Evanston’s McGaw YMCA elected four new members to its board of directors at its annual meeting held Tuesday evening.

Named to three year terms, they are:

  • Omar Brown, organizational transformation leader in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting Practice.
  • Mireya Dominguez, humanitarian grants coordinator at Rotary International.
  • Sarita Smith, manager of student assignments for Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
  • Evonda Thomas-Smith, retired executive public health administrator and public health nurse mentor/advisor.

“As our community faces an unprecedented public health crisis, economic instability and a reckoning with centuries of systemic racism, it is critical to McGaw’s mission that our board members are not only experts in their professions, but also experts of different lived experiences in the community we serve, especially those who are most marginalized,” said Monique Parsons, President/CEO of the McGaw YMCA.

“In Omar, Mireya, Sarita and Evonda, we have leaders who will bring these layers of professional and personal expertise to McGaw’s dedicated board along with a commitment to serving the Evanston community and experience advancing needed change.”

Several board members were re-elected at the Annual Meeting, including Theresa Collins, Angela Edwards-Campbell, and Brian Scott to serve a three-year term, and Carey Bartell and Marcus Campbell to serve a one-year term.

“As we celebrate our dynamic new board, we also thank our retiring board members — Vilma Bell, Haydee Martinez, Ismalis Nuñez, and Todd Swortzel,” Parsons said. “Each of them has worked tirelessly to serve McGaw and they each leave an unforgettable mark of mission-driven leadership on our Association.”

A recording of the Annual Meeting is available on the McGaw YMCA YouTube channel.

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