Dawn Emerson

Human Resources Director


Dawn brings 25+ years of experience and understanding of HR from both profit and non-profit companies. Her most recent experience was with the American Red Cross covering the New England territory. Dawn’s passion for HR began while she was an employee for Shaw’s Supermarkets while she was still in high school and that passion for HR has remained strong. Dawn holds a Certified Professional Certificate with the Society of Human Resources (SHRM). In Dawn’s spare time, she can be found spending time with her husband, cooking, gardening and snowmobiling.



Tanisha Johnson

Associate Branch Director


Tanisha earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Leadership. Tanisha brings more than a decade of experience in coaching and program management; she discovered her passion for empowering others to utilize their talent and skills to meet organizational goals. Tanisha held volunteer positions with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and she began several community programs and partnerships at which girls learned to channel their inner confidence to be innovators and leaders. Tanisha’s focus is to continue the YMCA mission: to be a pillar of community service. She is a believer in the power of building relationships, and lives by the adage, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” In her spare time, she enjoys cooking new recipes, reading, and spending quality time with her family!

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.