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

Associate Director

Kiara Mendez has been involved in the YMCA movement for over 9 years in various capacities including as a volunteer/intern, Clinical Case Manager, Program Coordinator and now Director. She earned her degree in Social Work, grew up speaking Spanish, and learning different art forms on her spare time. Kiara has also been committed to supporting YMCA staff through the Y's Latinx Employee Resource Group.

LaSaundra Owens

John Muir Community School Beacon Director

(415) 535-2466

Born and raised in the Bay Area, LaSaundra is a vibrant character whose passion is to enhance the lives of young people by bridging innovative and engaging youth development strategies with tangible educational outcomes.

Misa Nguyen

Chinese Immersion School Program Director

(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. 

Joshua Pisciotta

Site Coordinator ASP

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.

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.

Aneree Nong

Site Coordinator, New Traditions

Aneree has been working for YSF since 2021 while studying child development and philosophy. Inspired by her community, she strives to create a positive, uplifting impact on the youth and families she serves. Her goal is to learn and grow alongside the youth she serves, guiding them towards succeeding their own goals.

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.

Board Members 

Jeff Briz


André Srinivasan


Richard Yuen

Board Member

Rich Hashimoto

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Heather Madison

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Teryssa Pineda

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