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 Mike, one of our newest Welcome Center representatives who enjoys meeting new people

“I’ve met a lot of people since starting here – everyone is really friendly – and there’s always something going on at the Y, which I like.”

Meet Gabriella, one of our School Age Child Care site supervisors, who has discovered how much she enjoys working with kids

“I really like the atmosphere and being a college student, I like the flexibility and how they work with my schedule.”

Meet Bianca, one of our new School Age Child Care counselors who is based at Brunner Elementary School

“I’ve always been good with kids – I come from a pretty big family and would always help take care of the kids.”

Meet Rakiya, one of our fantastic School Age Child Care counselors

“I love being here. It’s a great experience. I love meeting different kids and being around different personalities.”

Meet Nevin, one of our Building Maintenance Assistants who is new to our Y and is enjoying being part of the Y community

“The smile on people’s faces after you’ve fixed something is the best.”

Meet Susan, our Senior Director of Membership and Marketing who is excited to bring the Togetherhood program back to our Y this fall

“I worked in advertising and marketing throughout my career, but I always felt that something was missing until I came here.”

Meet Deepali, one of our caring Child Watch associates

“I like working with the kids and doing artwork, celebrating the different holidays in the room and spending time with the children.”

Meet Griffin, one of our awesome lifeguards and swim instructors who enjoys getting to know our members and staff

“The best part about the Y is, although things have changed, the mood and mindset of the people has stayed the same. It still has that hometown feel. It’s a breath of fresh air in here. Everyone is so friendly and social, whether it’s a new person or someone you’ve known for years.”

Meet Lily, one of our #SummerCampSuperheroes who went to preschool at our Y and has been a member ever since

“I think I make a positive impact on those around me by fostering creativity and promoting kindness toward others. Since the Y did the same for me as a child, I hope to be able to give that back.”

Meet Jordan, one of our #SummerCampSuperheroes who has been coming to our Y since he was around 6 or 7 years old

“I honestly love the excitement the kids get over the fun stuff we have planned for them that day. The relationship you build with the kids is also awesome.”

Meet Molly, one of our #SummerCampSuperheroes who began her Y journey as a kid taking classes at our Y

“It’s where I learned to swim, do gymnastics and yoga, and overall learn to live an active lifestyle – not to mention build a community around myself.”

Meet Savana and Cheyanne, twin sisters and #SummerCampSuperheroes who work in our Summer Camp and School Age Child Care programs

“Our job at the YMCA has impacted us as much as anyone we come into contact with. It has taught us many important life lessons that we will carry on with us.”

Meet Lauren, one of our dedicated lifeguards, swim instructors and deck supervisors

“I want to be a teacher – either for elementary or high school – and I thought this would be a good experience before going into teaching.”

Meet David, one of our dedicated lifeguards, swim instructors and water exercise instructors, who enjoys teaching a variety of programs

“At the Y, I just love the interactions with people, especially the populations I work with, and I enjoy having an impact on them.”

Meet Kayla, one of our fantastic teacher’s assistants who enjoys helping our Educational Child Care students learn and grow

“I like the teachers here and the way the Child Care is run. It’s just fun to be with the kids all day.”

Meet Anthony, one of our helpful Wellness Center instructors and personal trainers, who recently returned to our Y

“I like working in this kind of environment where I can do personal training and work on the Wellness Center floor. I like that it’s welcoming for people of all fitness levels, including beginners.”

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 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.”

Meet Laryssa, one of our terrific Summer Camp counselors

“This is my fifth summer working here, but I’ve pretty much been a member since I was born.”

Meet Diane, one of our fantastic early childhood teachers

“I personally took ballet lessons at the Y’s Grand Street location when I was a child, and my children took swim lessons and gymnastics here growing up.”

Meet Lorrie, one of our dedicated Welcome Center Representatives

“I have been working here for 24 years. My husband was doing the lawn maintenance and snow plowing at the time. We were friends with the Membership Director, Joanne, and my husband came in and said my wife would like a job at the Y.”

Meet Casey, one of our Lifeguards, Deck Ambassadors and Health Screeners

“My Y story started when I was around 2 years old. I first came here to do parent and me swim lessons and then started regular swim lessons.”

Meet Miss Kourtni, our School Age Child Care and Camp Coordinator

“During my junior year in high school, I met the Director of Child Care for the YMCA at a school job fair. I applied for a 3-day position that was then held in the main Y building.”

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, m