Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA Announces Two New Board Members

June 24, 2013

The Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA welcomes two new leaders to its 2013 Board of Managers. The latest additions bring a variety of both professional and personal expertise to the board, ranging from human resources to leadership in the community. The board works hard to support the YMCA’s mission to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Among its many responsibilities, the board is responsible for developing policies, procedures and guidelines for the facility along with initiating fundraising efforts.

New additions to the 2013 Board of Managers for The Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA include Roxanne Southwell, RED Development, LLC, Executive Vice President of Operations, Human Resources & Information Technology; and Reverend Dr. Benjamin N. Thomas Sr., Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Senior Minister.

Both new members are deeply rooted in the Phoenix community in their work and personal life. Southwell is a prominent business leader, responsible for managing the day-to-day corporate and property-level operations, human resources and information services and technology for RED development, LLC. She is a cabinet member for Valley of the Sun United Way.

Reverend Thomas has been a resident of Phoenix for more than three decades and has worked diligently in the community. He serves on several boards, including Mayor Greg Stanton’s Advisory Board and The Desert/Mountain Conference Board of Examiners. As a result of his leadership in the community, Reverend Thomas has received numerous recognitions including the NAACP Millennium Pacesetters Award.

“We are happy to welcome our new board members and look forward to working with them to expand our community network and partnerships,” said Greg Corns, Senior Executive Director, Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. “Each member’s diverse background is vital to the success of our organization and continued growth of our community missions.”

In support of the YMCA’s initiatives, including facility growth, the board will continue to help facilitate the YMCA and ASU’s Downtown Campus partnership. Adding 76,000 square feet to accommodate ASU’s increasing student population, the collaboration will also benefit current members with new facilities, an expanded cardio fitness area, two new basketball courts, more group exercise classes and an indoor track.

To learn more about the Valley of the Sun YMCA visit or call (602) 404-9622.

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