Bertram L. Lawson II. - President and CEO

Bertram L. Lawson II is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Central New York, with headquarters located in Syracuse, NY.

Lawson previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mastery Charter Schools Network (Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ), a $250M non-profit organization, overseeing all aspects of non-instructional school operations, school budgets, sports/extra-curricular programming and student enrollment for 24 campuses. Lawson also served the Y for over 21 years, including in Philadelphia, with significant operational, membership, grant delivery, partnership, fundraising and program experience. Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University and is currently working towards a MBA from Wilmington University. Lawson is the Immediate Past National Chair for the Y-USA’s African American Employee Resource Network (AARN). He is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he was initiated via Beta Chapter in 1996. He is also a husband and father of four children.

“As I embark on this new journey leading the YMCA of Central New York, I look forward to us being true change agents and a community convener that focuses on positively impacting the Central New York region,” said Lawson. “This opportunity brings me great joy because it will allow me to work in a capacity that can bring forth programs and services that help people to grow and thrive.”

Donna Chillemi

Executive Assistant
Office of the President & CEO


Senior Leadership Team


Josh Royce

Chief Operating Officer

Anne Hawkes

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Erin Grayson

Chief Talent Officer

Mariella Canady-Towns

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Heather W. Wilson

Senior Vice President, Membership and Health Innovation

Penny Snell

Senior Vice President, Program Development & Growth

Stefanie Noble

Vice President of Marketing and Communication

Darnell Hayes

Vice President of Operations

Cheryl Pusztai

Vice President of Operations

Tony Williams

Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning

Andy Petrus

Associate Vice President of IT

Branch Operations


Phil Memmer

Executive Director - Arts Branch

Amber Shannon

Executive Director - Manlius YMCA

Jack Korzyp

Executive Director - East Area Family YMCA

David Sargalski

Executive Director - Northwest Family YMCA

Jeff Eysaman

Executive Director - North Area Family YMCA

Josh Schupack

Executive Director - Southwest YMCA

Kelly Notman

Associate Executive Director - Northwest Family YMCA

Jesse Kanaple

Associate Executive Director of Youth Development, East Area Family YMCA/Camp Evergreen

Association Support


Mike Heppner

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Megan Davis

Associate Vice President of Risk Management & Quality Assurance

Mary Curcio

Associate Vice President of Development

Walter Gaceta

Association Director of Member Experience

Jennifer Brown

Association Director of Aquatics & Safety

Tiffany Way

Controller

David Mariano

Senior Director of Access & Ability

Alicia Roberson

Director of Education

Kristy Lawson

Human Resources Information Systems Director

Jenelle Balstra

Training Director

Chelsea Kordiak

Learning & Development Director

Jess Posner

Director of Virtual Programs

Mary Boynton

Creative Director