Board of Directors
Directions & Parking
Welcome to the Y. We are an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
DIVERSITY AT YOUR YMCA
The YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. We welcome women and men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities and financial circumstances. YMCA programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the needs and composition of the community we serve.
For over 150 years, the Greater Waterbury YMCA has found energy and direction in the voices of our community that expect the YMCA to remain significant, relevant and viable. We are committed to fulfilling our mission through practices of diversity and inclusion, and will strive to ensure that the rich gifts of diversity are reflected, respected, and celebrated at all levels.
You are WELCOME at the Greater Waterbury YMCA.
Greater Waterbury YMCA
Board of Directors
John Zinno Jr.
The Greater Waterbury YMCA has a longstanding presence in the greater Waterbury community dating back to its founding in 1858. Throughout these years, and most especially today, the Greater Waterbury YMCA serves as a leading social service agency in the city. Together with other community agencies, we collaborate to provide a vast array of programs and services to reach the residents of our nine-town service area, especially targeting those individuals most in need. Together, we address immediate needs and help others achieve greater self-sufficiency.
The Greater Waterbury YMCA is pleased to work closely with the following agencies and municipalities:
- American Red Cross »
- Boys and Girls Club »
- Bridge to Success »
- Chamber of Commerce »
- Childrens Community School »
- City of Waterbury »
- Connecticut Community Foundation »
- Connecticut Junior Republic »
- Girls Incorporated »
- Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center »
- Mattatuck Museum »
- State of Connecticut - Department of Social Services »
- Town of Prospect »
- Town of Southbury »
- Town of Watertown »
- United Way of Greater Waterbury »
- Waterbury Youth Services System »
- Department of Education »
- State of CT Alliance of YMCAs »
- Post University »
- Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury »
- Western CT Area Agency on Aging »
- Morris Foundation »
- Saint Mary's Hospital »
- Staywell Health Center »
- Waterbury Hospital »
- State of CT Department of Children and Families »
The YMCA also implements the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets:
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Jim O'RourkeChief executive officer
Mike TedescoSenior Director of operations
Mike Tedesco has spent the last fifteen years working for the YMCA, mainly focused in the realm of Day Camp and working in an Outdoor Center. In 2000 he started as a camp counselor and in 2004 embarked on the path to becoming a professional staff person within Day Camp and the YMCA. Most recently he was the Outdoor Center Director for YMCA Camp Mataucha. Mike was also responsible for all of the off-season camp programming offered at Camp Mataucha, including vacation camps, teambuilding and property development.
Prior to working at the YMCA Mike grew up in the YMCA as a camper and a participant in after school programs. Mike graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. He enjoys sports, the Yankees and is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife Sara, their three boys, Jeffrey, Brody and Jase and long walks with his dog Napoleon.
Angie MatthisSenior director of Healthy Living
Angie Matthis has served the YMCA since 2005, where she began as a membership director at the Northwest Connecticut YMCA in Torrington, CT. In 2007 she assumed the role of Membership Operations Director at the Greater Waterbury YMCA and most recently served as the Community Impact Specialist. Angie’s experience in graphic design, marketing, writing, PR, project management and community relations helped develop the Y’s strong brand presence in the Greater Waterbury community over the past 8 years. She is the mother of two children and resides in Oakville with her husband, Fred.
Originally from the Midwest with work experience also in the Southern states, Angie brings years of service experience in diverse communities with her to the YMCA through creative marketing techniques, customer service , fundraising, fiscal management, staff relationships and operational leadership. Angie holds both a BFA and MFA and has translated her fine arts skill set to be applicable to the business and non-profit community through creative management and strategic thought processes that move the organization forward. A graduate of Leadership Greater Waterbury she is currently serving on the Collections Committee at the Mattatuck Museum and is the Secretary for the Association for YMCA Professionals Chapter 3. In her free time, she’s known to be a fierce cook, (almost) master gardener, fair-weather triathlete and loves spending time in the great outdoors.
