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The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) leadership team provides direction to the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s DEI services that promote our mission of helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.

Darryl Head“I am proud to be part of an organization that values and reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. It is one of the few places where all people can come together. Our inclusion and equity efforts ensure that all feel the Christian principles of love, compassion, kindness and respect that we hold paramount in the Y experience. Each day, we provide a place where common ground nurtures belonging for people from all walks of life, allowing them to see the value in one another while discovering it in themselves.”

- Darryl Head, President and CEO


AngelicaDiversity, equity and inclusion is not just a box that needs to be checked. It's about being able to embrace our differences, provide opportunities and celebrate one another! To be able to provide an open safe space for ALL of us to work together and make sure we are meeting our staff & community needs no matter what role we serve in.

- Angelica Leonides, Literacy Director and DEI Chair 


Adam“To me, inclusion is creating an environment where all people have a voice at the table and belong in all levels of the organization.”
- Adam Cardwell
Executive Director and Past DEI Chair

Amy Cook, Recorder
Executive Assistant

Richard V. Daniels, Sr.
Vice President of Community Engagement and Executive Director

Carmina Eder
Director of Advancement, Engagement and Financial Operations

Kristina Geddings
Communications Director

Luke Harris
Executive Director

Jessica Long
Vice President of People & Culture

Kim McClure
Vice President of Youth Development and Aquatics

Joe Peele
District Vice President of Operations

Kenneth Pettigrew, M. Div.
Executive Director

Donna Rodgers
Executive Vice President/COO/CFO

Miranda Wyatt
Executive Director

Our Mission: "Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."