YMCA Staff

John 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 Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland.  John’s final 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 the Y’s Director of Development. He has been the President/CEO since April 1998.

Charlene M. Foster – Vice President, Association Advancement

As VP of Association Advancement, Charlene is a driving force in expanding the scope and reach of the Y’s impact on Treasure Coast families.  She joined the Y in 1997 as a lifeguard and worked up the ranks to Director of Development. She added Director of HR to her portfolio in 2014, obtained her SHRM certification in 2016, and is now working on an MBA from Capella University. Charlene’s goal is to build capacity through our annual Capital Campaign fundraising efforts, thereby ensuring that  everyone on the Treasure Coast has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

Elisha Stoecklin – Branch Executive Director

Elisha Stoecklin is Executive Director of the Richard C. Geisinger Sr. Branch in Stuart. Elisha began her Y career as a lifeguard in May, 2000 and has been promoted many times over the years. She has been the swim instructor, swim team head coach, Aquatics Director, Sports Director, Facilities Operations Manager and Senior Program Director. Elisha graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Summa Cum Laude, in 2005,  with a BS in Business Sport Management.

Christine Coller – Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Coller earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida in 1989, and her Master’s degree in 1990. Chris began her career as a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse, an international public accounting firm in their West Palm Beach office. In 1996, she joined the public accounting firm of Proctor, Crook & Crowder in Stuart, Fla., as an audit manager. While there, Chris developed a specialty in accounting and auditing nonprofit organizations. She has been associated with the Y since 1998.

Robin Kae Sutherland – Easter House Project

Robin joined the YMCA of the Treasure Coast in March, 1999, as Development Administrative Assistant. With 14 years of fundraising experience, she has created a signature fundraising event with the annual YMCA Easter House Project. Prior to the YMCA, she was the District Manager for South Florida Blood Banks. She grew up as a Y kid in Burlington, Vt., where she learned to play tennis and to swim.

Jami Melnick – Branch Executive Director

Jami is the executive director for the Louis Dreyfus Citrus Branch in Indiantown, the Okeechobee branch and the Bayshore Program Center in Port St. Lucie. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education in 2001 and started working at the Y in 2011 as the Childcare Services Director. She has been promoted several times since then, holding positions such as the Association Childcare Director and the Associate Executive Director for the Stuart Branch and SportsWorld facility. Jami also has National CDA and Advanced Level Directors Credentials from the State of Florida.

Debi Pelletier – Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Debi Pelletier had more than 30 years’ experience as a multimedia journalist and publishing executive in Canada and the U.S. before turning to the nonprofit sector in 2009.  She’s earned national awards as a reporter and documentary producer, much of which was informed by her experiences as a Human Rights investigator and correspondent.  A life-long learner, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Professional Administration, Summa Cum Laude from Barry University.  She avidly follows tech developments, looking for ways that evolving technology can help the Y better meet its mission of strengthening the community .