PHOENIX (May 15, 2019)—Valley of the Sun YMCA, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit social service organizations in Arizona, has appointed Ellen Hedlund and Joyce Stuart to its metro board of directors.


“We are thrilled to have Ellen and Joyce join our metro board,” said Valley of the Sun YMCA President and CEO Bryan Madden. “They both have a long history with our organization and will bring a wealth of institutional knowledge and personal experience as Y members to the board.”


Hedlund has more than 30 years’ experience working in higher education in Ohio and Arizona. Her most recent position was director of development, alumni and community relations for Paradise Valley Community College. She previously worked at Arizona State University for 10 years and was a student affairs administrator at the ASU West Campus when it opened in 1997.


She has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Denison University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State University. As a charter member of the Glendale/Peoria YMCA when it opened in 1997, Hedlund and her family had many life-changing experiences and made lifelong friends.


“The mission of the YMCA and my core values align beautifully,” said Hedlund. “I believe in paying it forward and working to make my community a better place for all. The Y is so much more than a workout facility, and its impact is amazing. I feel privileged to be a part of it. I’ve been blessed throughout my life and am grateful to have opportunities to give back.”



Stuart retired in 2017 from a 24-year career with the Valley of the Sun YMCA, most recently as executive assistant to the president and CEO. She worked in every department in the association office and provided administrative support to eight CEO administrations over her tenure. She previously held administrative support positions at the Resolution Trust Corp and Yellow Front Stores.


“The Y has been and still is an important part of my life,” said Stuart. “I believe in its mission, community impact and outreach. I am blessed to be part of a great organization that embraces family, diversity/inclusion and  community. Now that I’m retired, there is a strong Y force that brings me back to serve. It’s in my DNA. I love the Y; it’s family!”

The Valley of the Sun YMCA was established in 1892, before Arizona became a state. The Y serves local communities in Maricopa County, Pinal County, Yuma, Flagstaff and Prescott, offering more than 250 programs and 26 social services.


The YMCA aims to provide all members with the opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change.