People

Charles M. Collins

President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles M. Collins is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of San Francisco.  Founded in 1853, the YMCA of San Francisco is a not-for-profit organization with an $85 million annual budget that is committed to serving the diverse communities of the Bay Area. The 2020 Vision of the YMCA of San Francisco is “that the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area gaining the skills and habits to reach their highest potential and through the strength of our communities, make a valuable contribution to the common cause.”

With 2000 employees and over 2000 volunteers, the YMCA offers dozens of programs and services for over 183,000 children and adults in 14 major branches in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties and over 120 other off-site program locations. 

From 1983 to 2002, Mr. Collins was President and Chairman of WDG Ventures, Inc., and its affiliated companies which are engaged in the investment and development of commercial and residential real estate. Among the signature development projects completed during Collins’ tenure were The Metreon and the Four Seasons Hotel and Condominiums.

Mr. Collins has practiced law and was a former Deputy Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for the State of California.  He also has an extensive city planning background and direct a comprehensive study for the City and County of San Francisco incorporating economic and fiscal considerations, land use planning, transportation systems, and housing requirements resulting in the Downtown Plan for the City and County of San Francisco.

Mr. Collins serves on the San Francisco Arts Commission, co-Chair of the  ShapeUp SF Coalition, a board member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and former trustee of Williams College, the San Francisco State University Foundation and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Mr. Collins received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Williams College, Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School. Under a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, he was awarded a Diploma from the Athens Center of Ekistics in Athens, Greece. Upon completion of M.I.T, he was named the outstanding graduate student in the Department Urban Studies and Planning.  He received the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College in 1999.

Mr. Collins is the author of The African Americans, Viking-Studio Books 1993 (paper 1995) and senior editor of A Day in the Life of Africa, The Tides Foundation and Penguin, 2002.

Jamie Bruning-Miles

Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer

As the COO, Jamie has served in various Y’s across the country and believes that Y inclusion means serving all segments of the communities. As a welcoming, nurturing organization in the Bay Area we strive to ensure all have access to the life changing programs and services we offer. In his spare time, Jamie practices healthy living by using various YMCA’s to maintain an active lifestyle with his family.

Amy Shpall

Chief Development Officer

Amy Shpall has spent the past five years working as a seasoned fundraising and nonprofit professional at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she was part of a team that raises $50 million dollars annually. At the Jewish Federation, Amy served in several different roles to include Vice President of Donor Experience and before that Vice President, Community Engagement. In addition, Amy spent 15 years as an Executive Producer in the television industry and as a television packaging agent at United Talent Agency (UTA) prior to that.

Kathy Cheng

Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Kathy has been a finance leader in the Y movement for over 30 years and believes that the Y has a positive impact in the communities we serve every day. Kathy enjoys mentoring staff and has been a public speaker in various capacities inside and outside the non-profit sector. 

Andy Vamis

Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

With 30 years experience in human resources and organizational development, Andy believes the Y is about human development and changing lives for the better every day. Andy enjoys watching his boys play sports and plays tennis, squash, golf as often as he can. 

Chip Rich

Vice President of Operations

Chip's expertise is in design and delivery of social services and mental health programming with an emphasis on underserved communities. He is the founder of the Urban Services YMCA and believes the Y has a breadth of services and capacity to support all youth and families in our communities.  In his spare time, Chip enjoys spending time with his two children. 

Erin Clark

District Vice President

Erin will always be a youth worker at heart, having spent her formative years working with middle schoolers and earning a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. Since then she’s developed a passion for all aspects of Y work and especially enjoys staff development.  She believes the Y levels the playing field to create opportunity for all people to reach their highest potential.  Erin loves to explore the world through the eyes of her toddler and enjoys literature, film and radio while toddler is sleeping. 

Jane Packer

Vice President, Communications and Membership Marketing

With expertise in public affairs, public relations and marketing, Jane leads the communications efforts for the YMCA of San Francisco. She believes through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y has a fundamental impact on our communities. Jane enjoys camping, hiking, golf and travel.  

Linda Griffith

Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Linda's expertise is in law, risk management and youth development and believes the Y's model of actively seeking to reflect the needs of the communities is the reason for its success and longevity in strengthening the foundations of community.  Linda enjoys hiking, yoga, live music and spending time with family and friends. 

