People

Jamie Bruning-Miles

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Bruning-Miles was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the YMCA of San Francisco in June 2020. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Jamie's primary responsibility was to lead the organization in accomplishing its strategic 2020 Vision to have the “Healthiest Children In America Living In the Bay Area” and advance health equity strategies to ensure all members of our community have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To achieve the organization's 2020 Vision, Jamie developed innovative program strategies, renovated facilities, enhanced workforce diversity to advance successful organizational outcomes by engaging diverse leadership to ensure better results.  He established the Collective Social Enterprise model which provided the framework for the organization to work collectively and in unison for the benefit of the communities we serve. His COO leadership culminated in expanded access to healthy living activities where now one in every four members receive financial subsidy to the YMCA of San Francisco, and the organization is providing services to more than 14,000 youth every day.  

The creation of an Organizational Knowledge Center was an outcome of Jamie's innovative thinking, which led to a better understanding of the positive impact the Y is having on Bay Area youth and families.  This also produced valuable data and information that provided opportunities to advance strategies and ultimately deepen community impact.   

With more than 30 years in the YMCA Movement, Jamie progressively expanded his career and welcomed increasingly complex roles and opportunities to provide leadership on National Initiatives. 

He provided visionary, thought leadership and executive sponsorship to co-create with Y-USA, the Biden Foundation and other key national partners the first ‘best in class’ comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity strategies resulting in identification and scaling of operational and program best practices reaching more than 1 million people in more than 19 states. 

He has also served on other National Initiatives to include redeveloping the YMCA to tackle health disparities for our most vulnerable, and provided senior leadership in the Colombia YMCA coalition to bridge professional knowledge, shared resources and best practices to increase the Y’s impact for youth in both the US YMCA's and the national and local Colombia YMCAs.

As a tenured YMCA professional, Jamie served as the Vice President of Membership and Program Development for the YMCA of Greater Philadelphia.  In that role, he led the organization’s membership engagement strategies, and led a multi-state solution to elevate health disparities in the areas with the most vulnerable populations working with external partners to create an innovative, scalable approach. Additionally, he was appointed to develop a new operating model for YMCA's that led to opening the fastest-growing membership Y in the country.    

Jamie has experience in working with major health care systems across the country to build YMCA's that include medical outpatient centers.  This forward-thinking strategy was set to create a continuum of care to improve health outcomes in YMCA's in both Florida and Wisconsin.  One of his career-defining responsibilities included developing, managing, and implementing a Hospital/YMCA facility in Brown Deer, Wisconsin that won the 2010 Wisconsin Chapter American Society of Interior Design Silver Award. He also provided leadership in shaping the positioning and visibility of these facilities to ensure successful community integration for each project.

Jamie received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, a master's degree from Springfield College, and has proudly served our country in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserves. Jamie is married to his husband Ronald Bruning-Miles, for over 17 years.

 
 
 

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

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative 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. 

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.  

Rachel Del Monte

District Vice President

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.

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. 

Chris McComic

Vice President of Property Development and Facilities Management

Chris is a seasoned real estate development, facilities operations/management and construction professional and has been working in the field for the past twenty five years. He was a member of the Mission Valley YMC board in San Diego for 12 years where he served as the chairperson for both facilities and new construction committees and was directly involved with the construction of the Toby Wells YMCA, Mission Valley YMCA renovation/additions and multiple facility rehab projects in the YMCA of San Diego. In the fall of 2019, Chris joined our team at the YMCA of San Francisco.

Takija Gardner

District 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.