FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Empowering young people to reach their full potential
FOR HEALTHY LIVING Improving individual and community well-being
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Providing support and inspiring action in our communities
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA has been an integral part of the fabric of our community for over 40 years. The seeds of the Y were planted in 1956 with the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s purchase of the property that would become the home of the Y less than 20 years later. The Riverbrook Regional YMCA was officially chartered in 1972 when the first phase of the main building was completed.
Since, the Y has grown in membership and services as the community has looked to the Y for swimming lessons, health and fitness programs, senior activities, youth and adult sports, early childhood educational programs, afterschool child care, summer day camp, volunteer opportunities, and a values-based environment where everyone is welcome. Some civic leaders have referred to the Y as one of the “building blocks” of the community.
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to maximizing the personal potential of all individuals in the community.
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA will broaden its leadership role in providing high quality programs and services to a significantly increase membership base through the modernization of its existing campus and the expansion of its facilities. The Y will be known as one of the leading providers of services delivered in an environment that promotes caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Diversity, Disability & Inclusion
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, income, faith, sexual orientation, gender expression, cultural background, national origin and disability has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—everything we do stems from it.
RIVERBROOK REGIONAL YMCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(Please see Bios below)
Carol Johnson, Chair
Greg Pinchbeck, First Vice Chair
Fred Wirth, Vice Chair / Treasurer
Susan Goldman, Secretary
Bill Meehan, Assistant Secretary
Dr. Michael Crystal
Dr. Susan Weinberger
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
Lisa Bogan (deceased)
Al Nickel (deceased)
E. Buckley Griswold (deceased)
Riverbrook Regional YMCA Board of Directors Bios
Carol Johnson – Chair
Carol Johnson is a Vice President with Fairfield County Bank for the Wilton and Weston Markets. Carol’s responsibilities include business development and community relations.
Carol’s love for the Y began with her very first swimming lesson at the age of four. Prior to joining the Board in 2009 she had already served on various Y Committees. Carol brings to the Y a vast array of experience from her work with other non-profits in the community, some of which include the Wilton Library Association, Wilton Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club of Wilton.
Carol is passionate in her commitment to volunteerism, so aptly described in the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self.”
Greg Pinchbeck – First Vice Chair
Greg Pinchbeck has been a member of several YMCAs across the country and the Wilton Y since 2012. His family has participated in camp, afterschool care, swim lessons, and swim team and he joined the Y Board in 2017.
Greg is a member of the Wilton Wahoo Parent Committee, a Board Member of Connecticut Swimming, Inc, and a Board Member of the USA Swimming Foundation where he advocates nationally for learn to swim programs.
Professionally, Greg is the Global Head of Enterprise Resiliency for Dell Technologies, where he protects the organization against adverse global events. He has held similar risk roles over the past 20 years at The Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup.
Greg is a graduate of Gettysburg College and has been a resident of Wilton since 2012 along with his wife, son and two greyhounds.
Fred Wirth – Vice Chair & Treasurer
Fred has been a resident of Norwalk since 1956 and learned how to swim at the Norwalk Y in his early years. With 5 siblings and both parents having to work in a struggling family business, the YMCA became a godsend for Fred’s mom as she tried to make certain she had a safe place for him and his brother.
Having joined the Norwalk Y in 1984 as Treasurer, Fred has been part of YMCA leadership for most of the years since, serving in many capacities. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Norwalk Y prior to the merger with the Wilton YMCA and the forming of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.
Fred believes the simple needs of today’s families have not changed since his youth and the Y is the same supportive – and much needed – place and resource for them. Fred has a financial background including public accounting – and for the last 40+ years served as CFO for several companies. Currently, Fred manages a family office.
Susan Goldman – Secretary
Susan Goldman is a Redding resident and joined the Y Board in 2018. She is a partner in the Wilton Center law firm of Gregory and Adams, P.C., practicing in Real Estate Law for the past 37 years. She represents both individual and institutional clients in a variety of commercial and residential transactions.
In addition to her legal practice, Susan is the current President of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, a member and past President of the Wilton Rotary Club, and past Chair of the Redding Park and Recreation Commission.
Susan is a 2022 recipient of volunteer recognition issued by the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs, as well as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
Bill Meehan – Asst. Secretary
Bill Meehan and his wife Barb moved to Wilton in 1984, promptly joined the Wilton YMCA and have been members since. The Y has played a central role in raising their two children in Wilton.
Bill served on the YMCA board from 2010 through June of 2021 and began his second term in 2022. Previously, Bill coached youth baseball and soccer teams, served on town committees and the boards of the Wilton Little League and the Wilton Baseball & Softball Association (President 2000-2002). He has been a Wilton Rotarian since 2001 (President 2007-2008).
