CEO Kate Bech has almost thirty years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Before joining the Princeton Family YMCA in 2007, she served as the chief advancement officer for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she led the organization's fundraising and communications programs for six years. Her other experiences included a six-year tenure with an independent YMCA association and another five years with a small Girl Scout council in suburban Philadelphia. Kate also directed the annual fund for the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and started her career with the Rosenbach Museum & Library as an events coordinator following college. In her volunteer life, she has served as president of a semi-professional theater, a trustee of her local library and facilitated strategic planning for several community groups. She is a member of the Garden Club of Trenton, and serves as the group's corresponding secretary. Kate is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in Pennington, New Jersey.
Finance Assistant Diane Blackburn became an employee of the Princeton Family YMCA in 2005. Prior to joining the Finance department, Diane was a Membership Associate. In addition to supporting the finance department and overseeing payroll, Diane also administers the financial assistance application process. She earned her B.A. from Rutgers University with a major in economics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Dayton, New Jersey.
Education and Outreach Director Susan Gresko leads the Princeton Young Achievers program and other outreach initiatives in youth development. Susan joined the YMCA staff in September 2008. A seasoned childcare and preschool administrator with more fourteen years' experience, Susan came to the Y from the Kiddie Academy child care center franchise. Earlier in her career, Susan was a pre-school teacher and supervisor with the Mercer County CYO. Most recently, she served for 8 years as the Director of the Princeton YMCA's Child Development Center. She earned her bachelor's degree from LaSalle University and is a licensed teacher in New Jersey, N - 8, Alternative Route. Susan is also a group exercise instructor for the YMCA. She lives in Hamilton, New Jersey with her husband and two children.
Development and Communications Director Denise Soto came to the YMCA in 2008. Prior to joining the YMCA staff, Denise was the Community Outreach Coordinator for Autism Speaks for six years. At the Y, she focuses on community partnerships and volunteer engagement, as well financial development, communications and events management. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and is currently working on certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She resides in Hamilton with her husband and two daughters.
Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist Candie Vander Wilt has been with the YMCA for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the YMCA, she worked for Trans World Airlines as a group travel consultant based in the Philadelphia area. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute with an emphasis in graphic design. In her time away from the office, she volunteers for her church as a youth advisor. A New Jersey native, Candie currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and looks forward to visits from three grown children and 16 grandchildren.
Senior Program Director Paul Zeger returned to the Princeton Family YMCA in March 2013 after serving as the Aquatics Director for the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Massachusetts for a year. Prior to his tenure there, he was a valued member of the staff team at the Princeton Family YMCA for four years, joining the Y in August 2008. Over the years Paul has directed several program departments including aquatics, sports, health and wellness, afterschool and day camp. He brings extraordinary creativity and enthusiasm, as well as experience and skill, to the Senior Program Director role. Paul earned a Masters in Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Sports Management where he also served as a Graduate Assistant for Aquatics. He received his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management, also from U. of T. Passionate about camp, Paul is a frequent and popular presenter at YMCA camp conferences.
School Age Child Care Director Leigh Zink oversees the before and after school programs for the Princeton and Montgomery School Districts. Most recently, Leigh served as the Child Development Center's Associate Director and Curriculum Specialist for eight years. Leigh came to the YMCA from the Cranbury School where she served as an assistant librarian and a kindergarten substitute teacher. For several years, she taught courses in early childhood education at Mercer County Community College, as well as managed child care centers in Northern New Jersey. Leigh graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She also earned her early Childhood Education teacher's certificate from New Jersey City University. Leigh is also trained in the delivery of the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Childhood Health) program provided by the Horizon Foundation's Healthy U that is delivered at YMCA afterschool and preschool sites throughout the state.