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Meet our Staff

Jack Fucci

President and CEO

jackf@wsymca.org

The West Suburban YMCA welcomed Jack as its President and CEO in September of 2014.  He joined our Y after serving as Executive Director for the YMCA of Greater Boston and leading the Y’s in Brighton and Waltham, MA. Jack has 30 years in the health, wellness and hospitality industries, 15 of which have been in the YMCA movement.  He has led volunteer boards and staff teams that have resulted in significant organizational growth in membership, philanthropy, partnerships and community impact.  In his time with the Y, his accomplishments have included building the first standalone teen center in Brighton, launching an inclusive health and wellness program that serves individuals of all abilities and creating a Martin Luther King day of service event that supports families living in shelters. 
 
Jack is leading our new strategic planning initiative. In his short time here, he has led an aggressive period of fundraising and reinvestment that has resulted in the resurgence of our resident camp, Frank A. Day, in E. Brookfield, MA as well as membership and participation growth at our Newton facility.
 
Jack has a deep commitment to inclusion and community service locally and nationally. He is involved with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Advisory Board, City of Newton Children’s Cabinet, YUSA CEO Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, Newton Rotary and the Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce.

Trevor Williams

Chief Operating Officer

trevorw@wsymca.org

Trevor joined the team here at the West Suburban YMCA in September 2015 after a long career working for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. As the Head of Operations for our Y, Trevor is focused on the experience you have each time you visit us.  He oversees the Facilities, Marketing, Membership, Aquatics, Wellness, Sports, Family Services and Creative Arts departments. In addition, Trevor manages Newton Corner Place; our 28 room, single occupancy resident hall. Trevor would tell you he enjoys discussing the operations of the Y with members and staff.  He likes to try new ideas and experiment in small ways to improve the Y experience. Trevor managed and led the recent renovations completed in 2016. When meeting Trevor, you come away feeling his energy, passion and enthusiasm for our Y and sense his passion to continue to develop the staff and programs we offer.   

Administration

Kim Benzan

Senior Program Director

kimberlyb@wsymca.org

Kim first joined us in 2004 as the Sports and Recreation Director.  She left in 2006 to spend more time with her family. Kim returned to us at the Sports and Recreation Director in 2015. In 2017, Kim was promoted to Senior Program Director.  As such, she oversees Sports, Aquatics, Wellness, Child Care and Creative Arts. Kim holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, an MA from Tufts University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Prior to joining the Y, Kim practiced law for twelve years at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo.

Laura Snow

Vice President of Human Resources & Administration

lauras@wsymca.org

Laura joined the West Suburban Y Team in 2008, bringing with her a broad range of professional knowledge that includes international and domestic work experience.  As the Vice President of Human Resources, Laura leads Human Resources practices and objectives that provide an employee-oriented; high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards; goal attainment and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.  She oversees the development and implementation of talent management/human resources policies, as well as plans and services including recruitment, selection, legal compliance, employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, employment practices and procedures, and employee communications and events.

Andrea Osterloh

Human Resources Associate

andreao@wsymca.org

Andrea (Andi) joined the Y community as the Human Resources Associate in Fall of 2018.  She holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of New Hampshire and worked for several years in Aquatics Safety and Management before making the transition to Recruiting and Employee Engagement. Andi comes to us with four years of experience in Human Resources, most recently working in the Newton Public Schools as the Human Resources Assistant. Andi is passionate about working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others and approaches her role with empathy and the drive to make a positive impact. When she is not working at the Y, Andi enjoys reading, sailing, and spending time with her family and friends.  

Emily Flynn

Executive Assistant

emilyf@wsymca.org

Emily joined the Y in the fall of 2018 as Executive Assistant, providing clerical and high-level administrative support to the CEO, Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership Staff. An outgoing, friendly and positive addition to our team, she enjoys the outdoors, watching sports and practicing yoga. Prior to her arrival at the Y, Emily spent five years as the office manager for the women's basketball program at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her BA in sports management and MA in human development and family studies from the University of Connecticut, where she totaled six years working with the women's basketball team as a student manager and graduate assistant.

Aquatics

Amanda Pierce

Director of Aquatics

amandap@wsymca.org

Amanda began working at the WSYMCA in October of 2006. As the Aquatics Director, she develops and administers a variety of aquatics programming here at the Y. In her spare time Amanda likes to experiment with recipes in the kitchen and travel.
 
Certifications: Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, Professional CPR/AED and First Aid.

