What, When & Why the Y
Who: Karen Mercier, CFO & Sr VP
Where: YMCA of Greater Springfield
What: I participate in YGS Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee
When: I started with the YGS in 1987 in childcare. I love children and serving people as a whole but knew my passion for my career was in finance. I took a short break from the Y to return to
school. I missed working, especially with the Y, so I changed to night classes and began back at the Y working in membership. It wasn’t long before I got the opportunity to transfer to the finance department. I have remained and grown in the finance department for over 28 years. I worked my way through almost every position including payables, payroll, human resources & benefits, staff accountant, Sr. director of finance; and am currently and proudly now serving as CFO & Sr VP.
Why the Y: I’ve always been a humanitarian at heart. Starting at the Y was fate. Staying with the Y was desire and gratitude. Not for profit organizations make differences in lives and communities. Being a part of the difference is definitely rewarding. This YMCA is an incredible organization driven by a very special team. We truly support each other as well. I have been on both sides... providing support and needing support. People involved with not for profits, specifically speaking to this Y, are truly caring, kind and supportive people. It is an honor to be among them.