Association Leadership

Meet Our Association Leadership

More than a name and a job title, each one of our leaders are valued members of our community who bring drive, passion, and creativity to their work every single day.
  • Dorri C. McWhorter

    Dorri C. McWhorter

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Dorri McWhorter became President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in August 2021. Prior to joining the YMCA, Dorri served for 8 years as the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago transforming the organization from a traditional social service organization to 21st Century social enterprise. Increasing impact and organizational sustainability, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s operating budget grew from $10.5 million in 2013 to a $38 million operating budget for FY 2022. The organization has been an active contributor to many critical initiatives across the region, and under Dorri’s leadership, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago expanded its service footprint to 10 new locations, completed seven mergers and acquisitions, implemented paid family leave and developed a retirement plan to include retirement options for thousands of childcare providers and small business owners. Dorri led the effort to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.

    Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a cross-sector approach of engaging business, civic and community partners. Dorri has a breadth of professional experience across a variety of businesses and industries. She was a partner at Crowe Horwath, LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S.. She also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for Lifeway Foods, William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession and serves on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. Dorri serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the First Women’s Bank (in development).

    Dorri’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for Common Impact, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Civic Consulting Alliance, Civic Federation, Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, and Forefront. Dorri received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.
  • Andy Adelmann

    Andy Adelmann

    Chief Technology Officer
    Andy is the Chief Technology Officer at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Since joining the YMCA in 2005, Andy has transformed the Y's technological landscape by introducing and implementing a number of sustainable technologies to support, protect, and develop first-rate business operations for the Association.

    Under his leadership, he has created and successfully completed two three year IT strategic plans that included coordinating the replacement and upgrade of association data and phone networks to give all locations 10 times the bandwidth. Andy moved all users to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems without incurring an additional year over year cost to the association and also transferred all server infrastructure to a virtualized environment, saving the association hardware capital costs while also creating for a more agile environment. In addition, when the Y of Metro Chicago staff moved into its current Crown Family center site in 2015, Andy seamlessly migrated the entire datacenter and all data and phone connections without any disruption to business operations. These technological advancements have resulted in improved communication, compliance, and customer interaction.

    Prior to joining the Y, Andy was Vice President of IT at Centerpoint Management, and Manager of Tech Support at eKiosk.com. Andy and his wife, Stacy, have two daughters, Natalie and Kaylee and the family live in Plainfield.
  • Jill Doerner

    Jill Doerner

    Chief Learning Officer

    Jill is the Chief Learning Officer at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago, focusing on youth, teen, and adult education and learning development. Jill is responsible for leading the strategic direction of a 32M portfolio for the Association and manages Early Learning, After School, Teens, Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Family Camp, and Adult programs and initiatives. Jill’s portfolio includes service delivery across the city of Chicago and the Chicagoland area, Michigan, and Wisconsin, including hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities.

    Jill Doerner is a high-integrity senior executive with proven success in leading the growth, evolution, and advancement of a customer-centric, learning organization and is known for her ability to envision and create successful results in complex situations across multiple sectors. She is an innovative thinker with specific expertise in operations and performance management with a proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow operations through optimizing processes, implementing infrastructure, and creating a learning environment. Jill has the expertise to inspire teams to work collaboratively to exceed organizational goals using human-centered thinking design to achieve measurable outcomes and leverage collective impact. Jill has expertise across all business drivers, including corporate leadership, organizational analysis, budget management, strategic planning, advocacy, capital projects, and board development.

    Jill began her career with the Y as a Youth and Family Director at the Irving Park YMCA. Since joining the Y in 1998, Jill has served as the Executive Director of the Irving Park Y, Lattof Y, and High Ridge Y, as well as interim Executive of the Indian Boundary Y, Foglia Y, Sage Y, and McCormick Y.  Jill has also served as the Vice President of Operations for Suburban North and West Y’s, Vice President of Membership Experience, Vice President of Performance, and Senior Vice President of Operations.

    Jill has served externally as President of the Association of YMCA Professionals of Illinois, Chair of the State Alliance of YMCAs, Vice Chair of the National Women's Leadership Resource Network, Steering Committee Member of YUSA Strategy and Innovation, Board Member of the IL Anti-Racism and Equity Committee, Member of the City of Chicago Department of Human Relations Task Force, Board Member of local LSC, and has been nominated for the American Red Cross Hero Award, Young Non-Profit Leadership Award, and recipient of the IL Alliance Leader of the Year Award. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, master's degree in Education and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education with a concentration on Adult Learning and Organizational Design.

    Jill brings tremendous energy to all endeavors and has an insatiable intellectual curiosity that drives her to research and experiment with new approaches to learning and education.  She is passionate about working within the social sector and thrives in environments of challenge and change. She is committed to transforming people’s lives and firmly believes that an organization is responsible for creating an environment that allows individuals to pursue their full potential as lifelong learners.

