Helen Flanders, Regional Vice President
Helen’s YMCA roots go back to her family membership at UMLY as a child and continued in her 29-year Y professional career. Prior to her arrival in Berwyn in 2015, Helen served as the Executive Director of the Oscar Lasko and Twin Valley YMCAs.
She started her Y career at the Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville, where she spent 18 years working in multiple departments and ultimately leading operations and financial development. Helen also worked with the Association marketing and communications team. Today, Helen oversees the Brandywine YMCA and the Upper Main Line YMCA.
Her most recent achievements include: creation of the UMLY Preschool STEAM Academy; expanding CELC enrollment; increasing annual fundraising by 40%; improving the member experience by 37% (Listen 360 Surveys); starting the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s first state licensed, private Kindergarten; creating the first YMCA After School Academy (YASA); bringing an AAU Basketball League to the Y; expanding membership and program enrollment in all of her branches. Helen also expanded the Lasko YMCA’s signature outreach program, Believe and Achieve at the Y, to ensure that at-risk, underprivileged children are mentored in a safe haven every day after school and all day during the summer, at no cost to the families. Recently added to her portfolio are the staff leadership role in the Association Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement (DIG) Initiative and supervisory support of the Brandywine branch.
Helen is dedicated to the Y mission to serve all people in spirit, mind and body, shares, “Most people go to work in the morning. I go to the YMCA, where we have the honor and privilege of changing lives.”
Helen graduated from the University of Richmond with a Master’s Degree in psychology. She and her husband Rick live in Caln Township, where they raised their two sons. When not working at the Y, Helen enjoys boating, swimming, traveling and creative writing.