Staff Directory

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Gene Jones

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gene's Y career has spanned decades and has awarded him professional and personal growth opportunities that he could never have imagined. He has worked with Y Associations in three states varying from $15 million to over $100 million in size. Gene has experience successfully working with inner-city Ys, affluent suburban Ys, mid-sized Ys, rural Ys, program centers and resident camps and has a great appreciation for each. Gene is a cause-driven leader who understands that staff development is a major key to the success of any organization.

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Pete Shattuck

Chief Operations Officer

Pete began his Y career in Louisville, Kentucky in 1996 as an Aquatics Director. Hes held several different positions at several Ys including stops in Richmond, VA, Winston-Salem NC, and Memphis before settling in Florida. Hes the proud father of his daughter Kristin who is a school teacher in Aurora, Colorado. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Pete and his wife Aracelis are avid Wildcat fans and in their spare time enjoy travel, movies, and bike trails in addition to cheering on his alma mater.

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Michelle Butler

Chief Development Officer

Michelle Butler is a graduate of Stetson University with a degree in Business Administration. She has more than 20 years of Business Development and Fund Development experience. Prior to joining The SKY Family YMCA, she was the Regional Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida serving a five-county territory. Her experience brought her to the Y where she serves as Chief Development Officer, linking the Business and Development world together to benefit the mission of the Y.

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Marcia Williams

Vice President of Finance

Marcia, a University of Florida graduate, joined the SKY Family YMCA in 2014 as the Vice President of Finance. She enjoys being involved in all aspects of the YMCA. She and her husband Danny love to volunteer at events and train at the YMCA for all their races and adventures. The YMCA has been part of Marcia and her familys life since moving to the area in 1997. Her kids (Naomi, Chloe, and Gabi) all grew up at the Venice YMCA, became volunteers and eventually employees of the gymnastics afterschool programs and camps. The YMCA has been their second home all these years.

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Stephanie Deiter

Vice President of Human Resources

Stephanie Deiter began her career in 2001 in human resources with The SKY Family YMCA and possesses nearly twenty years of extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Stephanie was named 2018 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year! She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP). Stephanie holds an MBA from Springfield College as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and possesses multiple facilitator certifications from Y-USA.

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Erin Chokr

Director of Marketing & Communications

Erin Chokr brings years of local and national marketing and communications experience to The SKY Family YMCA. With advanced knowledge of new and traditional media, she creates marketing for all branches, programs, and events at the Y. Erin received her Masters of Communications from The University of Queensland as well as a Bachelor of Science from the Bowling Green State University.

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Joey Belanger

Regional Director, Lee County

Joey Belanger, a long time Y employee, began his career in 2006 at the Fort Myers YMCA in youth sports, afterschool, and summer programs. He obtained his B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2012. In 2014, Joey first became the Sports Director of the Fort Myers Y and quickly grew the youth sports programs from 200 participants to more than 1,200 each year by 2016. He has been instrumental in the expansion of the YMCA afterschool and summer programs through partnerships with local government agencies and the United Way. As the Regional Director, he oversees the Fort Myers and Bonita Springs branches as well as five afterschool programs and 7 summer camp locations. Joey values the relationships he has built during his time at the Y and is dedicated to serving our youth and families in the Fort Myers and Bonita Springs Communities.