Kelly Barker

Assistant Director of Aquatics

kellyb@wsymca.org

Kelly started working at the WSYMCA in April of 2014.  She been a lifeguard and swim instructor for 17 years. Kelly has been certified under USA Swim for 13 years and has been a lifeguarding Instructor for 5 years. Kelly started playing in her grandparent’s backyard pool as a baby and has been swimming ever since.  She started swimming on her local town team at 8-years-old and started on a club swim team at age 10.  Kelly continued swimming competitively through high school, but had to stop in college due to a knee injury.  As soon as she was old enough she began working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at her local recreation department, where she stayed until she joined our team. When she is not working at the Y, Kelly enjoys spending time with my family, traveling and going to the beach.

Andrew Ellison

Aquatics Coordinator

andrewe@wsymca.org

Andrew joined the West Suburban YMCA's Aquatics team in May 2019. He's had a love for swimming hisentire life, going back to one of his earliest memories being in a pool with his mother. Andrew has taught swim lessons for three years and he enjoys seeing children and adults alike gain confidence in the water and find joy in being in it as well. Outside of the Y, Andrew is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Civil/Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell.

Camping Services

Keri Wood

Director of Camping Operations

keriw@wsymca.org

Keri joined the YMCA movement as a high school student working in summer camp and afterschool programs with the Y of Metro North. She began her professional career with the Y of Greater Boston where she served in a variety of capacities within the realm youth development, most recently as the Director of Youth and Family Services.  Keri joined the West Suburban team in March of 2015 as the Director of Operations for the Camping Services Branch.   She has a breadth of knowledge of governmental agencies and compliance organizations including the Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety and Department of Labor as well as Early Education Care and the American Camping Association. 

Stephan Lockney

Camp Frank A. Day Director

stephanl@wsymca.org

Stephan joined the team here at the West Suburban YMCA in December 2017 after 23 years working for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.  As a career YMCA camping professional, Stephan believes that summer camp offers a unique chance for children to build social and emotional skills that help them mature into thriving young adults. He has a passion for training peers in the industry in staff training, recruitment, retention, motivation along with child development and child protection.  His past work in Central Massachusetts at a camp serving the special needs populations was recognized by the State of Massachuetts as a Distinguished Program and he hopes to continue that inclusive-based work with the West Suburban YMCA and Camp Frank A Day.  Stephan is returning to his residential camp roots and he is exited to learn all the Camp Frank A. Day traditions along with starting some new traditions and programs for campers to enjoy for years to come.

Bill St. Martin

Camp Frank A. Day Facility Manager

williamstm@wsymca.org

Bill joined the Y as Camp Frank A. Day's Facility Manager in May 2017 after many years experience in facility management and construction - ranging from a local Sturbridge campground to construction and contracting companies and roofing/ gutter company.  His vast experience and expertise ranges from building new homes, to electrical and plumbing work, to heating and air conditioning as well as painting and carpentry.  Bill is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of Camp Frank A. Day, our overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA.. Bill is passionate about what he does and loves to work outdoors on a daily basis.

 

Ben Kaloupek

Camp Chickami Director

benjamink@wsymca.org

After working seasonally at Camp Chickami for the previous 12 summers, Ben joined the full-time Y staff in October 2018 as Camp Chickami Director. In this role, Ben will be working hard to ensure that Chickami offers the same safe, creative, and engaging programming that it has for over 60 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education from Northeastern University, Ben worked two years as a paraprofessional at the Heath School in Brookline. He holds a License in Elementary Education in the state of Massachusetts and is excited to bring his passion for education and development to all the participants of Chickami this summer and for years to come.

Marie Minardi

Camping Services Registrar

mariem@wsymca.org

Marie left a successful position with a private company to pursue a career that would employ her passion for supporting youth and families along with her strong background in office management. As our Camping Services Registrar, she is the main point of contact for all camp registration needs. Marie holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing with a minor in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University.

Child Care

Tricia Mansfield

Preschool & Family Services Director

triciam@wsymca.org

Tricia joined the West Suburban YMCA in June of 2019. She leads the Preschool, Out-of-School Time and Kids’ Corner programs in administering and delivering high quality curriculum in the areas of child care and youth development. Tricia has over twenty years of experience in the childcare industry and previously worked for the MetroWest YMCA, overseeing the Out-of-School Time programs in four separate locations. She has extensive knowledge of early childhood development & growth, and she is committed to genuine relationship building and delivering high-quality member services.

