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 JohnLass.Nov2014John M. Lass – President/CEO

John’s entire career has been in the nonprofit sector. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY in 1975. After completing his Master of Divinity degree at the Washington Theological Union in 1981, John was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood where he spent 11 years in a variety of pastoral assignments in Apopka, FL; Fall River, MA; Bronx, NY; Tampa, FL, and Silver Spring, MD. John's last pastoral assignment was as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the Washington Theological Union. John and his wife Kathy relocated to Martin County in 1992 when he became our Y's Director of Development. In April 1998, John was appointed President/CEO.


ChaCharlene Fosterrlene M. Foster -  Director of Fund Development |Human Resources

Charlene joined the Y in 1997 as a lifeguard. She earned her Degree from the College of the Desert in Liberal Arts in 1996. During her tenure at the Y, Charlene worked her way up the ranks from Lifeguard to Director of Development. She left the Y in 2004 and returned to the Y in 2010. With a passion to help others, Charlene was drawn back to the Y by her desire to further her career. She was promoted to her current position in 2014 and is driven to help the Y have a greater reach in the community and to serve more people all along the Treasure Coast.



Shawn Keil - District Executive Director

Shawn was recently promoted to District Executive Director – serving the Y Mission at the YMCA Louis Dreyfus Citrus Indiantown Branch, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Co. Shawn came to our Y in 04 as Branch Exec. of our Indiantown Branch. “Passion for the YMCA Mission and Community” best describes Shawn. He also served the YMCA of Greater Richmond, Oswego YMCA (NY), and the Fulton Family YMCA (NY). Shawn graduated from Slippery Rock University with Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sport Management while serving as captain of the school's Lacrosse team. He coached and played lacrosse professionally early in his career. Shawn and his family live in St. Lucie County.


ElishaElisha Stoecklin - Executive Director

Elisha Stoecklin is Executive Director of the Richard C. Geisinger Sr. Branch of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast and SportsWorld. Elisha has been here more than 13 years, starting as a lifeguard in May, 2000. She has been the Swim Instructor, Swim Team Head Coach, Aquatics Director, Sports Director, Facilities Operations Manager and most recently, Senior Program Director. Elisha graduated from PBA University Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Business Sport Management in 2005. She is married to Grant Stoecklin, and they are expecting their second child in April, 2015.


   Jenni Groth 

Jenni Groth – Finance Director

Jenni joined the Finance Department with the YMCA of the Treasure Coast in April 2007. Her professional career has been built up over many years in the accounting/financial field. She has earned titles such as Financial Analyst, Office Manager and Accounting Specialist. Jenni was drawn to the YMCA through her children, who participate in the excellent programs that are offered.



                Robin Sutherland

Robin Kae Sutherland-Easter House Project

Robin joined the YMCA of the Treasure Coast in March, 1999, as Development Administrative Assistant. Her move to the YMCA was prompted by a desire to have a fun, safe environment for her children to grow while she was working. She has eleven (14) years of fundraising experience and prior to coming to the YMCA; she worked as District Manager for South Florida Blood Banks. She grew up as a “Y” kid in Burlington, Vermont where she learned how to play tennis during the summers and how to swim in their indoor pool during the winters.  Robin is an independent contractor for the Y. 











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