Staff Directory

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Richard West

Chief Executive Officer

Rich came to the YMCA in August 2006 and is responsible for strategic development and implementation for the organization. He also oversees operations and directors: scheduling, directing, leading, troubleshooting, development and sales while developing and managing finances and budgets for the organization. Richís background has been in youth, health and recreation management where he has thrived in growing and expanding programs. Rich has a Masterís Degree in Business Administration from Westminster College and a Masterís of Science degree from Chico State University, CA; and a Bachelorís degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego.

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Carol Beddome

Director of Development

Carol joined the YMCA in October 2010 and is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive development program to carry forward the strategic initiatives of the association and to generate revenue and support for the organization. Prior to joining the YMCA, Carol worked in sales and management in the high-tech industry for over 15 years. In 2002, she made the transition to non-profits "looking for work that matters", a growing trend among high tech professional women. In addition to her non-profit management experience as Executive Director of a soup kitchen and as Development Director for a community clinic, her extensive sales and marketing experience is instrumental in YMCA's long-term strategy to successfully build a robust mix of funding sources to sustain and build YMCA's impact in Utah.

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Sarah Ivory

Regional Director, Salt Lake County

Sarah is a non-profit leader committed to social justice and equality for all. She believes that the Y's dedication to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is essential to building the foundation and opportunities we need today to create a better future together. Sarah started her professional career working in after-school and summer service learning programs with youth in Dorchester, MA. She has spent the past twelve years working in the field of refugee resettlement and immigrant integration. In 2009 she had the opportunity to build and lead a refugee resettlement program from the ground up before taking the role as Regional Director overseeing a network of eight offices across the US. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from High Point University and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership's Executive Director's Academy.†

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Ann Nelson

Regional Director, Weber County

Ann Nelson: Weber County Regional Director Ė The YMCA has been Annís career of choice for 30 years. She started her career by opening afterschool and preschool programs in a small community in eastern Pennsylvanian. In 2004, she became the Executive Director of one of the fastest growing, largest YMCA branches in the country. It was a $10 million operation, with 23,000 members housed in a state-of-the art 140,000 sq. ft. facility. Later, she became the Vice President for Early Childhood Education for the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, managing over 90 child care sites with a $17 million child care budget. Her dream was to extend the YMCA services to the western part of the United States, so in January 2015, she came to Ogden, Utah as the Regional Director for YMCA of Northern Utah. What a wonderful transition it has been!

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Elizabeth Crawford


Elizabeth joined the YMCA of Northern Utah in February 2017. She is responsible for oversight of the organization's accounting operations. Elizabeth has over 35 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, and leadership in the for-profit sector, including the medical device, hospitality, and publishing industries. This year, she made the move to the non-profit sector with the YMCA of Northern Utah because she wanted to use the skills that she gained over the course of her career to give back to the community. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Weber State University. She also has an active CPA license in the state of Utah.

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Elissa Kobrin

Director of Camping

Elissa believes that by cultivating a personal understanding of our inextricable relationship to nature, we can build empathy in learners so they might take action to preserve and protect the environment on which we depend. She is committed to creating innovative, inclusive outdoor programming that helps to build a life-long connection the natural world, while bridging social inequities and creating avenues for understanding. Elissa received her BA in Planning, Public Policy and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Oregon where she was one of eight students selected for the Environmental Leadership Program. She earned her M.Ed. from Western Washington University in 2015. Elissa has developed place-based experiential curricula for a wide variety of organizations, and has been certified in wilderness emergency medicine for seventeen years. A career highlight has been service as a backcountry ranger for North Cascades National Park.