Bertram L. Lawson II. - President and CEO

Bertram L. Lawson II is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Central New York, with headquarters located in Syracuse, NY.

Lawson previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mastery Charter Schools Network (Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ), a $250M non-profit organization, overseeing all aspects of non-instructional school operations, school budgets, sports/extra-curricular programming and student enrollment for 24 campuses. Lawson also served the Y for over 21 years, including in Philadelphia, with significant operational, membership, grant delivery, partnership, fundraising and program experience. Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University and is currently working towards a MBA from Wilmington University. Lawson is the Immediate Past National Chair for the Y-USA’s African American Employee Resource Network (AARN). He is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he was initiated via Beta Chapter in 1996. He is also a husband and father of four children.

“As I embark on this new journey leading the YMCA of Central New York, I look forward to us being true change agents and a community convener that focuses on positively impacting the Central New York region,” said Lawson. “This opportunity brings me great joy because it will allow me to work in a capacity that can bring forth programs and services that help people to grow and thrive.”


Senior Leadership Team


Anne Hawkes

Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Erin Grayson

Vice President of Human Resources & Development

Stefanie Noble

Director of Marketing and Communication

Donna Chillemi

Executive Assistant - Office of the President & CEO

Darnell Hayes

Eastern District Vice-President

Lisa Pachmayer

Northern District Vice-President

Cheryl Pusztai

City District Vice-President

Branch Leadership


Jessica DesRosiers

Associate Executive Director of Health Strategies and Northside Women's Wellness Center

Jack Korzyp

Associate Executive Director - Hal Welsh East Area Family YMCA

Phil Memmer

Executive Director - Arts Branch

Kelly Notman

Associate Executive Director - Southwest YMCA

Amber Shannon

Associate Executive Director - Manlius YMCA

Cheryl Walker

Executive Director - North Area Family YMCA