Y STAFF DIRECTORY

MEET THE TEAM

The Mount Desert Island YMCA is proud to hire talented individuals with diverse and unique backgrounds who exhibit the Y Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Please find below our Y Directors, their emails, and a short bio. If you would like to learn how you can be a part of the Y Team, visit out Employment page for current job openings. 

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Chief Executive Officer - Ann Tikkanen   exec@mdiymca.org

Ann brings a decades-long career in executive and financial leadership to the MDI Y. Notably, she served for twenty-two years at the YMCA of Greater Boston in a progression of senior roles, primarily as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President leading all financial matters plus the Workforce Development, IT, and HR functions. Ann also has an impressive track record of careful financial management, including delivering balanced budgets in 21 of her 22 years as CFO.  She most recently worked as a non-profit consultant, and as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Trustees of Reservations in Boston. Ann earned her MBA from Babson College and a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern
University.

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Membership Director - Robert Huff   membership@mdiymca.org

Bob is excited to join the Y team as the new Membership Director.  He has lived in Maine his whole life growing up in Owls Head and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Kinesiology and Physiology of Exercise.  Bob and his family have been vacationing to the Bar Harbor area for the past 15 years and recently decided to make Bar Harbor their permanent home. Having spent the last 20 years working in various customer service industries he looks forward to serving the MDI residence and visitors. Bob, his wife Traya and daughter Megan are excited to start this new chapter in their lives.

Marketing Director & Executive Assistant - Demelza Ramirez   design@mdiymca.org

Demelza comes to the YMCA with a BS in Professional Writing from Taylor University in Indiana. She is a Maine native having grown up in Ellsworth and graduating high school from Bangor Christian Schools. For the last three years she has moved up from working part-time at the YMCA in childcare to taking on the role of Marketing Director and Executive Assistant in February of 2017. She is excited to promote the YMCA and its mission to help kids and families reach their full potential. When she's not at the Y, Demelza can be found in various productions of community theater through The Grand and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine, or volunteering at her church where she holds of the role of Parish Council Clerk. She is working towards a Masters of Divinity.

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Childcare & Youth Development Director - Taylor Walls   childcare@mdiymca.org

Taylor was born and raised on MDI. She spent her youth at the MDI YMCA swimming on the Shark’s swim team since the age of 5, and now watches her son swim on the same team! She graduated with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood from EMCC. She grew up around children, her mom & 4 aunts had home daycares which Taylor spent many years being a part of. Taylor started her adventure as an employee here at the MDI YMCA in 2015 as our assistant teacher, working her way up to lead teacher and now becoming the childcare director. She is raising her 6-year-old son here on MDI, and wants to give him the opportunity to grow up in a YMCA atmosphere like herself. Seeing him be a part of the YMCA community brings back childhood memories for Taylor & she would like to keep that feeling going for Jayden. She is excited to educate all the little minds that become part of the YMCA, and ready to watch them GROW!

Facilities Director - Chris Farley   facilities@mdiymca.org

Chris is a native of Mount Desert Island; he graduated MDI High School in 1991. After graduation he went straight into the work force. He became self employed in 2001 and had his own cleaning business expanding to a general contractor and caretaker for 38 apartments in four different complex's in the Ellsworth area.  In 2016 he decided it was time for yet another move in what he has come to find was an awesome decision in accepting the position at the MDI YMCA. He got remarried in 2013 to his wife Suzanne and acquired two awesome children. He has four beautiful daughters, Noel Farley who is 22, Kaitlyn Farley who is 18, Alyssa Farley who is 15, his stepdaughter Rady Linkel who is 18 and a handsome step son Reilly Linkel who is 15.  His kids are his life and he's thankful for each and everyone of them.

Senior Wellness Director - Mark Rice-Schoon   wellness@mdiymca,org 

Mark Schoon was born in Kittery, Maine but spent most of his childhood in Marion, Iowa with stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington state. He attended Excelsior College and is a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force. An avid Sea Kayaker, Mark has taught at sea kayaking symposiums around the country, expeditioned above the Arctic Circle by sea kayak, kayaked in the Pacific, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, the North Atlantic, the North Sea, the Arctic Ocean, as well as the sea surrounding England and Scotland. Mark's goals for the future of the Y include his continuing effort to have the safest and most effective team of aquatic professionals around as well as expanding the offerings of the Wellness programs to better reach all ages of the MDI community.

Race Director & Fundraising Manager - Jennifer VanDongen   races@mdiymca.org

Jennifer grew up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She attended college at the University of South Carolina on an athletic scholarship to compete in Track & Field as a heptathlete while majoring in Chemistry/Biology. After years of working in the pharmaceutical field, she married, moved to Maine, and took time off work to raise her 3 daughters, Amelia, Cora and Caroline. Jennifer enjoys volunteering in the community and first became involved with the MDI Y as a member of the half marathon race committees. When not at the Y, you can find her running up and down the mountain trails of Acadia,
hiking with her daughters, biking the carriage roads, or on another outdoor adventure.

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Aquatics Director - Jim Willis   aquatics@mdiymca.org

Bio coming soon!