Staff Stories

Toni Browne McCree

Associate Executive Director - Early Childhood Services/Head Start

Toni Browne McCree grew up in Berkeley and attended Berkeley High School. Although she moved to the east coast to attend Howard University, Toni later returned to the Bay Area to attend law school at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

After holding various jobs in the legal sector and working as a substitute teacher in Oakland, Toni decided to look for service-oriented work in the Berkeley community where she was raised. She had studied consumer education and advocacy at Howard University so that attracted her to the family service worker opening at the Y. She was particularly interested in the child and family education aspects of the job and supporting families in achieving their goals. Toni knew the Y offered an array of health education and fitness classes and felt that the Head Start program focus on early childhood education and parent involvement would provide an opportunity for her to use her skills and parallel her career interest.

Audi Huang

Executive Director - YMCA-PG&E Teen Center

Audi Huang has been involved with our Y-Scholars Program at the YMCA PG&E Teen Center for more than a decade. He started as a mentor for just one student, then became a program counselor and then case manager for twelve students. Today, he's the Executive Director of the YMCA PG&E Teen Center.

Audi is known and respected as a humble individual who leads by example and expects the best of his staff and 180 program participants. His strong passion for educational outreach stems from his own personal experiences as a first-generation college-bound student. Audi graduated from UC Berkeley. Currently, as the Executive Director, Audi is developing projects to increase access to various avenues of academic support and college advising opportunities for students from all backgrounds.

Tracey Rogers

Personal Trainer - Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA

Tracy Rogers was not always interested in exercising. From an early age, Tracy had health issues and, because of her limitations, she thought that exercise was not for her. A friend recommended that Tracy join the Y, and so her love of exercise began.

When her workouts hit a plateau, Tracy decided to enlist the help of a personal trainer. Inspired by the help she received and the results, Tracy decided to pursue a new career and became a Personal Trainer at the Irvin Deutscher Family Y, certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Tracy inspires and motivates others to realize their potential, despite limitations or roadblocks.

Ben Pantner

Aquatics Director - Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA

Ben Pantner grew up in Pleasant Hill and took swim lessons at the Irvin Deutscher Family Y. When he was sixteen, he started working at the Y as a swim instructor. When he obtained his lifeguard certification soon after, Ben was promoted to summertime coordinator, overseeing three pools in the area.

After high school, Ben went to University of Nevada at Reno, yet would return home during weekends to work at the Y. After one year at UNR, Ben decided to move back to Pleasant Hill and attend school in the area instead. He continued working at the Y all through school, and became the Aquatics Director in 2008. Ben remains passionate about teaching, and conducts First Aid trainings to other Y employees in our association.

Sebastian De La Rosa

Teen Coordinator - Albany YMCA

Sebastian De La Rosa grew up at the Y. He remembers his mom working at the Albany Y as a fitness instructor, he played basketball at the Downtown Berkeley Y, was an Albany Y Kids Club kid in elementary school and a Y-Camp camper.

Sebastian started working at the Y because it was such an important part of his childhood and he wanted to keep a connection to that and share his experience with others. He was a camp counselor and Kids Club staff member when he attended St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley and was a summer camp director during college while at Fordham University in NY. After he graduated from college, Sebastian decided to work at the Y full-time as the lead advisor for the Y’s Youth and Government program, a site director for the middle school club, and camp director. Sebastian is currently the Teen Coordinator and enjoys his job since he has the opportunity to make an impact in the community.

Sebastian said, “I like working for the Y because every day I have the feeling that my job positively contributes to our community. The Y has always entrusted me with great responsibility. I have been empowered and promoted by my supervisors who have given me some amazing opportunities.”