July 2022 Cause-Driven Leader: Ron Morton

We’re extremely excited to countinue our Y’s Cause-Driven Leader initiative to recognize staff members who manifest our cause-driven culture in their character and attitude. These employees further the Y’s mission through exemplary service to the Y, our community, and/or their fellow employees. They live our cause each day and are welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing and determined.

Please join us in honoring and congratulating the following Y employees for their service to our community in 2022:

Ron Morton, July 2022
Whether Ron is working in the Wellness Center or at the Front Desk, he always gives members the warmest welcome, greeting each and every one by name, asking how their day is going, and ensures that they feel comfortable as soon as they walk in our doors. Ron has only been at our Y for a year and a half, but in that short time, he has managed to make a very favorable impression on many members. More than once a member has contacted his supervisors to let them know how much they appreciate Ron’s helpful attitude and friendly disposition. Ron’s willingness to help, warmth, and outgoing personality enable him to provide superior service to the Y and our members, in a genuine and sincere manner. We are extremely fortunate to have Ron as part of our Y family.

Rebecca Evensen, June 2022
Rebecca is our Assistant School-Age Director, our full-time pre-K teacher during the school year and Assistant Director at Camp Y-Ki during the summer. Rebecca plays an important role in youth development at our Y. For the past year, Rebecca has worked to build our pre-K program. Her hard work brought a positive classroom experience to our students helping them to develop a love of school, eagerness to learn and achieve kindergarten readiness. Even before the school year ended, Rebecca started working with Matt to prepare for Camp Y-Ki, where she will play an integral role in delivering a fun, inclusive, authentic camp experience to hundreds of young campers. The many young people with whom she interacts benefit from her positivity, energy and dedication to their enrichment.

Diana Riolo, May 2022
Diana’s enthusiasm, energy, and creativity furthers the Y’s mission every day. She administers the Y’s financial aid program, ensuring that no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Diana also plays a large role in the Y’s social responsibility initiative supporting FAFU, our partner school in Kibera, Kenya, through her work in organizing our annual fourth grade sponsorship program and summer LemonAid stand fundraisers. Finally, she helps lead the Y’s staff annual appeal, planning fun activities for staff members to come together while supporting the Y. Her hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication help make the Y a better place for our staff and members.

John Rosa, April 2022
John Rosa literally keeps our doors open. It seems that the majority of issues we face in a day result in a phone call to John, and he always answers. John can fix anything, solve any problem and knows our building better than anyone. John is among the Y’s longest serving and valued staff members over the last 17 years. We owe John our sincerest thanks and appreciation for to his attitude and willingness to lend a hand.

Kayleigh Follis, March 2022
Kayleigh continues to demonstrate she is a cause-driven leader contributing to both our Rainbow Station and Bouncing Bears programs. Kayleigh is always willing to help where she is needed and comes to work each day ready to care for and bring happiness to our youngest program participants.

Mariella Montoni-Scofield, February 2022
Mariella’s recognition comes from her dedicated, creative, and enthusiastic efforts toward making our Y better every day. Mariella arrives at the Y (often directly from her full-time job) with a friendly, helpful, energizing, and inclusive attitude. She connects with staff and members, making everyone’s experience fun, rewarding and happy!

Rich Mack, January 2022
Rich was recognized for extraordinary customer service. In January, Rich responded promptly to a member in need of emergency medical assistance. The member credited Rich’s professionalism, caring, and calmness under pressure with saving his life.

Congratulations to our Cause-Driven leaders! Do you know a Y employee who you feel should be honored? Submit a nomination form online at https://www.newcanaanymca.org/cause-driven-leaders/