The YMCA of Montclair President, Jo Ann Short, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lourdes Perry as the Director of Human Resources, effective May 2, 2012 and Nina McCormack as the organization’s new Chief Development and Marketing Officer, effective June 4, 2012.
Perry is a graduate of The New School, Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management, & Urban Policy, New York, with her Master of Science in Human Resources Management. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY in Business Administration – Government. In addition to being bilingual in Spanish and English, she brings a calm demeanor that is refreshing for everyone.
For several years she worked at Covenant House as their Recruitment Coordinator and as a Human Resource Generalist for the Agency. She spent a year and a half working at Carnegie Hall, New York, as their Human Resources Coordinator and performed Human Resources Generalist responsibilities along with administering all employee benefits. She then took a position with the Expo Design Center, A Division of the Home Depot, as an Area Human Resources Manager for their New York and New Jersey markets. It was here that she continued to build on her skills in driving the execution of HR initiatives like; organizational effectiveness, staffing, training, performance management, employee relations, staff/career development, fair employment practices and HR communications.
Perry is excited to get started at the Y. She commented, “I look forward to motivating and retaining the high performance workforce that I found here. I hope to bring coaching and career development to the everyday culture. My two young boys are very active members at the Geyer Family YMCA, so joining this organization is like a dream come true. We love the YMCA and now I have a hand in enhancing it further!”
Short referenced Perry’s strength in recognition and reward systems for the staff as a bright spot for everyone to be appropriately acknowledged for all they do. Short said, “We have already created a plan for a staff retreat in July, a monthly birthday recognition program and overall, simply maintaining a positive staff relations environment.”
Nina McCormack has a Bachelor of Arts degree from City University, College of Staten Island. For the past 8 years has served NewBridge Services, Inc. in Pompton Plains, NJ, a nonprofit organization serving the behavioral healthcare needs of Morris and Passaic counties, as the Chief Development & Marketing Officer. Prior to that, she was with Hope House in Dover, NJ, a social service organization for senior citizens, disabled and low-income families. She had a brief experience with The Montclair Art Museum as Manager of Special Events so she is familiar with the geographic area, as well as the fund raising arena. In a separate career prior to development, Nina spent ten years in promotions, marketing, events and printing in NYC.
“It is an honor for me to serve as the new Chief Development & Marketing Officer of The YMCA of Montclair,” McCormack said. “I am grateful to join a mission-driven organization with a rich 120 year history of meeting community needs through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” The Y Board, staff team and volunteers remain committed to building stronger communities and families through the Y’s varied programs and services.
McCormack said she looks forward to “connecting with community leaders and becoming fully engaged in all of the Y’s service areas.”
“Nina has the expertise, experience and values-focused leadership we need to strengthen our organization to ensure that we remain a vital resource to the communities that we serve,” Short said.
The Y is a cause-driven organization and one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Montclair serves more than 12,000 residents in the greater Northern Essex County area through programs such as: before and after school enrichment, health and wellness, leadership and youth development, summer day camp, sports and arts enrichment, as well as aquatics. Every day, our Y works side by side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information, visit www.MontclairYMCA.org.