Our team’s dedication to the health of Houstonians doesn’t end when the workday does. These imaginative leaders are always thinking of new ways to better serve our community. Keep scrolling to get to know the incredible staff that takes the YMCA from a place to a purpose.
Over the past 30 plus years, Steve’s passion has been to help communities grow and thrive through programs and services at the YMCA. He remains committed to the Y’s mission of strengthening the foundations of community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Having served in multiple executive roles during his tenure with the Y Steve currently has the pleasure of working alongside a strong board and many cause-driven leaders that serve more than 177,000 families across our many locations in the Greater Houston Area.
Through successful collaborations, executing civic engagement and leading thousands of team members, Steve has played an integral role in bringing the following milestones to the YMCA of Greater Houston:
Successful community partnerships which aid and foster social growth
200 childcare facilities
Youth outreach programs and camps servicing thousands of students
International partnerships in South America and Vietnam
Group activities and social opportunities for active seniors
Support for refugee resettlement services
Leading the fight against human trafficking
Steve is a proud father, husband and community leader who enjoys outdoor activities, long-distance running, biking, and live music.
His vision is to continue to uphold the Y as a pillar in the community in which outreach and culture offer fellowship, solace, and support to individuals and families that call the YMCA home.
As the Chief Human Resources Officer for the YMCA of Greater Houston, Jennifer brings 25+ years of Human Resource management experience with the last 20 at the Y. She has the pleasure of leading the Human Resources and Leadership Transformation teams. Prior to her work with the YMCA, Jennifer held various Human Resources positions for NASA subcontractors.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and has obtained her Professional Human Resources certification. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and traveling. She is passionate and committed to running, boot camp, and any type of outdoor activity.
Jennifer Garcia currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the YMCA of Greater Houston. In this role she is responsible for all financial operations of the organization and oversees the Accounting, Procurement and Payables, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and Business Services teams. She assumed this role in early 2020, after previously serving as the Vice President of Financial Operations and Controller.
Jennifer joined the YMCA in 2014 with seven years experience in Public Accounting, focusing almost exclusively on Houston non-profit organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Tulane University. As a native Houstonian, she enjoys sharing her love of Texas and the Houston Astros with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Stephanie Taylor is a Cause – Driven Leader and a change agent with 23 years of experience serving youth, families, and communities in the nonprofit sector, six of those within the YMCA Movement. She joined the YMCA of Greater Houston in 2019 and as its Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie provides strategic leadership to a dynamic team that delivers impactful programming through aquatics, family & active older adult programming, before & afterschool childcare, Equity Innovation Center, early childhood education, teens, day camp, residential camp, outreach, social equity work, and the Houston Y’s multiple locations across Houston and the surrounding area.
Prior to joining the Houston Y, Stephanie served as a Resource Director with Y-USA supporting the CEOs and boards of 27 YMCAs across Pennsylvania and New Jersey in setting strategic direction for their Ys and shifting their culture to one of ongoing strategic visioning, collaboration, and greater impact.
Stephanie holds an MBA and a BS in Sports Management. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN and is a product of the St. Paul YMCA’s Black Achievers program. Her volunteer service has included serving as Chair of the board of Ready, Willing and Able, a transitional housing nonprofit; the Strategic Planning Committee of Community Partnership School, an Independent School; and service as board member and Co-Chair for two board committees of a philanthropic foundation.
Strategic planning and a vision to propel social growth are what drive John as a leader in his 20+ years of experience. He is committed to fostering and developing teams to help impact millions of lives, and his extensive knowledge in both the for-profit and non-profits sectors has aided fundraising and capital development efforts.
Fiscal management as well as orchestrating operations with hospitals, corporations and foundations are a large part of John’s role with the YMCA of Greater Houston. As an executive, he has a demonstrated record of positively impacting revenue trends resulting in exceeding financial and development goals.
Cultivating strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships with volunteers, institutional partners, outside agencies, and organizations, while leveraging the support of public and private stakeholders are aspects he especially enjoys. John is passionate about the little things and motivated to make a difference every day.
John is a dedicated husband and father who couldn’t be prouder of their collective accomplishments. He enjoys the outdoors as an active cyclist and rower and is proud to be Pittsburgh “born and raised”.
John’s goal is to continue contributing to the overall well-being and positive environment of the YMCA of Greater Houston to ultimately create lasting resources and benefits for the community for years to come.
Angela Hodson joins the YMCA of Greater Houston in May 2021 as the Chief Philanthropy Officer, bringing 28 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a unique and diverse perspective serving as a consultant with Dini Spheris for organizations of all sizes through capital campaigns and strategic planning for almost a decade. Providing a path for these organizations to create sustainable fundraising and reach their fullest potential is Angela’s passion and drive.
Angela honed her leadership skills while serving as President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, where she transitioned the organization from its previous leader of fifty years to a renewed approach and focus on impact, updated processes and quality programs.