Executive Directors

Carrie Herrera

Executive Director

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

650.294.2624

Carrie began her YMCA career after graduating from SFSU, when she started as a Camp Director at the Sequoia YMCA. Today, Carrie is excited to be the Associate Executive Director here at the Peninsula YMCA.

Evelyn Daskalakis

Senior Executive Director

Evelyn, LMFT, joined Urban in 2004. She strives to support youth and families by leading Urban’s mental health and family support efforts, as she has for the past nine years.

edaskalakis@ymcasf.org

Jennifer Rider

Senior Executive Director

Jennifer is passionate about equity, education, and empowerment, and has focused her career on building opportunity and delivering social impact. She is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, an outdoor enthusiast, a lover of pets, and a dedicated single mother.

Joshua Leonard

Senior Executive Director

Stonestown Family YMCA

415.242.7130

Josh has worked for the Y since graduating from college in 1997. He grew up in SF and loves serving the community that raised him.

Kari Lee

Executive Director

Chinatown YMCA

415-748-3555

Kari is proud to be a Y leader, notably at the Chinatown branch, serving a rich and thriving community in healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

Lara Hitchcock

Senior Executive Director

415-447-9699

Lara is passionate about getting youth outdoors, organizational culture, and trail running. She is the Senior Executive Director with the Presidio & Pt Bonita Ys.  

Manuel Rodriguez

Director of Community Action Partnerships

Manuel Rodriguez anti-racist, anti-fascist, and committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity for all. He lives by the beach with his wife and two sons and loves skateboarding, music, and coffee.

Marissa Cowan

Associate Vice President of Child & Youth Development, Mission Branch Executive

(415) 452-7576

Marissa grew up in the Y and has been a part of the Y family for 20 years. Marissa has been part of the YMCA of San Francisco for the last five years.

Mick Hughes

Senior Executive Director

Embarcadero YMCA

415-615-1312

Mick is committed to ensuring that the Embarcadero YMCA builds partnerships with the Waterfront and San Francisco community members, improving health and wellness and the quality of life for all San Franciscans.

Rachel Del Monte

District Vice President

San Mateo County

As District Vice President, Rachel enjoys advocating for the Y, creating community collaborations and working with our board of managers to engage even more people in our YMCA community.  Rachel enjoys reading, hiking and cooking in her spare time.

Rodney Chin

Executive Director

Buchanan YMCA

415.292.3011

As a resident of the Western Addition neighborhood, Rodney is driven by a strong passion for meeting the needs of his community.

Takija Gardner

Senior Executive Director

Takija is a seasoned YMCA professional of 13 years with experience in youth development, community capacity building and diversity, inclusion and global initiatives.

Volunteer Board of Directors

John Willingham

Board Chair

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (US), Inc.

Ann Morrison

Larkspur City Council

Annabel Chang

Art B. Wong

Healthcare and Business Consulting

Aubrey Moore

Community Action Board Member

Innovation Support - Dish Network

Urban Services YMCA

Caryl B. Welborn

Christopher A. Patz

Patz Management Company, Inc.

Eric Prosnitz

Sports Basement

Eric Yopes

Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC

Gabrielle Pavelko

Philanthropy Board Member

Director of Sales - Jupiter Research

Gary R. Cumpston

Gary Teague

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Gina Gregory-Burns

Kaiser Permanente

Glenn M. Farrell

National Mortgage Insurance

Gregory Evans

McGuireWoods LLP

Gretchen Howard

Robinhood

Guy Hays

Legacy Partners

Jeremy Welland

Global Head of Data & Analytics

PayPal

Jill Cowan Davis

John Baker

Freedom Financial Network, Inc.

John G. Berg

Swirl | McGarryBowen

Jon Eberly

Clock Four, Inc.

Kathy Kay

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Katy Miller

Community Action Board Member

Representing San Francisco District Attorney's Office

Urban Services YMCA

Marianna Pisano

J.P. Morgan Chase

Michael Millman

J.P. Morgan

Nancy Rose

KPMG LLP

Penelope Wong

Penelope Wong & Associates

Peter M. Susko

Swift Real Estate Partners

Richard Chisholm

Wells Fargo Securities

Samuel Li

Shelby Pasarell Tsai

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Stephen Hankins

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Theodora Lee

Littler Mendelson

Thomas Kearney

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Thomas Zimmer

Vedder Price

Tracy Hui

Volunteer Board of Manager Chairs

Dr. Jason Lau

Executive Director of Business & Program Operations

Sonoma State University

Marin YMCA