A BIT ABOUT US
At Exeter Area YMCA, we are committed to enhancing the lives of members in the community through our wide range of activities and events. Over the years, we have been recognized as the leading community center and go the extra mile to make sure our members are happy with our services.
Ever since opening our doors to the community in 2015, we have provided members the chance to get together and experience what we’re all about. Our mission has always been to provide a cultural and educational experience for members — and we’ve done everything we can to achieve this goal to this very day.
MEET THE TEAM
Kimberly re-joined the SDYMCA as CEO in May 2020. From 2007-2015, Kimberly was the Director of Community Operations for the SDYMCA where she supervised 16 school age childcare programs, implemented Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards, the CATCH curriculum, and child care licensing rules. She oversaw community-based group exercise programming and opened the Nature Preschool at Camp Gundalow. Kimberly worked to raise funds, design, and operationalize the Exeter Area YMCA facility where she enjoyed recruiting volunteers and managing board development. She also started the annual campaign and community nights for SDYMCA! Kimberly is an experienced trainer, conducting trainings for YMCA professionals and school age child care educators. She is also a certified group exercise instructor. Her past experience includes working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as an Estate and Trust Lawyer, and in Commercial Banking for Bangor Savings Bank and Bank of NH. She has served on the SAU 16 Exeter Region Cooperative School Board for seven years and the Center for Wildlife for five years. Kimberly graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service and from Michigan State University Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree. An active member of the Michigan State Bar Association, Kimberly lives in Exeter with her partner, Forrest, and her four children. She appreciates the NH landscape by mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her family.
Steve, who joined us as Finance Director in September 2022, is responsible for making sure our staff members and our vendor partners are paid promptly, and that our cash and other assets are protected with risks minimized. In addition to preparing budgets, Steve also reports-out financial and operational data to measure our performance against our plans. He also maintains all of the Y’s financial records and ensures that all reporting to government agencies and others is done timely.
Reid Van Keulen
Director of Operations: Youth Development
Reid originally hails from New Zealand, but has spent the last six years working at the YMCA and residing in New Hampshire. He first joined the YMCA team in 2015 as an Adventure Trip Leader for the summer at Camp Lincoln and has since held numerous leadership positions including Program Director, Assistant Camp Director and Director of Camping Services. Prior to joining the YMCA, he spent two summers at Windridge Summer Camp in Vermont and teaching.
Stephanie reconciles the daily activity of all the branches. Having joined the finance department of the SDYMCA family in 2018, she continues to be responsible for all our vendor payments and processing payroll. She enjoys the beach in her spare time.
Marketing & Development Director
Michael has been working with us since January 2022 as a full-time staff member and prior did a 6-month stint as a consultant developing the marketing and communication strategy we are implementing today. He has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, product development and licensing in the corporate world having worked for major brands like LEGO, Black and Decker, Hasbro, Honeywell and Velcro. Michael covers marketing efforts for the Y as well as our fundraising efforts in the Develop- ment area along with Susan Graham. Michael lives in Exeter with his wife Jodi who also works for the Y and is a trainer and group exercise instructor. They both live with their dog Addie and two grown boys who live in the New England area.
Sean supervises physical facility operations including all buildings and grounds, utilities, energy management systems and safety/security systems in order to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for members and staff. He is responsible for the scheduling and supervision of maintenance and repair activities, contracted services, and custodial services, and ensuring the physical operation of all Southern District YMCA Assets meets budgetary and strategic objectives. His interests surround working on, driving and showing his classic Mopar, a 1972 Duster 340, and just enjoying his off time with his wife and dog, Punky.
Vicky joined the SDYMCA team in July 2022 with 10 years of HR experience. She enjoys the variety that Human Resources provides from recruiting, onboarding, policies and the many projects. Vicky’s favorite aspect of HR is Employee Relations where she can support staff in their success and growth within the YMCA.
Financial Development Coordinator
Susan Graham joined the SDYMCA-Camp Lincoln in June 2021 as Development Operations Assistant. Now as the Financial Development Coordinator, Susan enjoys working with the entire team to further the mission of the SDYMCA, and has a special fondness to working on the philanthropic culture. Susan loves living on the seacoast; she enjoys family time, collecting sea glass in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Beth comes to us from Hampton Parks and Recreation, where she led programs, inclusive of the pickleball program at Hampton. Many know Beth from her time organizing the Christmas decorations in Exeter, and the Santa Claus parade Beth is an avid pickleball player.