Seamus Bruno

Assistant Director of OST & Teen Programming

seamusb@wsymca.org

Seamus has worked at the West Suburban YMCA in many capacities since September 2017, including work as a sports instructor, personal trainer, and Out of School Time (OST) staff. In September of 2019 he was promoted to the full time role of Assistant Director of OST and Teen Programming. In this role, he assists in the development and implementation of afterschool and teen programs, and also focuses on community outreach with local schools. In addition to working at the Y, Seamus has experience working with youth at a summer camp and coaching AAU basketball. Seamus holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Stonehill College. 

Jayme Tabor

Kids Corner Coordinator

jaymet@wsymca.org

Jayme joined the West Suburban YMCA in 2004 and over the years she has seen the many changes that the Y has undergone. Through all these years Jayme has stayed in the position she has loved the most, childcare! She is passionate about working with children and looks forward to coming to work each day. Jayme graduated from Lasell College with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting and hanging out with her very outgoing daughter.

CPR & First Aid Training

Phil Wong

Training Coordinator

philipw@wsymca.org

Phil has been with the Y since 2005, starting in our Welcome Center. In his current role as our Training Coordinator, Phil provides the CPR and First Aid training for all YMCA staff, as well as community members. Phil is a certified Massachusetts and Nationaly Registered Emergency Medical Technician who also works on a 911 ambulance for the City of boston. Phil has over 39 years EMS experience. He is also a certified instructor through the American Heart Association, National Safety Council and the American Red Cross.

Development

Sara Pollock DeMedeiros

Vice President of Mission Advancement

sarapd@wsymca.org

Sara joined the West Suburban YMCA in 2017 after holding leadership roles with non-profit organizations serving youth and families across the state. Sara is responsible for the planning, coordination, and management of all aspects of the association’s fundraising efforts, and aims to foster a culture of social responsibility that helps keep our Y open to all. Sara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and Master of Education from Harvard University. She is a Newton native and is thrilled to be serving her community.

Andrea Newman

Development & Events Coordinator

andrean@wsymca.org

Andrea can be reached at x3097

Breanna Galante

Development Associate

breannag@wsymca.org

Breanna joined the West Suburban YMCA in September 2019 as the Development Associate. She is passionate about accessible programs that improve health, youth development, and relationship-building. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Certificate from the Boston University School of Public Health. Breanna brings her extensive community outreach experience to this role, and enjoys serving the Y community through its fundraising efforts.

Finance

Chris Meyers

VP of Finance

chrism@wsymca.org

Chris joined the West Suburban Y team in September of 2015 looking for new challenges. He has over 30 years of YMCA work experience in various roles involving the Y movement. He most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the MetroWest YMCA in Framingham for 11 years. Chris is passionate about technology, constant systems improvements, enhancing the member experience and staff development. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Northeastern University. Chris grew up in Brighton and as a teen would often play in basketball league games here at the WSYMCA. Today his free time is dedicated to family, cycling, hiking and weather permitting, having fun at the beach.

Kristen Hydinger

Member Systems Manager

kristenh@wsymca.org

A member of our Member Services staff for two years, Kristen was promoted to Member Systems Manager in the Finance Department. Kristen uses her existing knowledge of our member management system for guidance and training to users of all theassociation’s operational software to ensure timely and accurate transactional and accounting data. She conducts onboarding training all new full-time employees to ensure basic knowledge and workings of the system. In this role, she also assists with the implementation of and compliance with financial policies and controls. In addition, Kristen manages and processes all financial assistance applications through the Finance Office.

Certifications: Member of Association of YMCA Professionals and YUSA Team Leader

Vadim Melamud

Staff Accountant

vadimm@wsymca.org

Vadim joined the WSYMCA in September 2014 after working for Whole Foods Market as the Accounting Department Team Leader for eight years. He graduated from the University of Odessa, Ukraine with a degree in Economics and Newbury College in Brookline, MA with a degree in Accounting and Business Management. Vadim is a Professional Driving Instructor in his spare time and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and helping his teenage daugther with her school life.

Health & Wellness

Jane Carroll

Health & Wellness Director

janec@wsymca.org

Jane has been the Health and Wellness Director at the West Suburban YMCA for over 10 years. She's responsible for overseeing the wellness center, personal training program, group exercise schedule, medically based wellness programs such as LiveSTRONG at the Y and other youth, adult and senior health and wellness programming. Jane graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree in  Dietetics and a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She's a firm believer that being healthy and fit is a lifestyle that consists of a balanced combination of good nutrition and regular exercise. She loves to personal train and teach group exercise classes. Janes is currently teaching indoor cycling and bootcamp programs.

