The Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the oldest nonprofits in the state of Arizona, born before Arizona became a state. We serve over 100,000 families and are located in 15 communities. Learn more about us a leadership organization.

The Y is for EVERYONE. The Valley of the Sun YMCA is not only one of the oldest nonprofits in the state of Arizona, we are also one of the largest. Born in 1892, before Arizona became a state, we serve over 100,000 families and are located in 15 communities across the state.

At the Y we value the little things, and believe healthy living is not just a fad, it’s a way of life. We are a community, and a family, about embracing today’s social responsibilities together. For over a century we have been developing healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.

The YMCA is so much more than a gym and is for everyone.

Through our initiatives, programs, and services youth realize their potential; teens and young adults prepare for college; families spend time and have fun together; people are healthier in mind, body, and spirit; job seekers prepare for employment; newcomers are welcome and embraced; a nationwide service ethic is fostered; and so much more.

Learn more about the Y as we invite you to explore all that we have to offer.

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About Our Mission:

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

About Our Cause:

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the oldest nonprofits in the state of Arizona, born before Arizona became a state.


We serve over 100,000 families and are located in 17 communities.
We believe everyone deserves opportunities, no matter who you are, or where you’re from.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA has been a dependable resource in helping families raise their children and develop future leaders for over 125 years.  The Y is the oldest non-profit organization in the country – and have been in Phoenix longer than Arizona has been a state. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we strive to maintain and expand our position as the go-to community organization for advocacy, community problem solving and thought leadership.

From learning to swim to job training, the Valley of the Sun Y offers programs and services that meet the needs of communities across Arizona.


The Valley of the Sun YMCA is a part of YMCA of the USA with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about the Y and our organizational profile, see below or click here.

  • The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
  • The Y engages 9 million youth and 13 million adults each year in the U.S.
  • Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries.  Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership and youth programs of the Y around the world.
  • Members, staff and volunteers of the Y include men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life.
  • The Y is accessible to all people.  Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who cannot afford membership.
  • The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Y has such rich history from inventing the sport of basketball to influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change the Y has been here to serve the community for over 160 years.


For more information on the Y’s history click here.


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Youth Development:

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen through programs that include; childcare, educational programs, sports, activities, summer day camps, overnight camps, swim programs, teen leadership programs, events, clubs and volunteering programs.

Healthy Living:

Improving our community’s health and well-being by offering support, guidance, resources, facilities and expertise.

Social Responsibility:

Inspiring hope, creating new opportunities for success, and meaningfully changing futures through initiatives in education, health, character building, vocational training, mentoring, financial aid, and cultural understanding.

Our dedicated and experienced Executive Staff runs the day-to-day business of the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Our executive team is dedicated to fulfilling the YMCA’s mission and values in everything we do. To contact a member of our executive staff, fill out the contact form below, you can select which member of our staff you would like the email to be directed to.

J. Bryan Madden

President & Chief Executive Officer

Libby Henry

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Susan Waschler

Chief Development Officer

Connie Nelson-Askew

Chief Administration Officer

Jackie Gizzi

Vice President of HR

Lee Baker

Executive Assistant

Leadership in Our Community

Our Board of Directors is committed to carrying out the mission and values of the Valley of the Sun YMCA. Below is a list of our Metro Board of Directors.


Senior Vice President

Sundt Construction, Inc.

BRADLEY ALBERT, Past Board Chair

Vice President, Resource Management

Arizona Public Service


Senior Vice President

CBRE, Inc.


Executive Vice President of Social Services & Education

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.



Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital


President and CEO

Sunbelt Holdings


Community Volunteer


Assistant General Counsel, Field Operations,
Vice President, Resource Management

US Foods



Isaacson & Walsh, P.C.



Western Alliance Bank



Gammage & Burnham


Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo Commercial Banking


Vice President & General Manager

Global Workplace & Mobility, DXC

JIM PITMAN, Vice Chair

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Phoenix Suns

BOB RICE, Board Chair

Retired Program Manager






Community Volunteer


Community Volunteer


Vice President, Supply Chain

2021 Associate Directors

VICKI SANDLER, Associate Director

Executive Director

Executive Director AZISA/Wearthy Ideas



Bailey Strategic Innovation Group


Youth Governor