Leadership 

Dara Watt

Associate Executive Director - OPERATIONS

Embarcadero YMCA

415-615-1309

Dara has been with the YMCA since 2002 working at multiple YMCAs in Northern and Southern California, as well as, at the YMCA of the USA. She has spent years in youth programming and operations impacting the community, building relationships, and providing support to all members, guests, and staff. She currently chairs the local Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network (APILN) and sits on the YMCA of the USA's National Steering Committee for the APILN.

Betty Sells-Asberry

Associate Executive Director of Community Engagement

Embarcadero YMCA and Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA

415-615-1321

Betty has been with the Y since 2008. She is committed to programs that create lasting change and empowerment for SF’s diverse communities – particularly young people!

Susanna King

Senior Director of Healthy Living

415-615-1314

Susanna brings a wealth of health and nutrition knowledge to our team. Susanna leads multiple group exercise classes weekly, so please join her in our studios for a fun and challenging workout. She is motivated by those around her and enjoys helping others reach their goals, test their abilities, and find success. Susanna and her team create a positive environment where our community can learn, share, and grow together.

Shiante Lewis

Sr. Director of Treasure Island YMCA

415-680-9589

Shiante, born and raised in the Bay Area,  has worked with the Embarcadero’s Community Programs since 2009. Focusing her efforts on Youth Deployment and Out-of-School time initiatives, has shown Shiante’s passion and dedication to the youth and families within the communities we currently work with. Shiante is currently the Site Director for our Treasure Island Location, as well as, the point person for all things Traditional Camp! In her current position, Shiante hopes that her experience provides an in-depth perspective to the strengths and needs of those she serves.

 

Celan Beausoleil, LCSW

Youth Chance High School Director

415-615-1337

Celan Beausoleil, LCSW is a San Francisco native who has worked with system-involved youth since 2007. 

Laura Grace Ashton

Director of Development

415-615-1318

Laura Grace ("LG") is a California native making her return to the West Coast after a decade fundraising in Washington, DC. She looks to further the mission of the YMCA of San Francisco by embracing caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in every interaction.

Deanna Pinkston

Associate Director of Wellness

415-615-1319

Deanna is an ACE certified personal trainer and is also a certified instructor in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, BOSU Balance training, and Studio Cycling. Since 2010, Deanna has been teaching and training with an emphasis on healthy biomechanics and functional movement. 

Deanna is passionate about helping people create positive change in their lives through self-compassion, physical fitness and positive thinking. 

Oscar Nunez

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF AQUATICS

415-615-1317

Oscar has a longtime passion for swimming and teaching. As a Bay Area native, he is motivated to promote healthy living in his community through swimming and aquatic activities. He is a certified YMCA Lifeguard Instructor.

Cynthia Pun

Administrative Services Director

415-615-1310

Cynthia comes from a background of connecting San Francisco families with local community resources.  She joined the Y family in 2012 and currently leads the administrative and financial operations at the Embarcadero and Shih Yu-Lang Central Ys.

Bacilia Bran

Youth Programs Director

Embarcadero YMCA and Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA

(415) 691-7209

Janet Guirola

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

Embarcadero YMCA

Janet has been with the Y since 2016. She is a San Francisco native, enthusiastic leader, community focused, and strives to provide a welcoming environment for all.

Board Members 

Heidi Boruszewski

Board Chair

Union Bank

Brianna Dinsmore

Salesforce

Esther Berg

Morgan Stanley

George Tong

Goldman Sachs

Jake Sorensen

Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman, LLP

Jeffrey Anderson

IBM

Jim Kramer

Orrick

Joseph Guevara

Lenox Advisors

Kathy Holmes

Philanthropist

Karl Torke

Consilio

Margaret Murphy

PG&E

Maria Comstock

Google

Robin Reilly

PG&E

Stephen LaPlante

Sujata Pagedar

PG&E

Walter Macklem

Salesforce

Yakov Wiegmann

Riely, Safer, Holmes & Cancila, LLP