 

Jenni Plym

Assistant Director of Health & Wellness

jennip@wsymca.org

Jenni took on the role of  Assistant Director of Health & Wellness in October 2017, after having been a long-time YMCA member, and personal trainer. While still a personal trainer here,  Jenni supports program development, hiring and supervision of fitness staff, community relations, collaborations, and financial results. Jenni was born and raised in Florida; she  completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and has a diverse professional background that includes preschool teaching, dance, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, yoga and oil painting. From a young age, Jenni was inspired by healthy food and movement, and amazed by what the human body can accomplish. The common threads of her diverse professional undertakings have always been health, wellness, personal growth, communication, community, and creative self-expression – all traits she sees in abundance at the West Suburban YMCA. She is excited to bring these passions to our Health and Wellness department, staff, members and guests.

 

Maintenance

Yefim Vintsevsky

Director of Maintenance

yefimv@wsymca.org

Yefim can be reached at x3018

Marketing & Communications

Lisa LaVallee

Director of Marketing & Communications

lisal@wsymca.org

Lisa joined the West Suburban YMCA in 2009 after holding marketing communications positions at an ad agency, a higher education publishing firm and a number of local performing arts organizations. She joined the Y just prior to a national rebranding effort and heads up the design and production of our advertising efforts, our printed materials, this website and our social media presence. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and reading.

Meghan Missett

Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

meghanm@wsymca.org

Meghan joined the West Suburban YMCA in February 2018. She has a great deal of experience and passion for working with community-driven organizations like the Y. Before joining the Y, Meghan worked with a number of nonprofit arts organizations including the Brookline Arts Center in Brookline, MA and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a theatrical outreach program in Bozeman, MT. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Creative Advertising from Lasell College.

Member Services

Brittany Martinelli

Membership Director

brittanym@wsymca.org

Brittany joined our Y in March 2018 as Membership Director. She manages the Membership Department - including the Welcome Center. Brittany brings with her YMCA experience from the Greendale YMCA, Manchester YMCA and most recently the MetroWest YMCA where she worked as a Training and On-Boarding Director within the Schools Out Program. She holds her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Kelly O'Keefe

Assistant Director of Membership

kellyo@wsymca.org

Kelly joined the Membership Department in January 2018, and in March of 2019 she was promoted to her current position as Assistant Director of Membership. In this role, Kelly focuses on the development of the Membership staff team, the on-boarding and training process of new staff, and retention within our membership team. Kelly also assists in managing reciprocity efforts, as well as continuing her reporting in certain areas. Kelly is a warm and welcoming presence at the Welcome Center and provides excellent customer service for our members and guests.

Creative Arts

Sunny McGovern

Creative Arts Director

sunnym@wsymca.org

At age 15, Sunny had her first job as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp MacLean in Wisconsin; in February 2019, she rejoined the Y community as the Creative Arts Director at the West Suburban YMCA. An experienced musician and educator, Sunny received her BA from Wellesley College and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has worked with organizations and individuals in both the music and nonprofit sectors across the U.S. as well as in South Africa, Rwanda, and the UK. She believes there is an artform for everyone, and can’t wait to explore all of the opportunities that lie ahead with the WSYMCA community.

Sports

Chris Ellison

Director of Sports & Recreation

chrise@wsymca.org

Chris comes to us from the YMCA of Greater Boston where he recently served as the Director of Youth and Families in Charlestown. Chris carries a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Missouri Valley College and a Masters Degree in Sport Management from Lasell College. Chris has extensive experience in the sport industry, including playing for the Missouri Valley College Football Program. He brings a friendly, high energy approach. He will work to continue to build relationships and build strong programming for our community through our core values of respect, honesty, responsibility, and caring.

Joshua Downes

Assistant Director of Sports & Recreation

joshuad@wsymca.org

Josh joined the West Suburban YMCA in December of 2017 as the Sports Coordinator, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Sports and Recreation in November of 2018. Josh is assists in the development, implementation, expansion and evaluation of youth and adult sport programs. He works directly with our participants teaching sports classes and coaching teams, and he also helps manage the day-to-day administrative operations of sports programming. Josh has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management from Springfield College, where he played Division III Basketball for four years. His experience as a coach includes coaching High School Varsity and Junior Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball, as well as boys’ soccer. 

Mike Leavitt

Sports Coordinator

michaell@wsymca.org

Mike joined the West Suburban YMCA in Setpember 2019. Working in the Sports Department, Mike coordinates sports leagues and implements youth & adult sports programs. Mike has experience working in the UMASS Lowell Athletics Department, and he was a sports instructor for the South Shore YMCA. Mike holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a certificate in Sport Management and Administration from Merrimack College.

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