Continued Leadership

After a nationwide search, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA has chosen Sarah Reese as their new executive director. Sarah has served as interim executive director for the branch since August 2015, and also serves as regional vice president for the YMCA of San Diego County for the North County region, providing leadership to the Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA in Oceanside and the Palomar Family YMCA in Escondido.

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration management from Park University in Missouri and has extensive YMCA training certifications. She has 16 years of YMCA leadership experience, serving at several associations across the country. She spent eight years at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as center and district center executive director, four years at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington as associate executive director and consultant, and more recently at the Mottino Family YMCA as executive director.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve the Ecke Family Y,” Sarah said. “I look forward to building upon the strong legacy of this branch and to deepen our impact in the community. Thank you to all the staff, members, and donors for your continued support and dedication – you are the key to our success.”

Rated one of the most active and progressive YMCA facilities in the nation, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA has been dedicated to improving the quality of human life as well as uniting and strengthening the community for more than 45 years. Learn more at