Networks Year-Round & at Conference

Networks Coordinator: Erica Halpern, YMCA of Greater New Orleans
Networks Council Liaison: Genette Comfort, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
For assistance signing up for a network, contact Kathy Meehan, NAYDO Database Specialist.

With the September 2020 launch of new ways to participate in NAYDO’s Association Membership and/or as a Virtual Training Subscriber came the opportunity when you activate your benefits to sign up for one or more of NAYDO's 10 networks

• Staff New to Leading YMCA Development

• VIP (Volunteers in Philanthropy) Board Members/Fundraising Volunteers

• Young Professionals (Y Staff and Board under age 40)

• Operations Staff (Branch EDs, Associate EDs, Centre Directors, COOs, VPs)

• Smaller Ys (Under $4M)

• MarCom Professionals

• Grant Writers Group

• Program & Membership Staff

• Camp Professionals

• International Attendees


Note to CEOs: There is no network specifically for CEOs since CEOs have many opportunities for networking as a group. Consider a focus on one aspect of your job to determine the best network for you.

>>Register for Networks

Network Activities During Conference

Network members registered for the conference will have two additional opportunities:

Networks Hot Topics Power Hour
On the first day of the conference, you will be able to participate in 2 different Hot Topics sessions focused on topics your network recommended.

Networks Philanthropy Forums   
This will be a Thursday lunch (on your own) and learn break. You will get together virtually as a network to discuss ways to implement what you have learned and what you would like NAYDO to do post-conference and at NAYDO 2022 related to your network.
​​​​​Network Activities Year-Round

As they are finalized, year-round activities will be posted under the specific network. Contact the Network leaders listed for more information.

For the September 2020–August 2021 NAYDO year, each network has a minimum of 3 activities with most including a kick-off orientation event in the fall, a pre-conference and a post-conference learning opportunity which might be a:

- Network-specific webinar

- Q&A session

- Hot Topics session

- Whatever the network decides would be most helpful


Staff New to Leading YMCA Development

Council Liaison:          Pam Havlick Hearn, CFRE, YMCA of Greater Monmouth County,

Coordinator:              Darlene Hepburn, YMCA of Greater Vancouver,

Young Professionals* (Under 40)

Council Liaison:           Bruce Ham, YMCA of the Triangle,

Coordinator:               Abby Waeiss, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis,
Apply for the Young Professionals Class of 2021 here


Smaller Ys  (Under $4M Independent Associations) | Sponsor: American City Bureau, Inc.

Council Liaison:          Angie Lassley, YMCA of Salina Kansas,

Coordinator:              Paul Andresen, Alumni & Retiree Team,

Operations Staff | Sponsor: Gro

(COOs, District Vice Presidents, Branch Executives, Associate Executives, Center Directors, and other Operations staff)

Council Liaison:          Greg Coop, YMCA of Greater Houston,

Coordinator:              Bill  Powell, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati,    

VIP (Volunteers in Philanthropy: Board Members & Fundraising Volunteers)

Council Liaison:         Rick Callebs, YMCA of Greater Spartanburg,

Coordinator:             Mike Hood (VIP), YMCA of San Diego County,

Young VIPs (Under 40)
Coordinator:             Justin Stearns (VIP), Gateway Region YMCA/Monsanto Branch,

Grant Writers Group | Sponsor: Grant Professionals Association

Council Liaison:         Kathe Elwell, YMCA of the USA,

Coordinator:              Beth Becker, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities,     

Coordinator:              Erin Laumer, LMSW, YMCA of the USA,

Camp Professionals | Sponsor: CampMinder

Council Liaison:           Carolyn Grady, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh,

Coordinator:                Katie Trippi, McGaw YMCA,

Camp Cabinet Liaisons: Sallie Ransom and Cory Harrison

MarCom Professionals | Sponsor: Lucidpress                         

Council Liaison:           Carrie Collins, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina,
Coordinator:               Beth Casper, Eugene Family YMCA,

Host Y Liaison:            Steve Mastorakos, Gateway Region YMCA,
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Program & Membership Staff | Sponsor: PowerUp Fitness

Council Liaison:           Rachel Bowman, YMCA of Coastal Georgia,   

Coordinator:                Sarah Grai, YMCA Alumni

Coordinator:                Leslie Bryant, YMCA of Virginia Peninsulas,


International (For those from countries other than the US and Canada and anyone interested in connecting with international staff and volunteers)

Council Liaison:            Antonio Merino, Latin America and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs,

Coordinator:                Mary Tikalsky, CFRE, YMCA of the USA,        

Translation Services:    Renata Ferrari, YMCA of the USA,

Note: Latin American and Caribbean Attendees Meeting (LACA) will take place on Tuesday during the conference