Staff

Kate Bech

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.

 

Denise Soto

Senior Director, Development & Communications

Denise Soto came to the YMCA in April 2008 and has over 15 years of non-profit experience.  At the Y, she focuses on financial development including events management, major and capital gifts, communications and marketing as well as community partnerships and volunteer engagement.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and recently graduated from Springfield College with her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.  She holds a Organizational Leader Certification from YMCA of the USA.  She is a lifelong Hamilton resident and lives there with her husband and two daughters.

 

Paul Zeger

Senior Director, Programs & Operations

Paul Zeger came to the YMCA in August of 2008 with a passion for swimming.  Growing up a competitive swimmer, he has always been around water since he learned how to go off of the diving board at age 3 (without any floatation devices!).  All of those years of swimming led him to the University of Tennessee where he majored in Recreation Administration and stayed at Tennessee to achieve his Master’s in Sport Management. After graduation, he became the Princeton Family YMCA’s Aquatics Director, and has been at the Y ever since. With a big heart for day camp, Paul continuously serves as the Summer Camp Director and co-chairs the New Jersey YMCA Peer Community for Day Camp Network. Over the last ten years, Paul has held many different positions in Princeton: Aquatics Director, Sports & Wellness Director, Youth & Family Director, and Senior Program Director. Paul now serves as the Senior Director, Programs & Operations where he works as part of the Executive Team and with board committees to renew and expand the YMCA’s facilities for the first time since the building was erected in the early 1950’s.  He recently achieved his Multi-Team Branch Leader Certification from YMCA of the USA and was highlighted by YUSA as the Cause Driven Leader of the Month in December 2017.

Leigh Zink

Senior Director, Youth Development and Outreach

Leigh Zink oversees the implementation of all school age programs at the Princeton YMCA.  Most recently, Leigh served as the School Age Childcare Director here directly overseeing the Before & After School Programs in the 5 school sites.  Prior to that, 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 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.