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 – 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-CP certification in 2016. Charlene’s goal is to build capacity 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. 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.