Rye Y Welcomes New Board Members

The Rye YMCA has announced the addition of seven new members to its board of directors. The members, who will each serve a three-year term, bring a range of experience to the Y.

“The board of directors is the backbone of any nonprofit organization,” observed Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “They contribute countless hours and boundless energy, helping with everything from financial oversight to special event planning to community outreach. We’re delighted to welcome a group of exceptional volunteers to our board this year.”

 The class of 2022 includes:

 Michele Allison
As the former Director of Communications at Deutsche Bank, Michele brings 18 years of experience in marketing and communications to the Rye Y board. In her volunteer life, she serves as the board secretary for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Michelle and her husband Michael have two children, Nate (age 12) and Emilia (age 11).

Matthew Hart
A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, where he received his B.A. and M.B.A., respectively, Matthew works as an investment banker with Jefferies, LLC. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with Rye Cub Scout Pack 2 and Rye Boy Scout Troop 2. Matthew and his wife Carrie are the parents of Hadley (age 14), Hayden (age 12) and Henry (age 9).

Carrie Donahue
A clinical social worker at Rye Country Day’s Middle School, Carrie is also a therapist in private practice. When she’s not working two jobs, she donates her time to the Kids SPACE board, RyeACT, and the Rye Middle/High School Caring Committee. She is also a former Rye Y board member. Carrie and her husband John Lipuma are the parents of 15-year-old Jude.

Ned Kirk
Married to Nora, an attorney and real estate broker, Ned is a partner with Clyde & Co. law firm in Manhattan. The couple have four children: Alexandra (age 18), Elisabeth (age 16), Brendan (age 14), and Charlotte (age 10). Ned serves on the board of the Big Picture Foundation and previously volunteered with the Rye Historical Society and Rye Presbyterian Nursery School.

Kim Morgner
A former attorney with degrees from Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, Kim keeps busy with community service and family life. With her husband Richard, an investment banker, she is raising three children: Lindsay (age 17), Ashley (age 15), and Courtney (age 9). She serves on the Milton Elementary School PO and previously volunteered with Rye Presbyterian Nursery School.

 Staci Ramachandran
 Staci is actively involved with several community organizations. She serves on the Family Services of Westchester Junior Board, Wainwright House’s Board of Directors, and as Chairperson of the Coveleigh Club Board of Directors. She is a past member of the Osborn School PTO Executive Board. Staci and her husband Anand are the parents of Ava (age 15) and Ty (age 11).

Margaret Rak Shipman
 A resident of Harrison, Margaret works in Manhattan as a Managing Director of Reputational Risk at Credit Suisse. In her spare time, she volunteers with Don Bosco Community Center’s Scholar’s Program and POTS (Part of the Solution). Margaret and her grown children—Caroline (age 25), Isabel (age 23) and Henry (age 19)—enjoy exercise classes, swimming and working out at the Y.