Serving the YMCA movement since 1986, and in Montclair since 2010, Jo Ann guides the Y’s mission and ensures that the organization meets community needs. Her staff, who are creative and so committed to the Y’s mission, inspire her each day to do more. She also feels inspired by the generous, diverse Y membership that so reflects the greater Montclair community. Jo Ann is married with two children, cheers on Duke basketball and enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail. She has a degree in Community, Leadership and Development and a graduate degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, both from Springfield College.
Justine oversees the Geyer Family Branch. Her passion for youth development, especially early childhood programming, was ignited over 17 years ago at her first Y job as a lead teacher of 4-year-olds. This may be the reason why you will often find her having fun in and out of classes at the Geyer Family Branch. She is inspired to develop others to see their fullest potentials no matter their ages. Justine is a proud mother of a daughter and a son. She holds a degree in English from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Andi runs the Park Street Branch. Her passion for the Y began when she started working in the Marketing Department of another Y. It's carried her through various positions overseeing Community Partnerships and Operations. Andi wants every person who comes through our doors to feel welcome, valued and engaged. As an indispensable community hub, she believes there's something for everyone at the Y! Andi has three children and spends her spare time birdwatching and gardening, shadowed by her loyal and beautiful Labrador, Miss Moneypenny. She holds degrees in French and Linguistics and Marketing and Communications from the University of East Anglia.
Cheyenne is a lifelong Montclair resident and participated in our aquatics, camp, and extended care programs as a child. Growing up in the community in which we serve gave Cheyenne an interesting and unique perspective. She loves making family connections and watching our Kinder Members grow right before her eyes, much like she did with some of our veteran staff. Cheyenne enjoys traveling, singing, and getting to know people.
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.
Dawn oversees the operations of the Y programs and facilities. She is dedicated to the mission of the Y movement and the impact it has in the community. Dawn is passionate about the work the organization is doing to provide the opportunity for children and families to experience the Y through its scholarship program. She has worked at the YMCA of Montclair for more than 35 years and is proud of the dedicated people she works with every day. Dawn has a degree in Physical Education and Community Recreation from Montclair State University.
Jose has extensive financial, operational and programmatic experience as an executive officer for nonprofit organizations, which has taken him to over 40 cities in 10 countries. Having previously run federal programs dedicated to building organizational capacity, Jose takes pride in now enabling the Y to offer more resources to both members and staff. Inspired by Henri Nouwen, Bill Hybels and the Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., Jose strives to teach compassionate and effective community building. He enjoys watching college football, eating mofongo and pastels. Jose has a degree in Business Administration from Marymount College of Fordham University and is certified in Pastoral Care by the Blanton Peale Institute.
Kristin is the Aquatics Director at the Geyer Family Branch. She can't remember a time when the Y wasn't a part of her life. She learned to swim at the Washington Street Y, was on the swim team and took gymnastics at Park Street and her first job was working as a counselor for Early Adventures. Kristin wants every parent and their child’s experience to be “awesome.” She has a degree in Sociology from William Paterson University and a teaching certificate from Kean 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.
Kim leads our outdoor family programming, Adventure Guides, serves as the director at Camp at the Lake and is our association wide camping administrator. She is most proud of seeing participants who grew up as campers join the summer camp staff. “It’s rewarding to know you made a difference.” Kim’s co-workers and members inspire her. She has an impeccable gift with logistics and attention to detail. Kim has a degree in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.
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.
Gretchen develops communication, marketing and public relation programs that promote the Y’s mission and values. She loves the Y’s inclusive environment, a place that embraces everyone regardless of background. Best-selling author and TEDx speaker Simon Sinek inspires her. A self-described chocoholic, Gretchen’s favorite hobby is flameworking. As a child, she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street. Gretchen holds a degree in Government from Skidmore College and a graduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University.
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.”
Chris is passionate about providing Y members with beautiful, clean and safe buildings. His proudest Y moment was completing extensive repairs and renovations in three weeks during shut down one summer. Chris knows, among other things that pantyhose can be used as an emergency replacement for a broken fan belt. He spends much of his leisure time helping coach his daughter’s nationally ranked volleyball team. Chris has a degree in Physical Ed/Corporate Fitness from Montclair State University, holds New Jersey Black Seal Boiler Operator and Home Improvement Contractor Licenses and is a certified CPT with the Scaffold Industry Association.
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.
Desireé cultivates relationships and manages various projects that advance the Y’s mission. Her passion to do the good work of the Y inspires her to think, dream and plan more profoundly. Desireé has applied her knowledge, creativity and love of logistics when planning and managing Y events in addition to working closely on a multitude of projects with the President. “Each day is diverse like our Y community and that is what I enjoy!” Her leisure is filled with family and lots of sports. Desireé has a background in business and event management, is a Montclair resident and proud parent.
Nya manages the extended care program in Bloomfield with 8 sites. She's been involved with the YMCA from a young age. "The Y has given me many opportunities and positive experiences and has truly shaped me into the person I am today. Because of this, I really want to have a positive impact on people’s lives and working at the Y allows me to do so!" Nya loves traveling, reading, playing and watching sports and being outdoors. She has a degree in Criminology & Justice Studies from The College of New Jersey.
Joy has worked at the YMCA of Montclair for over 25 years in many capacities, presently as our Systems Coordinator. She appreciates the Y mission and what it stands for. The love of the Y extends to her family too—her three children grew up in the Child Care Center, participated in programs and are employees—definitely Y kids! She is devoted to family and friends and in her free time enjoys the beach, watching movies, or just silly dinner conversations. Joy has a background in computer technology and overseeing/implementing software programs to balance the needs of ever growing organizations.
Jon is responsible for all technology needs, including the computer network and phone system, across the Y’s locations. “If it plugs in, I usually have something to do with it.” Since 2011, Jon has filmed and produced the Y’s 1891 Community Gala honoree videos. He admires Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for taking “crazy ideas” and running with them. Jon loves spicy Indian food and progressive rock music; he manages a band and handles project management for a local concert series. Jon is a trained Microsoft Certified Professional and has a background in culinary arts.
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.
Anna is the Aquatic Director at the Park Street Branch. Her Y experience began with swimming at the age of 2 at the Bronx YMCA. Her proudest Y moment was when a scholarship was offered for an additional week to a camper from NJ Division of Child Protection who expressed she was going to miss coming to camp. “It brought tears to my eyes!”Anna loves animals, the beach and crafting. She has a degree in Business Administration from Iona College.