Leadership Team

The Metropolitan Office, located in the Jessie Ball duPont Center at 40 East Adams Street, Suite 210, is home to all leadership staff, including President and CEO Eric Mann, the Advancement, Asset Management, Membership, Marketing & Communications, Risk Management, Human Resources, Accounting, First Impressions (member information) and Information Technology offices.

Eric K. Mann, President / CEO
Suellen Brewer, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Penny Zuber, Executive VP, COO-CFO
George Babish, Senior VP of Organizational Advancement
Amy Toole, Executive Assistant to the Executive VP, COO-CFO & Senior VP of Organizational Advancement

Nekita Nesmith, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Pam Poggi, VP of Leadership Development and Human Resources
Bob Conklin, VP of Operations
Tom Campbell, VP of Operations
Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen, VP of Social Responsibility
Tammy Miller, VP of Risk Management
Michelle Moore, VP of Marketing & Communications
David Stryjewski, VP of Operations

Our association is governed by our Metropolitan Board of Directors and Board of Trustees that consists of volunteers from throughout the First Coast Community. Each neighborhood YMCA branch has its own volunteer Board of Managers which sets policy for its executive, who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders.

Board of Directors

  • Peggy Bryan, Chair
  • Doug Baer, Vice Chair/Treasurer
  • Michelle (Shelly) M. Boynton, Vice Chair
  • Mark F. Bailey
  • John D. Baker, II (Ex-Officio)
  • Sarah Bermudez
  • Leonard (Len) D. Brown, Jr.
  • Debbie H. Buckland
  • Rick Catlett
  • C. Ronald Coleman, Jr.
  • Daniel Davis
  • Terri W. Derkum
  • Rev. Dr. W. Stephen Goyer
  • Mattox Hair
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf
  • Melanie Jennings Husk
  • Michael D. Kelly
  • Joshua D. Merchant, PhD
  • Kathryn Murphy
  • Russell B. Newton, III (Ex-Officio)
  • Gary Norcross
  • Darnell Smith
  • Cleve E. Warren
  • Edward (Ed) W. White, Jr.
  • Floyd B. Willis, MD


  • John D. Baker, II, Chairman
  • Willis M. Ball, III
  • Christina H. Bryan
  • J. F. Bryan, IV
  • Stephen M. Buente
  • Carl N. Cannon
  • G. John Carey
  • Russell B. Newton, III
  • Hastings Williams, Jr.
  • John H. Williams, Jr.
  • James H. Winston

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.