Meet The Team
Dear YMCA Members and Participants,
Please meet our team at The Granite YMCA. Together, we are a dedicated group of individuals connected by a shared passion and commitment to serving our members and strengthening the foundations of our community through youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Our talented staff are well vetted through a thorough interview and reference checking process. All must pass a criminal investigative check and go through both formal and on the job training programs. Our association is very proud of all our team members, and invite you to ask any of them for assistance to better improve your Y experience.
Enjoy your YMCA.
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown staff
Matt has worked for The Granite YMCA since 1998. Prior to working, Matt attended Mi-Te-Na as a camper before getting his first job as Lifeguard at the Downtown YMCA. Over the years he has held several leadership roles across our association. These roles include, Camp Director, Allard Center Aquatics Director, Teen Services Director for the Downtown branch and Association Training Coordinator. Matt is a certified trainer through the American Safety and Health Institute and YMCA of the USA. Through which he teaches various enrichment and safety courses for the northeast. Additionally, Matt is active with the American Camp Association where he serves as a standards visitor. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College.
While not at the Y, Matt enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time with his family. He met his wife Megan when she worked at YMCA Camp Foss and they currently reside in Concord NH with their son Teddy.
Anna-Lise began working at the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown in March of 2013 as the Tiger Sharks swim team head coach and Aquatics Coordinator. Since then, she held the roles of Aquatics Director and Senior Program Director. In 2016, she assisted in opening of the Multigenerational Center in collaboration with other staff to bring older adult programming to the Allard Center. Anna-Lise serves on a variety of The Granite YMCA's committees to improve member and staff experience, plan events and review policies. Prior to joining the team at the Allard Center, Anna-Lise worked at a private health club for 15 years primarily in aquatics and membership. As the Operations Director, Anna-Lise looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Allard Center's team of directors to not only share experiences and mentor, but also learn from them all. When Anna-Lise is not at the Y, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
David received his BS in business administration at the State University of New York in Oswego. As the tennis director of the Granite YMCA, he oversees the tennis operation at the YMCA Allard Center. He was a member of the Y for more than 20 years and is a former Allard Center board member. Since coming on board with the tennis department in August of 2008 he has worked very hard to expand the tennis program at the Allard Center. As a result of his hard work, participation in the various tennis programs is at an all time high, including the USTA travel teams, program lessons, tournaments, and other tennis activities.
With over 25 years of experience in YMCA Aquatics, Tim has enjoyed spending most of his time in and around the water his entire life. He started as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the Merrimack YMCA as a sophomore in high school. He continued his YMCA career in roles ranging from Shift Supervisor, Head Guard, and Aquatics Coordinator at two different associations in Washington State where he started his family. In 2010, he returned home to New Hampshire and joined the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown Aquatics Team. He has served several years prior to his current role at the Allard Center as the Assistant Aquatics Director. Tim is also a YMCA Lifeguard Instructor and a YMCA Swim Lessons Trainer.
Damon joined the YMCA Allard Center team in 2022. He grew up in Southern Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and California and has practiced martial arts and parkour for over 35 years. He has always taught on a grassroots level, for he feels that the above arts need to be open and available to all with the passion, curiosity, or need to practice them. Martial arts led Damon to tour over 20 countries as a professional dancer and performer, and during this, he was able to learn, explore, refine and teach his skills to a multitude of people from all over the world. While Damon has not had much experience with the YMCA yet, he has always been impressed by its mission. It is that mission that brought him to the Y. He strives to support the gymnastic and ninja programs we have and expand them as well in an inclusive collaborative way. Damon looks forward to the future working with Meg, Anna, and the entire Gymnastics team!
Meg grew up as a Y kid, taking gymnastics, dance and swimming lessons at the North Andover Y at the tender age of 3. As a teenager she volunteered for many areas of the Y, including the welcome center, aquatics, gymnastics, and basketball, and was also a member of the YMCA Leaders Club for teens. At age 16 Meg joined the Y team as a paid employee, teaching gymnastics and life guarding her way through high school. She later attended Springfield College in Massachusetts, and competed on the Springfield College gymnastics team. She became an All American on the uneven bars by winning 3rd place at USGF Division II Nationals, and to this day she still holds the uneven bar school record with a score of 9.65! In 1994 Meg began working part time at the YMCA Allard Center teaching gymnastics, and in the fall of 1995, Meg became the gymnastics director. Since that time, the program has grown by leaps and bounds, adding equipment, specialty classes, participants, and members on the gymnastics team!
Nicci has a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. She began her career at the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown as the Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program Lead Teacher in 2009. In 2013, Nicci became the Assistant Child Care Director and Assistant Director at Camp Half Moon. Nicci was promoted to Child Care Director in June of 2017 and looks forward to working with the youth in the Goffstown, Weare, New Boston, and surrounding areas.
A New Hampshire native, Katie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She is certified in various group class formats and fitness specialties in addition to being a personal trainer. Before beginning her career at the Granite YMCA in 2012, Katie spent many years working in the cycling and outdoor retail industry. She has a great passion for fitness in all forms, and likes to bring an element of fun to her work.
Kasandra joined the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown in the fall of 2019 as the Youth and Sports Director. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sports & Recreation Management with a minor in Business from New England College in Henniker, NH. Kasandra is passionate about the mission of the YMCA and is honored to be a role model for the future generation of character rockstars. Kasandra has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings, including day camps, after school programs, cheerleading, softball, soccer, and basketball teams. She enjoys spending time exploring local shops with friends and family and loves to bake. In December of 2020, Kasandra became the Camp and Teen Director overseeing Camp Halfmoon and the teen and sports departments.
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown Advisory Board
Virginia grew up in Epsom, NH. Her previous roles have been as a Designer/eLearning Developer. She held a position as a Training Specialist- Worker's Comp and District Sales Manager.
Virginia got involved in the YMCA from her children who have been active in many YMCA activities including gymnastics and ninja. She loves the values the YMCA exhibits and teaches. The staff have been great role models for her kids. The programs have helped her kids stay healthy and happy, while gaining confidence and becoming good community members. Virginia hopes to be a voice for parents, volunteers, and she hopes to help the YMCA continue to make a positive impact in the community.
In Virginia's free time, she enjoys camping, crafting, and games with her family.