Kevin Peterson

Outgoing Board Chair, 2016-2020

YMCA of Greater Long Beach

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach thanks and acknowledges our outgoing Board chair, Kevin Peterson, P2S Inc. President & CEO. Kevin served as Board Chair for two consecutive terms (4 years), leading the YMCA of Greater Long Beach to achieve multiple milestones, including….
  • As part of our mission commitment to eliminate financial barriers, ensuring participation of ALL, our Association distributed over $600,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families annually.
  • Prioritizing community involvement and ownership through wellness reaching 12,000 total members.
  • Camp Oakes capital campaign, co-chaired by dedicated board members Jean Bixby Smith and Mike Jensen, resulted in a celebratory ribbon-cutting of Mark Bixby Village including five new cabins.
  • Through governance efforts, the Board of Directors has grown to 51 Directors, substantially improving community representation.
  • Partnered with LINC Housing to build a new home for the Community Development Branch at 1900 Long Beach Blvd, opening early 2021.
  • Attained program space adjacent to the Los Altos Family YMCA, paving the way for a future capital expansion.
  • Increased overall impact with over 55,000 youth, teens, and adults coming through YMCA doors annually!
We sincerely thank Kevin, his wife Jennifer and the P2S company for the many ways they sprinkle their philanthropic dust throughout the Long Beach community.

Camp Oakes K. Petersen - Good Friday Breakfast 2018
Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams
Rev. Dr. Phyllis
Incoming Board Chair
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
In January of this year, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams was nominated by the Board Governance Committee to replace outgoing Board Chair Kevin Peterson as the 34th Chair of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Board of Directors.
Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams, was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University, and Medical Doctorate from the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program co-administered by Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and the UCLA School of Medicine.
In 1997, she joined the medical staff of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center as its first full-time Staff Geriatrician. Dr. Hayes-Reams is currently Medical Director of Home Care Services, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center.
Rev. Dr. Hayes-Reams has a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, is an ordained minister/itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and is currently on the ministerial staff at New Philadelphia A.M.E Church in Long Beach.
Her public service affiliations include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; National Council of Negro Women; Clarissa Manuel Foundation; and she is the current President of the Rotary Club of Signal Hill.
Her YMCA involvement includes past Chair of the Lakewood Family YMCA Branch Board during the renovation and construction of the Lakewood YMCA facility. She has been a member of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Board of Directors since 2014, serving for two years as our Association Annual Campaign Chair exceeding $2Million in annual fund support. She also has served as a planning committee member of and a frequent speaker at the YMCA Good Friday Breakfast.
Rev. Dr. Hayes-Reams is married to Dr. Lester Reams. They have two children, Phyllisa, a recent graduate from Prairie View A&M University, and Alexander, a recent Poly High School graduate who will be attending Biola University this Fall.
Children kept safe
Meals distributed to students
Answering the Crisis
Community Development service
140 lbs of Produce distributed
Over $3000 worth of groceries delivered to seniors
YMCA Friends,
As illustrated by recent association accomplishments, volunteer leaders have been the hallmark of our organization since the Walker Family led a cadre of community members to establish the Long Beach YMCA in 1884 (136 years).
Since then, volunteer leadership has been the engine propelling our mission promise to serve ALL, through cause-driven, community-based programs and services that lift up one child, one teen, one adult and one family at a time.
We are proud and privileged to be serving the Long Beach communities with effective, value grounded and inspired YMCA volunteer leaders such as Kevin Peterson, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams, 51 Board Directors and 150 Branch Board Managers.
Their stewardship and support allow the Y to meet needs in our community, including when a pandemic prompts us to pivot from conventional services to meet unique, urgent, and relevant needs.
We are confident that our YMCA will be developing our youth, enhancing healthy living, and doing it in a socially responsible way, for the next 136 years and beyond.

Alfredo Velasco
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Long Beach

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