YMCA of the USA Announces Six New Members to its Board of Directors

CHICAGO (March 9, 2011) – Continuing its commitment to strengthening community across the country, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office of the nation’s 2,687 Ys, is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its board of directors. The policy and strategic direction that is set by Y-USA’s board of directors serves as a guide for the organization’s work in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“Ys across the country work every day to ensure that children and adults have the opportunity to learn and grow,” said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of Y-USA. “Each new board member brings an impressive breadth of experience that, coupled with a passion for service, will be paramount in helping Ys move our communities forward.” 

Joining the board are the following individuals:

  • Pamela Davies, Ph.D., president of Queens University of Charlotte;
  • Michael C. Eicher, senior vice president for External Affairs and Development at Johns Hopkins University;
  • Eric K. Mann, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh;
  • Tara Pomposini, general director of the Santa Monica Family YMCA;
  • Johnny C. Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; and
  • Sandra Berlin Walker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

In addition, two current board members have been elected to new three-year terms: Sharon L. Allen, chairman of the board for Deloitte & Touche, and Timothy M. Kelly, president and publisher of Lexington Herald-Leader.

New National Board Members:

Pamela Davies, Ph. D. (Charlotte, N.C)
Pamela Davies, Ph.D., is president of Queens University of Charlotte. She serves on the board of several nonprofits including the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. She also serves on the corporate boards of Family Dollar and Sonoco Products Company. Davies holds a doctorate degree in strategic planning and international business from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Missouri State University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

Michael C. Eicher (Baltimore, M.D.)
Michael C. Eicher is senior vice president for external affairs and development at Johns Hopkins University, responsible for attracting private financial support for Johns Hopkins and strengthening the school’s relationships with alumni and other supporters. He also heads the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Previously, Eicher was Vice Chancellor at the University of California in Los Angeles, leading development initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in San Diego.

Eric K. Mann (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Eric Kevin Mann is president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. He serves on the YMCA Retirement Fund Board and the Y-USA International Committee. He is also active in many civic and community interests, including Omega Psi Phi, board of trustees of Point Park University, board of visitors of the Graduate School of Public Health, board of trustees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, board of directors of Visit Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Mars Hill College in North Carolina.

Tara Pomposini (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Tara Pomposini is president and CEO of the Santa Monica Family YMCA. Pomposini is a longtime member of Kiwanis International and served as its president from 2002 to 2003. She also serves on the executive committee for the Southern California YMCA State Alliance and is a member of the Alliance Health Benefits Task Force. Pomposini holds a master’s degree in leadership and nonprofit management from Springfield College, School of Human Services, in Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in community development from Penn State University, College of Human Development, in Pennsylvania.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Esq. (Washington, D.C.)
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Esq., is president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He was recently named one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 100,” which acknowledges the nation’s most influential African Americans. Taylor serves on the corporate board of Gallup Inc. and is on the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management). Licensed to practice law Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., Taylor holds a doctor of jurisprudence with honors from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, a master’s degree in mass communication with honors from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree in communication with general honors from the University of Miami.

Sandra Berlin Walker (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Sandra Berlin Walker is president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Over a 30-year span, she has served at four of the Y’s largest urban associations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston, in addition to Cincinnati. For the past five years, she has served on Y-USA’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and recently completed two years as its Chair. Currently, she is a trustee with the YMCA Retirement Fund and a member of Cincinnatus, Leadership Council of Human Service Executives and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber. She also serves on the Executive Committee of STRIVE – a community-wide partnership to support student success. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania with graduate studies in counseling at the University of Maryland.

Re-elected National Board Members:

Sharon L. Allen (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sharon L. Allen is Board Chair of Deloitte & Touche, where she is responsible for the governance of an organization and oversees the firm’s relationships with a number of major multinational clients. Allen serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Autry National Center and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She also serves on the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the President’s Export Council. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Timothy M. Kelly (Lexington, Ky)
Timothy M. Kelly is president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader. A distinguished journalist, Kelly previously served as executive editor and writer for the paper and held several posts with newspapers including the Ashland (Ky.) Daily Independent, the Miami Herald and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He has been a member of Y-USA’s National Board since 2004, serving as secretary from 2005 to 2007. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.


About YMCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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