, one of our former Gymnastics Team members turned coaches

“I started taking gymnastics classes at the Grand Street building when I was very young and was invited to join the Gymnastics Team by the time I was 9 years old. I competed for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Gymnastics Team for nine years, representing the team at Nationals several times.”

Meet Susan, one of our longtime members turned swim instructors who enjoys coming to the Y to exercise and socialize

“I joined about 18 years ago when my oldest was a baby. I was looking for a gym that offered babysitting so I could exercise. Over the years, the Y has provided my family with classes to meet our needs at every stage.”

Meet Maria, our great infant room teacher who doubles as our resident artist around the holidays

“I have been working here since 2014 and started at the old Grand Street location. I was looking for a new job after my old daycare closed, and the family I was nannying for told me that the Y was hiring.”

Meet Susan, one of our terrific FSPY employees who wears many hats, including finance administrator, swim instructor, water exercise instructor and Member Service representative

“I started here in September 2017 in the Aquatics Department. I was under a tremendous amount of stress in my life the year before and started taking water exercise classes to help alleviate some of my stress.”

Meet Johan, our knowledgeable and helpful Aquatics Coordinator who especially enjoys teaching people about safety

“I came here as a lifeguard and swim instructor and now I’m the Aquatics Coordinator. My job is coordinating the Red Cross trainings for Lifeguarding and CPR for our staff, developing plans for pool safety, inservice trainings and helping to manage the pool chemicals.”

Meet Lacey, our knowledgeable Human Resources/Payroll Administrator who enjoys helping staff members on their YMCA journey

“I moved to the area in May 2017 and became a member of the Y. About a year later, I started working here as a substitute fitness instructor.”

Meet Aaron, one of Our Terrific Assistant Swim Team Coaches Who Knows First-Hand How Swimming Can Help Change Lives

“I moved to Plainfield in 2002 and was looking for a place to swim. I have been a competitive swimmer for most of my life. I thought this Y had the best pool in the community. The first time I came here, I ran into my friend who knows about my background as a Swim Coach. He asked if I’d be interested in coaching here.”

Meet Dana, Our Terrific Gymnastics Coordinator

“I started here 30 years ago this year. They were looking for a gymnastics instructor while I was in college, and I’ve been the gymnastics coordinator since 2001.”

Meet Emily, Our Great School Age Child Care Site Supervisor at Brunner Elementary School and Discovery Camp Coordinator

“I first started working here as a camp counselor and then moved into after care. I love knowing all the kids. I just enjoy seeing them, how excited they get.”

Meet Jashmar, one of Our Excellent Advanced Lifeguards

“As a child, I used to swim here on the weekends, along with being on the YMCA basketball team. This was the first basketball team I was on in the third grade and I went on to play for many more. Now, I am an advanced lifeguard, so my job requires me to lead and set a good example for my co-workers.”

Meet Joanne, Our Business Director Who Also Administers Our Financial Assistance Program

“I started working here in 1988 as an aerobic instructor. In 1995, there was an opening posted for a part-time system administrator, which I applied for and got the job. Then in 2008, I became full-time as the IT director. The job kept evolving over the years.”

Meet Ms. Lucy, Our Fantastic Kindergarten Readiness Teacher

“I have been working for the YMCA for almost 18 years. I like to teach the kids. I want them to love school, to have fun and learn through having fun. I like to teach them through games, song and dance and make sure they’re comfortable, that they feel respected.”

Meet Steve, one of Our Fantastic Advanced Wellness Instructors Who Also Works in Our Sports Department

“I lived in Scotch Plains my whole life and I wanted to go to the gym to work out. I was always exercising, but I hadn’t joined a gym. I was in my 40s and I decided to try it out here. I saw people I know and ended up forming friendships. I said, ‘you know what? I’d like to work here part-time.”

Meet Tina, one of Our Dedicated Group Exercise Instructors, Personal Trainers and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Coaches

“I have been working here for more than 10 years and was a member before I started teaching group exercise classes. I was taking Sheri’s Step class and I thought working here would be a win-win-win situation. I can help other people, work out myself and get paid to do something I enjoy.”

Meet Dave, One of Our Dedicated Lifeguards – Also Known as ‘The Captain’ – Who Has Worked at FSPY for Over 20 Years

“I was already a Y member when I started working here. I retired and the next day I came in. The Aquatics Director at the time asked me what I was doing here during the day. She said, ‘let me guess, you retired and came to work for me?’

Meet Donna, Our Registered Dietitian and Director of Healthy Living

“I started working here full-time in 2008 as the fitness director. For a few years prior, I worked part-time as a group exercise instructor and consulting dietitian. What I like most about my job is the diversity. Each day is different and I’m always meeting people of different ages and backgrounds.”

Meet Eileen, Our Welcoming Child Watch Coordinator and Member Service Representative at the Welcome Center

“I love the people. You make so many friends working here. The members are great. My job is to welcome the members and help give them direction with whatever they need, whether it’s downloading our app, directing them to the right location, or sometimes, they just need you to listen.”

Meet Maria, one of Our Knowledgeable and Talented Dance Instructors Who Teaches Hip Hop Classes

“What I like about teaching at the Y is the diversity of the students. They want to learn and have so much energy and positivity. Discovering who they are personality-wise and through dance has been an awesome experience.”

Meet Donna, Also Known As Mrs. Mac, Our Fantastic Three Day 3s Preschool Teacher

“I started working here in 2005 as a sub. In the middle of the school year, the Y needed a music specialist. I learned how to play guitar and took lessons to enrich the program. I became a teacher’s aide for several years after that, and this is my first year as a head teacher.”