Meeting Waters YMCA's programs and services are led by a high-quality staff that includes three full-time, fifteen year-round part-time, and twenty full-time seasonal employees (camps). Over 50% of these "Professional Role Models" are teens or young adults, making the Meeting Waters YMCA the largest employer of youth in the CT River Valley's social service sector. The staff is supported by policy volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors, program volunteers, and others who serve on volunteer committees.

If you would like to become a member of the Meeting Waters YMCA staff, please see our Employment page.

All Meeting Waters YMCA employees agree to and adhere to a very clear Code of Conduct.

Current Meeting Waters YMCA Staff Members and their Roles

Name

Position

Steve Fortier Executive Director, Healthy Living Coordinator

Susan Fortier

Senior Program Director, Y Day Camp Director

Dani Brown

Administrative Coordinator

vacant Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Putney Central School

Lindsey Erickson

Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Dummerston School

Chelsea Therrien

Y-ASPIRE Program Assistant at Dummerston School
Tanya Chamberlin Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Rockingham Central School
vacant Y-ASPIRE Program Assistant at Rockingham Central School
Vickie Scholl Y-ASPIRE Program Assistant at Putney Central School
Sandy Handy Y-ASPIRE Program Assistant at Green Street School
Alberta Seale Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Green Street School

Bethany Ranquist

Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Academy School

Eric Lemm/Donna Ellis

Y-ASPIRE Program Assistants at Academy School
Jenny Spencer 

Y-ASPIRE Site Director at Oak Grove School

Daniel Cornellier Y-ASPIRE Program Assistant at Oak Grove School

About Sue and Steve Fortier

SueSusan Fortier is the Senior Program Director of the Meeting Waters YMCA. Steve Fortier serves as the organization's Executive Director. In these roles, they have been serving the communities in the Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Fall Mountain regions since 1998.

Each brings decades of YMCA and other relevant experience to their role as a leader of the Meeting Waters YMCA. The Alstead couple is not new to either the Connecticut River Valley area or to the YMCA movement. They met in the mid-80s when they worked at the Keene Family YMCA. While there Susan was Aquatic, Camp and Youth Director and Steve was Fitness Director. They both left the Keene Y to take positions in the Bellows Falls region. For three years Steve was the local coordinator during the creation phase of the nationally acclaimed community health promotion program, The Leadership Project. Susan taught the Jobs for Vermont Graduates program at Bellows Falls Union High School for seven years. The two became active in the YMCA movement again when they moved to western New Jersey in the mid-90s. Sue served in many capacities at the Hunterdon County YMCA-- After-School Program Director, fitness instructor, and progressive swim teacher. Steve served the same YMCA as part-time Teen Programs Coordinator while also leading his international youth development and community building consulting firm.

Steve and Sue bring to their roles a great deal of experience in "building strong kids, strong families and strong communities."

Check out this great article from the Brattleboro Reformer on Sue and Steve's first ten years with Meeting Waters YMCA.

Susan:

  • has "grown up with the Y." She has either been a program participant or employee at YMCAs for more than 40 years (check out Sue's Y story in her "Why the Y" video).
  • for many years was a synchronized swimmer at the Greater Burlington YMCA, competing throughout the country as well as in Denmark and England.
  • as a teen, served as counselor-in-training, counselor and waterfront director of the Greater Burlington Y's Camp Greylock.
  • has, within the YMCA movement, served in many capacities including Youth Director, Camp Director, Aquatic Director, Program Director, Child Care Program Director, and After-School Program Director. She is a unique "Jill of all Trades."
  • has taught YMCA swim lessons for more than thirty-five years.
  • was one of the originators of Aquacize when she began teaching water aerobics at the age of 17.
  • is on the faculty of YMCA University where she trains and certifies day camp directors from around the country.
  • has a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Physical Therapy from Keene State College.
  • earned a Master's in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Springfield College. Read the press release here. Go here to check out her masters research project paper, "A Review of the Non-Profit Sector of Windham County: Opportunities for Strategic Restructuring."
  • served on the Keene State College Alumni Association for seven years, including two as its President.
  • was recognized in 2013 by Keene State College as the recipient of the Sprague W. Drenan Award, "given annually since 1968 to an alum whose particpation in, and support of, alumni activities is worthy of recognition."
  • served on the board of the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce for a total of nine years; seven of which as a member of the Executive Committee.
  • coordinated the Jobs for Vermont Graduates school-to-work transition program at Bellows Falls Union High School from 1988 through 1994.
  • is active in several regional and state-wide coalitions including the Fit & Healthy Kids Coalition of Windham County and the Vermont Afterschool Alliance where she serves as regional coordinator for Windham and Southern Windsor Counties.

Steve:

  • steveis the editor and co-author (with 8 youths from Brattleboro) of Youth Leadership in Action, a book being used by over six thousand youth groups around the world.
  • is a co-creator of Teen-Adult Dialogue Nights, now being used in thousands of communities world-wide to build inter-generational relationships, and a contributor to Please Talk With Me, the how-to guide for leading these activities.
  • is a contributor to several other books on social change including: Bridging the Racial Divide; Children of 2010; Adventures in Peacemaking; and YMCA Service Learning Resource Guide.
  • was a founding member of the National Advisory Board of the Community Tool Box, a University of Kansas-sponsored on-line resource center for community builders.
  • has a Masters Degree from Antioch New England Graduate School in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Group and Organizational Behavior. He also has a BS in Fitness and Health Management, a program he created with his advisor at Keene State College in 1982.
  • is the founder and President of CommuniTeam Training and Consulting which "develops community leaders and leaderful communities."
  • is a nationally recognized trainer, consultant, author and speaker on community youth development and community building. He has worked with community coalitions in 38 states and 34 countries. He has also served as a leadership and community building consultant to corporations including AT&T, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Goldman Sachs, Bellcore, and the Mennen Company.
  • facilitated the "Children of 2010 Dialogues" which in 1997 brought together national leaders from education, child development, race relations, business, media and government for nine days of planning and policy development aimed at creating a better future for children, youth and their families.
  • has served as volunteer leader of several area groups including the Healthy Communities Coalition of Windham County (which he founded in 2009), the Fit & Healthy Kids Coalition of Windham County, and the Fall Mountain Area Healthy Youth Initiative, the Great River Co-op (for which he served as the first President for two years), the Keene State College Alumni Association and the Keene State College Parents Association (for which he served as President from 2014-2015).
  • was recognized in 2015 by Keene State College as the recipient of the Sprague W. Drenan Award, "given annually since 1968 to an alum whose particpation in, and support of, alumni activities is worthy of recognition."

Steve and Sue live in Alstead, NH and have two young adult children, Sean and Laryssa, both of whom are educators.

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