Charlene M. Lyons, SHRM-CP – President/CEO
Charlene Lyons was appointed the new President/CEO and took her seat in January 2021 while making history as the first woman and person of color to hold this position at this YMCA. She is also currently the only Indigenous YMCA President/CEO in the US. Before becoming CEO, Charlene served over 18 years not only in the Y movement but specifically at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast where she started as a part-time lifeguard. After watching the safety of the water, Charlene served as Executive Director, Director of Development, Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Association Advancement, Chief Operating Officer and in 2020 services as the Interim CEO throughout the toughest time to lead a Y during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Under her leadership the Y was able to pivot to serving the community with essential child care to include virtual school support and secure payroll protection funding to maintain safe operations.
Being a servant leader comes naturally to Charlene through her volunteer efforts in the community. Charlene served as the Treasurer and Vice President of the Junior League of Martin County and on the Board of Treasure Coast AFP, Board member for Center for Constitutional Values and Martin Leadership Alumni Committee Member. Not only does she find time locally to volunteer but serves on the Advisory Council to the Sioux YMCA in South Dakota.
In her spare time she is raising two teenage daughters and is an avid runner.
Charlene’s goal is to position the Y as a vital community resource and to build capacity in operations throughout the Treasure Coast through fundraising efforts, thereby ensuring that everyone on the Treasure Coast has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Elisha Stoecklin – Branch Executive Director
Elisha Stoecklin is the Branch 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.