Familiar face joins Leadership Team at Salinas YMCA

June 19, 2017

To continue the tremendous growth of the flagship branch of the Central Coast YMCA, a 20-year veteran of the YMCA will now lead the Salinas YMCA Family Center.

Amy Grames will serve as the Executive Director of the Salinas YMCA Family Center beginning in July.  Grames will replace Scott Maidment as Executive Director after Maidment resigned in March 2017 after accepting a position in his hometown of Boston.

“Amy brings with her a wealth of over 20 years of experience working in forward thinking, successful YMCA’s,” said Andy Weighill, President and CEO of the Central Coast YMCA.

Grames’ YMCA career began in Sarasota in 1999 as a membership associate.  In 2000, Grames transitioned to the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta and spent 15 years serving first in membership and rose to Senior Director of Programs and Community Development.  Grames began at the Central Coast YMCA in April 2015 as the Executive Director of the YMCA of San Benito County in Hollister.

“Amy is a hands-on program person,” said Mayra Zendejas, Senior Program Director at the YMCA of San Benito County.  “She’s really good at finding funding and developing new programs. ”

Zendejas listed several improvements to the YMCA of San Benito County that Grames led in her short tenure at the Hollister branch: a new after-school program partnership, Power Scholars summer camp, increased fundraising and community support and additional program space within the branch including a popular spinning room.

“I specialize in relationship building and program excellence,” Grames said.  “The impact the Y can have in Salinas is inspiring and I am thrilled to get to know the community and explore everything we can achieve together.”

Grames will serve as the District Vice President, serving as Executive Director at both the Monterey and Salinas branches.