Melrose, MA- This January the Melrose YMCA will welcome two new Directors to the management team.  Bernadette Farrell will take on the role of Health and Wellness Director and Stephen Headley will be the new Sports and Teen Director. 

Farrell has served in many roles over the past several years, both at the Melrose YMCA and within the Greater Boston YMCA Association.  As the Health and Wellness Director, Farrell will oversee the entire health and wellness component of the Melrose Y branch, working closely with Group Exercise Director, Lisa Viliott, on fitness center operations, group exercise, and personal training.

“I am excited to have Bernadette as the new Health and Wellness Director,” said Tyler Fleming, Executive Director of the Melrose YMCA.  “Bernadette has significant experience in group exercise, personal training, and aquatics which will be a great asset to the Melrose branch.”

Headley is a graduate of Springfield College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Management and was most recently the Assistant Sports and Recreation Director at the Scantic YMCA in Wilbraham, MA.  Headley also has an impressive background as a competitive track and field athlete, winning the 2009 NCAA Division III championship in the 55 and 100 meters, and the 100 meters championship in 2010.

As the Sports and Teen Director, Headley will continue to grow the sports and enrichment class offerings and establish a well-rounded teen program.  Headley will also be involved in managing the Melrose Y summer camp programs and will assist in the development of new high school fitness and sport specific programs.

“Stephen will be a great addition to the team here at Melrose,” states Fleming. “Stephen’s athletic background and experience working with youth and teens will help bring our sports and enrichment programs to the next level.”

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Melrose YMCA welcomes men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  


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