YMCA honors outstanding volunteers

Jun 14, 2014

The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and campaign volunteers at a special recognition breakfast on June 4 at the Everett Golf & Country Club.

This community event honors the wonderful contribution of volunteers who support the YMCA of Snohomish County.

More than 100 members of the community, board members, friends of the Y, and staff were on hand to celebrate the volunteer accomplishments achieved during 2013-2014.

In recognition of outstanding service, the following individuals were recognized as the 2013-2014 YMCA of Snohomish County Volunteers of the Year:

Mill Creek Family YMCA

Program Volunteer: Doug Braid, The Boeing Company

Policy Volunteer: Linda Patten, Retired and Jim Meinick, Retired

Youth Volunteer: Luke Mahler, Student, Glacier Peak High School

Campaign Volunteer: Chris Cunio, Owner, Cunio’s, Inc.


Everett Family YMCA

Program Volunteer: Brian Gillespie, Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Policy Volunteer: Chris Adams, Adams & Duncan Law Firm

Youth Volunteer: Dakota Pitzer, Student, Lake Stevens High School

Campaign Volunteer: Heather Barnhart, Community


Marysville/North County Family YMCA

Program Volunteer: Cody Slagg, Community Transit

Policy Volunteer: Marlin Fryberg, Jr., Tulalip Tribes

Youth Volunteer: Caroline Vogl, Student, Arlington High School

Campaign Volunteer: Benji Travis, GenerosTee


Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

Program Volunteer: Nancy Cordova, Community

Policy Volunteer: Dwight Nelson, Northwest Sheet Metal Trust

Youth Volunteer: Kristin Wilsey Basco, Student, Park Place Middle School

Campaign Volunteer: Marnie Schaffer, Community


Mukilteo Family YMCA

Program Volunteer: Mickey McGill, Northwest Aerospace Technologies

Policy Volunteer: Tom Gaskin, Community

Youth Volunteer: Marissa Avalos, Student, Mariner High School

Campaign Volunteer: Greg Abbey, Community


Stanwood-Camano YMCA Initiative

Program Volunteer: Carol Mason, Community

Policy Volunteer: Don Leak, Community

Youth Volunteer: Matthew Larson, Student, Port Susan Middle School

Campaign Volunteer: Carolyn Klein, Community and Jerry Will, Community


YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees

Policy/Trustee Volunteer: Dr. Gary Cohn, Everett Public Schools

Campaign Volunteer: Scott Forslund, Premera Blue Cross


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County

Program Volunteer: Kathy O’Brien, PYI, Inc.

Policy Volunteer: Molly Ringo, Everett Public Schools

Youth Volunteer: Michiko Smith, Student, Lake Stevens High School

Campaign Volunteer: Scott Comey, RE/MAX Elite


The named honorees, as identified by each YMCA of Snohomish County family branch, BBBS affiliate, the Board of Trustees, and the Stanwood-Camano YMCA Initiative, represent the best of more than 1,935 volunteers who donated a total of 53,485 hours of valuable assistance with policies, programs, and activities.

Policy volunteers lead various boards and committees, while campaign volunteers lead their annual fundraising efforts.

Program and youth volunteers serve in such activities as youth sports, teen programs, mentoring activities, child care, and special events.

As a cause-driven organization, the Y is able to strengthen community because of the dedicated youth, families, and individuals who share their passion.

They give their time, resources, and talents—every day in thousands of ways—because they know they can improve the lives of others while enhancing their own lives through the Y.

“We define social responsibility as giving back and providing support to our neighbors,” said Scott Washburn, YMCA of Snohomish County President/CEO.

“The impact that all of our volunteers have on our community is invaluable and what makes the YMCA what it is - a volunteer lead organization that strengthens the foundations of our community.”

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