Staff

OUR TEAM

Association Staff

Matt Montgomery

Chief Executive Officer & DEFY Head Coach

Matt moved to Maine from the Virgin Islands with his wife, Jessica, in 1998. He started in the Aquatics Department as an Assistant Swim Coach ...

Jeanne Wood

Associate Executive

Jeanne was born and raised in Ellsworth. She had an early introduction to the Down East Family YMCA. Her mother, ...

Michelle Tuttle

Chief Financial Officer

A longtime resident of Maine, Michelle has Master’s Degrees in Information Technology & Security, Accounting with a concentration ...

Zachary Ames

Senior Programs Director - Youth Sports & Rec

Zach was born and raised in Florida. He grew up swimming and surfing with his friends and family. ...

Heidi Tupper

Director of Membership and Program Management

Heidi was born and raised in Ellsworth. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 2003 and received her pharmacy ...

Aaron Huynh

Aaron Huynh

Assistant Aquatics Director / DEFY Assistant Coach

Aaron moved to Maine from California in 2022. He was a collegiate swimmer for Babson College and swam competitively ...

Bob Dyer

Director of Maintenance

Bob came to the YMCA after many years in the restaurant business. Bob leads our maintenance department, including ...

Brian Townsend

Regional Aquatics Director

Brian grew up swimming and working at the Bath Area Family YMCA *(LRSC) where he first started teaching swim lessons, mentoring ...

Early Learning Centers

Courtney Wood

Courtney Wood

Director of Child Care Services

Courtney began her career at the Y in 2007 working in the the Early Preschool program at the Wiggins center. As the childcare program grew, ...

Alicia Grindle

Director of School Age Programming

Alicia started her journey at the Down East Family YMCA in 2013 in a part time position in the Afterschool Program as a Team Teacher. She was also working ...

Ashlee Morse

Ashlee Morse

Site Director of the Beechland Road Center

Born and raised in Newport, Ashlee developed a passion for teaching young children when working at a summer school with her mom. After ...

Andrea Howell

Andrea Howell

Site Director of the Island of Imagination, Bar Harbor

Andrea moved to Maine from England twenty one years ago when her husband joined the Jackson Lab. Both agree they could not have found a better ...

Jo Ann Joray

Jo Ann Joray

Site Director of the Moore Early Learning Center

In 2008, Jo Ann’s career in childcare began with a small home daycare in Connecticut caring for nine children, progressed to a small center ...

Lawrence Center – Blue Hill

Bob Huff

Bob Huff

Branch Manager

Bob is originally from the Owls Head, Maine area. He is a graduate of the University of Maine with a BS in Kinesiology and Physiology of Exercise. ...

Kellie Allen

Front Desk

Kellie grew up in Ellsworth and started working at the DEFY front desk shortly after graduating Ellsworth High School. Soon after, Kellie starting ...

Brian Townsend

Regional Aquatics Director

Brian grew up swimming and working at the Bath Area Family YMCA *(LRSC) where he first started teaching swim lessons, mentoring ...

Joy Bragdon

Health & Wellness Director – Lawrence Center

As Joy reached middle age she found her passion for fitness. After a complete body and mind transformation, she quickly moved from the back ...

Bucksport

Matt McInnis

Operations Director

Matt grew up in Portland Maine, participated in multiple sports growing up and went on to play football at Husson University. Matt graduated from Husson ...

Caitlin Hawes

Administrative Assistant

Caitlin is a Bucksport Native who loves working with children because of their energy and creative minds. She ...

Brody Gaslin

Fitness Attendant & Personal Trainer

    Brody, an alumni of Bucksport High School and a Bucksport Resident, played football for the Golden Bucks and was a 1st team ...

    Amanda Fraser

    Amanda Fraser

    Director of Young Bucks Camp

    Hello!

    My name is Amanda and I am very excited to be the Camp Director for the Young Bucks Summer Camp this year! ...

    Moore Community Center

    Shauna Esposito

    Director of Operations - Moore Community Center

    Shauna was born in Ellsworth and after graduating from Ellsworth High School, traveled to Westerville, Ohio where she received her Bachelor's ...

    Wiggins Center – Ellsworth

    Robin Clarke

    Fitness Director

    Robin has worked for Y Fitness since 2005. She is a personal trainer and loves to motivate people and help them to reach their goals and get ...