About YMCA Professional Network (YPN)

Who We Are

5,000+ members 

15 associations: YPN Chapter 82 represents the following associations:

California Youth and Government , Central Coast YMCA, Golden State YMCA, Maui Family YMCA, Shasta County YMCA, Siskiyou Family YMCA, Sonoma County YMCA, The Island of Hawaii YMCA, YMCA of the East Bay, YMCA of Honolulu, YMCA of Kauai, YMCA of San Joaquin County, YMCA of San Francisco, YMCA of Silicon Valley, YMCA of Superior California 

3 Social Events hosted each year

1 Fall Conference hosted in October


Why Should You Join Us?

2019 Upcoming Events

The YMCA Professional Network Chapter 82 schedules social events throughout the year. Join us for our upcoming Fall Conference titled "Slow Down, Show Up" in Walnut Creek, CA. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join and participate.


Date and Location

Thursday - Friday: October 17-18, 2019

Renaissance Hotel
2805 Jones Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Overview & Agenda

Thursday, October 17

9:30 am – 10:45 am: Check-In
11:00 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch, Raffle, Keynote Speaker:
Suzy Dito​
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Breakout Sessions
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Wellness Break
3:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Y Retirement 1-on-1 Sessions 
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Leadership Panel
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Happy Hour (no host bar)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner, Raffle, Awards

Friday, October 18

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast
9:45 am – 11:00 am: Breakout Sessions
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Y Retirement 1-on-1 sessions
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Lunch, Raffle, Closing Keynote: Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden
2:30 pm –   4:30 pm: Wine Tasting at Shadowbrook Winery (optional add-on)


YPN Member Registration Packages

Option 1: Registration Only $240
Option 2: Registration & Single Room: $599
Option 3: Registration & Double Room*: $479

YPN Prime Member Registration Packages

Option 1: Registration Only $200
Option 2: Registration & Single Room: $499
Option 3: Registration & Double Room*: $399

*Double Room Requests Will Get Matched Up With A Roommate

Register for Conference + Hotel
Closes September 30, 10:00 am


Register for Conference Only 
Closes October 17


More from our Speakers

Suzy Dito, MA, RYT 

Suzy has been practicing and studying mindfulness and behavior change for over 25 years, and brings her experience to others through teaching and coaching. With a Bachelor’s degree in Combined Sciences and Math, Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and certifications and practice in Yoga Therapy, Interactive Guided Imagery, Qi Gong, Massage Therapy and Meditation, Suzy brings broad professional expertise to her clients. She has practiced in both the medical and wellness fields, as a Practice Manager and as a  Director at the YMCA of San Francisco. In her workshops and coaching, she illuminates the variety of proven self-care options, and designs individualized, goal-based programs to achieve practical and meaningful long term results. 

Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden

Retired Former World Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion Paul "The Ultimate" Vaden has never hesitated to "Answer the Bell" whether in the boxing ring facing an opponent or in the larger arena facing life's challenges. During the years of rigorous training, Vaden discovered a boxing career involved much more than developing well-honed skills, perfect timing and expert footwork. He grew up learning how to box at the Jackie Robinson YMCA in San Diego County. He has taken all the skill sets learned in the boxing ring and adapted them to serve as motivational tools for helping others live, walk and breathe with the mindset of a champion, regardless of their challenges. Vaden's "Answer the Bell" program gives people specific recipes for managing stress and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. 

Find Integral Life Balance Using the Wellness Wheel: Josh Leonard

We often talk about finding work-life balance, but what do we really mean when we say that? In this engaging workshop, we will use a tool called the Wellness Wheel to explore the many dimensions of wellness, and learn why Integral Life Balance is more important than Work-Life Balance. Each workshop participant will have an opportunity to self-assess their Integral Life Balance using the Wellness Wheel, and then explore practices that can be used to exercise the different dimensions of our being to achieve holistic balance and wellness!

The Power of Leadership Development: Sue Steph

How can an increased focus on leadership development help you to “Slow Down” and be more productive in your work?  What is the benefit of leadership development to you, your staff and your Y?  Discover how a structured leadership development program can save you time and money, increase staff retention and improve program quality.  Learn about Y USA’s plan for building Cause-Driven Leaders. 

Y Retirement Fund: Miriam Paulin

Come learn about the importance for planning your retirement, what does it mean to put money in, what does vested mean? And hear from retirees that will share what retirement looks like because they put money in.

Leadership Panel: Lauren Clapperton

Lauren Clapperton’s purpose is to help others discover and be empowered around realizing their most well selves. She is an Associate Executive Director at the Stonestown Family Y in San Francisco, a Lifestyle Coach for the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trainer for Behavioral Coaching and Coachable Me, and out of work she is an avid singer, reader and film buff.

