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.
Read more about Jillian
My name is Jillian Davis. I came to Property Management after running a commercial tile business for 5 years and felt I could bring the same organizational skills I applied to manage the business to more of a people-facing job — Affordable Housing. The best part about Property Management is the wonderful people that make everything worthwhile and who make you feel as though you are truly making a difference. My goals for the YWCA’s residences emulate what I wish for myself: a safe, affordable place to raise your family and gain stability while you bring all other joys to life.
Read more about John
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.
Family Support Specialist
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My name is Bridget Goerke (pronounced like turkey), and I am new to the YWCA! I started in November 2020 in my role as Family Support Specialist, where I support families and individuals living in affordable housing. I recently graduated with my Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons University and prior to this job, worked at the Amesbury Senior Community Center. I really enjoy working with people from different walks of life and empowering them to see their strengths and advocate for their needs. Helping people has always been important to me, especially being in a place of privilege, and I hope to use my privilege to provide support and assistance for others. When I’m not working, I enjoy going on walks with my dog and reading.
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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As Fiscal Director of the YWCA Greater Newburyport, it is my goal to provide the best financial services in order to support the mission of the organization and continue the amazing programs that we provide here.
Aquatic, Membership & Marketing 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.
Assistant Aquatics Manager