YMCA of the USA Board of Directors Elects New Members

CHICAGO (April 2, 2019) – YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for 2,700 Ys across the country, is pleased to announce the election of four new members to the nonprofit’s board of directors. The Y-USA board is composed of 27 members who set strategic direction and policy to guide the national office’s work to increase the capacity of Ys to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Y-USA welcomes the following new board members:

  • Carla Chavarria, Sr. Vice President & CHRO, AMC Theatres
  • Diane Dewbrey, Director of MBIA, Inc. and Treasurer, YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Michael DiMedio, J.D., CPC, CEO & Co-Founder, Lotus Growth Partners and Vice Chairman, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Matthew Furman, J.D., Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Best Buy
  • Walter Glover, EVP/COO, U.S. Olympic Endowment and Immediate Past Chair, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
  • Valarie Gomez, CEO, YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley
  • George Leis, President, Montecito Bank & Trust and Board Member, Channel Islands YMCA
  • Julie Watkins, President/CEO, YMCA of the Rockies

“Strong volunteer leadership is essential to the Y’s success in developing effective responses to pressing social issues,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, Y-USA. “I look forward to working with these eight individuals, all of whom bring unique and impressive skills and experiences to our board. What they have in common is a deep commitment to empowering young people and strengthening community.”

Read more about the new board members below.

New Y-USA Board Members:

Carla Chavarria Carla Chavarria is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of benefits, community relations, compensation, human resource systems and payroll to secure and retain the best and brightest talent at AMC. She joined AMC in 1988 as a theater manager followed by the HR coordinator based in California. In 1999, she joined AMC’s employment practices division holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility until assuming her current position in 2013.

She serves on the boards of the Kansas City Zoo, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is board chair for win/win, a Central Exchange campaign to increase gender diversity on corporate boards and in C-suites across Kansas City. She previously served on the boards of Quality Hill Playhouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Chavarria holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management from Penn State University.  

Diane Dewbrey Diane Dewbrey serves as a Director of MBIA, Inc. and is a member of their Finance, Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees. MBIA, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in business within three segments: U.S. public finance insurance, corporate, and international and structured finance insurance. She also served as the CEO of the Foundation Bank in Bellevue, WA from 2006-2015. Previously, Dewbrey held various positions with Fifth Third Bancorp from 1987-2005.

Dewbrey has been committed to several nonprofits, including the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, where she served as treasurer of its Board of Directors. She has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Seattle since 2007. She has also served as chair of its Investment Committee since 2008 and is the current board Treasurer. Dewbrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.  

Michael DiMedio, J.D. Michael DiMedio is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Lotus Growth Partners, LLC. Lotus focuses on performance coaching, self-mastery and leadership development for business owners, executives, sales professionals and relationship managers. With extensive experience building, transforming and expanding businesses in the financial services sector, DiMedio focuses his practice on coaching individuals and teams to peak levels of experience.  Prior to launching Lotus, DiMedio was President of BNY Mellon Wealth Management for the Chicago and Midwest region.

DeMedio is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Managers for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. In this role, he has focused on building long-term sustainability for the Y, such as leading a successful $12M campaign to develop new headquarters for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. DiMedio earned his J.D. from George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from James Madison University.

Matt Furman As Chief Communications and Public Affairs for Best Buy, Matt Furman oversees employee, executive and corporate communications, state and federal government affairs, environmental sustainability and compliance, social impact and the Best Buy Foundation. Prior to joining Best Buy in 2012, Furman was the vice president of corporate affairs at Mars Chocolate and held leading communications roles at Google and CNN. He also held senior communications roles in the administrations of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former President Bill Clinton.

Furman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and teaches a graduate class in strategic communications at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism. He has his J.D. from the American University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Walter Glover Walter Glover oversees the daily administrative and financial operations of a quarter billion-dollar, multi-member investment endowment. From 2000-2015, Glover served multiple roles with the U.S. Olympic Committee, including CFO/Treasurer, overseeing the organizations financial operations. Previously, Glover served a 20-year career with Philip Morris USA, where he held various financial management positions including Southwest Region Director of Finance. Glover also served in the United States Airforce as a 1st Lieutenant.  

Glover is the Immediate Past Chair of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, serves on the boards of the Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Glover holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from A & T State University in Greensboro, NC and earned his MBA at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Valarie Gomez Valarie Gomez has served the Y for more than 11 years. Prior to her Y work, Valarie served as the Executive Director of Children’s Ministries at San Gabriel Union Church and Christian School, founded its Afterschool Day Care program; served as the Executive Director of the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce; and led the Gabrielino High School Career Partners Program. Gomez is past president and member of the board of directors of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, has volunteered for various Kiwanis and Asian Youth Center events, and was a member of the San Gabriele Coordinating Council and the Parks & Recreation Commission. In 2008, Representative Adam Schiff honored Gomez with the Woman of the Year award in the 29th Congressional District for her commitment and service to San Gabriel. Gomez received her undergraduate degree from Marymount California University.

George Leis George Leis is the President & Chief Operating Officer for the Montecito Bank & Trust and has been with the bank since 2016. Montecito Bank & Trust is a $1.3 billion in assets community bank with over 240 employees serving the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez communities. Leis has held various positions at both multi-national and regional financial institutions. Previously, he was a Managing Director for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. He was a managing director U.S. products head and national practice leader for investments at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management. He also served as SVP and Director of the private client services center at Wells Fargo, and as SVP and Manager for Bank of America Private Bank. Leis is a board member of the United Way of Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands YMCA and serves as chair of the CSU Channel Islands Foundation board of directors, committee chair for the Cal State Northridge Foundation board of directors, and sits on the board of the SB Zoo, SB Chamber of Commerce and the National Search Dog Foundation. Leis is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

Julie Watkins Julie Watkins is the current President/CEO of the YMCA of Rockies. Watkins has had a 28-year career with the YMCA movement, serving as the Vice President of Association Advancement with the YMCA of the Rockies prior to becoming President/CEO. Watkins manages a YMCA that serves over 220,000 individuals annually through over 2,000 staff and volunteers. She began her career at the YMCA of the Rockies in 1983 when she worked as a summer season staff member in the food service department at Estes Park Center.

Outside of her work at the Y, Julie has served as a board member of the Grand Foundation, as a Chairman of Eternal Hills’ personnel committee, as a member of the Grand County Tourism Board, and on the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Sales & Marketing Council. Watkins holds a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University. 

About YMCA of the USA

The Y is 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 22 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



Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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