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

Stefanie Noble

Vice President of Marketing and Communication

Penny Snell

Vice President of Program Development & Growth

Tony Williams

Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning

Darnell Hayes

Vice President of Operations

Cheryl Pusztai

Vice President of Operations

Branch Operations

Phil Memmer

Executive Director - Arts Branch

Amber Shannon

Executive Director - Manlius YMCA

Jack Korzyp

Associate Executive Director - Hal Welsh East Area Family YMCA

Walter Gaceta

Associate Executive Director - Downtown YMCA

David Sargalski

Associate Executive Director - Northwest Family YMCA

Kelly Notman

Associate Executive Director - Southwest YMCA

Jeff Eysaman

Associate Executive Director - Downtown YMCA

Josh Schupack

Associate Executive Director of Youth Development

Jesse Kanaple

Associate Executive Director - North Area Family YMCA

Association Support

Jessica DesRosiers

Association Director of Health Strategies

Meg Davis

Association Director of Compliance & Safety

Jennifer Brown

Association Director of Aquatics and Safety

Mike Heppner

Human Resources Director

Alicia Roberson

Director of Education and Grant Management

David Mariano

Senior Director of Access & Ability

Tiffany Way


Jess Posner

Director of Virtual Programs

Tess Kenney

Director of Development