Board of Directors

Don Simms, Board President
Dr. Joseph Viadero, 1st Vice President
Charlie Blanker, 2nd Vice President
David Donoghue, Treasurer
Courtney Shanahan, Asst. Treasurer
Lisa Alber
Nancy Alexander
Alison Berglund
Amy Bowse
Yanis Chibani
John Cormican
Linda Dagilus
Daniel Deane
Rick Drohen
Emma Ellsworth
Merrill Gagne
Linda Hargrove
William Blanker 
Walter Boyd
Mark Donoghue
Dan Graves
Joseph Poirier

Dear YMCA & Community Members,  
I have been a Franklin County resident since 1974. Since my family’s move to Greenfield from New Jersey, the Y has been an instrumental part in my family’s growth. All three of my children learned to swim at the Y, my daughter Jamye swam competitively for the YMCA Gators and all my children attended Camp Apex. I participated in the not so famous noon time pick- up basketball games for many years and when I suffered back injuries, I utilized the amazing YMCA’s back recovery programs offered in our pool. Those were great years and now our YMCA is stronger and better than ever!

Franklin County’s YMCA is a charitable association dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body. We are an association of members, volunteers, contributors, and staff, always putting into practice our vision to Love, Care, Serve. We do so by prioritizing every interpersonal experience we enjoy both within and outside our Y facilities, reaching across our county. 

We invested in a one of its kind in Franklin County high intensity training zone, top line Life Fitness cardio equipment, recently installed state of the art Cybex exercise training equipment and are significantly renovating our classic building. Our staff created a leading edge virtual world of exercise programs for our members who were “stuck” at home; a model that is now being replicated state wide. 

Your YMCA offers wellness programs for all ages, provides social connections in fitness areas, classes, and in the pool, as well as provides opportunities for children through teens in competitive and rec gymnastics, basketball, youth sports, and our YMCA Leaders program.

Y’s are for people of all faiths, races, lifestyles & life choices, interests, ages, and incomes. Franklin County’s Y is an inclusive community where you can discover and build your best version of yourself. This year’s Annual Campaign primary goals focus upon:
– Increasing our capacity to provide community scholarship opportunities for Franklin County residents,
– Enriching the lives of more children by significantly increasing the summer capacity of Camp Apex,
– Strengthening our programs while providing a healthy, safe space for all our members.

We genuinely care about our members and the Franklin County community. We pull together on behalf of a common cause while collaborating amongst ourselves and with other like-minded organizations to foster a better Franklin County for all.

Don Simms
Board President, Franklin County’s YMCA