ELIZABETH, NJ - The Gateway Family YMCA has announced the addition of Tia Sargent in the position of Associate Executive director at the Elizabeth Branch, 135 Madison Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ.  “Tia is a welcome addition to our Elizabeth Branch staff team.  She brings strong YMCA leadership experience and has already made a positive impact on the residents and members we serve,” stated Danielle Cioffi, district executive Director, The Gateway Family YMCA.

A graduate of William Paterson University, Sargent has always felt an affinity with the YMCA community, “Many have said that I am a woman on a mission – I take every opportunity to spread the YMCA story and connect others with the work we do in strengthening communities and our commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” Having grown up a part of the Plainfield Area YMCA, she later became involved with the Teen Leaders Club at the Southdale Branch YMCA in Edina, Minnesota, and also traveled abroad with the International YMCA as a Global Y Ambassador.   “Tia is truly passionate about the Y’s mission and the positive impact we have on our local community,” added Krystal R. Canady, CEO.

Sargent’s experience spans 15 years serving the community through the YMCA as a membership director, youth and teen director and community development director. “The Y has given me many opportunities and positive experiences, and has truly shaped me into the person I am today,” stated Tia Sargent.  “Each day is diverse just like our Y’s community.  I look forward to working with our great staff team to continue to strengthen the Elizabeth Branch’s community collaborations and partnerships, while also leading a culture of exceptional customer service and innovative programs and services for all ages.”

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The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch provides social services and emergency, temporary and residential housing programs to support individuals in need of a safe environment, as well as traditional YMCA programs open to all members of the local community. 

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility.  The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.  

For more information about community programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA visit www.tgfymca.org or contact the Elizabeth Branch at elizabethinfo@tgfymca.org or 908-355-9622.