Lynch van/Otterloo YMCA: New Board Director Named

The Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA is pleased to announce that Pat Milner of Marblehead was recently elected president of its board of directors, succeeding Swampscott’s Brendan Nolan, whose term expires in May.

The YMCA has named Pat Milner as its new board director.

Milner has served on the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA board since 2016, and currently heads the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Squash Community Council. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has lived in Marblehead with her husband and two children for 16 years. A cyclist, swimmer, squash player and triathlete, she’s been a YMCA member wherever she has lived.

Phil Gloudemans, chair of the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA Board Governance Committee, said, “It is wonderful to see Pat step into this role and continue the great work that Brendan has done to enhance the Y experience for its members and the community. With Pat’s leadership, the Y will remain a vital resource for Marblehead and the surrounding communities now and for generations to come.”

Milner is the vice president of client solutions at Ballast Lane Applications, a design and development agency co-based in Marblehead and Medellin, Colombia. A graduate of England’s  University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, she has more than 20 years of experience building and managing digital solutions.

The Y is also thrilled to welcome Sarah Dowd to the team as the new director of camp, youth and family programs. Sarah will oversee Children’s Island this summer and in the offseason will spearhead and reinvigorate youth and family programming. We are excited to bring back staple programs like Parent’s Night Out and add new programming like Teen Leaders. Sarah joins the Y from Brooklyn, NY,  where she’s been working in after-school programming with TEiAM Corps.

Though she is new to the Marblehead Y, Sarah has a long history with the Y through her work at the Camp Hazen YMCA in Connecticut, where she advanced from counselor to director during the pandemic. Sarah holds degrees in anthropology and global studies.

Sarah Dowd is the Y’s new director of camp, youth and family programs

With a passion for the great outdoors and love for all aspects of summer camp, Sarah is looking forward to meeting all our campers and their families as we welcome our repeat campers and new campers this summer. With Sarah’s experience and enthusiasm, youth and teen programming will grow and adapt to the needs of this population in our community.

The YMCA offers a summer camp experience for more than 3,000 children each summer. Children can be outside, unplug from their technology, make new friends and discover new interests. Day camp at the Y provides a physically and mentally enriching summer. Built around a weekly theme, campers get a taste of sports, gymnastics, STEAM activities and swim time in our aquatics center. Children’s Island offers a beautiful ocean oasis in Marblehead Harbor that has been operating for more than 65 years. The rustic island setting offers unique opportunities to explore the seacoast while swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. The island also offers an art barn stocked with arts and crafts activities, a saltwater pool, sports, gaga pit and more. With weekly themes and STEAM activities, this island experience is like no other day camp on the North Shore.

There are still a few spots left for YMCA summer camp. Learn more at

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About the YMCA of the North Shore The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 160 years, the YMCA of the North Shore has been the foundation of the community. It serves more than 50,000 members and program participants in 25 cities and towns across the North Shore and in southern New Hampshire.

Brian Flynn, LVO YMCA Exec. Dir.
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