YMCA Professional Network (YPN) is a YMCA of the USA-supported professional development and peer-to-peer network with more than 30 chapters nationwide led by local Y staff. Through leadership training and networking opportunities, YPN helps you advance your Y career by improving the skills and competencies needed for you to help your Y achieve its organizational goals.

What you gain from YPN:

  • Learn new skills through trainings and eLearnings
  • Build your networks
  • Share knowledge with your peers
  • Develop as a leader

All Y staff—including part-time and seasonal—are general YPN members upon hire and have immediate access to YPN events and resources. To receive these great benefits, simply register on link.ymca.net. General membership is free, and you can upgrade to Prime Membership for even more benefits.

With YPN, you can:



A Vast Network for Peer-to-Peer Learning

YPN connects staff with hundreds of other YMCA professionals through local, regional and national events and through Peer Communities—networks within YPN designed to exchange best practices and foster innovation in specific program areas (such as aquatics, membership and camp).



Training to Help You Develop as a Y Professional

Panel discussions on hot topics, eLearnings and chapter events provide professional development for YPN members that complements the leadership development experiences offered by Y-USA. Participation in YPN earns credits that can be applied toward leadership re-certification (for multi-team and organizational leader certification). These benefits enhance your competencies as a cause-driven leader.



Opportunities to Grow Through Leadership

YPN membership develops and refines your leadership competencies through skills training, networking connections with Y leaders and peers, opportunities to share knowledge and best practices, and the potential to serve in leadership positions (YPN Prime members are eligible to serve in leadership positions with chapter boards, committees and Peer Communities).

Chapter 25 Leadership

Chapter 25 President

Headshot of Nancy Byrum, YPN Chapter 25 President

Nancy Byrum
YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas

Peer Communities

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Kelly Bridgman, Chair
YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Board Members:
John Naptonick
YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge

Chrissy Fandel
YMCA of Greater Richmond

Leadership Development

Headshot of Lisa Weinreich, Leadership Development Chair for YPN Chapter 25

Lisa Weinreich, Chair
YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas

Board Members:
Liz Hansbury
YMCA of Greater Richmond

Caitlyn Leavens
YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas

Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF)

Headshot of Tricia Reynolds, EAF Chair for YPN Chapter 25

Tricia Reynolds, Chair
YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas

Board Member:
Nancy Moore
YMCA of South Hampton Roads


Headshot of Anna Schemmel, Membership Chair for YPN Chapter 25

Anna Schemmel, Chair
YMCA of the USA

Board Members:
Ed Khawly
YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Louie Klenke
YMCA of Greater Richmond


Headshot of Meaghan Williams, Treasurer of YPN Chapter 25

Meaghan Williams
Rappahannock Area YMCA


Photo coming soon

Brian Landergan, Chair
YMCA of Central Virginia

Board Member:
Khalilah Harrison
YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas

Board Member

Patrick Crute headshot

Patrick Crute
Virginia Alliance of YMCAs