Staff Spotlight: October 2018

Staff Spotlight: Jason Mayeu

Jason Mayeu, YMCA of Greater Nashua



What job(s) have you held at the YMCA?
I have been the Director of Marketing at the YMCA of Greater Nashua for just over 2 years. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long already, time is surely flying by.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My childhood was filled with many great memories, so narrowing it to one memory wouldn’t do it the justice it deserves. I grew up in a small, one traffic light kind of town, in rural upstate New York. More pointedly, I grew up on a dead end street of about 12 houses, each with at least 2 kids. Growing up in this environment meant many opportunities to run, play and learn with kids of all ages. Some of my fondest memories were the street-wide games and adventures we embarked on together in our close-knit community, from soccer games to capture the flag, to crab apple wars in the pine trees, to sleeping under the stars and playing king of the hill in the large snow piles at the end of our road.

What’s your favorite grade in school and why?
My favorite grade in school was my sophomore year in college. College was a reset button for me in a lot of ways and I found great comfort in the walls and spaces of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. My future career and family blossomed from the studios and labs of Picotte Hall my sophomore year as I gained a clearer focus on my career path and met my wife of 15 years, Karen.

Where can we find you when you’re not at the Y?
When I’m not at the Y, you are most likely to find me in one of two places, either hanging out with my family and friends at my home in Pembroke, NH or watching my twin 12-year old girls do the sports and activities they love the most; typically soccer, lacrosse and running.

What’s your favorite sport to play? Favorite spectator sport?
Marion, the town I grew up in, was a NY Section V powerhouse in soccer when I was young and so most of us played the beautiful game of soccer. It’s by far my favorite sport to play even though my back (2 surgeries since June of 2017) doesn’t allow me to participate any longer. With regard to favorite spectator sport, it’s a toss-up between football (American) and football (International). Saturday and Sunday’s in the Fall and Winter are my favorite days, because they are both filled with football.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving! I love the family get together, the errant political conversations and the food. The food on Thanksgiving out ranks all other holiday food in my house. We don’t care as much for the turkey, (we’ve been known to cook salmon, duck or even lobsters) as we do for the sides. The stuffing, holiday potatoes, roasted vegetables, green bean casserole and cabbage salad rule the day. Well… outside of the desserts of course, who can forget the pumpkin pie and apple crisp.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Live anywhere? Well, I think if I could live anywhere I think I wouldn’t really be all that picky… except that it would have to be near the ocean, within an hour’s drive of a mountain escape and have tepid weather all year round with no worry of large storms. You didn’t say it had to be realistic. (Smile) In complete honesty, I’m pretty happy here in central NH. Being under an hour from the mountains, lakes, ocean and Boston is prime real estate in my book… even if we have to deal with the occasional Nor’easter.

What is most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part about my job is that I get to see and hear first-hand about all the good we’re doing in the Greater Nashua community. The benefit this YMCA association brings to our community is larger than any one person, branch or group and the collective balance of it all is astounding. The fact that I get promote the good we are doing keeps my heart full year round.

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