  • Tony Janca

    Tony Janca

    Chief Membership Innovation Officer
    Tony is Chief Membership Innovation Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago. Tony is responsible for the development and execution of a transformative, future-focused vision and strategy for YMCA membership and membership center operations. 

    Tony is a senior executive leader in business management with over 35 years of operational leadership experience in a wide range of environments, including military, public, private, corporate and nonprofit organizations. He has comprehensive experience in membership, programming, marketing and new business development. He has conducted targeted competitive analysis, operational assessments, market/demographic research and strategic planning. He has proven results in profit and loss responsibility, budgeting, capital forecasting, business analysis and planning, and system streamlining. Tony is passionate about leadership development, employee retention and customer service. He has lectured nationally on leadership, management and health and wellness facility operations.

    He began his career as a Fitness Specialist for the U.S. Air Force and served in the Illinois Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves.  Prior to joining the Y in 2014, he was the Director of Development/General Manager at Midtown Athletic Clubs and National Director of Operations at Power Wellness Management. Most recently, Tony spent several months shaping organizational structure, standards, and culture for two newly merged companies as Vice President of Fitness Operations before returning to the Y as Chief Membership Innovation Officer.

    Tony obtained a master’s degree in Kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He maintains a focus on the importance of education and community, serving as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Kinesiology for the College of Lake County.  His passion for the Y and its mission is evident in his efforts to innovate and transform the association to meet the evolving needs of youth and families in the community.
  • Melissa Jenkins

    Melissa Jenkins

    Chief People and Culture Officer
    Melissa joined the YMCA of Metro Chicago in January 2022 as the Chief People and Culture Officer. In this role, her priorities lie in creating and building a high-performing culture for the organization. Melissa is a trusted advisor, strategic partner, and respected coach to the senior leadership team and also supports the Association’s staff through her relentless and diplomatic advocacy for a fair and equitable workplace.

    Prior to joining the Y, Melissa served as the Vice President of Human Resources with UCAN Chicago, a child welfare agency focused on supporting and coaching youth with a history of trauma.

    With more than 20 years of professional working experience, Melissa began her career in HR in 2004 at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and since then, has held a number of HR roles including Senior Director of Human Resources at the National Safety Council for five years.

    She has extensive experience with leading and developing HR strategies that support the mission, vision, and values of socially-driven organizations, effectively collaborating with senior-level business unit leaders and departments to align HR programs and initiatives that support an organization’s business objectives.

    Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources from DePaul University.
  • Cherese Ledet

    Cherese Ledet

    Chief Community Development and Equity Officer
    As Chief Community Development and Equity Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Cherese is responsible for the creation of policies and programs that foster strong communities. She focuses on identifying and reducing disparities that impact the health, social and financial well-being of the individuals served by the YMCA while also advancing equity and holistically healthy communities.  Under Cherese’s leadership, the YMCA continues to focus on community investment and social responsibility that will connect individuals with the vital resources needed to close health and wealth gaps, (i.e. housing, food empowerment, literacy, community safety, and economic development).  Her role ranges from implementing new initiatives and securing new funding opportunities and partnerships, to meeting regularly with local community-based groups and leaders on behalf of the YMCA to develop programs that address the needs of the community.

    Cherese is a financially driven, strategic leader who is passionate about impacting communities through service. Since joining the Y in 2004 she has managed the successful reopening of the association after the pandemic and provided strategic oversight for a housing relocation partnership that involved securing alternative housing for 100+ residents, which increased revenue potential by $500K. She also led shelter operations as part of the Association’s Emergency COVID response plan, implemented a new customer-centric staffing structure which decreased costs by $1M, enhanced customer confidence, and amplified the Y brand by creating new cleaning protocols through the engagement of two new janitorial companies, one of which is a Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise.  Cherese is also leading the organization through the development of its equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy and continual progress toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization.

    Cherese is a certified US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Compliance Manager.  She is a graduate of Y-USA’s Multicultural Executive Development Institute and has been recognized by the YMCA of Metro Chicago on a number of occasions for going above and beyond her work responsibilities, including receiving the Outstanding Service Award and being recognized as a Leadership Learning Experience Graduate.

    Cherese earned her BS in Accounting from Chicago State University, where she also received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Community/Public Service.  She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Housing Network, and the sponsor of the Y's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team, which furthers her passion for uplifting communities in an equitable and sustainable way.
  • Anthony C. Lloyd, Sr.

    Anthony C. Lloyd, Sr.

    Chief of Staff
    Anthony Lloyd became Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in August 2022. Prior to joining the YMCA, Anthony led a private financial consulting firm and provided executive leadership services to help clients in all fields, including nonprofits and corporations.

    Previously, Anthony was the Chief Financial Officer with Mid-America Transplant and its foundation, responsible for financial strategy and operations at the $100 million healthcare organization. During his tenure, Anthony established Mid-America’s Investment Committee and sustainability practices critical to its long-term success, and he aligned the organization’s investments to outcomes shaped by environmental, social, or governance (ESG) factors.

