First Coast YMCA Elects New Metropolitan Board of Directors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – October 20, 2020 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce its newly elected Board Chair, Doug Baer, and the election of two new members to the Metropolitan Board of Directors; Crystal Freed and Josh Harrison. While adapting to the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic this year, the Y has continued its efforts to build healthier communities for future generations across the First Coast.

“Undoubtedly, our Board members are exceptional community advocates,” said Eric K. Mann, president and CEO of First Coast YMCA. “Having the foundation of a driven and dedicated Board of Directors is essential for the Y’s continued service to families, individuals and our seniors. We’re grateful for our Metropolitan Board of Directors’ leadership that helps us accomplish our mission to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

A member since 2008, Doug Baer has been elected to chair The Metropolitan Board of Directors through 2022. Baer is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Brooks Rehabilitation and is recognized as a leader for his active engagement in various community organizations. Metropolitan Board officers for this year also include Darnell Smith, serving as Vice Chair, Pam Smith, serving as Treasurer, and Eric Mann serving as Secretary.

Crystal Freed, a newly elected member, is an attorney and the founder of the Freed Firm. Freed is also the 4th Judicial Circuit’s 2019 recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award and on the Board of Trustees for Pace Center for Girls.

Josh Harrison is the Vice President of Murphco of Florida, a family-owned and award-winning property management company in Orange Park, Florida. Harrison is also on the Emerging Leadership Council for International Hotels Group.

These new members are more than qualified for their roles and will have a positive impact on the Metropolitan Board and the First Coast community as a whole.

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