About the Y
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
Our Mission And Core Values
To instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
Mike LaChance | Chief Executive Officer | email@example.com
Mike LaChance celebrated 25 years of working for the YMCA of Greater Nashua in 2018. In 1993, Mike was hired to be the branch executive director of the Nashua branch in our Association until 2000 when he assumed the COO position for the entire organization. In 2003, he was promoted to CEO for the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Since that time, the local Y has grown from a struggling organization with aging facilities and a declining membership to a bustling well-respected community collaborator serving more than 35,000 area residents. Under Mike’s tenure the Y added YMCA Camp Spaulding, an overnight camp serving children from all over New England and beyond. Additionally, the Y opened the Westwood Park YMCA in northwest Nashua in April of 2019.
Mike is originally from Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Recreation Management. He started his YMCA life working for one of the Hartford YMCA camps his last two years of college and was hired by the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Lawrence where he worked for seven years. While in Lawrence he served in a variety of management positions including youth / camping director, aquatics director, welcome center and senior program director. His last four years in Lawrence he also served as the residence director overseeing their 89 unit rooming house handling all duties including rental, collections, property management, and serving as a social worker for the 89 men.
In 2018, Mike received the NH Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health – Outstanding Achievement Award. Additionally Mike was selected by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce as its Business Person of the Year for 2011; the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year for 2012; and one of The Nashua Telegraph’s Top 20 Emerging Leaders in Greater Nashua. Mike is a past graduate of the Leadership Greater Nashua Program and has been very involved in the community having served on various boards. An active member of Nashua Rotary West, Mike served as President of that club in 2016/2017. He currently serves as the chair of the Northern New England Alliance of YMCAs (NH/VT/ME).
Joseph W. Manzoli Jr. | Chief Operating Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
After more than 10 summers of involvement at a YMCA camp, Joe Manzoli began his professional involvement with the YMCA in 1999 as the County Program Director with the Cheshire County YMCA in Keene, NH. In 2004 Joe accepted a role with the YMCA of Greater Boston as the Associate Executive Director of the Waltham Family Branch. He would spend time as the Executive Director of the Dorchester Branch before once again feeling New Hampshire tugging on his heart strings.
In 2008, Joe became the Branch Executive Director of the Nashua Branch of the YMCA of Greater Nashua . A year later, Joe would take on a new challenge as the Chief Operating Officer for the association, leading –what he refers to as his greatest work accomplishment–his team of dynamic program directors in operating The YMCA of Greater Nashua.
Mahesh Bhatia | Chief Financial Officer | email@example.com
Mahesh Bhatia will oversee and manage all financial matters, investments and information systems including giving direction and leadership for YMCA business operations and strategic initiatives. As a member of the Executive Staff, Mahesh will work closely with the Board of Directors and serve as the staff liaison to the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.
Prior to joining the Y, Mahesh was a financial consultant, providing part-time and interim CFO/Controller services to local companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He also served as Vice-President/CFO for a publicly-traded insurance brokerage firm in Calgary, Canada, and Corporate Controller for another publicly held company in Calgary, Canada.
June Zoia | Chief Human Resources Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
June Zoia joined our team in October 2017. A twenty-eight year resident of Nashua, the Y was a place she brought her two sons to at an early age to learn swimming and to play basketball. June’s earliest involvement with the YMCA was in college when she interned at the Northern Berkshire YMCA. Since that time, June has spent her career in Operations and Human Resources roles at Fidelity Investments, Raytheon Company, and United Healthcare/Oxford Health Plans.
June has a diverse and broad range of Human Resource Management experience with over twenty years in the field. She is a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and the Greater Nashua Human Resource Association, a Leadership Greater Nashua Alumni, a Wellcoach® certified Health & Wellness Coach and an Academy of Culinary Nutrition graduate. June holds a MS, Education from New Hampshire College and a BA from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Elizabeth Covino | Chief Community Relations Officer | email@example.com
Elizabeth Covino joined the YMCA of Greater Nashua in 2013 overseeing development and marketing. She has enjoyed 25 years in the non-profit sector including leadership positions at Merrimack Valley YMCA, New England College of Optometry and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Boston. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from California State University in Fresno and is past recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award recognizing women of remarkable business and community achievement. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Greater Nashua.
