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Thank you for your interest in the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, where we build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information. We have an increasing number of friends at the YMCA who now are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans.

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Meet the Staff

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
1401 Broadway, Suite 3A
Detroit, MI 48226
Telephone: 313-223-2498
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Latitia McCree
Senior Vice President, Mission Resources

My aim in life is simple — to help people connect to their authentic selves and to live life fully. I live to inspire. At the age of 6, I took water safety classes at the downtown Detroit YMCA. I did not graduate to actually swimming; modern dance and ballet took precedence. Nearly 40 years later, I have not drowned. I clearly learned something; I am safe around water. Fast forward to the 1990s, when I volunteered as a writing coach and career facilitator for the YMCA Minority Achiever’s Program. I later was contracted by Broadside Press to teach creative writing to youth who attended the YMCA’s Young Writer’s Institute at Youthville. I truly believe effective written and oral communication are essential life skills for our youth. Eventually I joined the YMCA leadership team as the Executive Director of Education and Outreach Services. Eight years and a few promotions later, I now serve as the Senior Vice-President of Mission Resources and Chief Development Officer.

In this role, my work is clear: acquire resources that empower the YMCA to serve the community. Specifically, my charge is to engage volunteers, track our impact and increase contributed revenue.

I love my work. Because I know every volunteer we engage, every Y story we share and every dollar we raise blesses a life and nurtures human potential.
Lynette Simmons
VP of Mission Resources

I have the great privilege and honor of working on the Mission Resource team, assisting in the cultivation of relationships and funding to sustain and grow outreach, branch programs and unrestricted dollars. I will also work with other department team members to develop and streamline the Y program evaluation process to reflect the impact and outcomes of the great work the Y is doing across our communities.
Debbie Kaiser Debbie Kaiser
Endowment and Major Gifts Director

My first Y experience was when I interviewed for a position at what I thought was the "sleepy" Macomb Family YMCA. As I prepared for the interview, I began to research what the YMCA did in my community. I was amazed with the diverse age groups the YMCA reached out to, as well as the range of services that the YMCA provided. I was also surprised to learn that the Y was open to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. At the interview I began to ask questions about the Y to the executive director, who was very knowledgeable and proud of the organization he worked for. At the end of the interview my last words were "I would like to be a part of the growth of this YMCA, but I have a lot to learn about this organization." Now 17 years later I still have a lot to learn about this organization and I am still amazed at the vast, diverse programs we bring to the communities that we serve. It is a pleasure and privilege to work for the YMCA, and it is exciting to be part of an organization that helps to change people's lives for the better; always growing to meet the needs of those we serve, and always growing and learning from one another.

With Mission Resources, I enjoy working on a wide spectrum of projects. My main focus is endowment development, where I am working to ensure that the YMCA will be always growing to meet the ever changing needs of those we serve: kids, teens, elders and families in our community.
Nikole Constas
Strategic Initiatives Director

I had YMCA experiences early on in life, swimming and going to summer resident camp at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. She started working as an Aquatic Director with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit in 2007, and now currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Mission Resources Department.

“The Y does such amazing things to foster the potential of children, improve the health of our community, and give purpose and meaning through our volunteers and donors, but what I’m most inspired by is our work to make sure these opportunities include the families and individuals who can’t pay for these experiences. I believe that we all benefit from the inclusive way the Y operates - we’re culturally and economically diverse, as well as diverse in age, lifestyle, and the contributions that we make to better the world around us. I love being a part of the Y.”
Susan Walters-Klenke Susan Walters-Klenke
Annual Campaign Director

Susan has been a part of the YMCA family for over 14 years. Her career started at the YMCA of Greater Houston. "I was a longtime member and had no idea of the incredible work being done in our community by the YMCA. After a staff member educated me on the mission of the YMCA, I was hooked!”

Susan moved to Michigan in 2009 and currently serves as the Annual Campaign Director in the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s Mission Resources department. She assists 14 branches in their efforts to raise the funds necessary to serve their respective communities and explore new opportunities. “My goal and the goal of our team is to help make the Y the charity of choice in Southeast Michigan. In this way, we’ll help children and families reach their full potential.” Additionally, Susan represents the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit in the statewide YMCA Michigan Collaborative. With her representation in the collaborative, Susan works with Ys across Michigan to generate more fundraising opportunities, awareness and impact for YMCAs on a larger scale.
Hannah Sarnacki
Social Responsibility Manager

Hannah currently serves as the Social Responsibility Manager, and has been with the Y since 2012. She began her Y story at the old Downriver YMCA with her Girl Scout troop where they would take field trips to the swimming pool. In her new role in Mission Resources, she coordinates online fundraising for the association, is developing a member engagement program, and manages the social media presence for Mission Resources. Hannah lives Downtown Detroit, and enjoys cooking, reading fiction, playing with her cat Estelle, and coaching her own Girls on the Run team!

My aim in life is simple — to help people connect to their authentic selves and to live life fully. I live to inspire. At the age of 6, I took water safety classes at the downtown Detroit YMCA. I did not graduate to actually swimming; modern dance and ballet took precedence. Nearly 40 years later, I have not drowned. I clearly learned something; I am safe around water. Fast forward to the 1990s, when I volunteered as a writing coach and career facilitator for the YMCA Minority Achiever’s Program. I later was contracted (did you mean contacted? or you did contract work?) by Broadside Press to teach creative writing to youth who attended the YMCA’s Young Writer’s Institute at Youthville. I truly believe effective written and oral communications are essential life skills for our youth. Eventually I joined the YMCA leadership team as the Executive Director of Education and Outreach Services. Eight years and a few promotions later, I now serve as the Senior Vice-President of Mission Resources and Chief Development Officer.

In this role, my work is clear: acquire resources that empower the YMCA to serve the community. Specifically, my charge is to engage volunteers, track our impact and increase contributed revenue.

I love my work. Because I know every volunteer we engage, every Y story we share and every dollar we raise blesses a life and nurtures human potential.
Jennifer Champine
Contribution Systems Manager

"I wanted to find ways to be more involved in helping people have the same Y experience that I did. Being part of the Mission Resources team gives me that opportunity to change someone’s life. "As the Contributions Systems Manager I will support the association in their fundraising efforts, and building a strong relationship with donors.

My Y story begins at the Lakeshore Family YMCA as a member in 2000 enrolling my two children, Zach and Wynne, in day camp, karate, and swimming. Soon after I joined the Y and volunteered to be an aerobics instructor. “I liked helping members achieve their fitness goals. It was very rewarding to see their successes and know that I played a part in helping them form healthy lifestyles..

In 2003 I made the move from being a volunteer to joining the Lakeshore staff. Teaching fitness classes and working in the business office. Because of my commitment and passion for the YMCA mission I was recruited to the corporate office where I spent the next ten years as part of the accounting team, helping members in a different way.

Most recently the Y gave me another opportunity to grow, and I and moved to the Mission Resources department where I will interact with donors and members to help them fulfill their philanthropic goals and help the spread the Y mission even farther into the community.
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