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Salma joined the Southern District YMCA in December of 2022. She graduated with an MBA from SNHU in Manchester. She enjoys hiking, group exercise and meeting new friends
Senior Member Services Representative
Lisa has been a staple of the Southern District YMCA’s Welcome Center since it’s opening in 2015! In her role she provides customer service to members, audits processes to ensure accuracy and assists in the training of new associates. Lisa loves her role because she gets to know all the Y members. On her free time she enjoys camping with her family along the rivers of Maine and NH.
Youth and Family Program Coordinator
Patrick Quinn grew up locally in Seabrook NH. He attended college at Rivier University in Nashua NH where he received his degree in Sports Management and played college baseball for 3 years. He was a part of the Student Government at Rivier and always loved being active in his community. While pursing his degree he found his passion for working with kids and helping people grow and that is what bought him to the YMCA.
Director of Camping Services
A New Hampshire native, Dave is proud to continue Camp Lincoln’s legacy of providing a safe, supportive environment for campers to build self-confidence and lifelong friendships. Dave has been involved with the YMCA his entire life, starting with his summers as a camper right here at Camp Lincoln. Following his summers as a camper, CIT, counselor, program staff, and trip leader, Dave studied Outdoor Education and Business Administration at University of New Hampshire. In the years following, Dave served in various roles with Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, taught ESL in South Korea and Kyrgyzstan, and traveled around New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and South America. Most recently, Dave has served as the Director of Outdoor Education with Hockomock Area YMCA.
Assistant Camp Director
Miles was born and raised in Wisconsin and went to school in Minnesota where he worked for many different camps within the YMCA of the North's system. He most recently worked on Project Adventure based in Beverly Mass, where he worked with youth developing social, emotional and experiential skills on their challenge course and classroom.
Registration & Communications Manager
Kristina is a New Hampshire native who has worked in various positions at YMCA Camp Lincoln since 2001. Although she works in the office most days, her Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Education ensures that she can occasionally be seen on the ropes course or leading a hike at camp. Kristina loves helping new families understand the impact camp can have on their child, and finding a way to make camp affordable for all.
Whitney began working for Camp Lincoln in 2015 at just 16 years old with camp being her very first job! Since then she has held a variety of positions at camp, working her way up from cabin counselor to unit leader, now functioning as our year-round Program Director and Youth Development Coordinator in the summertime. Whitney began working for our School Age Child Care program as a Program Coordinator in 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology, which continues to drive her passion to make camp a supportive environment for all where everyone feels they belong!
Director of Child Care Services
Anthony joined the School-Age Child Care team in January of 2022. His career in child care began at the University of Maine, where he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, which took him all the way down to Charlotte, North Carolina. There he worked nearly five years as the Communications and Program Director for a small non-profit after-school program. Anthony was excited to join the YMCA team where he could provide affordable, reliable child care to all those in need. Anthony recently moved to Exeter and can be found taking walks around town with his wife, 10-month-old son, and dog.
SACC Registrar & Program Coordinator
Nicole is the SDYMCA the registrar for the School Age Child Care Department and specializes in registration and licensing. Nicole loves working for a cause driven organization that helps families in our community. She also likes to go fishing and enjoys watching basketball as well as spending time with her family and walking her dogs.
Melissa has recently celebrated five years at the Southern District YMCA. She joined back in 2018 as a group leader in the School Age Child Care department and is now the Program Coordinator for that department. She enjoys working with children and helping to develop staff as they contribute a vital resource for the community. She is a mom of three wonderful children and many pets. Melissa enjoys reading, travel and cooking.
Caroline came to the YMCA all the way from Salem, Massachusetts. She loves the YMCA for its mission and commitment to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She has a passion for wellness and helping others to find joy through recreational and educational programming. A fun fact about Caroline is that she is also a yoga teacher!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Southern District YMCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who set strategic direction and policy that guide the Y in strengthening communities through programs in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. These dedicated volunteers provide fiduciary oversight that ensures adequate resources exist to meet annual and long-range strategic plans while sustaining the current and future needs of a growing community.
