Board List


The entire Board of Directors and individual board members can be contacted easily through the CEO/Executive Director by calling (541) 772-6295 x121 or by e-mail to brussell@rvymca (add “.org” to end of e-mail address).

Board Officers

Beth Heckert, CVO/Board Chair
Karen Zerger, Treasurer
Mike Shipley, Fundraising Chair
Joe Davis, Secretary

Board Members

Jackie Barker Dr. Susan Kohler Mike Villanueva
Brent Barry Rany Mcelmurry  
Omar Esqueda Dylan Moncus  
Genie Gilliam Rich Stanfield  


Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Beth Heckert has made the Rogue Valley her home since 1982.  She came to the area to pursue her undergraduate degree from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) and then completed her law degree at Willamette University.  In her professional life, Beth has worked as a prosecutor since 1988 and was elected to serve as the Jackson County District Attorney in 2012 and then again in 2016.

During her time in Oregon, Beth and her husband, Mike Heckert, have raised three sons.  They live on a small farm with a variety of animals where they enjoy gardening.  Beth also likes to travel and make pottery.  She and Mike have been involved in competitive swimming in the Rogue Valley for many years.  Mike is a retired local swim coach who still volunteers in aquatics.

Beth has served on the YMCA Board of Directors for a number of years in various roles including the role of Fundraising Chair to assist staff in raising donations for the YMCA Financial Assistance Program.  Beth also serves on the Children’s Advocacy Board of Directors, the Oregon District Attorney Board, and she is a member of the Medford Rogue Rotary.  Past service also includes the Southern Oregon Head Start Board.  Her passion for community involvement comes from her belief that providing safe spaces for children and families is vital to our community. 

A priority for Beth in her service as Board Chair for the YMCA is to ensure the Y is providing the services that the community values.  Over the last few years, the Y has made significant improvements to the facilities and continues to work on those issues.  Beth states, “Our YMCA has some unique opportunities to grow in the next few years.  I’m looking forward to seeing where those opportunities will take us, so we can make our Y the best it can be.”