We’re passionate about helping others
We’re people of all ages and walks of life, united in our commitment to
ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, income or background, has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We use our talents, knowledge and abilities to provide support and promote positive change for people and families every single day.
Darrell Johnson Darrell’s Y Story
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (908) 273-4270 ext. 3201
: “I started in 1976 with the PA State YMCA as a seasonal director of a Youth Conservation Corps Camp, and have been committed to empowering young people to change the world ever since. During my tenure as CEO of the New Orleans Y after Hurricane Katrina, my faith in the YMCA movement was powerfully reinforced through the assistance we received from Ys around the world. The most meaningful offer of emergency funding came from Haiti, one of the poorest countries in our hemisphere. We couldn’t take their money but they won our hearts.”
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (908) 273-4270 ext. 3206
Emily’s Y Story: “I chose to work at the Y because I wanted to give back to the community by working at a non profit organization. As a single mom with three adolescent children, I knew my kids would benefit from my association with an organization dedicated to developing youth. All three of my kids have worked at the Y — how wonderful knowing that their first working experiences would be at an employer concerned about their development. The Y has helped me raise philanthropic young adults who continue to give back to the community. I feel great knowing that my work is helping others.”
Vice President, Human Resources Janet’s Y Story
Phone: (908) 273-4270 ext. 3207
: “My local Y was a support to me when I needed a comfortable place to belong. In addition, I worked out in the fitness area and achieved both mental and physical rehab!”
Vice President, Development Janet’s Y Story
Phone: (908) 273-4270 ext.3203
: “Having grown up, attended schools and raised my two sons in the immediate area, I am well entrenched in this great community and have a strong sense of community pride. I also have a strong sense of community gratitude that goes hand in hand with that community pride. I first came into contact with the Y as a young single mom. I took full advantage of the before and after school programs, and these were what made it possible for me to return to work. I am not sure I would have succeeded without the Y’s support. It meant so much to know that my sons were always in good hands. Plus they so enjoyed all the activities! What I experienced and learned about the Y as a single mom gave me many important reasons to want to join and contribute to the Y. My experience as a fundraiser for non-profits for more than 20 years has given me many more. In that work I became acutely aware of the needs of youth, single-parents and the elderly. Of course, these are the members of our community that the Y serves so well."
Vice President, Marketing
(Phone) 908-273-4270 ext. 3204
Anjali's Y Story: "After the birth of my second child, I stopped working full time and soon thereafter moved to Summit from New York City. It was at the Y that I first found community in Summit. In addition to meeting new people and making friends, the Y offered a welcoming environment to help me stay healthy and in shape. Since then, my children have been enrolled in numerous swim and sports clinics, played Youth Soccer and Basketball (with my husband as coach), enjoyed summer day camp, and celebrated birthday parties at the Y. I love that the Y is literally and figuratively the center of our community and that its mission for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility so closely aligns with many of the things I consider important."