Leadership Panel: Jon Iiyama

Teaching, training, and coaching has always been a part of Jon’s personal and professional life. As he navigated Aquatics and Administration leadership roles with the YMCA of Silicon Valley and YMCA of San Francisco, he always carved out extra time to do Y-USA trainings, networking, and take part of other leadership development opportunities.

Leadership Panel: Marcela Hunter

Marcela has worked with the YMCA for 8 years. She is an experienced program and operations director with a demonstrated history of working in youth and staff development. Marcela believes in creating learning environments that foster empowerment and are inclusive of diverse abilities. She has strong leaderships kills in communication, project management and innovation. 

Leadership Panel: Rachel Abair

Rachel Abair has been working for the YMCA for 8 years. She has her Masters in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior and holds certifications from American College of Sports Medicine. “I believe self-care is a constant work in progress. And some days you are better at it than others. But don’t beat yourself up about the bad days, because that is self-defeat!" Rachel believes self-care comes in many forms, and one must recognize how each form serves you.

Caretake this Moment: Kate Sheppard

Take time for rejuvenating reflection on what does it mean to be present for the moment you find yourself in. In this workshop participants will gain insight from internal and shared exploration in a supportive environment to set intention going forward. 

Meditation: Konstantin Kaganvosky

Konstantin will be sharing with us the neuroscience and benefits of meditation. We will then explore concrete practice instructions and implement them within the session. Beginners and experienced meditators most welcome.

Managing your Membership

Basic Membership

Free For all YMCA staff

Suite of eLearning experiences for Y Professional Development 

A monthly online newsletter with testimonials & stories from Y leaders 

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Prime Membership

$65 Per Year

20% discount on E-Learning and Chapter events

Eligibility to receive Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) grants 

Engage in Chapter Board and Leadership opportunities and recognition

Some YMCA Associations pay for all or part of your dues.  Please check with your HR Director. Purchase information for membership available through LCDC.

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“Networking is new to me and I felt out of place. But as the night went on, there were a lot of people who talked to me and made me feel welcomed. It was nice to know there are people who will support me.” - YPN social event attendee

Staff Recognition

Rookie of the Year

Miranda Inami (2014, YMCA of SF)

Erik Halaas (2014, YMCA of SF)

Haley Paurazas (2014, YMCA of SF)

Patrick Kelley (2014, YMCA of SV)

Efrain Gonzalez (2015, YMCA of SV)

Sarah Ballard-Hanson (2016, YMCA of SF)

Jessica Norcott (2016, YMCA of SF)

Dakota Betts (2016, YMCA of SV)

Maureen Bush (2016, YMCA of SF)

Tommy Boyle (2018, YMCA of SF)

Major Achievement

Troy Kasner (2014, YMCA of SF)

Claire DeLeon (2014, YMCA of SF)

Avery Wu (2014, YMCA of SV)

Jayne Johnson (2014, YMCA of SF)

Jennifer Trombley (2014, YMCA of SF)

Jeff Rothberg (2014, YMCA of SF)

Megan Turrell (2015, YMCA of SF)

Marco Recinos (2015, YMCA of SV)

Danielle Fuentes (2018, YMCA of SF)

Kelly Stark-Hernandez (2018, YMCA of SV)

Megan Schroder (2018, YMCA of SF)

Leadership Award

Rosanna Gomez-Martin (2014, YMCA of SF)

Joshua Leonard (2015, YMCA of SF)

Sandy LaSalle (2016, YMCA of SF)

Keola Taniguchi (2018, YMCA of Hawaii)

Dara Meinerth (2018, YMCA of SF)

*at least 10 years of service to the Y

McCoy Award

Torrey Hughes (2014, YMCA of SF)

Erik Halaas (2015, YMCA of SF)

Lara Hitchcock (2016, YMCA of SF)

Betty Canton-Self (2018, YMCA of SF)

*special award presented by the Association of Y Retirees

Our Board

Meet Our YPN 2018-2019 Board of Managers

Patrick Kelley - President  

Andres Romero

Andy Vamis Dara Meinerth
Doreen Hassan Grace Ihn
James Beckland Jonathan Wolsey
Kristen Hess Deo Lara Farrell Hitchcock

Lovedeep Sahota

Meghan Case
Melissa Kaganovsky Mike Stancil
Rosanna Gomez​

Sebastian de la Rosa

Troy Kasner  


Our 2019 Fall Conference Sponsors