Chief Executive Officer
As CEO for the YMCA of the Foothills, Vince is tasked to lead and direct the strategic vision for the YMCA focusing on supporting and leading the board of directors, directing and developing our executive level staff to advocate the YMCA mission and vision through the strategic planning process and fundraising for a multi-branch association. Vince serves as ambassador for the mission, goals and values of the YMCA including leading efforts to increase membership and delivering high quality programs to the community.
Prior to starting his role as CEO for YMCA of the Foothills, Vince served most recently as the Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of the Foothills (2018-2020), Executive Director at the Gardena-Carson Family YMCA (YMCA of the Metropolitan Los Angeles) from 2016-2018, as the Associate Executive Director at the Santa Barbara Family YMCA (Channel Islands YMCA) from 2011-2016 and as the Association Director of Youth, Teen and Family Programs for the YMCA of the Foothills from 2003-2011. Vince stared his YMCA career in 1996 working in childcare and summer camp at the Crescenta-Canada Family YMCA.
Vince loves to spend quality time with his wife Kelly, their two kids Grey Lynn and Noah Emmanuel, family and close friends. They enjoy camping trips all over California and beach days at Topanga State Beach. Vince enjoys to garden, going on backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his buddies, road biking and of course baseball.
I started working at the YMCA Child Watch when my children were young, which quickly became a second home. They grew up doing swimming, gymnastics, and camp. (I recall a particular year where I had one child as a counselor, one child as a counselor in training, and two children as campers, which meant I had an entire blissful week to herself. Thank you, YMCA!) The Y community has become family. I love watching the little ones come into the facility, helping parents sign up their children for programs and camp, and greeting our members every morning. The YMCA isn’t just a job, it’s a blessing.
I started in 2008 at the YMCA of the Foothills as my first job. I am currently in school, working towards my certificate in child development and administration. I started as a child watch aid, and now I am a leader of youth programs and oversee VHY sports, PLAY, Camp, and child watch. The best part of my Y experience is watching all three of my kids participate in everything the YMCA offers, and I love how the YMCA is family orientated and not just a gym.
The YMCA of the Foothills has been my home away from home since I was young child, in fact my Y card says member since 1991 (I wasn't born till 1994). My mother worked at the Y in many roles. She took me and my 9 younger siblings to the Y while she taught her classes. At 19 years old, I started my career at the Y as a Lifeguard. This community has endless potential, the people here care about the wellbeing, safety, and experience of others.