Prior to this Angela served as Vice President of Baylor College of Medicine where foremost among her accomplishments was successfully managing their $1 billion capital campaign for five years. These roles have given her the knowledge and capability to lead teams and individuals to realize their greatest strengths and maximize their success.
In her role as Chief Philanthropy Officer, Angela will provide strategic leadership to advance sustainable and innovative development programs to further the YMCA of Greater Houston’s mission.
Angela has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University where she played on the women’s golf team.
She has two daughters and enjoys hiking, playing golf, and exploring national parks
Jeff, as the Chief International Initiatives Officer, is tasked with ensuring that our YMCA is open, welcoming and relevant to all, especially vulnerable and marginalized portions of our community. He has worked with the YMCA of Greater Houston for over 27 years and oversees the YMCA’s work and programs in the areas of refugee resettlement, employment services, educational services, services for victims of human trafficking and immigration legal services, as well as providing leadership and direction for the YMCA’s global initiatives and partnerships.
Previously, Jeff served as Executive Director of YMCA International Services, a position he held for over 18 years. Prior to his career with the YMCA, he was the Operations Director for Serve Houston Youth Corps, an AmeriCorps funded program providing community-based services by engaging full-time young adults in year-long volunteer assignments in low-income/immigrant impacted communities.
Jeff holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston – Central Campus and a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii with a concentration in Southeast Asia. He is fluent in Vietnamese.
Marie Arcos is a native Houstonian and third-generation Texan. She has worked with the YMCA of Greater Houston for over 20 years and currently serves as the Chief Government Relations Officer. She has been with the YMCA of Greater Houston since 2001, and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Government and Community Relations. In this role, Marie builds and strengthens partnerships with private and public organizations with the community and promotes our YMCA National and State Legislative agendas.
She began her career with the YMCA in 1996 as a volunteer board member then became the Executive Director for one of 36 YMCA’s in Houston. The first Latina in that role and the only Hispanic Executive Director in the organization at that time in 2001. She managed a budget of $ 1.3M, developed and maintained an active board of volunteers, was responsible for financial development to support the programming and initiatives, worked with her team and association in program development, and provided professional development and supervision of 8 full time staff and up to 40 part time staff. She served as an Executive Director for 16 years before moving into the corporate division of the organization as Executive Director of Community Development, a position created for her expertise to be carried out throughout the Greater Houston Area, then 3 years later promoted to Vice President. She is the first Latina to hold this position in Houston for this global organization.
Marie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in 1997 specializing in political and community organizing. She is committed to ensuring equity in education and health for Houston children and families. Growing up in a large family did not afford her the opportunities that she believes all youth should have. For these reasons, she strives to help build connections, resources, and support for families to reach their full potential – particularly in the neighborhoods of high Hispanic populations. In fact, she considers herself to have limited early career advancements to staying in one neighborhood too long. But if she had to do it all over again, she would. During the time she served as Executive Director at the MD Anderson Family YMCA, she helped generate over $3M in investments to the programs and families in this overlooked community. Her acceptance to move to a different position and expand her career opportunities was prompted by the rapid revitalization of the nearby Northside neighborhood and promising opportunities for a new YMCA to replace the aged building from the 1950’s.
Marie is deeply engaged in activities that continue her family’s legacy of making significant volunteer contributions to our community. Marie attributes her passion for the non-profit sector to her grandparents and parents. She is one of seven children and grew up very modestly and unknowingly at that time, poor. The triad of faith, family, and friends are at the heart of community building. It is her belief that without strong families and vibrant communities, we cannot have a strong economy to compete with global competition. While growing up, she remembers her grandparents being active in the church, parks, political campaigns and positions demonstrating the power of and educated voice in our society. These organizing skills have made her a strong servant leader to Houston for over three decades and sparked her desire to become a trailblazer by seeking out and following through with every opportunity that allowed her to positively influence change.
Marie currently serves on the local boards of Harris County Public Health Department’s Healthy Living Matters Executive Committee, Avenue CDC and The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. She has also served on special committees that advance the quality of life for Houston, including Harvey Relief collaborations, Go Neighborhoods Northside/LISC, NCAA Final Four Houston Local Organizing Committee, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Transition Team. She is also a volunteer with Spindletop Charities, Inc. and is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum, Class XLVII (47).
Marie loves everything Houston, supports her Hispanic heritage through the arts and education, and can often be found at community events and exploring the hidden gems around town. Mr. Reddington is Marie’s running buddy and can be found with her at home, on social media, in the community, and special Y events.
Mary holds a degree in Psychology and has worked for the YMCA of Greater Houston for over 15 years serving in various areas. She has a history of working within the non-profit segment dealing with risk management, property & casualty insurance, child abuse prevention, ADA/Inclusion, contracts and litigation management.
She lives with her two children, two dogs and husband, Scott.