The Montecito Family YMCA, a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, is proud to announce the election of Valerie Kissell to its Board of Managers.

Valerie brings with her to the Board more than 20 years of leadership experience in varied industries. She is currently a principal consultant for Sustainable Solutions Unlimited in Santa Barbara, where she focuses on analysis, process review and service planning for business and non-profit agencies. Valerie relocated to the Santa Barbara area from Pennsylvania in 2011. There she served as a member of the Mon Valley Progress Council and Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. Valerie currently serves her local community as Chairman of ‘Safeguard the Children’s’ San Roque Parish and as a confirmation teacher for the San Roque Parish’s Religious Education Program. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys outdoor sports, gardening and is an avid reader and book collector.

Valerie joins other Montecito Family YMCA Board members Mark Coffin (Chair), Rob Adams, Tim Werner, Alida Aldrich, Mike Tognotti, Mike Denver, Roland Messori, Brad Sullivan, Darren Caesar, Dan O’Keefe, George Armstrong, Erin Goligoski, Andy Grant, Clas Lensander, Tamra Murphy, Jacqui Oliveira, Sue Irwin, Sally Jo Murren, Rhett Hedrick and Joe Fonte’.

About the Channel Islands YMCA

Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a cause-driven organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including Camarillo Family YMCA, Ventura Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, and Youth & Family Services YMCA.

The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to low-income families for child care, YMCA memberships, away camps, youth sports, teen after-school-programs, and operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter and the Isla Vista Teen Center.

Mission: The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind and body.


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