By Alisha McDarris
TREASURE COAST -- The YMCA of the Treasure Coast is growing, which means the organization's programs and community outreach will be expanding, too.
The nonprofit that aims to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility recently promoted three current employees, filling one position that had been empty for several years.
"I think a lot is going to change," said Christine Coller, COO for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. She has heard about the newly promoted employees' goals for the area and she can't wait to see what comes of them.
It was all part of the YMCA's strategic plan to grow and expand their services which required a bit of internal restructuring. It just so happened that the company already employed skilled staff members who were looking for more opportunity and responsibility.
Elisha Stoecklin, who started at the YMCA 13 years ago as a lifeguard, climbed the ranks and is now branch executive director of the Stuart location. She was senior program director previously and is looking forward to advancing the YMCA's mission in her new position.
"My goal is two-fold: I want to continue to improve the programs and services that we offer and educate the community about what the Y does," Ms. Stoecklin said.
Shawn Keil has been a YMCA employee for 19 years and as district executive director will oversee programming, volunteers, staff and fundraising for the YMCAs in Indiantown, Indian River, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. It's in St. Lucie County that Mr. Keil plans to do the most work, expanding programs and building awareness.
"It's a very rewarding, challenging job," Mr. Keil said.
Jami Melnick is the new Association Childcare Director, a promotion from Childcare Services Director at the Stuart Branch. She will now be overseeing the preschools in Stuart and Indiantown.
"I've worked very closely with all three of them and they all have a passion for the Y," Ms. Coller said. "I hope they achieve things for the Y that we weren't able to, before."
Ms. Coller believes the possibilities of what the YMCA can achieve with a staff like this are endless and was glad to provide the opportunities to individuals who are passionate about the YMCA and their mission of building strong families and communities.