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Branch Team

Bob McKenney
Branch Director
Bob earned his B.S. in Business from Nichols College and a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.  He joined the YMCA Allard Center as Branch Director, in January of 2016, and served as a volunteer leader for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts for 13 years.  Prior to coming on board at the Allard Center, Bob was in pastoral ministry, worked as a CPA, and in industry as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  His diverse background and leadership experience, coupled with his passion for the YMCA’s mission, is what motivates him to serve and engage the local community.
Laura Nese
Associate Branch Director
Laura is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration. She began her career with the YMCA shortly after graduation, moving her to the northeast. Laura began her career at the YMCA of Greater Westfield where she was the Director of Outdoor Education/Aquatics Director. She was with this YMCA for 3 years where she then was hired at the Frost Valley YMCA where she remained for 9 years as the Group and Retreats Director. She has held many roles within the YMCA and is excited to join her skills and experience with the amazing team at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester and the entire Granite YMCA association. She considers herself to be a student of life, and recently earned her 200 hour Yoga Instructor Certification and is continuing to work towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.

Karen Provost
Camp & Family Director
Karen graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Community and Outdoor Recreation. She also has an MBA from New Hampshire College (now SNHU). She began her career as the Aquatic Director for the Girls Club of Manchester NH. Karen has served as a day camp director for the Girl Scouts, volunteered as a swim instructor for the Greater Lowell Family YMCA, directed YMCA Day Camp Massapoag, was Head Coach of the Lowell Y Barracuda Swim Team, and most recently served three years as Camp Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains overseeing 5 day camps and directing resident Camp Farnsworth (Thetford VT). Karen joined the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown staff in January 2016 after serving 2 ½ years on the Camp Advisory Committee. She is passionate about the power of the camp experience to change lives and is looking forward to building relationships with the campers and their families.
Katie Welch
Healthy Living Director

A New Hampshire native, Katie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She is certified in various group class formats and fitness specialties in addition to being a personal trainer. Before beginning her career at the Granite YMCA in 2012, Katie spent many years working in the cycling and outdoor retail industry. She has a great passion for fitness in all forms, and likes to bring an element of fun to her work.

Meg Norklun
Senior Program and Gymnastics Director
Meg grew up as a Y kid, taking gymnastics, dance and swimming lessons at the North Andover Y at the tender age of 3. As a teenager she volunteered for many areas of the Y, including the welcome center, aquatics, gymnastics, and basketball, and was also a member of the YMCA Leaders Club for teens. At age 16 Meg joined the Y team as a paid employee, teaching gymnastics and life guarding her way through high school. She later attended Springfield College in Massachusetts, and competed on the Springfield College gymnastics team. She became an All American on the uneven bars by winning 3rd place at USGF Division II Nationals, and to this day she still holds the uneven bar school record with a score of 9.65! In 1994 Meg began working part time at the YMCA Allard Center teaching gymnastics, and in the fall of 1995, Meg became the gymnastics director. Since that time, the program has grown by leaps and bounds, adding equipment, specialty classes, participants, and members on the gymnastics team!
Dave Brown
Tennis Director
David received his BS in business administration at the State University of New York in Oswego. As the tennis director of the Granite YMCA, he oversees the tennis operation at the YMCA Allard Center. He was a member of the Y for more than 20 years and is a former Allard Center board member. Since coming on board with the tennis department in August of 2008 he has worked very hard to expand the tennis program at the Allard Center. As a result of his hard work, participation in the various tennis programs is at an all time high, including the USTA travel teams, program lessons, tournaments, and other tennis activities.
Michelle Goodnow
Child Care Director
Michelle has a BS in elementary education from Rivier College. She began her career at the YMCA in the year 2000 as a volunteer in the before and after school child care programs and at Camp Pa-Gon-Ki in Londonderry. From 2007 to 2009 Michelle served as the director of the school’s out program at the Downtown Manchester branch. She then worked as the director of child care and day camp programs at the YMCA of Greater Londonderry. Today, Michelle oversees the child care program at the YMCA Allard Center where she enjoys helping kids learn and grow through YMCA programming.
Anna-Lise LeBlanc
Aquatics Director and Tiger Sharks Head Coach
Anna-Lise began working YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown in March of 2013 as the Tiger Sharks swim team head coach, and the aquatics coordinator.  Prior to joining the Y, Anna-Lise worked at private health club for more than 15 years. It was here she found her passion for competitive swimming as a member of the team at age 10. Throughout high school she helped coach and mentored the younger swimmers.  In 2002 she became the team’s assistant coach. During her 10 years as assistant coach the team doubled in size.  In addition to swim team Anna-Lise is American Red Cross swim instructor, lifeguard instructor, and lifeguard.  She teaches private and group swim lessons and oversees the water exercise program.
Stan Fowler
dventure Coordinator
Stan has a BS in physics from the University of Texas, El Paso. He began his career at the Y in 1999 as a volunteer rock climbing guide and climbing gym staff.  Since 2001, Stan has served as a summer camp adventure guide, climbing gym instructor, STAY adventure coordinator, rock climbing team coach and the adventure coordinator for many schools and youth groups.