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The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford is a partnership of staff and volunteers.

As a leading charity, the YMCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of individuals from across our communities. This group of community volunteers provides vision, strategic leadership and stewardship for the Association.

Officers of the Board of Directors: 2022 - 2023

Alyssa Lai, Chair
Associate Director, Communication & Marketing,
St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation

Paul Gibel, Vice Chair
Retired, Partner
Grant Thornton

Karmel Sakran, Past Chair
Managing Lawyer, 
Green Germann Sakran (GGS Law)

Directors of the Board: 2022 - 2023

Craig Fraser
Lawyer, and former Crown Council
Ministry of Attorney General

Dr. Danielle Law
Program Coordinator, Youth & Children's Studies and Associate Professor, Psychology
Wilfred Laurier University

Grace Mater
Retired, General Manager
City of Hamilton

Michelle Nelles
Director, Digital Advisor Experience
Sun Life

Yohana Otite
Officer, Human Rights and Equity
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Scott Rasmussen
Vice President, Leasing and Business Development
McMaster Innovation Park

Dr. Nicole Wagner
Faculty Member, DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University

Alyssa Lai

Portrait image of Chair of the Board Alyssa Lai


Alyssa Lai, Chair
Associate Director, Communication & Marketing
St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation

YMCA Senior Leadership

St. John O'Neill

St.John O'Neil, Senior Regional Manager, IT, Management Informations Systems

Senior Regional Manager, Information Technology, Business Administration & Management Information Systems