Bill attended and swam at Stony Brook University before Fordham Law School. After law school, Bill joined a large Manhattan law firm where he specialized in litigation of national and international insurance matters. In 2000, after years of commuting, Bill left the New York firm and opened his Wilton office. He practices in the fields of litigation, trials and appeals, real estate, and general law.
Dr. Michael Crystal
Dr. Michael has been a Wilton resident since 1996 and joined the Y Board in 2021 after serving in various capacities with several other local organizations including the Historical Society, Library, Police Department, Ambler Farm, and Chamber of Commerce as well as organizations including WeSpeak Bermuda and The Honor Foundation.
Amongst his numerous accomplishments he has been named a “Wilton 25 Most Dedicated, Most Creative and Most Influential” person, and has authored three books, one of which, “Succeeding in Your Sandbox,” was described as “THE bible for those who lead and manage others.”
Michael’s professional life has been dedicated to helping successful people be more successful by providing coaching and counseling. He balances his work by enjoying personal time with his family, travelling, increasing his wine knowledge, enhancing his martial arts skills, and leading the town’s annual Pumpkin Parade as “The Cat in the Hat” as he has done for the past 16 years.
Jennifer Hickey and her family moved to Wilton in 2014 and have been members of the Wilton YMCA ever since. She is an avid participant in group fitness classes, her children attend Camp Gordyland, they are both “graduates” of the Afterschool Program, and her older son is a Wilton Wahoo. What she loves most about the Y is the people who work there and the members! Additionally, Jen serves on the Board of the Wilton Education Foundation and is an alumni volunteer/interviewer for her alma mater. Jen is passionate about public education and promoting safe places for our children and has put that passion into practice for the last 22 years as a high school guidance counselor at a public high school in Westchester County.
Jen earned her BA in English from Lehigh University, her MA and EdM in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her EdM in Educational Leadership from the Bank Street College of Education. In her free time, you can find her herding her two sons around town, or decompressing through exercise, gardening, cooking, sewing, or reading not-too-serious novels.
Glen is Executive Vice President of Fairfield County Bank’s Commercial Lending Division leading a team that offers a broad range of financing solutions to local businesses. As a Norwalk, CT native, Glen appreciates the funding needs of Fairfield County’s businesses and how a community bank can help local businesses thrive through personalized, relationship-based service and local decision making.
Prior to joining the Board of The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Glen served on the Norwalk YMCA Board for many years, including serving as Chairman for 2 terms. Glen also was a member of the Norwalk Kiwanis Club and the Norwalk Exchange Club. Glen is currently the Chairman of the board of directors for the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.
Vivian first joined the Y in the mid-80s and worked as a Counselor in Training at summer camp. Her parents remain active in Silver Sneakers, and her children consider the Y to be their second home having been in afterschool programs, Camp Gordyland and Competitive Gymnastics Team.
Vivian’s career focused on Corporate Strategy and Risk Management in Global Financial Services. But her role on the Y Board is connected to her passion for giving back to her community. Vivian co-founded “Working Moms of Wilton”, a group of over 1,500 moms who live in Wilton. She serves on the boards of Wilton Singers and Wilton Children’s Theater, Troop Leader for the Wilton Girl Scouts, and the Y’s Gymnastics Parents. She and her husband Peter Shiue have served on multiple town boards, including the Economic Development and Planning and Zoning Commissions.
Vivian believes the Y has been key to juggling life as a full-time working mom of school-aged kids. Through her involvement on the Y board, she hopes to further enhance these services for working parents of young kids.
Jack is an award-winning, creative problem-solver with marketing, brand, consulting, and public relations expertise among a diverse array of blue-chip organizations and industries. After brand management at Procter & Gamble, he worked for advertising and consulting firms before joining Deloitte and rising to the role of Communications Director for the CEO.
After 15 years at Deloitte, he started Connecting Communications, LLC to break through the clutter of much of today’s messaging in search of common ground and trust necessary for growing sustainable relationships.
He has had both trials and triumphs, from surviving a near-death childhood experience, exceling in sports, and being the first in his family to go to college, to being a father who fostered a community for children with special needs.
Recognized for serving the community at Deloitte and most recently the P&G Alumni Network, Jack also contributes his time to the Wilton Kiwanis Club, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee, and STAR, Lighting the way.
Jack has lived in Wilton for more than 35 years.
Jen moved to Wilton in 2015 and quickly joined the Y with fitness in mind. What she found was much more than a gym. While she enjoys swimming and working out and appreciates the Y’s extensive facilities, what she really came to love is the inclusive and supportive community that the Regional Riverbrook Y fosters. It is central to what makes Wilton special, and she is honored to serve on its Board.
