Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

Our Staff

Matthew henry,  CEO


phone:707-545-9622, ext 3221

Email: mhenry@scfymca.org

Matthew brings over 17 years of  non-profit management experience, serving most recently as CEO for the YMCA of Pomona Valley for the past 4 years. Prior to the Pomona Valley Y he was an Executive Director with the San Diego Y Association.

During his Y career he has learned the importance of strong leadership skills, successful team building, strong fiscal management & excellence in programming.  He has also lead a successful capital campaign and understands the value & benefits reaped of deepening relationships and connecting the Y in the community.

Michelle Head, Chief Operations Officer

Phone:707-545-9622, ext 3120

Email: mhead@scfymca.org


Michelle is the Director of Operations, overseeing operations for Membership, Aquatics, Health & Wellness, Facility & Community Programs.

She began her Y career in 1990 with the Southwest Illinois YMCA, working in Childcare/Camp Programs.  She started with the Sonoma County Family Y in 1992, and over the years has been fortunate to be able experience the Y serving in various capacities in Childcare, Camp, Community Programs and Operations.

Michelle was born & raised in Belleville, Il. She graduated from University of Kentucky (Go Big Blue!), with a BS in Psychology with an emphasis on Family Studies. She moved to Sonoma County in 1992, after marrying her high school sweetheart.  Michelle & her husband Mickey currently live in Windsor with their 2 sons.  Some of her favorite things to do are spending time with family & friends, “get aways” with her husband, watching her boys play sports, reading and keeping active.

Charlene Garrison, Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3213

Email: cgarrison@scfymca.org

Hailing from Santa Monica, CA, and recently transplanted to Santa Rosa, Charlene brings many years of experience in a variety of roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds.  Most recently, as Director of Finance for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Charlene’s experience has led to her commitment to non-profit and to having a deeper understanding of the value of “mission” and what it means to a diverse group of individuals across our community.

Charlene is a past member of the Y. Her two children have grown up with the Y attending both after-school programs and summer camp. Now on the other side of the fence, Charlene is thrilled to have re-joined the Y Family and hopes to provide many years of service to such a great organization and its members.

She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her first grandson, here in Santa Rosa and is looking forward to experiencing all the great things Sonoma County has to offer! 

Michelle Covington, CHIEF Advancement OFFICER

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3413
Email: mcovington@scfymca.org 

With 10 years of Development experience garnered working at her alma mater, Sonoma State University, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to advance the mission of our local YMCA for the benefit of the entire Sonoma County community.

A native of Michigan, Michelle moved to the SF Bay Area in 1983 and has made Santa Rosa her home for 26 years. Her husband grew up in the Y neighborhood, their daughter learned to swim here and they’ve been members off and on over the decades. Michelle walks to work and enjoys the Y’s yoga and Feldenkrais group exercise classes.

She loves to spend time with her family and friends whether that’s enjoying their front porch swing or travelling internationally together. In between being a softball coach, Girl Scout troop leader and homework advisor Michelle finds extreme joy in experiencing new places and views, dancing to pop, rock and disco music, and taking in all that Sonoma County has to offer. 

 

Keith Neal, Facilities Director

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3127

Email: kneal@scfymca.org

Keith is the Facilities Director overseeing the facilities and grounds of the YMCA, Annex, Billing and Program Office and all the childcare sites.  He began his Y career in Aug. 2013. He came to the Y with 25+ years of experience as a Building Engineer in San Francisco and San  Rafael.
 
Keith was born in Brooklyn, NY.  While growing up his family moved around with the military. His family  moved to Rohnert Park in 1976 where he graduated from Rancho Cotate and attended  SRJC and Petaluma Tech where he studied Electrical  Engineering. 
 
Keith enjoys spending time with his 5 daughters and grandson (with another on the way)  and his significant other, Crystal, who also works for the Y as a Site Director in Rohnert Park.  Keith enjoys camping, boating and  sports.

Suzanne Tesconi, Membership Director

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3135

Email: stesconi@scfymca.org

Suzanne was born and raised in Northern California and graduated from CSU, Chico with a B.S. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Early American Literature.  She spent 20 years working with the City of Vacaville’s Community Services Department and supervised programs from infant to seniors. 

Before relocating to Santa Rosa she worked as the Membership Director for the Williamsport YMCA in North Central Pennsylvania.

When she wants to balance a busy work week you can find her with her nose in a book, digging in the dirt, cooking, or walking her big yellow Lab along several “secret” trails.  She looks forward to exploring all that this region has to offer and invites members to stop by and share their favorite spots!

Becky Ennis-Green, Health & Wellness Director

707-545-9622, ext 3122

Email: bennis@scfymca.org

Becky was born and raised in Santa Rosa. Once she graduated, her plan was to travel the East and make it all the way around back to California. At first, she only got as far as Philadelphia. Becky received a Big Ten education (Wisconsin and Penn State – although she is a LOYAL Badger).

She was hired at the Sonoma County Family Y 22 years ago, and the Y went with her everywhere she went. Becky worked for 5 YMCAs before coming back to the Sonoma Y, and is now in the position as Interim Health and Wellness Director after holding the position of Group Exercise Coordinator for six years. Becky LOVE’s her current position and loves the challenges of meeting a diverse group’s needs.

She currently teaches Spin and RIPPED classes regularly but her favorite “me time” is running – a long time for long distances, and Bikram yoga.

