Carlisa Choate

Named YMCA Executive Director of Education


The YMCA of Greater Nashua is pleased to announce that Carlisa Choate has joined the Y as Executive Director of Education, a new position at the Y. In this role, she will be responsible for providing strategic direction for all of the YMCA’s education-focused programming that helps nurture the potential of all kids, closes the achievement gap in our community and provides creative ways for kids to be successful and feel a sense of belonging. She will build, support and coach the Y’s team of more than 150 youth development leaders working in the Early Education Center, four after-school sites, two before-school programs, a half-day early education program (Creation Station), Power Scholars Academy and Superhero Academy.

Prior to joining the Y, Carlisa was director of Kings Kids Child Care Center, located in Pelham, N.H. She operated this center for nearly 20 years.

“The YMCA has a unique and impactful approach to nurturing the potential of kids which has led to incredible growth in our child care programs and innovative partnerships with local school districts. We needed someone special to lead our education programs into the future and Carlisa is that someone special. Her passion for helping youth succeed, experience collaborating with others and community involvement make her an ideal leader for the YMCA. I can’t wait to see how she helps us strengthen the foundations of our community,” said Joseph W. Manzoli, Jr., YMCA Chief Operating Officer.

Carlisa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from University of Connecticut (with a minor in Communication Science) and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts/Lowell, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging from eCornell University and is a Facilitator/Consultant for the Pelham School district, training their upper leadership team in being an inclusive work and learning environment.

Carlisa has led interactive workshops for hundreds of middle school and high school students that focused on creating belonging and inclusive climates and creating welcoming spaces.

“I’m excited to learn more about the vast educational programs that the Y offers and see where we can expand programs and services to reach more youth. I’m eager to connect with the school districts in the Y’s service area and learn how we can further partner,” Carlisa said.

Carlisa and her husband John, who live in Nashua, have been long-term members of the YMCA. Their daughters Summer (age 28), Taylor (age 26) and Alana (age 23) all learned to swim at the Nashua Y when it was located on Prospect Street and they were in the youth basketball program. John also coached in the YMCA Church League teen basketball program.



About the YMCA of Greater Nashua

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Nashua facilities engage over 37,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information about the Y visit



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