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.

  • Support the Y

    We are a volunteer and donor driven organization. To view ways for you to get involved, visit our Support the Y page.

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  • Leadership

    Mike LaChance | Chief Executive Officer | mlachance@nmymca.org

    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 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 hired as the 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 30,000 area residents.

    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.  In July of 2016 he extends his commitment to our community as the President of the Rotary Club of Nashua West.


    Joe Manzoli2Joseph W. Manzoli Jr. | Chief Operating Officer | jmanzoli@nmymca.org

    After more than 10 summers of involvement at a YMCA camp, Joe 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 BhatiaMahesh Bhatia | Chief Financial Officer | mbhatia@nmymca.org

    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

     

    Mary Jane DinsmoreMary Jane Dinsmore | Director of Human Relations | jdinsmore@nmymca.org

    Mary Jane Dinsmore provides leadership to the operations of the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s human relations department, which is responsible for over 350 full and part time employees. With more than 20 years of human resources experience, Mary Jane joined us in 2012. She previously served as the VP of Human Resources and Talent Development for the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

    Mary Jane holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College, serves as Co-Chair of the YMCA’s Regional Human Resources Committee, is a member of SHRM and GNHRA and past recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award recognizing women of remarkable business and community achievement. She lives in NH with her husband and two daughters who enjoy the beach, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

     

    Elizabeth CovinoElizabeth Covino | Director of Community Relations | ecovino@nmymca.org

    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.

    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 Merrimack 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.

     

    Jason MayeuJason Mayeu | Director of Marketing | jmayeu@nmymca.org

    Jason 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 to 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.

     

  • 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.

    Tom Long, Chair
    Jay Maiona, Co- Chair
    Jim Leary, Secretary

    John Callahan
    Marsha Bottino
    Patty Creedon
    Denis Dancoes, II
    Greg Derderian
    Nelson Disco
    Peter Dolloff
    Nicole Ennis
    Peggy Gilmour
    Frank Grossman
    Charlie Hall
    Morgan Hollis
    Dave Mahoney
    Tony Mandravelis
    Dot McCaffrey
    John Mokas
    Earl Prolman
    Ben Robinson
    Steve Rogers
    Steve Russell
    Bob Shepard
    Melissa Skarupa
    Tony Tremblay
    Tim Vadney
    Brian Webb

     

  • 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.

    Lydia Foley, CVO – Purple Finch Properties, Broker/Owner
    Steve Lynn, Vice Chair – Fidelity Investments, Vice President of National Sales-Managed Accounts
    Steven King, Treasurer – United Healthcare, Health Plan CEO
    Anna O’Herren, Secretary – Walgreens, Director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations

    Bill Anderson – Suburban Propane, Managing Director
    Caryn Blake – Fidelity Investments, Human Resource Director
    Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek – Global BCB Marketing, Vice President
    Matthew D’Arcy – Cross Insurance, Commercial Account Executive
    Dr. Robert Dorf – Southern New Hampshire Health, Chief Medical Officer, Foundation Medical Partners
    Jill Gage – Fortin Gage Flowers and Gift Shop, Co-Owner
    Rich Hillman – Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Product Manager
    Donna Karwoski –  Community Volunteer
    James Kimberly – Sapphire Consulting, President
    Mark Levesque – Charles Schwab, Financial Consultant
    Deane Navaroli – Harrington and Reeves, Principal
    Anna O’Herren – Walgreens, Director of Pharmacy and Retail Operations
    Michael Rubino – Oracle Corporation, Senior Director of Software Development
    Kyle Schneck – Merrimack County Savings Bank, Vice President of Commercial Lending
    Gloria Selvitella – Farley White Management Company, Regional Vice President
    Joseph G. Thomas – Macom Technology Solutions, Inc., CEO (Retired)
    Dr. Kenneth Weintraub, Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua, Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Credits, Refunds & Transfers

    1. Requests for program withdrawal may be made by Email or in person at the Welcome Center.

    2. There will be no refunds for program withdrawal unless requested one week prior to the first day of class.

    3. Prorated credits will be issued for medical conditions which prohibit the participant from continuing in a class. A doctor’s note is required.

    4. Programs without sufficient enrollment may be canceled; an option of a credit or refund will be given.

    5. There will be no makeup classes, credits or refunds for personal absences, vacations, inclement weather or missed classes.

    6. Credits or refunds will be issued for individual classes canceled by the Y unrelated to #5 above.

    7. Transfer requests may be made providing there is an opening in the desired class. These requests may be made by Email or in person at the Welcome Center.

    Membership fees are nontransferable and nonrefundable except within the first 30 days.

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 32,500 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 four facilities (Nashua YMCA, Merrimack 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.

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