We Are Y Wednesdays

Each Wednesday, we’ll be featuring someone who is part of our Y community, whether a staff member, volunteer, donor or YMCA member. Together, they make the Y a special place where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. We hope you enjoy meeting them all!

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 Vicki, a longtime member of our Y who recently graduated from our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program

“I think it’s really important to keep physically fit. It’s important for your weight, for your emotional health and for your mental health.”  

Meet Nancy, a recent graduate of our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, who is building back her strength at the Y

“I’d tell others who have had a cancer diagnosis, it’s very easy to assume your new self is a weak person, but you can get strong.”

Meet Lisa, a recent graduate of our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, which pairs cancer survivors with instructors who help them heal in mind, body and spirit

“I am so much stronger now. I lost a ton of weight, too. I’ve been learning how to lift weights and do them properly and it’s been such difference.”

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 John, our longtime member who turns 100 today!

John has been a member of our Y for around 40 years and can be seen almost daily in our Wellness Center.

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 Patricia, who joined our Y with her husband Robert in 2015, and has enjoyed using our Wellness Center ever since

“We joined as a senior couple after reading about a ‘Father’s Day’ promotion. The Y is part of our family history, however, since our two children (now in their 40s) learned to swim at the Y and our son attended the pre-k program.”

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.”

Story Update: Meet Julie, one of our dedicated Board Members and the chair of this year’s We Are Y Strong Campaign

“Over the past year, as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors, I got to see up close the work being done to ensure the YMCA would continue to be there in whatever ways possible to help the community.”