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. 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 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 Summa Cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University 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 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.

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. Jami also has National CDA and Advanced Level Directors Credentials from the State of Florida.

Debi Pelletier – Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Debi Pelletier turned to the nonprofit sector after more than 30 years as an award-winning journalist, human rights investigator and publishing executive in all media platforms. From a military family, she grew up in Europe and Canada before moving to the U.S., where she graduated Summa Cum Lauda from Barry University with a degree in Professional Administration. She avidly follows evolving technology for ways to help the Y better meet its mission of strengthening the community.