At a time when the socio-economic climate is changing, having a woman at the helm in today’s dynamic business environment can be a boon. Female business leaders tend to think differently than male counterparts, and therefore, they transition away from business as usual. Women are not only leading in their careers, but engaged in what is happening in the world around them. Issues like education, gender equality, children, climate change and more are in their purview. For women to have a stake in these issues they have to be capable of holding positions of influence in business, and what better place to make an impact than a YMCA?

The Hamilton Area YMCA named its first female CEO in the organization’s 66-year history in 2017. Diana Zita, a Hamilton native who had been with the organization for 7 years as the CFO was installed as the organizations permanent leader in July 2017. As CFO, Zita worked to ensure the organization’s fiscal health and future security. She is now looking ahead to foster the Y’s mission through vital programs and services that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, many of which are offered at low or no cost.

The Hamilton Area YMCA provides programs and services to more than 14,000 children, individuals and families throughout central New Jersey. Approximately two-thirds of our members are from Hamilton Township, making us the largest community organization in the state’s 9th largest municipality. The remaining one-third hail from other parts of Mercer County including Trenton, East and West Windsor and Robbinsville, as well as neighboring counties including Middlesex, Burlington, and Ocean.

The YMCA movement prides itself on inclusivity. At the Y, all are welcome regardless of gender, age, religion, residence, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability or socio-economic status.

Our primary responsibility is to provide programs and services that meet community needs. Some of our programs are timeless, the things that our community will always need. These are often the things you think of when you think of a YMCA:

• Before and After School Child Care

• Group Exercise Classes

• Y’s Owls Preschool

• Swimming Lessons (Aquatics)

• Youth Sports

• Wellness Center

• Active Older Adults

• Y Connection Middle School Program

• Summer Camp

More recently, however, the Hamilton Area YMCA has expanded to ensure that we reach every member of the community. This led to the creation of programs that address our friends and neighbors with specific health or developmental needs:

• SKOR (Special Kids Organized Recreation)

• SOAR (Special Organized Adult Recreation)

• Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Prevention

• THRIVE Cancer Wellness

• ACT! Youth Weight Management

• OneStep Multiple Sclerosis Program

• Diabetes Prevention Program

• Healthy Ways Adult Weight Management

• Strive: Addiction Recovery

• Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III

While this listing does not include every Hamilton Area YMCA program, it shows our commitment to ensuring the impact of our mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is felt throughout all parts of central New Jersey.

For more information about the Hamilton Area YMCA, visit hamiltonymca.org or call 609-581-9622

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