Jeff Neil has worked for more than 24 years in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry having served in Marketing, Sales, and Training roles. Jeff graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, MA with a major in both Marketing & Economics. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern New Hampshire District YMCA as the Chair and volunteers on different committees. He previously served on the Board of a Boston organization called Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly (LBFE). An international volunteer-based non-profit is committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. In addition to the non-profits, Jeff has also volunteered in various leadership roles over the years within the Episcopal Church. Jeff and his wife Libby live in Exeter, NH, and have two children. His daughter Raye (20yrs) is a sophomore at UConn and his son Adam (18yrs) is a Freshman at Clemson University. The family is made whole with their adopted dog and her name is Charlie!
Lindsay is a real estate agent and active citizen in Exeter. Prior to her career in real estate, she worked in fundraising and development for a variety of organizations. A passion for planning, sustainability, and thoughtfully-built communities, Lindsay is co-chair of the board of directors of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and currently serves on the Housing Advisory Committee for the Town of Exeter. She is part of the 2020 class of Leadership Seacoast. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Urban Planning from Virginia Tech. An avid traveler, she has lived and worked in Togo, New Zealand, France, and Italy. In her free time, you can find Lindsay and her husband renovating their old home, traveling, and (tame) mountain biking.
Board of Directors
Tim Bateman specializes professionally in the small- and mid-sized business (SMB) space as an advisor, trainer, and entrepreneur. For the past 20 years, he has provided a variety of financial, operations, and general management services across both the care (healthcare and early childhood education) and construction (interior improvements) sectors. Tim earned a BA in economics at Columbia University and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Yale School of Management. He and his family (wife Meg, and sons Kellen, 16, and Ryan, 14) have lived in Exeter and Hampton Falls since 2011. In addition to spending time at the Exeter Y several days per week, the Batemans can also be found hiking, biking, and skiing. Tim golfs regularly as a member of the Exeter Country Club and is an investor in the new “1889” restaurant, entertainment venue, and clubhouse currently being planned for the ECC site. Tim’s motivation for serving the SDYMCA is to support multi-generational health and fitness as a way to improve individual and community wellbeing and lower the overall healthcare burden for both families and government.
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Michelle Berke has spent many years in service to the public in different ways. A former middle-school math teacher in Rochester NH, Michelle then helped adult learners obtain their school diploma by teaching math at Exeter Adult Education from 1998 to 2019. More recently, she has been working as crisis advocate at HAVEN, a sexual assault and domestic violence crisis center since 2017. Michelle also currently serves as a Supervisor of the Checklist for the Town of Exeter, helping ensure all voters who are legally able to, can register to vote. A wearer of many hats, Michelle's most long-term position is as Chief Operations and Financial Officer of River City Software, an Exeter based software company that provides software to the hard wood lumber and medical devices industries. Michelle also sings with and manages The Afternotes, a women’s a cappella group. A resident of Exeter, Michelle has two adult daughters and lives with her husband and dog. She enjoys cooking, hiking, a Capella singing and knitting.
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Jamie Brown lives in Stratham, NH where she raised two children who are now young adults. Jamie spent > 20 years in pharmaceutical leadership and is currently the Sr. Director, Health Care Markets, for Exact Sciences; in this role she leads the commercial efforts for screening diagnostics in New England and Upstate New York. Her passion for serving on the board of the Southern District YMCA is driven by the important role it serves in the community and the impact it has on so many young lives. She loves the fact that the Y is for everyone.
Board of Directors
Christina Cassano began volunteering for the Wakefield YMCA at age 14. For the next ten years, she worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard at both the Wakefield and Bangor YMCAs. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Childhood Education at Salem State University, author, and early literacy researcher. She works out at the YMCA and her three children participate in the youth programs.
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Kate is a Nonprofit/Educational Consultant and Portsmouth City Councilor. Her varied work experience includes serving as a U.S. Diplomat, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Director of a Nonprofit, Teacher, and Grantwriter. Her work on international governance issues led to a love of all issues related to governance practices for organizations from small nonprofits to large nonprofits to governmental entities. She brought her love of Governance to the Southern District YMCA in 2014 when she joined the Board as the Governance Committee Chair. She then served as Chief Volunteer Officer and Chair of the Southern District YMCA Board of Directors for three years from January 2019 through December 2021. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband and daughter.
