Each member of the leadership team conducts quality assessments at every school location.
Our Education Leadership team has of over 150 years of experience and includes:
- District Vice President
- Executive Director
- 5 Program Directors
- Risk Management Director
Impacting Youth in Central Florida
- 9,143 Students served daily
- 2 Licensed Child Care facilities on Disney property
- 34 Elementary School Programs
- 24 Middle School Programs
- 7 High School Programs
- Summer Programs in 6 counties, serving over
Nicci Bucher, MSW, District Vice President, joined the YMCA of Central Florida team in 2005 and has more than 20 years of human resources, operations, and early education experience. As District Vice President, she oversees the YMCA’s Elementary Schools program, The Learning Centers Operated by The YMCA of Central Florida, and the Osceola YMCA. Nicci leads with innovative business acumen, with areas of expertise including relationship and strategic management, cultivating strategic partnerships, and running efficient and successful operations. Nicci’s educational experience includes a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She has served as an OCPS School Advisory Council Chair at multiple elementary and middle schools and is a graduate of Orange County Public School’s Leadership Orange program. Nicci is a recipient of the YMCA of Central Florida’s Jim Ferber Leadership Award.
Junior Cha Cha, Program Director, has worked in youth development for more than 15 years. He leads the efforts for social responsibility in our department. This includes a commitment to our character development programs, social-emotional education, and telling the YMCA story in the community. Junior is on the Diversity and Inclusion team for the YMCA of Central Florida where he works with our national organization to bring resources back to our YMCA to strengthen support to all of our families.
Cynthia Sandoval, Program Director, with more than 12 years of YMCA Elementary School program experience. Cynthia holds an Associate’s degree in Psychology. Cynthia leads our year-round recruitment and hiring process and has successfully put together coordinator and staff training throughout the last five years. Cynthia has direct supervision responsibilities for multiple school sites.
Betsy Schwartz, Program Director, with more than 30 years in non-profit program development and summer camp leadership experience. Betsy holds a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Betsy has direct supervision responsibilities for multiple school sites and oversees summer camps and fundraising efforts.
Miriam Clark, Program Director, has more than 12 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, overseeing licensed childcare facilities that serve preschool through elementary-aged students. Miriam has completed curriculum development and implementation, licensing regulations, and accreditation processes. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (with a minor in Science and Early Childhood Education), a National Administrator credential, an Advanced Level Director Credential (with VPK endorsement), a Formal Education Staff Credential, and is a National Child Development Associate (Preschool Setting).
Mary Mazza, Program Director, joined the YMCA with more than 15 years of experience in youth and community program planning. Prior to becoming a program director, Mary served as a program manager, overseeing 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that funds after school programs. She began her career as a camp counselor at the Roper YMCA, and also served as a specialty camp director and site supervisor for Elementary School programs. Mary served as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Winter Garden for eight years and taught second grade in Orange County for two years. Her career is dedicated to providing safe, quality, and engaging programs for school-age children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management from Flagler College and a Graduate Certificate in Event Management from Florida State University. Mary is a nationally certified Recreation and Parks Professional through the NRPA.