    Throughout his career, Anthony has held financial and administrative leadership positions across a diverse set of industry segments. Prior to Mid-America, Anthony held administrative leadership positions as Chief of Staff Corporate Administration and Senior Risk Manager at Fannie Mae, the largest Government-Sponsored Enterprises in the United States. He also held senior positions within the US Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program.

    Anthony’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes serving on the Board of Directors for Westminster Christian Academy, For the Love of the Game, and Gamma Epsilon Alumni Association of Tuskegee University, and is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Anthony received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York. He also completed the Emerging CFO program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Anthony has been an active volunteer with educational and community organizations focused on expanding the pipeline of diverse talent.
  • Dan McGrew

    Dan McGrew

    Chief Financial Officer
    Dan has been with the YMCA of Metro Chicago since April 2020. As the Chief Financial Officer, he plays a critical role in ensuring the Association is on a path to financial sustainability, overseeing investments and liquidity, assessing financial risk and building mitigation actions, and providing accurate reporting both internally and externally to give appropriate visibility to the performance and actions needed to improve.

    Prior to joining the Y, Dan spent 12 years with General Electric in roles of increasing seniority and responsibility including Financial Planning & Analysis Executive for GE Healthcare's US & Canada region, and CFO for GE Healthcare's Enterprise Digital Solutions business. He has global finance experience across ten countries, six industries and multi-billion dollar industrial business units. He is also highly skilled in P&L finance, FP&A, consulting, project management, controllership, and audit.  

    Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Finance.
  • Katie Panning Spieth

    Katie Panning Spieth

    Chief Impact Officer
    Katie is the Chief Impact Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. In this key position, she is the senior development executive and mission advocate for Y-Chicago and oversees its Mission Advancement department.

    Katie is a fundraising leader with proven results. She is well known in Chicago for building trusting relationships with donors and volunteer partners while leading dedicated teams of fundraising professionals.

    Prior to working at the Y, Katie was at the Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation where she served as Vice President of Community Engagement. In this role, she led the organization's community-facing programs responsible for more than $10 million in revenue each year. She led successful annual campaigns raising millions in partnership with the organization's three largest fundraising boards and also played a leadership role in the development and execution of the hospital's comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Katie served as Assistant Vice President, Founders' Board & Affiliated Organizations, and Major Gifts Officer for the Founders' Board.

    Before her nearly 12 years at Lurie Children's, Katie served in various mission advancement and fundraising roles at Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations from The Ohio State University.
  • Swathi Staley

    Swathi Staley

    Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel
    Swathi is Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. In this role, she is the principal counsel for the YMCA of Metro Chicago, responsible for leading the strategic direction and major initiatives for the Association, and has oversight and management of the Legal, Risk Management, and Inclusion, Real Estate and Facilities, Process Improvement, and Brand Strategy, Marketing, and Communications functions.

    She supports all Association legal and risk needs including contracts, real estate, litigation, insurance, claims management, compliance, employment issues, crisis management, and disability and inclusion support for the Association’s 15 centers, 5 overnight camps, and dozens of offsite partnership locations across the Chicagoland area, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Swathi also leads the Y’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring policies are updated and in place to provide a safe and welcoming place of health and wellness for families and staff.

    Swathi is an innovative and empowering leader who brings collaborative solutions to the table. Her experience allows her to bring the agile mindset of for-profit business to solve issues faced by social enterprises like the YMCA in order to amplify and accelerate the delivery of critical services to communities. Swathi worked closely with City of Chicago to help provide housing support for Chicago’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic. Her enterprise-wide viewpoint allows her to engage across all functional areas, including supporting HR processes for the YMCA’s workforce of nearly 2,000 employees. Swathi prides herself on driving strong processes, reasoned policy, and a culture of safety while simultaneously promoting innovative thinking to help strengthen and grow overall business objectives.

    Prior to joining the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in 2018, Swathi worked in private practice for nearly ten years. She began her legal career at Baker & McKenzie and continued at boutique firms specializing in insurance coverage and litigation. Swathi then joined Allied Universal as Corporate Counsel and oversaw corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance, among other diverse service areas.

    Swathi is a lifelong Chicago resident and through her civic involvement supports the advancement of the entire human services sector. She serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for the Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort (CACE), a coalition of the largest human services organizations in Chicago. Her leadership on the CACE Supplier Diversity Task Force is bringing organizations of all sizes to the table to achieve collective impact goals of advancing intentional contracting and spending with diverse vendors and suppliers in the hopes of advancing metrics-driven, measurable equity goals. Swathi is also a member of the Executive Council of Women United, a group of women leaders furthering the work of the United Way of Metro Chicago and the local agencies the United Way supports. She is also an active member of Chief, the private national network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders.

    Swathi holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business from Saint Louis University and a law degree from DePaul University. She is also a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs.