JAMES MORTON NAMED 13TH CEO OF GREATER BOSTON Y
The YMCA of Greater Boston’s General Board of Directors
has appointed James Morton as the 13th
President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. James will begin his
role on April 6.
joins the Greater Boston Y after serving at YMCAs in
Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. Prior to joining the Greater
Boston Y, James served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford
where the Y experienced double digit growth in contributions; developed
innovative programming; improved the membership engagement experience; and built many collaborative relationships. He led a successful $15 million
capital campaign and launched a new strategic plan to guide the work of the organization.
He also has a deep personal and professional connection to workforce development and education having served as a leader of two workforce
development agencies and as an educator in the Springfield, MA public school
James earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University
of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School
of Law. He is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar Association,
serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Elementary and Secondary
Education, and is a trustee of Springfield College.
a compelling personal history that exemplifies the positive impact that the Y
makes. With an African-American father and mother of Irish descent, James
laughingly often introduces himself as “Black Irish”, and his background and
personality provide him with a unique ability to forge meaningful connections with
everyone that he meets.
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AT TWO BOSTON Ys
YMCA of Greater Boston is pleased to announce two recent changes to its leadership staff. Allston resident Aaron Donahue is now executive director of the Huntington Ave YMCA, and Somerville resident Tom Myers has been named executive director of the Oak Square YMCA in Brighton.
Aaron began his YMCA career in multiple part-time positions in 1996,
and after 16 years of Y leadership, accepts his third executive director
position, now leading the Huntington Avenue branch in Boston. For the last two
and a half years, Aaron served as the executive director of the Oak Square Y,
revitalizing the branch’s board of advisors, growing membership by almost one
hundred percent, and increasing charitable giving to the Y’s annual fund from
$130,000 to $265,000. He also assisted in the recognition of the branch as the
2013 Brighton Business of the Year.
Tom started his Y career in 2003 at a summer camp in the YMCA of
Central Massachusetts. In 2006,
Myers assumed the role of Assistant Youth & Teen Director of the Boroughs
YMCA in Westborough, MA.
In 2008, Tom taught health education at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston’s
Chinatown neighborhood, before joining the Oak Square YMCA staff team in 2010
as the branch’s Youth & Family Director. Most recently in his role as Oak Square’s Director
of Operations, Tom championed member engagement initiatives by utilizing
social media and implementing staff “office hours” to help program directors form
stronger relationships with YMCA members. He also repositioned the Y’s fall OAKtoberfest 5K race with new
marketing strategies that doubled the size of the field and increased the
dollars raised from $3K to $13K in one year.
FIT TO WIN PROGRAM LAUNCHES AT THE MENINO Y
The YMCA of Greater Boston is teaming up with the Boston
Celtics and Sun Life Financial to launch Fit to Win, a program aimed at
improving the health and well-being of young people throughout the city of
Boston, as well as promoting diabetes education. Throughout the program,
children in grades 3-6 are participating in daily workouts, and being encouraged
to maintain a nutritious diet and make healthy lifestyle choices.
In conjunction with NBA Fit Week, the program debuted on
January 22 at the Menino YMCA in Hyde Park and will continue at the Roxbury
and East Boston YMCAs in the spring. The program features a series of events at
each YMCA over the course of four weeks. Each four-week session culminates with a Championship Event celebration to recognize the hard work and dedication put
into completing the program.
HEART HEALTH VALENTINE'S WEEKEND AT THE Y
In celebration of American Heart Month and Valentine's Day, the YMCA of Greater Boston held several events for our members and communities, including:
Day Treadmill 5K
Valentine’s Day Dance
Sweaty Valentine Boot Camp
West Roxbury YMCA
Screening through the Joslin Diabetes Center
- Heart Wellness Day: Walgreens gave out heart healthy information, Doctors Express provided info
on Camp Physicals, American Heart Association gave out heart awareness bands, and the Y healthy living
team conducted BMI screenings
Oak Square YMCA
- Wear red for Heart Health Month and Valentine's Day and be entered into a weekend raffle
- Anyone participating
in group exercise classes and wearing pink
or red for Heart Health Month
will be entered to win either a 1-hour
personal training session or 2-month membership
WEST ROXBURY Y WELCOMES IMMIGRANT FAMILY
For a parent, there
is nothing more stressful and difficult than dealing with a child who has
medical needs. Imagine your home is 6,000 miles away, English is not your first
language, you have no friends and family nearby—and you have a four-year old in
That was the
situation young parents from Kuwait faced as they searched the Boston area for
a temporary placement for Marty, an energetic pre-school child who was
spending too much time in hospital waiting rooms and cafeterias. His parents
worried about his isolation from peers, but the uncertainty of their Boston
stay made it difficult for them to find a pre-school willing to take the
“Thankfully, we were
referred to the Y,” said Marty’s mother, "and he was enrolled immediately
without regard to how long he would be participating.”
According to West Roxbury Y
preschool teacher Katherine Young, his parents wanted Marty to socialize with
children his own age and learn English. “It was a challenge we embraced," said
Katherine. “He was shy at first, but with the extra attention of staff he began
learning the alphabet and numbers, singing and playing with his peers. And with immersion in the classroom, he is
picking up English at a rapid rate.”
“I want to thank all of Marty's teachers for all their help and
understanding. Marty has learned so much. He needed to be in school and I am
glad we found the YMCA,” added mom.
“We’ve been able to focus on the health of our baby while Marty thrives
in a nurturing environment.”
Marty is one of 3,000 children growing, learning and thriving in a YMCA of Greater Boston program.
CHARLESTOWN TEEN PERFORMS FOR STATE LEGISLATORS
|Charlestown teen Patrick Sicotte, with Representative Dan Ryan, Charlestown Y Executive Director Steve Telesmanick, and Teen Director Michael Letchfield
Last month, several YMCA staff and volunteers joined the Alliance of MA YMCAs at the Statehouse for Advocacy Day.
The day was especially exciting for the Charlestown Y due in no small part to the talents of teen Patrick Sicotte, a Charlestown Leaders Club member who entertained almost 200 Y staff and state legislators in his 35 minute musical set in the Hall of Flags. Patrick also spoke on the positive impact of the Y on his life and outlook.
Patrick also performed for the offices of Senator Sal DiDomenico and to Representative Dan Ryan, which opened the door for the Charlestown Y team to share the positive impact the Y is having on the local community.