Paula LabonteDevelopment Director
Contact Paula regarding the YMCA Community Support Campaign, fundraising events (Annual Breakfast, Golf Tournament, etc.) and private and government grant writing efforts. Paula works closely with the Board of Directors and associated committees and task forces. Paula also helps coordinate all capital projects at the YMCA and at Camp Mataucha.
Paula has been at the Waterbury YMCA since 1991. Paula's true passion lies at Camp Mataucha, where she has spent countless hours working on long–range plans and helping thousands of campership families send their children to camp.
Brandi fitzgeraldFinance Director
Brandi is responsible for the financial operations of the YMCA and works closely with the Finance Committee to ensure that the YMCA meets all 501(c)(3) non–profit requirements. She is also responsible for LAN Management and in-house Technical Support.
Brandi is a welcome addition to the YMCA family, she and her family are active in the Y's Triathlon Club, Running programs and special events.
Tami MacaryHuman Resources Director
Tami is responsible for the YMCA Human Resource department. Tami works closely with the Safety/Risk management committee to see that the YMCA remains a safe place for all who enter. Tami began her YMCA career at the Naugatuck YMCA in 1989 and has been with the Waterbury YMCA since 1996. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and finds small ugly dogs and adopts them.
Arun KumarFacilities Director
Arun has been the YMCA facility director since 1973 and directly oversees the YMCA maintenance staff and physical plant. Contact Arun regarding any physical plant concerns or questions.
Patti FlahertyAquatics Director
Contact Patti regarding swim classes, birthday parties, Barracuda Swim Team, Learn to Swim week, backyard swim lessons and senior swim program.
Patricia Flaherty has been the Aquatic Director since 1998. She is responsible for all youth, adult, senior, offsite, and competitive swimming programs. She is also responsible for all the staff first aid and safety trainings and is an American Red Cross volunteer instructor.
Amy Mielecurriculum specialist
Contact Amy regarding Child Development for 3-5 year olds.More
Kristen JonesChild Development Director
Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Kristen began working at the YMCA in 2004 at the before and after school programs. Since then she has become our School-Age Director and looks forward to collaborating with families to bring a new level of quality and enrichment to the before and after school programs.
Contact Kristen about the School Readiness Program and before and after school programs in Carrington, Chase and Gilmartin schools along with here at the YMCA. Before and After school programs are also located in Watertown as well.
Chelsea Ambrozaitisdirector of member engagement & Communication
Contact Chelsea regarding all things membership. Chelsea manages our welcome center staff, overall desk operations and facilitates member engagement at our YMCA through direct member contact and orientations/tours. Chelsea graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, with a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies. She likes to run, has a background in camp management and overall awesomeness...and recently adopted and is rehabilitating a slightly overweight marshmallow of a yellow lab.
Chris Hibbs, CSCSHealth & Wellness Director
Contact Chris regarding the Y Wellness Center, The Youth and Teen Wellness Center, our Ready Set Go Weight Loss Program, personal training, the Greater Waterbury YMCA Triathlon Club, group fitness classes, SPINNING® classes, SilverSneakers® and massage therapy.
Chris has been the Health & Wellness Director since December 2003. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chris has been a personal trainer for over 7 years working with a wide range of clients. He is also a lifelong athlete, cyclist and currently an avid triathlete.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Tricia BrownGroup Fitness Coordinator
Tricia Brown has been a group fitness instructor since 1997. While pursuing her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at SCSU in 2001, Tricia completed an intensive independent study on the YMCA’s current needs in the Group Fitness Department. As a result of this study, she was hired as Group Fitness Coordinator to implement all recommendations from this report. Her favorite classes to teach are kickboxing, step, and interval style classes. She is certified in Personal Training, Step, Kickboxing and Spinning with experience and education credits in: yoga, pilates, bosu, senior exercise, resist-a-ball, and more. Besides working at the YMCA, she works full-time teaching high school math and raising 2 awesome children!
