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. 

 

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Brian Raicich, Operations Director

Brian began his career with the YMCA as a camp counselor in 1994 at Camp UMLY. He started the Environmental Education Program, under the guidance of Brad Zerr, former Senior Program Director. Brian served as part-time Environmental Education Coordinator from 1997-2003 while also working as an environmental scientist for a consulting firm. During this time, he built a staff team to create the Nature Center and trail system on the campus, developed the preschool nature program, nature summer camps, Y Earth Service Corps, and Birding programs. He joined UMLY full-time in 2003 as the Associate Youth & Family Director and shortly thereafter became the Youth & Family Director and Camp Director. In 2007, Brian became Senior Program Director of Camp, Environmental Education, Teens, Community Outreach and later added Sports, Arts & Dance, Wellness, Tennis, Childcare, and eventually Aquatics to his oversight. 

In June 2014, Brian was named Associate Executive Director at Upper Main Line YMCA and helped with the transition of the merge with the YMCA of Brandywine Valley to form the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. He moved into the Operations Director role in 2020.

Brian graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and Masters in Environmental Pollution Control. 

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