200 SUMMIT ROAD, KEENE, NH 03431   | 603.352.6002

Open Monday to Friday, 5 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday. 

Monday-Friday: 5am to 9pm, Saturday: 6am to 6pm, Sunday: 8am to 5pm

Our Staff

The staff here at the YMCA are committed to providing our members with a clean, safe, and most welcoming facility. We have over 150 staff members who work throughout the facility focused on ensuring the member experience is positive.

Our staff includes trained and qualified fitness instructors, certified personal trainers, housekeepers, maintenance staff, wellness center and welcome desk staff, teachers, camp counselors, and more.

We are led by an Administrative Team who ensure day to day operations run smoothly.

Daniel Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Smith

Dan joins the Keene Family YMCA from the Cadillac Michigan YMCA. Dan ensures our Y runs smoothly and takes the lead on implementing our strategic plan. He is excited to be a part of our community. 

Years of YMCA Service: Since 2010

Why do you work for the YMCA: Because I believe the Human Spirit blossoms to its fullest potential when we rally as a community to turn the causes of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility into a movement that changes culture.

What are your interests and passions: Celebrating the diversity of life, culture, and faith.

My Family: I live in Keene with my wife, two daughters and two dogs.

KAaron Brown

Child Care Services Director

KAaron is the Child Care Services Director at the Keene Family YMCA, overseeing the programs at the Children’s Learning Center at the YMCA, the Maple Avenue Learning Center, the YMCA Preschool at Jonathan Daniels and the School-Age Child Care Programs. Throughout her career she has worked in early childhood, elementary and special education.  

Why Do You Work for the YMCA?  I work for the Keene Family YMCA to further the mission of supporting the children and families of our community through providing a high-quality child care program that fosters growth through play. I firmly believe that a strong early childhood program positively impacts children and sets them up for individual growth and long-term success.  I am always excited about the opportunity to share my expertise and to collaborate with staff to continually develop programs that better meet the needs of children and families.

What Are Your Interests and Passions?  I grew up on Cape Cod so I have a passion for all things related to the beach and the ocean.  I also love music and have an uncanny knack for identifying bands and television shows from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.  I love to work with kids because I like to laugh and smile a lot.   

My Family:  I live in Keene with my husband, Ben, and our two children, Benjamin and Mia.  I am very proud of my family; they are kind, thoughtful, good people who continually remind me how to be the best version of myself.

Deb Ellison

Financial Assistance Coordinator

Deb Ellison

Deb makes sure no one is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. She is also a much loved swim instructor by all those whom she has taught a lifelong skill to – Learning to SWIM.

Years of YMCA Service: Since 2011

Why do you work for the YMCA: I am here to bring families together in a safe and healthy environment.

What are your interests and passions: I love gardening, swimming, and spending time with my family.

My Family: I live in Fitzwilliam with my husband Dave.

Ashley Engelbrecht

Camp Wakonda Director and School-Age Program Director

Ashley leads the Summer Camps and School-Age programs providing the youth of our communities the opportunities to explore, learn and thrive.

Years of YMCA Service: Since the summer of 2016 I have engaged our youth in our summer camp programs as a Lead Camp Counselor.

Why do you work at the Y: I believe that the Y’s four core values: respect, responsibility, caring and honesty are a positive foundation in developing healthy lifestyles for our youth. Engaging youth in age appropriate projects and activities will help build their own confidence, cultural awareness, and instill a sense of social responsibility that will allow them to become healthy, successful adults. I want to provide our youth with an enriching program where they can make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Interests and Passions: I enjoy being active and channeling my vivacious personality in healthy outlets. During the summer months I play softball in the Greater Keene Women’s Softball Association. Otherwise, you can find me DANCING at any opportunity!

My Family: I live in Swanzey with my spouse, two daughters and our two dogs.

Kelly Fleuette

Senior Program Director

Kelly leads the Y in all things health and wellness! 

Years of YMCA service: 25 years in the YMCA movement previously at both the Woonsocket YMCA in Rhode Island and Cape Cod YMCA in Massachusetts, and the past 20 years here in Keene, most recently as ChildCare Services Director.

Why do you work for the YMCA: I believe in our mission of supporting all members of our community especially the youth. It’s all about family for me.

Your interests and passions: I like being outside, running, and spending time with my family and friends.

Your family: I live in Keene with my husband and three daughters.

Dan Kolasienski

Facilities Manager

Dan serves as the keeper of facilities, making sure we open and operate in a safe, clean, and welcoming building every day!

Years of YMCA service: I started my career at the Y in August 2018.

Why do you work for the YMCA: I love working with the public, and the diversity of our members, and being able to help them in any way I can.