Kelly Hodgins, Aquatics Director

707-545-9622, ext 3126
Email: khodgins@scfymca.org

Hi my name is Kelly Hodgins, the new Aquatics Director for the Sonoma County Family YMCA. I was born and raised in San Carlos, California and have had a love for water since I was a baby!

I started working for the Y’s when I was a senior in high school at Sequoia YMCA in Redwood City, California. While attending Sonoma State University, I began working as a Swim Instructor which help lead me to becoming a lifeguard as well. I enjoy being around the water and being able to make a difference with every lesson that I teach! I am looking forward to many more years to come working for the YMCA.

Nasrina Evenstar, Associate HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTOR, , Group Exercise

707-545-9622, ext 3128

Email: nevenstar@scfymca.org


Nasrina spent most of her life focused on cerebral pursuits, overweight, and disjointed from her body.  In her mid 20s she found yoga and became dedicated to a more fitness oriented lifestyle.  In 2006 she started to make a career shift away from academia and towards fitness.  She found the Y five years ago and has been happy to find a career in fitness that also fulfills her life long desire to work for a nonprofit organization. 

At Kansas State University Nasrina obtained degrees in philosophy, literature, women's studies and cultural theory. She is additionally certified in Personal Training, TRX Group Suspension Trainer, and in multiple styles of yoga.

Her belief is that fitness is a balance between flexibility, strength, cardiovascular conditioning and mindfulness practices.  Her fitness philosophy places a lot of focus on the mental work of being present and mind/body connectivity. 

Jeremy Hodgdon, Senior Program Director

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3322

Email: jhodgdon@scfymca.org

Jeremy is a Sonoma County native and came to the Sonoma County Family YMCA with his Grandma for swim lessons and overnights when he was 4 years old. He has been connected to the Y ever since. He began working for the Sonoma County Family in April 1992 as a Spring Camp Counselor, and has worked his way up through several positions over the years, now currently serving as Senior Program Manager.

Jeremy loves working at the Y because it gives him an opportunity to work with youth from preschool through High school, and if you’ve met Jeremy- you know he loves kids! He also loves sports!

Jeremy holds a degree in Business from Pacific Union College, and is happily married to wife Mandy whom he met at the Y, and who still works with us as well. The Y is truly a family affair, as his daughter Madison also attends Y Camp, sports, and takes swimming lessons at the Y.

Taylor falbisaner, Program Director - Child Care/Camp

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3320

Email: tfalbisaner@scfymca.org

For many, Taylor is a familiar face. He began working for the Y in 2011 as a youth sports referee and has since worked as a summer camp counselor, teacher, and most recently as the Site Director of the YMCA/ASES program at Thomas Page Academy, a position he held for 3 years.

Taylor grew up in Manhattan Beach and moved north to attend Sonoma State University. While at SSU Taylor was actively involved as a member of the Sociology Club, Alpha Kappa Delta, Project Censored, as well as playing baseball and volunteering with the Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Taylor's passion for improving the lives of those in the community, especially youth, aligns with the Y's dedication to Youth Development. In his spare time Taylor enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, playing basketball & baseball, disc sports & baking! 

Kyle Nuss, Youth Development Director

Phone: 707-545-9622, ext 3313

Email: knuss@scfymca.org

Kyle serves as the Youth Development Director overseeing a variety of teen and youth programs including, ASES, the Counselor in Training Program, Y on Wheels, Youth & Government, and the Youth Sports Leagues.  He began working for the Sonoma County Family YMCA in 2007 as an Aide at the Dunbar Elementary School Afterschool Program and since then has worked at a number of different Childcare Sites and at the Strawberry Sports Summer Camp.

Kyle loves the work that he gets to do at The Y because he enjoys providing a positive outlet for young people to actualize their potential!

Outside of his work at The Y, Kyle enjoys spending time with friends and family going camping, having BBQs, and going to the river and lake.  He is also an avid follower of our local professional sports teams the 49ers, Giants, and Warriors!

Claudia Becker, Systems Coordinator

707-545-9622, ext 3139

Email: cbecker@scfymca.org

Claudia started in 1991 as the secretary to the CEO and Admin Director. At this time she shared one desktop computer with the Admin Director.  Claudia now oversees an extensive network including 60 workstations as the Systems Coordinator.

Claudia has a passion for learning and is largely self-taught. She has learned website building and content management through her own resourcefulness and received training through a few classes at SRJC. Claudia loves the family atmosphere of the Y, and her work fulfills her desire to be helpful to fellow employees so they can provide top-notch customer service to our members and the community.

When not hustling about from computer to computer, Claudia “goes old school for fun” like cooking from scratch, hiking (compass, not GPS), and loves to crochet things to give to her friends and family.

Mona Mitchell, Member Center Coordinator

707-545-9622, ext 3134

Email: mmitchell@scfymca.org


Mona began working at the Y in April 1986 in Child Watch, and became the Child Watch coordinator at the facility in Cotati when it opened. This was a great learning experience for Mona that gave her the opportunity to grow in other areas of the facility.
 
Mona learned membership transactions, started doing tours, and engaging with members which made her a perfect fit for the Member Coordinator position. Mona loves working for the Y because she has learned so much with the support of co-workers and mentors.
 
The Y has given her a place to grow and raise her four daughters (and now 5 grandchildren) who all have all been involved with the Y at some point in time.


 

 

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