Branch Staff

 
  • Ali Abdelaziz

    Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Nerissa Aschoff

    Group Ex Director
  • Brian Bartone

    Associate Executive Director
  • Carolyn Beechner

    Offsite Childcare & Camp Director

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of the children that come in and out of our programs. It is the most rewarding feeling knowing that my staff and I are helping to shape the future.

  • Haley Behm

    Director of Marketing & Digital Operations

    Being a part of the YMCA doesn’t just provide you with access to a gym. It includes a sense of welcoming, belonging and pride. I enjoy being able to contribute positively in connecting our community with all of the things that make the Y and its mission so great.

  • Jennifer Brown

    Executive Director, The Learning Circle YMCA
  • Diana Burneo Fernandez

    Berkeley Heights Child Care Director

    Working at the YMCA gives me the opportunity to make an impact in the community. The YMCA is more than a job, it's a rewarding career that enables professional development and growth.

  • Kaitlin Casey

    Vice President of Advancement

    The Y is more than the place I work; it’s my community and the place where I’m raising my family. My son learned to get comfortable in the water at the Summit YMCA, and now the whole family looks forward to the summer days where we can bond and relax at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool YMCA. I’m grateful to be in a role where my work supports families like ours and our neighbors.

  • Terri Clinton

    Chief Operating Officer

    I love working at the Y because every day brings a new group of people and new way to help others. I am motivated to come to work each day by the people I get to meet and serve each day. I love working for a community organization that is able to adapt and create programming based on needs, and love the fact that we have the potential to have such great impact.

  • Patrick Collins

    Director of Competitive Swim

    I have always emphasized that swimming is a journey; one must fall in love with the process and we as adults must help the kids to focus on long-term goals and development. It's easy to get caught up in the end result, times dropped and cuts made, but a swimmer is worth more than the time on the scoreboard and I'm blessed to have helped so many young swimmers through the ups and the downs. It is my goal to continue to build on the team’s already strong foundation and to give every swimmer the chance to experience success and achieve his or her highest potential.

  • Michael Creegan

    Aquatics Director

    I’ve been an Aquatics Director for over 20 years now and a YMCA Aquatics Director since 2005. I originally chose Aquatics as a career because I love the feeling of helping people overcome a fear of the water and getting them to a point where they can enjoy the water as much as I do. I’m drawn to YMCA Aquatics specifically because of the sense of community you find in YMCA programs.

  • Trevor Cromwell

    Director of Youth & Teens

    The YMCA provides a safe space, guidance, and opportunities for our youth to be themselves and explore their interests. We provide a number of programs for youth to tap into their passions while giving them skills that will prepare them for the future. As someone who that grew up in this community, I know first-hand the positive impact of these programs and how influential our mentors can be. The best part of working here is being able to watch our students grow, get involved or just enjoy themselves with friends. That is a priceless experience I’m truly blessed to have!

  • Michelle DiAlfonso

    HRIS, Payroll & Benefits Manager

    I come from Corporate America and for the first time in my life I am happy to come to work. I feel so proud to be part of this organization and family. From being the first in NJ to be part of the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Network to the many free programs we offer to the community, what better place can I say I go to work everyday!

  • Tiffany Escott

    Mission Advancement and Development Director

    The YMCA has been such a big part of my life. Over 14 years ago, my daughter started taking swimming lessons at the Summit Y through the Parent and Child Swim programs. From there, my children attended the child care & camp programs at both the Berkeley Heights YMCA and the Learning Circle YMCA. As a working parent, The Y has had such a positive impact on my family. I love coming to the Y to see all of the members, staff & children. The Y is my second home.

  • Patty Facchinei

    Financial Assistance & Volunteer Coordinator

    I love working at the Y because of the Y’s mission and that I love to do for others. The Y gives me that opportunity each and every day. No words could describe the feeling of working in an environment such as this, where you are responsible for impacting the lives of others in the most positive ways. The Y does so many great things and I know that each day I will have a positive impact on someone.

  • Angela Gamble

    Infant/Toddler Program Director

    "I love working at TLC because we lay the foundation for future learning. We foster positive social interaction, encourage creativity, and help develop critical and logical thinking."

  • Larrie Graham

    Sr. Director of Membership

    Seeing the older active adults come into our facility to work out or participate in a program inspires me. I also enjoy seeing the cute faces of the children when they come in for their swim, sports, or youth enrichment classes so happy and eager to learn. The Y is a happy place for many and I like being a part of what makes our members happy.

  • Deb Graisser

    Business Manager, Childcare & Camp

    I love working for the Y because I get to start my day listening to children signing with smiley faces! Knowing that I can help others and make someone else’s day a little less worrisome motivates me to come to work every day.

  • Stephanie Hand

    Executive Assistant, The Learning Circle YMCA

    "I love working at The Learning Circle YMCA because of its dedication to children, family and the community!"

  • Ruby Hollingsworth

    Sr. Program Director (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

    “Working with children, their families and our amazing staff is a wonderful opportunity. I love being a part of The Learning Circle YMCA family.”

  • Edward Iddisah

    Controller

    I love working at the Y because it provides a responsive, safe, and developmentally stimulating environment to children and is a great first-time job to most Summit area teenagers.

  • Marcia Khashayar

    Financial Assistance Administrator

    "I love working for an organization where everybody's main goal is to help the community as much as we can. It makes me proud."

  • Mary Grace McCann

    Program Coordinator
  • Chris McGowan

    IT Director
  • Kelly McHugh

    Sr. Director of Child Care & Assoc. Camp Director

    "Every day I have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of our community. This is the most gratifying aspect of working with children in the Summit Area YMCA's child care programs."

     

  • Eileen Morris Bennett

    Sr. Director of Human Resources
  • Bobby O'Hara

    Digital Content Creator
  • Michelle Pallonetti

    Preschool Program Director

    The Learning Circle YMCA is truly one of my favorite places to be. Connecting with children and their families and encouraging a positive foundation for learning is so important to me. Now I’m starting to raise my own family within our Y, and I cannot think of a better place for my daughter to grow up.

  • Kelly Rooney

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Joe Schneider

    Wellness Center Director
  • Valeria Tenreiro

    Sr. Health & Wellness Director

    Why do I like working at the Y? Because the Y is home. Because the Y is comfort. Because the Y is the joy of belonging. The Y is the place we overcome our fears, we find friendship, we find support and the opportunity to become part of a community.

  • Mike Tivey

    Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
  • Daniela Vargas

    Membership Operations Manager
  • Juan Verastegui

    Director of Maintenance

    I grew up in Peru and came to Summit when I was 28 years old. I started working at the Summit YMCA in September 1991 and love the fact that the Y welcomed me into their family. I am always busy but love what I do because I know my service helps others to experience the Y in the best way possible. Please always stop to say hi, I love meeting our members!

  • Cheryl Worobetz

    Business Manager, Membership

    I am proud to be working for The Summit Area YMCA knowing the impact we make on the lives of our members and community. Our many programs demonstrate our willingness to accommodate all members regardless of their level of fitness or ability to pay. There is something for every age group, whether they come to us to get physically fit or simply want to socialize. The Y is simply the place where everyone belongs.

  • Allison Zeimann

    Youth & Sports Director

    The YMCA is a second home to me. I grew up as a YMCA kid and I went to my home town YMCA almost every day. Inspired by Steve Jobs: 'Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.' I love being able to help others and create a positive, fun atmosphere for kids to play sports in.