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 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. Lyons, SHRM-CP – Senior Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer

As SVP/COO, 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 her way up the ranks to SVP/COO.  Charlene has a BS in Human Resources. Charlene’s goal is to build capacity in operations through our annual campaign and Easter House 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. After attending the University of Florida as an Architecture major, Elisha transferred to Palm Beach Atlantic University to pursue an education in Sports Management to better support her desire to work with community organizations like the YMCA.  Elisha graduated Summa Cum Laude from PBA University in 2005, with a BS in Business Sport Management.  She played on the Women’s Basketball team during her time at PBA and then served as a Sports Management Intern and NCAA compliance liaison for the team during her senior year.  Elisha actually began her Y career prior to college as a lifeguard in 2000 and became the Aquatics Director after graduating in 2005.  She has been promoted through several positions at our Y through the years and has most recently been serving as the Branch Executive Director since 2013.  Elisha’s passion is working with people who have the heart to serve our community and support the Y’s mission of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.