Our Mission

We will be a crucial part of the solution in the prevention of child sexual abuse in our communities and we will have zero tolerance for abuse in the YMCA Movement. The Y Guardians will work to create a culture of safety by raising the bar for the Movement, increasing accountability for child protection, and positioning the YMCA as a leader in this area. 

About us

The YMCA Guardians for Child Protection is a group of YMCA CEOs committed to activating the power of the Y Movement – and other youth serving organizations – to engage communities, improve internal operations and advance policy and environmental change to protect children from sexual abuse.

Meet The YMCA Guardians for Child Protection

Anne Brigis

CEO

YMCA of Long Island

New York

Barb Bettin

CEO

YMCA of Lincoln

Nebraska

Bryan Madden

CEO

Valley of the Sun YMCA 

Arizona

Carrie Wall

CEO

YMCA of Metro Milwaukee

Wisconsin

YMCA CEOs and leaders elevating the topic of Child Abuse Prevention throughout the Y Movement and other community organizations

Gary Cobbs

CEO

YMCA of Greater Montgomery

Alabama

Helene Weir

CEO

YMCA of Metro Detroit

Michigan

Janet Dunn

CEO

YMCA of Metro Chattanooga

Tennessee

Jason Letendre

Director of Risk Management

YMCA of Greater Rochester

New York

Kelly Kay

CEO

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Oklahoma

Kyle Stewart

CEO

New York State

Alliance of YMCAs

Larry Parker

CEO

YMCA of Alaska

Lauren Koontz

CEO

YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Georgia

Matt Larson

Mahaska County YMCA

Iowa

Paul Stanzione

CEO

Illinois State Alliance

Peyton Tune

CEO

YMCA of Snohomish County

Washington

 IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR 

Rick Gorab

CEO

Metropolitan YMCA

of the Oranges

New Jersey

Robbie Gill

CEO

YMCA of the Chesapeake

Maryland

Scott Goyer

CEO

YMCA of the Suncoast

Florida

Shae Wilson-Gregg

CEO

Athens YMCA

Georgia

Shane Riffle

CEO

Brainerd Family YMCA

Minnessota

 CHAIR 

Shaun Elliott

CEO

Greater Philadelphia YMCA

Pennsylvania

Sid Collins

CEO

Easley, Pickens & Powdersville YMCA

South Carolina 

 PAST CHAIR 

Stephen Ives

CEO

YMCA of Greater Houston

Texas

Steve Wallace

CEO

YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston

Maine

Chad Hart

CEO

Hopkins County Family YMCA 

Kentucky

Crystal Chavarie

VP of Risk Management

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Texas

Dale Brunner

CEO

YMCA of Greater Dayton

Ohio

Dan Dummermuth

CEO

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Tennessee

David Duro

CEO

Treasure Valley

Family YMCA 

Idaho

Denise Learned

CEO

Camp Hazen 

Connecticut

Derrick Stewart

CEO

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Indiana

 PAST CHAIR 

Ed Hurley

CEO

Hockomock Area YMCA

 Massachusetts

Tara Pomposini

CEO

Santa Monica Family YMCA

California

 CHAIR ELECT 

Tim Helm

CEO

Gateway Region YMCA

Missouri

Tim Joyce

CEO

YMCA of Greater Richmond

Virginia

Todd Tibbits

CEO

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

North Carolina

Valarie Gomez

CEO

West San Gabriel YMCA

California

Perla Freed

Executive Director

YMCA Guardians for

Child Protection

 


Child Abuse Prevention Partners

Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO
Gwen Bouchie, VP of Marketing and Behavior Change Communication

Aaron Lundberg , President and CEO
Erica Smith, Account Manager Youth Services

Robin Rennells, Director
Kevin Trapani, Board Chair

Shawn Borzerelli, Senior V.P. of Service Delivery, Program Development and Innovation

Britt Darwin-Looney, VP Child Protection and Organizational Risk

Neal Denton, Senior V.P./Chief Government Affairs Officer

Paul McEntire, Executive V.P./Chief Operations Officer

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