Our Staff


Peace of mind. It is what you want most when you’re away from your children. You want to know that your children are being cared for by enthusiastic, creative, nurturing staff members who put the safety and happiness of your children first. At the YMCA’s Safe ‘n Sound Program, we hire experienced staff who are passionate about your child's happiness and education, and who are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem and independence. Y staff are dedicated to developing your child's learning potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. In addition to our own high standards, we maintain a low 1:12 staff to child ratio to ensure that your child get more individualized attention.

All YMCA site staff are extensively screened through a systematic interview process, reference checks, and thorough screening to include DCFS, Illinois State Police, FBI, National Sex Offender, Social Security Trace and Global Watch list.

Additionally, staff receive more than 40 hours of annual training that includes:


Safe 'n Sound Leadership Bios

Erika Wood
Executive Director

Each day I am given a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the world.Through my more than 23 years of professional experience with the YMCA I am honored to have the responsibility of leading and building a stronger community through programs which promote healthy spirit, mind and body.I am even more thrilled to be part of an organization that is so committed to youth development and high quality Out of School programming which enriches the life of every child to ensure their future success.I am personally engaged in ensuring that our Out of School Programs are fun, promotes learning and healthy living, and to be a positive community partner with schools and other youth leaders in our community.


Shannon Payton
Operations Director

I have been a Youth Development Professional for over 20 years. I am passionate about empowering our youth to strengthen their character, build self-esteem and develop skills to be our future leaders. I love the Y because we believe values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality life and future success.


Danielle Boaz
Program Director 204,129

Making a positive impact in the lives of children has always been a guiding force in my career. I have worked in the realm of child development and education for nearly two decades, in a variety of capacities. I am proud to be part of a team that is so driven to provide the children and their families they serve, with a positive passion for learning.  

Jaime Pabich 
Program Director Distrcit 204

When asked what I wanted to do for the rest of my life the answer was easy. I wanted to make a positive impact on children. The YMCA Safe n’ Sound program has given me the opportunity to do just that. I have a background in Physical Education and Health and have been fortunate to be a Site Coordinator as well as a Unit Leader during summer camp. As a Program Director, I am now able to guide others to making that same positive impact within the lives of children as well as share my passion for guiding and growing our youth.

Jordan Prieboy 
Program Director District 203

Making a positive impact on children is something that I have always known I wanted to do. My 5 plus years experience working in schools and recreation programs has allowed me to do just that. The YMCA Safe ‘N Sound has given me the opportunity to continue making that positive impact as well as, provide children with a fun and educational experience. I am excited to be a part of such a great team that shares that same passion that I do. Seeing children grow and have fun in our presence is what motivates me to continue what I love to do.


Interested in Joining Our Team?

The YMCA achieves its mission one person at a time. The greatest source of energy for the YMCA is our staff. Our staff contribute to the advancement of the YMCA's vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities. Guided daily by the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, our staff create an environment where everyone aspires to be their best.

Where can you find meaningful work that offers rich rewards? Where can you, simultaneously, build a better future for yourself and for kids, families and your community? Where can you work with people who thrive in a values-based environment of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility?

All of this can be found at a YMCA. YMCAs get the job done through staff members who are carefully selected for their interests, skills and enthusiasm. With over 150 years of experience, YMCAs know that the mission is achieved one person at a time-carried out in the hearts and hands of each caring and competent staff member.

To learn more about how you can join our team contact visit the Human Resources website.