Board of Directors
Cheryl is a leader in the educational publishing and technology industry. In her 25-year career at the largest Higher Education provider of course solutions in North America, she has held various roles in Sales, Marketing, and Product Management. Cheryl is currently the Senior Vice President of Product for Cengage's academic business. Always a passionate advocate for the connection between education and mental health, Cheryl has an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Psychology and a master’s degree in Special Education from Boston University. While studying for her master's, she taught fifth grade in the Chelsea, MA, public school system. Cheryl lives in Exeter with her husband, David, a staff member at Stratham Memorial School, and her two children, Nick and Sophie. Nick is a senior at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and will be headed to college next year, and Sophie is a junior at Exeter High School. When Cheryl is not working or supporting all her children's interests and activities, you can find her enjoying nature by hiking, running, walking, or reading at the beach.
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Maureen worked for Exeter Hospital for 32 years, retiring in August of 2018. She managed the Health Watch Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for those years, developing the program for Exeter Health Resources, then marketing and selling the service to over 30 companies and municipalities in the Seacoast area. Prior to this, Maureen worked for several years at an EAP in Lynn, MA and also as a Masters’ level Psychologist at Strafford Guidance Center in Dover, NH. Maureen completed her Bachelors degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky. She was a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Maureen is currently an active member of the Exeter Rotary Club and is President of her condominium association’s BOD. Prior to joining Rotary, she was a board member for twelve years at ‘A Safe Place’ which merged to become HAVEN, the non-profit agency in the NH Seacoast focused on helping victims of domestic violence. Maureen has lived in Exeter for many years and frequently sees her large extended family. Some of her passions include good food with friends, her cat Lily, traveling, walking, yoga, kayaking and nordic skiing.
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Tammy is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She has 20 plus years of experience working in the nonprofit public school system, first in her home district at Sanborn and then for the past 13 years at SAU16, as the Exeter Adult Education Enrichment Program Manager and Data Technology Specialist. Prior to entering the public-school sector, Tammy worked for 13 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and 3 years as an employee benefits broker. Tammy has lived in Newton NH, for 28 years with her husband, Barry, where they have raised their two children, Josh, age 26 and Jenna age 22. Both her children were avid YMCA Camp Lincoln campers, and then worked as Camp Counselors for several years. Tammy even worked at Camp Lincoln for two summers, one summer as the Cooking Camp program coordinator and another summer as Summer Office Coordinator. Tammy enjoys spending time outside with her family, at the beach, hiking, kayaking, or skiing and is trying to improve her outdoor gardening skills and would love to learn Pickleball someday!
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Janet Guen is a native of New England who has spent her career in nonprofit development. She began her career with United Way of Greater Cincinnati and more recently spent a decade with United Way of the Greater Seacoast. Since January of 2020 she has worked for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation as a Senior Philanthropy Advisor, based in Portsmouth. Volunteer service has been a lifelong thread including a 6-year term with Leadership Seacoast. While her children were in the Exeter School system she served as PTO Presi- dent and spent 6 years coordinating cultural enrichment programming for both elementary schools. Janet now lives in Dover with her husband Tim and dog Toby. She enjoys traveling, time in the outdoors, and anything that brings their 3 adult children back to NH.
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Bobby is a triple-boarded physician (Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Addiction Medicine) who has worked in primary care, physician leadership and public health in New Hampshire over the last decade. After completing medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia where he received the Academy of Family Physicians award, he trained at the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency at Concord Hospital. Dr. Kelly completed his Leadership Preventive Medicine fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and received his MPH degree at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is co-founder and Clinical Advisor/Director of Education of the non-profit organization Articine which integrates the arts and medicine to inspire healthcare workers to deliver more empathetic and effective patient care. Dr. Kelly is currently Medical Director of Quality Improvement & Innovation at Core Physicians in the NH Seacoast area where he received the 2019 Exemplary Community Service award from Exeter Hospital, and is passionate about creative collaboration opportunities. Both of his girls have been a part of the YMCA/Camp Lincoln family since 2017.
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I grew up in Andover, MA, graduated from Bates College in 1972, and spent my professional life as a fundraiser. In 1987 we moved to Exeter where I served as the Director of the Annual Fund at Phillips Exeter Academy for 29 years. I retired several years ago and shifted from raising money to raising apples! My wife, Laurie and I have run Apple Annie Orchard in Brentwood for the past 12 years. We are a Y family. Laurie and I are avid pickleball players. She also participates in a variety of classes. Daughter Megan has taught spin classes. Daughter Emma was on the Y staff. And I have served on the Y Board for five years.
