YMCA North American Network (YNAN) African- American CEOs meets in Jacksonville

A YMCA Family Gathering with Passion and Purpose

The YMCA North American Network (YNAN) African-American CEOs met in Jacksonville, Florida for a “family gathering” hosted by Eric Mann, President & CEO of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

The AA YNAN CEOs, along with special guests within the Y movement, enjoyed fellowship and discussed important topics facing CEOs in the Y Movement. Conversations were held around leadership and development, key initiatives and peer support.

Key updates were given from Mike DeVaul on Boys & Young Men of Color.  Special guests like Harold Mezile and Kevin Washington, former YMCA of the USA President, offered insight into the AA YNAN History Perspective. 

Significant and memorable moments were celebrating and recognizing accomplishments. In particular, the leaders celebrated Angie Reese-Hawkins’ retirement after an amazing 38-year career at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC – ASO.   



Leaders in attendance include:

  • Eric Mann – Florida’s First Coast
  • Angie Reese-Hawkins – Metropolitan Washington DC
  • Anthony Walters – South Hampton Roads – VA
  • Bertram L. Lawson II – Greater Brandywine – Philadelphia
  • J. David Brown – Capital District – Albany, NY
  • Derrick Stewart – YMCA Retirement Fund
  • Ernest Lamour – Greater Rochester – NY
  • Gary Cobbs – Greater Louisville, KY
  • Gene Jones – Southwest Florida
  • Harold Mezile – Greater Twin Cities – Minneapolis, MN
  • Harold Sparrow – Greater Hartford, CT
  • Jarrett Royster – Delaware
  • Kenston Griffin – Dream Builders
  • Kevin Bolding – Central Florida
  • Kevin Washington, Sr. – Former Y-USA President
  • Loria Yeadon – Greater Seattle, Washington
  • Michael DeVaul – National Executive Director, Boys and Young Men of Color – YMCA of Metropolitan DC
  • Parrish Underwood – Metropolitan Detroit
  • Reese Izell – RCX Sports CEO
  • Scott Lewis – Greater Grand Rapids, MI

It was an impactful gathering of African-American leaders who explore opportunities for growth and collectively strengthen the YMCA. The attendees above are remarkable trailblazers across the country.

Eric Mann was locally recognized as a Living Legacy in Northeast Florida during a featured segment through February celebrating Black History Month in Jacksonville, Florida.