Middletown, NJ  – To help lead The Community YMCA’s efforts in raising funds to support their cause-driven mission, the Y recently welcomed new leaders to their Foundation Board of Trustees and Development Office.

New to the Foundation Board is Chairman, Gustav A. Fingado, of Shrewsbury.  Fingado previously served on the Y’s Board of Directors from 1998 to June 2011, and follows prior chair Peter Tomozawa.  Fingado is First Vice President, Investments, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch, Red Bank.  Also new to the Y’s Foundation Board are trustees, Carol Stillwell of Colts Neck; J. Randy MacDonald and Peter McCarthy, of Rumson; and Gregory Tomczak of Keyport. 

Members of the Y’s Foundation Board of Trustees (from l to r): Chairman, Gustav A. Fingado, Bruce Huber, President & CEO Lisa Christian, Bruce Lakefield and Gregory Tomczak at the Y’s recent Annual Meeting.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for raising funds in perpetuity, to secure the long-term financial stability of the Y and continue its presence in local communities for years to come.  

Stephanie A. Ferrier joined The Community YMCA in July as the Senior Vice President for Financial Development.  She comes to the Y from Georgian Court University where she served since 2005, most recently as Director of Development.  Prior to her time at Georgian Court University, Ferrier served as the Executive Director of the Renaissance Economic Development Corporation in Somerset, New Jersey and prior to that position was Director of Programs for the New Jersey Department of State.  She holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University and Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Sociology and Urban Studies from Furman University, South Carolina.  She resides in Neptune City.

“As a charitable organization, the Y provides valuable, needed programs and services for the community through public and private support,” Ferrier said.  “This philanthropic support allows the Y to fufill a commitment to not turn families away because of their inability to pay. Almost everyone can say they have been touched by the Y at some point in their life.  I am proud to be joining this prestigious, family-oriented organization and look forward to helping the Y cause to strengthen the foundations of community.” 

The Community YMCA’s Annual Strong Kids Campaign serves more than 3,000 children and families in local communities in need of Y programs and services.  Last year, the YMCA provided nearly $1.2 million dollars in direct program and membership scholarships to support the health and well being of children and families throughout Monmouth County. Over $900,000 was raised through donations from local residents and businesses.

For more information or to make a donation to the Y, please call (732) 671-5505 or visit www.TheCommunityYMCA.org/donate. To find out more about various leadership opportunities, visit www.TheCommunityYMCA.org.