The Y is close to her heart as she was a Y kid in Barrington, Rhode Island, participating in programs and volunteering. Beth serves on the board of directors of the Greater Merrimack Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Nashua and is an Ambassador of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Nashua. She is also a member of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) and served as President of AYP Chapter 4.
Julianne Simendinger | Chief Development Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Julianne Simendinger joined the YMCA of Greater Nashua as Chief Development Officer in April, 2020. Julianne brings with her nearly a decade of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector, most recently as Senior Director of Development at Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phoenix, Arizona. A self-described Y kid, Julianne shares her passion of the Y’s commitment to community. “Growing up, the Y was my second home. I was involved in everything, from soccer to summer camp. Now I carry on the family tradition to give all children opportunities at the Y!”
She began her YMCA career with the Philadelphia YMCA in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been an active volunteer with the North American YMCA Development Conference, leading development workshops. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Arizona Chapter. Ms. Simendinger earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
In her position with the YMCA, Ms. Simendinger will lead the organization in its development efforts. She will work with staff and volunteers to elevate all streams of fundraising for the YMCA of Greater Nashua, including the annual support campaign, major gift fundraising, corporate gifts, capital campaigns, and planned giving.
Julianne and her husband Chad have a one year old daughter, Anna. They are enjoying all that New Hampshire and New England has to offer, and look forward to being at the Y!
Jason Mayeu | Director of Marketing | email@example.com
Jason Mayeu brings many years of experience in marketing, brand management, social media strategy and graphic design within the non-profit sector to the YMCA. He provides leadership to collectively accomplish the goals of the organization including telling the Y’s story through its many member impact stories.
Before joining the Y, he utilized his marketing and communication skills to manage the brand, build awareness, and assist in overall growth of a for-profit company in Southern NH. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), with his last position being Senior Director of Creative Services in the University College’s Marketing and Communications Office. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
Shawn Nolin | Properties Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn Nolin joined the Y senior leadership team in 2019. He is responsible for the direct management and oversight of all five of our Y’s facilities: the Nashua Branch, Merrimack Branch, Camp Sargent, Camp Spaulding and the Y Administrative Office. Shawn has extensive knowledge in property management and will oversee all building maintenance and improvements at our YMCA buildings and our two camps. This includes the mechanical systems, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, and cleaning.
Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Shawn gained valuable Y experience at the YMCA of Greater Boston, where he served as Facilities Director for the Burbank YMCA in Reading, Mass., and the Huntington Avenue YMCA Branch in downtown Boston. He resides in Wilmington, Mass., with his wife Joanne and daughter Raegan.
- Board of Directors
The YMCA of Greater Nashua is a not-for-profit community service organization which has no private owners or stockholders. The Y is governed by a board of community volunteers, who represent the Y’s service area.
Steve Lynn, CVO
Vice President of National Sales-Managed Accounts
Andy Whigham, Secretary
Joseph G. Thomas, Treasurer
Macom Technology Solutions, Inc.
Commercial Account Executive
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Briana Dos Santos
State Farm Insurance
Immediate Past Chair
Purple Finch Properties, Broker/Owner
Fortin Gage Flowers and Gift Shop
Chief Operating Officer
Enterprise Software Developer
Regional Manager, SVP
Dr. Laura Miller
Foundation Medical Partners/SNHMC
William & Reeves
JJ (James) Poirier
St. Mary’s Bank
Director of Commercial Banking
Farley White Management Company
Regional Vice President (Retired)
Sheehan Phinney Capital Group
Government Relations Manager
Dr. Kenneth Weintraub
Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
- Board of Trustees
The YMCA of Greater Nashua instituted a corporate Board of Trustees in early 2013. These are members of our community who have over the years been connected to the Y in various capacities: former Board of Directors members; volunteers; and supporters. This volunteer board is a way to reconnect these Y supporters in a deeper way and to keep their institutional history and knowledge within the organization.