Alicia LombardGroup Fitness Coordinator
Alicia has been has been a dedicated employee of the YMCA since 1997. She has an extensive background in fitness including AFAA Primary Certification, AAA/ISMA Personal Training Certification, Reebok Cycling, Yoga, Resist-a-Ball, Prenatal, Senior, Power-Flex training and many others. In addition to her passion for fitness, Alicia is also pursuing her Masters Degree in Elementary Education.
Rachel WalkerOffice/Finance Manager
(203) 754-YMCA x129
Rachel has been with the Y since 2007 and handles administrator office operations, reporting and pretty much anything else that is thrown in her direction with a smile. Rachel fine tunes our YMCA wheel on a daily basis and provides the Y with endless important data that allows us to provide services to as many people as possible.
Cori BehmOutdoor Center Program Director
Health & Wellness Program specialist
203-754-9622 ext. 155
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Directions & Parking
We have plenty, and it's FREE. Parking for the YMCA is located off of Park Place between The Y and the Mattatuck Museum, just beyond the playground on the right hand side. Parking is free and the lot is attended by YMCA staff during Y business hours. There is our new Upper Lot, which is entered through the existing large lot. The small lot marked "Childcare pickup and drop off only" is reserved for YMCA buses and vans and for parents of children in our School Readiness program.
Directions to: The Waterbury YMCA
I-84: (FROM DANBURY)
Take I-84 East to Exit 22 (Baldwin Street / Downtown Waterbury). Take a left at the end of the exit onto South Main Street. Keep straight through 3 lights. At the 4th light take a left. The YMCA is on the right hand side past the church.
I-84: (FROM HARTFORD)
Take I-84 West to Exit 22 (Union Street / Downtown Waterbury). Take a left at the end of the exit. At the 4th traffic light take a right onto South Main Street. Keep straight. At the 3rd light take a left. The YMCA is on the right hand side past the church.
RT. 8: (FROM TORRINGTON)
Take Route 8 South to I-84 East and follow the directions above.
RT. 8: (FROM NEW HAVEN)
Take Route 8 North to I-84 East and follow directions above. Parking in rear of The YMCA on Park Place, second driveway on right.
Directions to: Camp Mataucha
270 Smith Pond Road, Watertown
ROUTE 8 NORTHBOUND
Take exit 37 and turn left off the exit ramp to second traffic light turning right onto Buckingham Street. Continue straight through a caution light, traffic light and stop sign intersection onto Smith Pond Road to Camp, 270 Smith Pond Road. Entrance on right.
MAIN STREET/ROUTE 63 NORTHBOUND
Turn right onto Route 6 toward Thomaston. At traffic light by Westbury Room/Westbury Corner Store/Video Store, turn left onto Fern Hill Road. Continue straight through stop sign intersection onto Smith Pond Road to Camp. 270 Smith Pond Road. Entrance on right.
FROM WOODBURY ON ROUTE 6
Continue to traffic light by Westbury Room/ Westbury Corner Store/Video Store, turn left onto Fern Hill Road. Continue straight through stop sign intersection onto Smith Pond Road to Camp entrance on right.
Directions to: Camp Oakasha
1641 South Britain Road, Southbury
I-84: (FROM DANBURY)
Take I-84 West to Exit 14 (South Britain). Take a left at the end of the exit onto Rte. 172. STS is 2.6 miles on left. Turn left at Thrift Shop into campus onto South Britain Road and bear left on Constitution Avenue winding up hill to camp, 1641 South Britain Road, Southbury. Click here for MAP
I-84: (FROM HARTFORD)
Take I-84 East to Exit 14 (South Britain). Take a right at the end of the exit onto Rte. 172. STS is 2.6 miles on left. Turn left at Thrift Shop into campus onto South Britain Road and bear left on Constitution Avenue winding up hill to camp, 1641 South Britain Road, Southbury. Click here for MAP