Ecke Family YMCA names Reese as Executive Director


Following a nationwide search, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas has hired Sarah Reese as its permanent Executive Director.

Reese has been interim director for the branch since August 2015. She also serves as Regional Vice President for the YMCA of San Diego County for the North County Region, providing leadership to the Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA in Oceanside and the Palomar Family YMCA in Escondido.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve the Ecke Family Y,” Reese said in a press release. “I look forward to building upon the strong legacy of this branch and to deepen our impact in the community. Thank you to all the staff, members and donors for your continued support and dedication — you are the key to our success.”

Reese has 16 years of YMCA leadership experience and has served at several associations across the country. She spent eight years at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as Center and District Center Executive Director, and served four years as Associate Executive Director and consultant with YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. More recently, Reese served as Executive Director at the Mottino Family Y.

With husband Jackson, an active duty Marine, Reese has two sons, 3-year-old Wyatt and Nolan (six months).