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PLATTSBURGH YMCA
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Meet Our

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Justin Ihne

CEO

Email us
jihne@plattsburghymca.org
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Kris Tate

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Kris joined the Plattsburgh YMCA in the fall of 2018 as the Sr. Director of Program Operations and is now the Chief Operations Officer since the start of 2022.  Kris was born and raised in rural Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Philosophy and a focus in Ethics, Criminal Justice and Political Philosophy.

Prior to Kris’ time with us, Kris spent 15 years with a Community Action agency and during the last 10 years was the Family & Community Partnerships Coordinator.  In that role, what was most important was to create a welcoming second home for families to come, to build and nurture community partnerships and to always be thinking of “what’s next” for the organization and community.  That experience and those values are what Kris plans to share in her work at the Plattsburgh YMCA.

In Kris’ free time, she enjoys fishing, birdwatching, and Lego building.  Kris is married to Cindy and they have four children – Sophie, Eloise, Juliette and Mateo.  Their favorite family activities include catching lightning bugs, geode hunting, game nights and going on adventures.

Email us
ktate@plattsburghymca.org
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Michelle Schumacher

Malone Executive Director

Michelle Schumacher moved to Malone in 2004. She has been the Branch Executive Director since 2006. Michelle was raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts where the YMCA played an integral part of her childhood. Michelle, Stefan and their two sons live in Mountain View, NY where they enjoy the peace of nature and sports.

Email us
mschumacher@maloneymca.org
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Krista Crippen

Oval Branch Coordinator/ Personal Trainer

Krista Crippen is the Assistant Fitness Director and a Personal Trainer here at the Plattsburgh YMCA. What she likes about working at the Y is all of the members; she says they are like family. Hobbies of Krista’s are walks with her family, watching her girls grow into beautiful young ladies, and talking to her cats. She believes a set of jumping jacks everyday does a body good!

Email us
kcrippen@plattsburghymca.org
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Sonja Brown

Marketing & Membership Director

Email us
sbrown@plattsburghymca.org
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Christine Casazza

Aquatics Director

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ccasazza@plattsburghymca.org
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Stephanie Purcell

School Age Child Care Coordinator

Stephanie Purcell was raised in Plattsburgh, New York. She attended Cazenovia College where she graduated with her bachelors. She has always had a strong passion for working with children. She has worked for the YMCA since 2003. She has worked at Camp Jericho as a counselor, the After School Program, Bright Beginnings and Y Wee Care as a preschool teacher. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at community meals and anything outdoors. She is married and has two children, Cole, and Sophia.

Email us
spurcell@plattsburghymca.org
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Jacqueline Prather

Bright Beginnings Child Care Director

Jackie has been employed by the Y since 1996. For three years she was with the school age child care program and has been with the Bright Beginnings Child Care Center since. Her main responsibilities are to provide a warm, safe environment, with qualified staff for a fully enrolled center. Prior to the Y Jackie worked 5 years with the former AFB Child Development Center and 2 years in the DODDS school system at Torrejon AFB, Spain. She is a Plattsburgh State graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. Her passion is working with families and people in general.

Email us
jprather@plattsburghymca.org
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Chris Burdash

Youth Sports Director

Chris was born and raised in Malone, New York. He earned his Bachelors Degree from The State University of New York @ Suny Potsdam where he also played College Basketball for the Bears. Christopher has been Coaching Youth and the Youth Sports Coordinator at the YMCA for over 4 years. Currently, he teaches at Peru Central School District and is also the Assistant Boys Soccer Coach. Christopher has been involved in coaching High School, Middle School and Youth Sports for over 15 years. His goal at the YMCA is to keep growing the Youth Sports Program and continue to make it a fun, safe, learning environment for the youth in the North Country. In Christopher’s free time he likes to travel, watch sports, spend time with his family and his dogs. Christopher resides with his Girlfriend and her 15 year old son.

Email us
cburdash@plattsburghymca.org
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Melissa Kuhns

Development Coordinator

Melissa joined the Plattsburgh YMCA as the Development Coordinator in July of 2022, after relocating from her home state of Michigan. Melissa’s background includes her military service, when she served as a Security Police officer for the US Air Force in northern Japan, and, as an adult learner, earning her bachelor’s degree in human service. Melissa is passionate about facilitating positive change for people and communities and empowering others; she values collaboration.

Melissa enjoys photography, painting, resin-art, and gardening. Her family means the world to her.

Email us
mkuhns@plattsburghymca.org