Jen and her husband, Maurizio, have three children who have attended Wilton schools and have worked as counselors at Camp Gordyland. Prior to parenthood, Jen worked as an investigative analyst in the New York County District Attorney’s office; as the founding Program Director for the New York Road Runners’ Rising Runners program; and in the Development office of The Children’s Health Fund.
Jen graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History.
Jen is also involved in Wilton’s Rising Starr Horse Rescue, and she enjoys volunteering her time for various local organizations.
Jody is originally from a small town of 180 people in Northern Minnesota and graduated from NDSU in Fargo, ND with a B.S. in Bio-Medical Engineering. She has lived in Norwalk for the past 28 years and is the V.P. of Operations at Sound Control Technologies, a family-owned electronics manufacturing business.
Jody and her husband, David, have two children Emma and Jacob who are both graduates of the Little Wonders preschool program at the Norwalk YMCA. That preschool program and the deeper insight it provided into the needs of the Norwalk Y was the impetus to become involved in the YMCA board over 15 years ago. Jody truly values the positive impact that the YMCA has on the community that it serves.
Dave has been a resident of East Norwalk since 1986. Following a visit to a Norwalk YMCA booth at the Oyster Festival, Dave and his wife Lisa joined the Norwalk Y, and were active early morning members. After sending an email to the Executive Director of the Y and using the word “marketing” he was invited to join the “Marketing Committee” and then invited to join the Norwalk Y’s Board.
Dave served on the Norwalk Y’s Board for many years prior to the merger of the Norwalk and Wilton Y’s.
Dave’s professional background has been in various roles in the Information Technology world. Starting as a programmer and working into IT project management, design, and development. Dave is currently an entrepreneur at JayStar Group in Norwalk, which has landed in a niche of providing software and regulatory compliance services to Organized Labor throughout the United States.
Tim is a senior managing director in the Stamford, CT office of Newmark Group, Inc., a global real estate services firm. In this role, Tim is responsible for advising his clients in all facets of their commercial real estate needs. Tim is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Connecticut and New York.
A native of Norwalk, CT, Tim served on the board of the Norwalk Y for many years prior to the merger of the Norwalk and Wilton Y’s.
Tim’s connection to the Y goes back to his childhood when he played youth basketball at the Norwalk Y in the 80s and learned how to swim at the Norwalk Y and Camp Mahackeno YMCA summer camp in Westport.
Luisa brings a global perspective to everything she does having lived in six different countries across three continents and speaking English, Spanish and Mandarin fluently. She has over 20 years of experience in research and strategic consulting of international scope, covering more than 30 countries. Luisa studied International Affairs at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and is co-author of the book Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox.
Many families struggle with access to health, wellness and childcare services to provide their families with basic day-to-day needs. The Y is a place that offers these to everyone, and Luisa wants to make sure that institutions like the Y thrive as centers of community. Luisa believes the Y is unique in its ability to straddle the health, wellness and sporting needs across generations – from toddlers to seniors – and is a central place, outside the home, where families can spend time together.
Luisa resides in Wilton with her husband Luis, and three children, Alessandra, Lucas and Lander. Her kids have grown up at the Y starting out at pre-school, to swim lessons, summer camps and gymnastics. Her mother considers the Y her “second home”.
Tom lives in Wilton with his wife Laura and their children Sophia, William, and Sarah; all of whom enjoy the many benefits the YMCA provides.
Tom has been on the YMCA Board since 2018. He is an avid platform tennis player and invests a significant amount of his time organizing, overseeing, and growing the platform tennis program at the Y.
Tom volunteers as President of Wilton Softball, the Treasurer for the Wilton Athletic and Recreation Foundation, and serves the Fairfield County Platform Tennis League board in various roles. He coaches youth sports in town and is a passionate advocate for the growth and benefits of youth athletics.
Professionally, Tom is an Audit & Assurance Managing Director in Deloitte’s U.S. national office where he leads global transformation efforts and serves Deloitte professionals as consultation resource on ESG matters, Management Estimates, Risk Assessment and other audit and assurance related matters.
Dr. Susan G. Weinberger
Dr. Susan G. Weinberger is the President, Mentor Consulting Group, an international firm that designs, implements, and evaluates youth and corporate mentoring programs. She is the author of Mentoring a Movement, My Personal Journey and numerous publications on mentoring. Susan’s awards include President Clinton’s coveted Volunteer Action Award at the White House for her work in mentoring, the William A. O’Neill Legacy Award from CT Governor, Dannel P. Malloy for a lifetime of tireless efforts and advocacy for expanding mentoring to youth and the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Riverbrook Regional YMCA.
Susan, the former President of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra currently serves as Secretary of the Board of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, and as a board member of the Norwalk Hospital and Norwalk Community College Foundation.
Susan has lived in Norwalk with her husband, Norman J. Weinberger, M.D. for 52 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.