Suzanne Medina

Executive Director

Buchanan YMCA and DIG/Equity

Suzanne has been with the Y since 2000. She is dedicated to the success of all youth and families by youth development and leadership efforts.


Kiara Mendez

Director of C.A.R.E. Buchanan

(415) 323-0641

Kiara started her career with the YMCA in New York as an intern in 2015. She then worked in the YMCA of Colombia for 3.5 years supporting school and university English programs and Coordinating an international volunteers program. Kiara started working with the YMCA of San Francisco in 2019 and her experience includes providing community-based mental health services, supporting mental health trainees onboarding and compliance needs, leading in the YMCA's Latinx ERG, and now overseeing the Buchanan alternative education program.

Misa Nguyen

Senior Director of Youth & Teen Programs

(415) 470-1678

Misa has dedicated her professional career to youth development. She is constantly inspired and renewed by the youth she serves. She has worked in several communities throughout the Bay Area and is very excited to be a part of the Buchanan Y team. 

Ivonne Garcia

Membership Director

(415) 447-9649

Ivonne has a passion for connecting adults and children to health and wellness and the outdoors. She currently leads the Membership and YKids Teams.

Joshua Pisciotta

Manager on Duty

I have been working with the YMCA of San Francisco since 2019. It is my goal to create a fun, safe and creative space for students to learn about themselves and the world around them. I believe that youth have the largest stake in creating a strong future and I am dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.

James Odom

Administrative Services Coordinator

James has worked for YSF for over 16 years and he’s excited about this position because of the new adventure it presents: the new co-workers, the new facility and the ability to expand his skills while continuing to support the YMCA community and staff. In his free time, he enjoys going to the theatre and jazz clubs as well as reading a good book.

James, being part of Admin Collab, is responsible for processing accounts payable for both the Buchanan and Urban Services branches while providing ongoing clerical support to the Buchanan branch.

Juana Lizeth Ramos

Cobb Beacon Director

Strengthening Families Program Specialist

My name is Juana Lizeth Ramos. I was born in Mexico and raised in San Francisco. I am a passionate leader determined to support the youth and the families within our community.


Precious Ogbonna

Associate Director of Teen Programs

Precious Ogbonna is a youth development director at the YMCA of San Francisco and has worked with the Y for the past nine years. She has been helping youth and teens explore the concepts of civic engagement, workforce development, and health equity. Specializing in middle and high school programming, Precious uses that experience to support our young people with their transition into the workforce, understand their civic duties, and transform medical research to be centered around equity.

Rizelle Buera

Site Coordinator, Chinese Immersion School

Rizelle found her passion in working for youth early in her college career. She has worked with the Y for 5 years now as a program lead, camp coordinator, assistant and site coordinator. She loves to see the growth in both the kids and herself, and believes that building a strong community is key. In her free time, Rizelle enjoys reading in the park and playing pool.

Ai Fry

Rosa Parks Site Coordinator

Claudia Roda

Community Engagement Specialist

Board Members 

Jeff Briz


André Srinivasan


Richard Yuen

Board Member

Rich Hashimoto

Board Member

Heather Madison

Board Member

Teryssa Pineda

Board Member