To find out more about our staff, click on the team names listed below:
Rob Roy McGregor, Executive Director
Rob has been the Executive Director since 1998. Prior to working in NH, he was with the YMCA in North Carolina, Colorado, and Massachusetts. After receiving his BS in Geography/Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Rob worked as the National Youth Director for the Zimbabwe YMCAs in Africa. An avid traveler, he spent a year in Africa and hitchhiked 12,000 miles from South Africa to Morocco. Rob's international experience is vast and includes YMCA leadership initiatives in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada, Costa Rica and Switzerland. He is the past chair of the New Hampshire/Vermont YMCA Executive Group, as well as the New Hampshire YMCA Public Policy committee. Rob is a YMCA trainer for the YMCA Earth Service Corps, YMCA Conflict Management, Peer Mediation, Substance Abuse Prevention and Safety Issues. Rob is an avid outdoorsman and global traveler, a family man and farmer, and can be seen running trails throughout the region 12 months of the year.
Jeff Gleason, Director of Camping
Jeff arrived at YMCA Camp Lincoln years ago. His journey began in the Finger Lakes of New York with two older brothers, a little sister and 4-H Camp Bristol Hills. The Adirondack Mountains have been home a few times for Jeff. Jeff attended Paul Smith's College where he earned degrees in Forest Recreation and Natural Resource Management and Policies. He worked as a Lead Instructor for the Orange County Outdoor Science School in California before moving back to Lake George and working as a Senior Educator with YMCA Camp Chingachgook. Jeff has explored Mexico, Canada and South Africa. His love of the natural New England environment and local entertainment has kept Jeff here enjoying the slopes, trails, rivers and new adventures with his wife, daughters, dog and friends. Since the age of four, Jeff has never missed a summer of camp.
Kate Banyas, Camping Program Director
Kate joined the Southern District YMCA in the fall of 2013. Kate grew up going to YMCA Camp Foss in Strafford, New Hampshire as a camper and counselor. She went to school at Sterling College in Vermont where she received a degree in Natural History Education. She continued her education at Lesley University in Massachusetts and earned a master of science in Ecological Teaching and Learning. In the past, Kate has worked at after-school programs, nature centers, aquariums, and residential outdoor science schools. Kate loves traveling, hiking, skiing, bird-watching, kayaking, and all things adventurous. This will be Kate’s 10th year working in outdoor and environmental education.
Kristina Wagnitz, Camp Office Manager
Kristina is a New Hampshire native, who has been working at summer camps for almost 20 years. Although she works in the office most days, her degree in Outdoor Education ensures that she can occasionally be seen on the ropes course, or leading a hike at camp. Kristina met her husband Tony at Camp Lincoln ten years ago, and their children Lexi and Libby love spending most of their summers here. In her free time, Kristina enjoys playing with her kids, reading, quilting and camping.
Tanya Gonzalez, School Age Program Director
Tanya began her career in School Age Child Care in 2000, where she worked with inner city children in Massachusetts during summer programming. It was then that Tanya’s passion for educating and guiding children during out of school time began. She realized that by providing these children with quality child care and “out of the box” learning experiences that the children were progressing in academic areas of reading and math as well as developing their social skills. In 2011, Tanya joined the Southern District YMCA School Age Child Care Team as a Program Coordinator, overseeing eight of our school age child care programs. Today, Tanya is the School Age Child Care Program Director and oversees all sixteen of our programs. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys traveling, spending time exploring New Hampshire with her husband, and visiting with her family.
Stephanie Sturgis, School Age Program Coordinator
Stephanie wants to live in a world where all people are accepted, the weather is always warm, and where dreams really do come true. As a School Age Child Care Program Coordinator, Stephanie oversees 8 of our 16 School Age Child Care Programs and can been seen on Vacation Camp Trips. Stephanie has been working in the Child Care field for the past 13 years and believes that every child should have an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they possibly can. When she’s not working at the YMCA, Stephanie can be found with her husband Tom and their 4 children hiking in the outdoors, kayaking, or just relaxing by the fire.
Bev Bowles, District Office Manager
Rhonda Bernstein, Development Director
Rhonda has led the development and communications efforts of Southern District YMCA since 2010. At that time, she brought years of non-profit fundraising experience and a successful career in marketing, sales and public relations within the high-tech and software industries. Rhonda holds a BA in International Business and French and has completed graduate studies in Finance. Having traveled throughout Europe and French-speaking Africa, Rhonda finds that the seasons of NH are the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures with her husband and three children.
Karen Prior, Community Campaign Director
Karen spent her career in the world of academic publishing, the last 11 years at The MIT Press in Cambridge, MA. While publishing has been a rewarding profession, the work that holds the most meaning for her are her community organizing efforts. Whether it is building a large-scale community playground or striving to raise local awareness around social justice issues in other parts of the world, Karen defines herself as a person uniquely able to build relationships and engage people in a meaningful process. Karen joined the Southern District YMCA in August 2012 as the Community Campaign Director in the efforts to build a full service YMCA in Exeter. Karen serves on several non-profit boards, is the Co-Chair of the GAP for the NH Women's Initiative, is a member of the Grant-making Committee for the Women's Fund of NH and a graduate of Leadership NH. A graduate of Boston College, Karen and her family live in Exeter.
Laura Montagno, Capital Campaign Manager
Laura joined the Southern District YMCA team in September 2012. Prior to joining the Y, Laura worked for 20+ years in IT industry for companies such as Nortel and Avaya. During her time in the corporate world, she developed extensive experience in marketing communications, project and program management, as well as website development and database management. She left the high-tech world in 2011 with the hope that her skills could be of better use to a non-profit group and that the work would offer her more fulfillment than the corporate world. Additionally, Laura is a current member of the Board of Directors for New Heights Adventures for Teens. She is extremely happy to be part of the YMCA team that will bring a YMCA facility to Exeter. Laura has been a long-time resident of Exeter, NH. She loves skiing and hiking, running and biking on the wonderful trails that Exeter has to offer.
Emma Loosigian, Communications Coordinator
Emma’s history with the YMCA began in 1988 when her family first attended YMCA Camp Huckins Family Camp. From camper to CIT to counselor to program director, Emma has fostered a lifelong connection to the YMCA. She joined the Southern District YMCA in 2011. Emma lives in Brentwood, NH where she farms with her family and manages a 5-acre apple orchard, Apple Annie. When Emma is not supporting YMCA projects, you can find her with dirty hands in the garden. With passions for health, real food, outdoor work and play, and kindness, Emma feels her values align well with the Southern District YMCA. Emma is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and McGill University.