Board of Directors
David MacKay lives in Exeter with his wife and 3 children. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and is currently a Senior Finance Manager at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. In addition to working out at the Y, he enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing and cycling and every- thing that New Hampshire has to offer.
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Danette’s Y roots are long and deep. She grew up in the YM-YWCAs in Euclid and Cleveland, Ohio, which were the centers of many activities in the 50s and 60s—from sleepovers and teen dances to civil rights activism. Her parents, both physical education majors and teachers, volunteered at the Y. Her mother taught swimming at the Euclid and Cleveland Ys and the Y in Hendersonville, N.C. (where her parents moved after their retirement). At Oberlin College, where Danette earned her B.A., she was co-president of the campus Y organization, which sponsored and oversaw all the college’s student community service clubs and activities. Years later, she and her husband moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where their son became an active Y member, including holding several (memorable!) birthday parties there. Danette and her husband moved to Exeter about 25 years ago when she became Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Timberland Company. Participating in Timberland’s community service work, Danette served several times on teams working at Camp Lincoln (as well as other locations on the Seacoast and elsewhere). She also volunteered as a member of the board of Odyssey NH (previously Odyssey House), for which the Exeter Y’s Odyssey Center is named. After Timberland’s sale, she became and has continued to be an Adjunct Professor at The University of New Hampshire School of Law. She had previously led legal departments at two other companies, including Little Caesars, and worked in a Detroit law firm. Before attending the University of Michigan Law School, Danette worked as a teacher (in public school and GED programs) and in editing and administrative positions. A member of the American Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Danette served on ACC’s headquarters board and on ACC’s Northeast Chapter board. She served as a member of New Hampshire's Judicial Selection Commission, and was member of the Board of Trustees of Oberlin College. She has also served in various positions at the Congregational Church in Exeter. Currently, in addition to the SDYMCA board, she serves on the board of Journey Song and on the Leadership Council for the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services. Danette and her husband (also an active Y member) live in Exeter. They enjoy time in the outdoors, especially the White Mountains, and treasure time with family, especially their two adult granddaughters.
Board of Directors Secretary
Carole Matthews is the senior director of digital production and a managing editor at The Bridgespan Group. Bridgespan is a global nonprofit that advises and collaborates with philanthropists, nonprofits and NGOs, and impact investors to build practices and strategies that help reduce the inequities preventing individuals, families, and communities to thrive. In her role, she manages the organization’s knowledge process including the production and design of Bridgespan publications and other content on www.bridgespan.org. In addition, she oversees Bridgespan’s monthly newsletters and is a strategic member of the organization's Institute team, which leads Bridgespan's deep research and publishing. She joined Bridgespan in 2008, after nearly nine years as a senior editor at Inc.com. While there, she managed the production of the Inc. 500/5,000 list as well as special editorial sections, including blogs and news. Prior to Inc.com, she worked for trade publications in the areas of digital publishing, business news, and entrepreneurship. She has freelanced for alternative weeklies, written cookbooks, and taught English composition and special education classes at a community college in southeastern Arizona. Carole has served two terms on the SDYMCA board: first joining in 2008 and then returning during the pandemic. Her desire to contribute to the SDYMCA was inspired by Camp Lincoln, and the support and care it showed for her children, one who has a special health need, while they were campers for five-plus years. Today, as a board member with grown children, Carole is still consistently inspired by the organization's work with members of the community, through the camp, its after-school program, and its health and wellness facility, and is proud to be part of such an important community organization. In addition to her SDYMCA board role, Carole is a volunteer with her local chapter of Moms Demand Action, the grassroots movement fighting to reduce gun violence and advocating for common sense gun laws in the United States. She lives in Exeter with her husband, Scott, and two college-age children, Jacob and Annelise.
Board of Directors Treasurer
Jennifer helps manage overall operations for BlueLine Advisors. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Analyst at Tudor Investments covering industrials and chemical companies. Previously, Jenn was the operations manager of a family business, and began her career as an environmental engineer at EarthTech Consulting specializing in environmental remediation. Jennifer is active in the community and volunteers as Treasurer of the Exeter Youth Soccer Association as well as serving on the Board of the Southern District YMCA. MBA Babson College BS University of Virginia