YMCA of the USA Board of Directors Elects New Chair 

The nonprofit’s national board also announces new officers and board members for the 2014-16 term

CHICAGO, (April 17, 2014) – YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is pleased to announce the election of Christine Marcks as chair of the nonprofit’s national board of directors. Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement, will provide leadership to the 27-member board, which sets strategic direction and policy to guide the Y’s work of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Marcks succeeds Sharon Allen, retired chairman of the board at Deloitte LLP and will serve a two-year term, ending in 2016.

In addition, the Y-USA board of directors elects:

  • Board Chair-Elect: Steven J. Malcolm, retired chairman, president and CEO, Williams (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Treasurer: Pamela Davies, Ph.D., president, Queens University of Charlotte (also elected to serve additional term until 2016)
  • Secretary: Judah Sommer, senior counsel, Crowell & Moring (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board Members: Alan Hostrup, president and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles; Shannon Seifert, president and CEO, Santa Maria Valley YMCA (Calif.); and Nancy L. Zimpher, Ph.D., Chancellor, The State University of New York
  • Current Board Members to Term Extensions (2014-2016): Michael Eicher, senior vice president for advancement, Ohio State University;  Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina; and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Esq., president and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (Washington, D.C.)

“The Y is a volunteer-led organization, and effective board leadership makes possible so much of what 2,700 YMCAs nationwide are able to accomplish in their communities every day,” says Neil Nicoll, president and CEO, Y-USA. “We are fortunate at Y-USA to have a board of directors whose diversity of experience and strength of leadership are commensurate with the Y’s standing as one of the nation’s top nonprofit organizations. Our new board officers and members are great examples of this.”

Read more below about Y-USA board chair Christine Marcks and new board members Alan Hostrup and Shannon Seifert.

New Board Chair: Christine Marcks Christine Marcks is president of Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc., where she leads the company in transforming the retirement landscape with timely, responsive solutions for public, private and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Prudential in 2007, Marcks was senior vice president and head of ING Financial Horizons, an advisory business focused on the pre-retiree market. She also served as an international economist with the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. Marcks serves on the board of trustees of the Greater Hartford YMCA, the board of directors of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and the board of the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.), where she also serves on the board of trustees. 

New Board Members: Alan Hostrup Alan Hostrup is president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Among his accomplishments, Hostrup launched the first Y Youth Institutes in Los Angeles, providing tutoring, project-based learning and creative content skill-building on high-end technologies for more than 700 at-risk youth. Hostrup previously served as the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach for 10 years, and prior to this service, worked for 25 years in leadership roles within the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He sits on four nonprofit boards and is chairman of the Headington Institute, which provides psychological and faith-based care for traumatized humanitarian relief workers and missionaries. He also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the California Club. Hostrup holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California (Santa Barbara).

Shannon Seifert Shannon Seifert is president and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley YMCA in California, where she previously served as associate director. Seifert started with the Y in 1992 as a volunteer and has supervised every department in her YMCA throughout her professional tenure. In November 2013, the Santa Maria Valley YMCA was one of four chosen by the State of California to be part of California’s Healthy Behavior Initiative, and it is becoming a statewide training site to help prevent childhood obesity and encourage healthy living. Seifert is president-elect of her Rotary group. She also serves on the board for the Women’s Fund and CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation), and is an appointed ambassador for the California Strawberry Commission. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and sociology from Brandman University (Calif.).

Nancy L. Zimpher, Ph.D. Nancy L. Zimpher, Ph.D., is chancellor of The State University of New York (SUNY), where she leads a diverse set of initiatives at SUNY in several areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline. Zimpher is active in numerous state and national education organizations, and is a leader in the areas of teacher preparation, urban education, and university-community engagement. Zimpher is chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences and the National Association of System Heads. She earned a Ph.D. in teacher education and higher education administration, a master’s degree in English literature, and a bachelor’s degree in English education and speech, all from The Ohio State University.


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., 2,700 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

Contact: Mamie Moore YMCA of the USA 312-419-8418 media@ymca.net

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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