Winston Family YMCA Announces Young Professionals Group Inaugural Class

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 12, 2019 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce the Winston Family Y’s first Young Professionals Group (YPG). This inaugural group of 14 men and women represent a wide-range of ages, backgrounds, industries and connections to the Winston Y. As part of the YPG, individuals will have the opportunity to give back, support their neighbors, work with multi-generational groups, and learn more about the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundations of a community.

The Winston Young Professionals Group includes:
• Alexander Travis, Rogers Towers
• Alexandra Fleming, Zaxby’s District
• Angela Leatherbury, Habitat for Humanity
• Danielle Carter, St. Vincents – Riverside
• Hannah King, Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida
• Jacob Brinkley, Harden & Associates
• Jake Kascht, Hajoca
• Joy Lee, Momni Boutique
• Kelly Harrell, Jacksonville Arts and Music School
• Nalonda Beckom, CSX/YMCA
• Samvla Henry, Fountain Birds Academy
• Tara Lee, Wounded Warrior Project
• William Milne, TIAA Bank
• Anna Poeten, Caldwell Partners

“The Y is dedicated to bringing people together and connecting them to their larger community,” said Tim Burrows, executive director of the Winston Family YMCA. “We were overwhelmed by the number of applications we received for our first Young Professionals Group and are pleased to welcome such a talented and diverse group of young people to participate. Each individual is a strong advocate for the Y and will help drive the Y’s goal of strengthening its community to the next generation of families and individuals on the First Coast.”

Winston’s YPG sessions will meet once a month for until December 2019, with a brief summer hiatus from June-August. The program offers networking opportunities, a chance to attend YMCA events, and most importantly, a sense of belonging and fulfillment as a member.

Throughout the next year, the Winston Young Professionals will be introduced to key Y programs and have interactive sessions with Teen Forward participants as well as the 50 & Better group. The group will also meet with the First Coast Y leadership and development teams.

The YPG is being led by the Winston YPG Advisory Board, including Ivan Gordon, Winston Advisory Board chair and managing director, Raymond James; Jamaal Grier, portfolio management Regency Center; Katie Cox, vice president of marketing, Tax Slayer Gator Bowl; Doug Tutwiler, wealth management, Merrill Lynch; Matthew Namey, digital strategist, On Ideas; and Tim Burrows, executive director, Winston Family YMCA.

To learn more about the Winston YPG, please visit to access the application and more information. Applications for the Class of 2020 will begin in November. For more information about the First Coast YMCA, visit

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