Your interests and passions: I love Maine and hope to retire there someday, working with farm animals, and working on my tractors. I enjoy cooking, and being with my family and friends.

Your Family: I am married to my wife Colleen, and have one son Tim and his wife Ashley. We have one grandson LB, and two dogs, Angel and Henry.

Paul Miller

Development and Community Impact Director

Paul leads financial development and community impact for the YMCA. He has been a member of the YMCA for more than 30 years; most recently, he completed a 36-plus year career with The Keene Sentinel. In his role before joining the YMCA, he was the newspaper’s executive director.

Why do you work for the YMCA: The YMCA’s mission is near and dear to my heart; that is, everyone – and that means everyone – is treated and valued alike and afforded the same opportunities. The Y aspires to be inclusive and welcoming and delivers on that central part of its mission.

Your interests and passions: I enjoy hiking (I’ve summited 27 of the state’s 47 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains); I’m a golf junkie; I enjoy working out; and I’m an outlier in that I’m a Green Bay Packers and N.Y. Yankees fan. But, more than anything, I adore my two grandchildren and treasure time with them.

Your family: I live in Keene with my wife, Kathy, and I have two adult children, Justin and Mallory. We also share our home with two rescue dogs, Oliver and Cash.

Tammie Patnode

Human Resources and Finance Director

Tammie serves as the fiscal steward and HR Director for the organization.

Years of YMCA service: I started my YMCA career in 1998, serving in many capacities. My passion for the organization is continuously evolving.

Why do you work for the YMCA: I came to the YMCA from the banking industry I was looking to engage my children in the YMCA culture and it has become a way of life for us all. I truly believe in the mission and cause of the YMCA, and I am extremely proud to part of such an amazing organization.

Your interests and passions: I love the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and spending time with family and friends! And of course my JOB!

Your family: I live in Swanzey with my husband of 31 years. We have two amazing children and four grandchildren.

Menachi Pillai

Aquatics Director

Menachi is our safe guarder of all things water. She makes sure our aquatics center is sparkling, safe, and inviting at all times.

Years of Service: I started working at the Keene  Family YMCA the summer of 2010 as a lifeguard and swim instructor. In early 2015 I moved to Massachusetts and started working for the Old Colony YMCA in East Bridgewater as a lifeguard and swim instructor. A year later I moved back to the Keene area and started working as the Member Services Coordinator. I became the Aquatics Director in 2018.!

Why I work for the Y: The Y has been the place where I’ve made lifelong connections. I have seen many children I’ve taught in swim lessons grow up and begin working at the Y themselves as a lifeguard or swim instructor. The Y is my community.

Interests and Passions: I love to sing! If you ever see me lifeguarding the early bird shift, you may even catch me singing!

Cindy Puza

Volunteer Coordinator

Years of YMCA service: Since 2016, but I’ve been involved with the YMCA since I was 8 through Leader Corps., Camp Wakonda, and the Gymnastics Team.

Why do you work for the YMCA: I work for the YMCA because it’s all about the community and I’ve lived in the area all my life. It’s also my way of giving back, because the Y did so much for me in my youth.

Your interests and passions: I love my family, gardening, thrifting, visiting the ocean, and of course cats.

Your family: Cindy grew up in the area, and currently lives in North Swanzey with husband, John, and has three grown children. 


Peter Sebert

YMCA Community Coalition Director

Peter leads the YMCA Community Coalition in its primary goal to reduce youth substance use, specifically underage alcohol and e-cigarette use, in the city of Keene and its neighboring town of Swanzey.

Years of Services with the YMCA: Peter has been a part of the Y movement in a variety of roles since 1998. He previously held the position of Healthy Lifestyles Director.

Why do you work for the YMCA: Because I believe in our mission, and I love meeting new people and it is very satisfying helping our community to become healthier.

Your interests and passions: My passions are rock climbing, trail running, hiking, and spending time with my family.

Your Family: I live in Peterborough with my wife Laura and two sons Jake and Samuel.

Sarah Sherman

Communications and Development Specialist

Sarah serves as the communications and development specialist, sharing news and information about the Y’s many initiatives and programs with our members as well as the greater community. She also collaborates on community impact events and development efforts.

Years of YMCA service: Since February 2020

Why do you work for the YMCA: I’ve supported youth and families in many capacities throughout my career and joined the Y to broaden my personal passion for promoting the values of healthy living and positive youth engagement through a fulfilling role within our community.

Your interests and passions: In my spare time, I can usually be found somewhere on the water during the summer months in a kayak or on a paddleboard. I enjoy road trips, camping or hiking anywhere in nature with family and friends, cooking and baking.

Your family: I live in Spofford with my son, a yellow Lab and a feisty cat.

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