Lisa oversees all of the before/after school age child care programs, 24 sites in 4 different school districts and the New Discoveries Summer Camp. She has worked for the YMCA of Montclair for over 30 years and believes in its mission to allow every person the opportunity to be a member. Her father, a retired principal, inspires her drive for the importance of education and care for family. She is married with two children and has a degree in Family Child Studies from Montclair State University.
Rob manages the extended care program in Montclair with 10 sites serving upwards of 600 children and is the director of New Discoveries Camp. He thoroughly enjoys his part in helping the Y meet the need of the community. “We act as the ‘village that raises the child’ for many of the kids.” His proudest moment is Day 1 of camp each year when after months of preparing, he gets to see 300+ children ages 4 to 9 laughing, playing and building relationships. Rob has a degree in Biology from Montclair State University and completed training as a YMCA Organizational Leader.
Alesha implements all youth and adult sports programming at our Park Street Branch. Her love of sports blossomed in high school and college where she played basketball and ran cross country competitively. Alesha believes sports can change lives by helping individuals gain confidence, grow social skills, learn team building, hone focus, improve time management and build discipline. Alesha earned a degree in English Literature from Bloomfield College. Alesha encourages everyone to get up and get in the game!
Matt oversees the development and enrichment of swimmers ages 7-14 on the Dolphins Swim Team. He grew up around pools, but didn't start swimming competitively until age 13. Matt's passion for the sport drove him to success as a swimmer at Seton Hall Prep and at Bloomsburg University. With so many young athletes being rewarded for learning the value of hard work, Matt is proud of each Dolphins accomplishment. Matt has a degree in Communication Studies/Theater Arts from Bloomsburg University.
Kimberley develops programming for youth in first grade through high school and programs for families. She's proud to have been a part of the Y's response team during Hurricane Sandy and year-round community outreach. She served with the United States Peace Corps and has lived in various parts of the world. She is fluent in Spanish and can converse in French and Tunisian Arabic. Kimberley earned a degree in Social Work at Wheelock College as well as certifications from Newark Do Something, Leadership Newark, Rutgers Emerging Leaders and Rutgers Volunteer Management. She also received the New Jersey After 3 Promising Practice award.
Sam leads the Park Street Branch aquatics department, which includes everything related to the Park Street pools, Lifeguard CPR training and Swim Team. He feels that swimming is an important life skill that everyone should know. Sam’s mother, an immigrant who raised seven children, has been his inspiration—she always had her door and heart open to help anyone she could. Sam has a degree from Rutgers University and is a certified teacher. He acquired the YMCA Organizational Leadership Certification as well as several aquatics certifications including Lifeguard Instructor, YMCA Swim Lesson Training and Aquatic Management. His motto is “swim for life.”
Paulo drives the daily operations of the Dolphins Swim Team including 233 swimmers and the supervision of 10 coaches, team training and all things competition related. Born in Portugal, he has been swimming since the age of 6 and moved to the United States at 17. Paulo’s proud moments occur when swimmers, at the end of their high school Y careers, thank him and the coaches for helping to shape their lives. He competed on his college swim team for four years and broke a record in the 200-meter breaststroke. Paulo has a Computer Science degree from Montclair State University.
Jen oversees member relations, membership sales and the nursery at our Park Street Branch. She has a diverse professional background that includes engineering at a nuclear power plant, sales, marketing and project management. Jen has a passion for strengthening families and sees the Y as the perfect place for them to find the community, belonging and wellness they need to thrive. Jen loves reading, cooking and music. When she's not at the Y, you’ll find her with her husband and three children. Jen studied Chemical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Washima oversees all Park Street Branch group exercise classes, the personal training department and the fitness floor staff. She also implements all health and wellness programming. “We set ourselves apart from other gyms because of our strong commitment to Family Fun Fitness.” Her proudest moment at the Y was launching the Lose to Win Weight Loss program. Washima has a degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies from Rutgers University. Her specialty class certifications include Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour Hatha Yoga Instructor and 620-hour Registered Massage Therapist in addition to extensive training with individuals with special medical conditions and needs.