“As Trustees, these volunteers will be in the inner circle to hear what our strategic plan and visions is guiding us to do, and to hear and weigh in our expansion / renovation plans, and ultimately see how the YMCA of Greater Nashua impacts the lives of so many members of our community. As advocates for this Y, Trustees have the power to share our good work and I want you to hear the message directly and to utilize you as advisors and as a resource,” said CEO Mike LaChance.
Jay Maiona, Chair
Marsha Bottino, Vice-Chair
John Mokas, Secretary
Andrea Riley Arnesen
Dr. Rob Dorf
- Directors & Contact Info
Joe Manzoli, Chief Operations Officer
Katie Parker, Executive Director of Member Experience
Sarah Sutherland, Director of Happy Kids
Kimberly Adie, Director of Healthy Living
Melissa Collins, Director of Member Engagement & Wellness (Nashua)
Kim Hickman, Director of Member Engagement & Wellness (Merrimack)
Elizabeth Witmer, Early Child Care Director
Kristie Perreault, Assistant Childcare Director
Lynne Boyer, Executive Director of Youth Development
Tiffany Joslin, Director of the Arts and Camping Services
Kevin Morton, Senior Aquatics Director
Brooke Keating, Aquatics Director (Nashua)
Lynnette Curran, Aquatics Director (Merrimack)
Randy Menken, Executive Director of the Westwood Park YMCA
Erinn Kobisky, Welcome Center Director (Nashua)
Jackie Covino, Welcome Center Director (Merrimack)
Tracy Beauregard, Association Sports Director
Terri McGrew, Volunteer Coordinator
What is a Y?
A POSITIVE FORCE IN THIS COMMUNITY
YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association, but don’t let the name misinterpret that YMCAs are only for “young Christian men”. While the organization was founded to provide alternatives to the “evils of society” for young men moving into London back in 1844, it is open to everyone (and has been for quite some time). In fact, last year your local YMCA served over 35,000 people in Greater Nashua. 35% of those served were under the age of 18, 50% were female, and they are all representative of our community in terms of culture, religion, income level, age, and level of education.
The YMCA is a private not-for-profit organization governed by a local board of directors (volunteers) providing programs and services determined to meet the needs of individuals in local communities. Although the organization employs more than 200 local residents (300 in the summer), it is still volunteer led and driven. Last year more than 1,000 individuals volunteered their time at the YMCA to serve others. The total value of the time donated by these individuals exceeded $300,000.
The YMCA of Greater Nashua operates five facilities (Nashua YMCA, Merrimack YMCA, Westwood Park YMCA, Camp Sargent, and Camp Spaulding). The primary program and service areas are: Child Care, Camping, Youth Sports, Teen Leadership, Health & Wellness, Aquatics, Dance and the Arts.
The YMCA of Greater Nashua offers over 325 different programs to serve our local communities. We also offer a financial aid program, Y Cares, which allows individuals and families the ability to belong and participate in any Y program for a fee – based on their income level and family size. Last year, Y Cares benefited more than 3,500 individuals and families with over $700,000 in support. Financial assistance allows a single parent to send their child to a quality child care or camping program while they work to support their family. Financial assistance provides a senior woman, living on social security, to participate in a water exercise program to relieve her arthritis, and gives a teen the opportunity to come to the Y everyday to play basketball instead of being on the streets after school.
Collectively, the nations more than 2,700 YMCAs are the largest not-for profit community service organization, the largest provider of child care (nearly 10,000 child care sites serving more than 500,000 children), the largest operator of swimming pools, and the largest employer of teens in the US. Last year more than 22 million people were members of a local YMCA in the USA.
YMCAs are in over 120 countries across the globe, in some countries they are the school to educate the children, in others they are there to train workers in jobs relevant to that region and, in Jerusalem the YMCA is the one place where Muslims and Christians work side by side while the children play and learn together in peace.
Just what is a YMCA – your YMCA? The Y is a positive force in this community. Everything the Y does is in service of making us – as individuals and a community – better. This impact can be seen in the lives we touch throughout the year.