Meet the Staff
YWCA Greater Newburyport
Meet Our Staff
Youth Services Director
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I started with the YWCA in 2003. I have worked in youth programming, state-licensed childcare, and direct service for the past 25 years, though I unofficially started at the tender age of 10 when I opened up a lucrative babysitting business that allowed me to work towards financial independence and put myself through college.
My educational background is in law with a focus on children’s advocacy and child psychology. My passion for connecting with and empowering young people as well as supporting families and communities has made me the director I am today. I am driven by the difference that I can make.
When I’m not playing with my young friends, I am creating memories with my own family (my husband and daughter). We are a fun-loving family that loves to get outside and travel, especially to the beach. Nothing feeds my soul like a day at the beach with my feet in the sand and an iced coffee in my hand!
Early Education Director, YWCA Children’s Center
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Hi there, my name is Nicole Brennan, the Early Education Director, for the YWCA Children’s Center. I have been in the early education field for over 20 years. All my experience has been in non-profit organizations. I love the passion that evolves around organizations that believe in the strength of their community. I love coming to the center every day to see the children, staff, and families interact, discover, and learn together. The center is built on community, kindness, and play.
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George brings 30 years experience in working in non-profit organizations and facility management with expertise in HVAC. George resides in NH and enjoys camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and spending time with his family and dogs.
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Shortly after my sister was born, my father passed away from cancer leaving my mother with two children and no job. We were fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who were able to supplement the meager money my mother collected from government death benefits. Through my work at My Brother’s Table and Lynn Economic Opportunity, I came to understand that many families in need do not have the support systems necessary to survive a catastrophe in their lives.
At YWCA, my goal is to provide families with some of the support systems they need to succeed. Whether it is affordable housing, childcare, cancer support, swim lessons, aquatics, or wellness, it is my hope that our programs can provide people with the resources or services they need to improve their lives.
YWCA has taught me that racism plays a principal role in why some households do not have access to the resources they need to succeed in life. It is my hope at YWCA Greater Newburyport that we contribute to eliminating racism, not only in our own programs but in the broader community so that all families have the support they need to thrive.
Health & Wellness Director, Encore Lead Director
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My name is Ilene Harnch-Grady and I am the Health & Wellness/Encore Director. A native of Newburyport, I have had roots in the YWCA since the early ’80s where I was a group exercise instructor teaching high-impact aerobics in what is now our Fitness Center. I returned to the YWCA in my current role in 2007 after doing fundraising for various nonprofit health organizations while moonlighting as a fitness instructor/personal trainer since I acquired my first certification in 1980. In my present role, I am blessed to continue in a directorial and programming capacity alongside my wonderful fitness staff and co-facilitating the YWCA Encore program. A “townie” by nature, it is a distinct privilege to work in my hometown community for an organization that remains near and dear to my heart. When not working you can find me hanging with my daughter Ava and husband Tom, walking my rescue pups, and volunteering at a rescue barn.
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Bio to follow
Family Support Specialist
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Welcome Jaclyn Meers, YWCA new “Family Support Specialist.”
Jacyln brings many years of experience and knowledge in Case Management and Social Work including Social, Trauma & Counseling fields.
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In her role as Fiscal Director, Sara’s purpose is to support the many programs we provide through fiscal responsiblity. In her spare time, Sara is an avid Red Sox fan!
Aquatics & Membership Director
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My name is Diane Sagaser. I graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Health Fitness Bachelor of Science. I have worked for nonprofit organizations my entire professional career. I have been an Aquatics Director for three different associations.
I swam competitively starting at the age of 6 through High School, College, and Masters until 2000. I am currently the Aquatics, Membership, and Marketing Director at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.