200 SUMMIT ROAD, KEENE, NH 03431   | 603.352.6002

Open Monday to Friday, 5 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 am to 6 pm; Sunday 8 am to 5 pm.

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 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.

Your interests and passions: Celebrating the diversity of life, culture, and faith.

Your 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 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. 

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. 

Your 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. 

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 for the YMCA? 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.

Your 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!

Your 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.

Matt Primrose

Facilities Manager

Years of YMCA service: I’ve been with the YMCA since August of 2021.

Why do you work for the YMCA? I love working with the people of our community and I’m all about kids and adults staying active!  

Your interests and passions: Time spent with close friends and family and any time I’m able to spend with my daughters makes me the happiest guy around.  

I’m very passionate about bow hunting and just spending any free time outdoors exploring.  

Your Family: I grew up in the Monadnock Region and I now live in Winchester with my girlfriend Caroline. I have two daughters, Kingslee and Briar

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 28 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 value family time more than anything and 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.

Cindy Puza

Volunteer Coordinator

Years of YMCA Service: Since 2016, but I’ve been involved with the YMCA since I was 8 though 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 YMCA Service: 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. It’s 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.

Juliet Baliebanoe

Member Services Director

Juliet oversees member services and leads the Y Welcome Center. 

Years of YMCA service: I joined the YMCA in 2021, and I look forward to many years of contributing my very best to the organization and my professional development.

Why do you work for the YMCA? The mission and vision of the Y aligns perfectly with my personal and professional goals. Additionally, I want to be a part of an organization that supports youth development and healthy living while mindful of its contribution to its community. 

Your interests and passions: I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy making dresses for children during my leisure time.

Your family: I live in Keene with my husband and two children, Jeffrey and Jenelle.

Colleen Manzi

Marketing Director

Colleen leads the charge in marketing and communications for the Keene Family YMCA. She is also the Brand Advocate, working to protect and preserve the Y brand.

Years of YMCA service: I joined the team at Keene Family YMCA in April of 2021. 

Why do you work for the YMCA? I love working in the nonprofit space, and the Y is a great fit for me personally. I’m passionate about wellness, and especially about keeping kids active and moving! This is a great organization and I love feeling like what I do is making a difference for our members, and for our community. 

Your interests and passions: I love the outdoors. I spend a lot of time in the woods! Trail running, hiking, and doing what I can to help preserve our public lands is my passion. I’m also very family-oriented and love spending time with the people I love.

Your family: I grew up in Keene, and have lived in this area my entire life. I do love it here! My husband and I live in Troy, along with our two sons, Cody and Keenan, and our dog Chibbs. We have a little hobby farm there where we raise animals and do some gardening. 

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