Wayne Woman Named YMCA's Associate Exec Director

The following was submitted to Patch by the Wayne YMCA.

Joyce Goldberg Fein, a veteran of the Wayne YMCA leadership team, has been promoted to the organization’s second-in-command.

“My goal is to continue creating a cohesive staff team and educating the community about the benefits of the Y and what we do to strengthen the community,’’ said Fein, named associate executive director last month.

The Wayne YMCA, the sixth branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, has 150 full- and part-time staff and more than 5,000 members. Fein has 17 years of experience developing and running community programs. After a six-year career in publishing, she took a job with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation helping to plan a variety of programs for inner-city children, including a book club and ‘Summer Fun in the Playgrounds.'
The New Jersey native earned her master’s degree in recreation services and resources management at New York University in 1999 and went on to work at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester.

In 2005, Fein joined the YM-YWHA of North Jersey as program director. She was the interim executive director when the YM-YWHA (Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association) joined with the Metro YMCA to become the Wayne YMCA in 2011. Fein became its marketing director.

Fein, a resident of Wayne, will continue to maintain the organization’s Jewish roots in her new role. Jewish programming includes celebrations for Chanukah, Purim, and Israel’s Independence Day, Shabbat observance in the preschool, and Israeli folk dancing.

Above all, the Wayne Y is committed to nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility for people of all faiths and circumstances, she said.

The mother of two boys looks forward to building a robust future for the Wayne YMCA.

“I’m proud that we’ve consistently provided quality programs for the young and young at heart throughout the years, and that we’re always here to serve the community,’’ Fein said.


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