Staff Directory

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Richard West

Chief Executive Officer

Rich West joined the YMCA of Northern Utah in 2006. As Chief Executive Officer, Rich is responsible for strategic development and implementation for the organization. He also oversees operations as a whole: scheduling, directing, leading, troubleshooting, development and sales while managing finances and budgets. Rich’s background is in youth, health, and recreation management where he has thrived in growing and expanding programs. Rich has an MBA from Westminster College, an MS in Nutrition Science and Education from CSU Chico, and a BS in Biology from UC San Diego.

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Ashley Radel


Ashley Radel joined the YMCA of Northern Utah as Controller in 2018. She leads the organization's financial reporting, financial analysis and internal controls functions. Ashley is thrilled to fulfill her dream of working for a nonprofit organization that helps children, families and communities improve their lives and become the most successful versions of themselves. In 2005, Ashley began her career in the e-commerce, corporate training, construction and mining equipment, insurance, and vision care industries. Ashley holds an MBA from Utah State University and a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University. She lives in Sandy, Utah with her husband and five children.

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Lindsey Edwards

Regional Director, Salt Lake County

Lindsey Edwards joined the YMCA of Northern Utah as Regional Director of Salt Lake in 2018. She is delighted to bring her 13 years of community and youth development experience to the Y. Lindsey is a proud volunteer veteran for AmeriCorps in Texas and the Peace Corp in Uganda. Lindsey's passion for the outdoors drive her to build a lasting future for Camps Roger and Mill Hollow. Her goal is to help Salt Lake's diverse communities grow through youth and outdoor education. Lindsey holds an MSW from Columbia University and a BS in Communication Studies from UT Austin. Originally from Texas, Lindsey enjoys breathing in the mountain air while riding her bike or hiking with her dogs.

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Ann Nelson

Regional Director, Weber County

Ann Nelson is the Regional Director of Weber County for the YMCA of Northern Utah. The YMCA has been Ann’s career choice for over 32 years. Most of her career was in Pennsylvania where she managed child-care centers and large, full-facility YMCAs. Ann firmly believes in the YMCA’s mission to serve the community and encourage all children to grow into their full potential. She moved to Utah to assist with growth of YMCA programming, and to pursue outdoor recreation. Ann holds a BA in Education. She is blessed with two daughters, and lives near Ogden, Utah.