MEDFORD >> YMCA of the Pines announced a change in its Board of Directors, including naming Lynne Stanwood-Leadbeater to succeed David Herron as Board Chair and Chief Volunteer Officer. Herron has been at the helm of the board at the Medford nonprofit for more than a decade, and opted to step down at the end of his current term. Stanwood-Leadbeater, who works as a contractor for the Federal Aviation Administration, has also been a longtime member of the board, and a devoted supporter of the organization. As a child, she attended girls’ sleepaway Camp Matollionequay; her grandmother, Lillie Brown, was a camp counselor at Matollionequay in its inaugural year, 1937.
“My extended family has been represented at one of the camps at YMCA of the Pines in every decade since Matollionequay opened,” Stanwood-Leadbeater said. YMCA of the Pines is also home to Camp Ockanickon, the boys sleepaway camp, and Lake Stockwell Day Camp.
In late 2018, the organization changed its name from YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. to YMCA of the Pines, in order to better represent what the organization does – and to clear up confusion associated with the name of the boys summer camp.
“Our new name allows us to better communicate the depth and breadth of what we do,” explained CEO Mark Dibble. “And it’s allowed our 113-year-old boys camp to reclaim its place as the sole owner of the Ockanickon name in our organization.
“When people hear Ockanickon, we want them to think of our amazing ‘boys sleepaway camping’ program. When they hear YMCA of the Pines, we want them to think of an awesome, impactful, life-changing organization that is making the world a better place through many different programs,” Dibble added.
In addition to its summer camps, YMCA of the Pines provides before- and after-school childcare, off-site adventure trips, family outings, retreats and a membership program. “We serve as many as 15,000 people per year, with about 3,000 of those individuals served in the summer. We are so much more than a summer camp,” Dibble said.
Unlike a facility YMCA, which would typically house gym equipment and a swimming pool, YMCA of the Pines is located on 800 acres in woods comprised of hiking trails, lakes and rustic amenities. “Each YMCA is different, reflecting the needs of the local community. While we’re a chartered YMCA, we are an independent association with separate, independent leadership and operations from other YMCAs,” Dibble added.
Besides Stanwood-Leadbeater, the board of directors now includes Board Vice Chair Joseph Michiels, a Senior Project Manager at BL Companies, Inc. and Board Secretary Kristi Howell, President/CEO of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Other board members are Pat Begley, Nicki Bodenstein, Merle Brown, Robert Egan, Richard Lewis, Miles Powell, Robyn Rusinski and Marni Schatz.
“The board is charged with ensuring we are financially healthy, mission-oriented and strategically driven,” Dibble said. “I’m proud of our leadership; we have a clear path forward.”
For more information about YMCA of the Pines, go to www.ycamp.org or call 609-654-8225.