Capital District YMCA Selects Melissa Bellew as Association Vice President of Operations

The Capital District YMCA is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Bellew to the senior management team, as the new Vice President of Operations for the association.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President/COO, Melissa will oversee operations in all branches as they relate to Membership, Program Administration, Marketing, Facilities, Financial Development, Special Events, Promotions, Staff, and Volunteer Development.


Melissa will also manage the Southern Saratoga branch.


Melissa has successfully built a solid reputation for achieving goals while consistently exhibiting professionalism, diligence, attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to implement positive change.


For the past 3+ years, Melissa has served as the President & CEO of the Penobscot Bay YMCA in Maine.


Among her many accomplishments there, Melissa successfully led the efforts of a $6 million YMCA with multiple branches, successfully managed a $300,000+ Annual Support Campaign, and increased value in two multi-million dollar endowments.


Prior to joining the Penobscot Bay YMCA, Melissa was with the Capital District YMCA, as the District Executive Director for the Schenectady and Duanesburg branches.


During her career, Melissa has served as a public defender and private attorney in Kentucky for 17 years, representing the rights of the indigent. She also served the YMCA of Central Kentucky for 18 months as the Director of Member & Wellness Initiatives, overseeing branch development, membership, and wellness efforts.


“We are thrilled to have Melissa back at the Capital District YMCA. She brings a wealth of experience to our organization and the skills to help us restore the YMCA after COVID-19,” noted Dave Brown, President/CEO of the Capital District YMCA.


“I relish the opportunity to deliver the Capital District YMCA’s vision of powerful operational successes coupled with critical social equity accomplishments, as we work together to create stronger, just communities through equity advocacy. This is what drives me, and I’m proud to bring that passion back to the Capital Region,” noted Melissa.


Melissa is a champion cyclist at the state and national level, as well as an avid adventure seeker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish from Eastern Kentucky University and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the University of Kentucky. Currently, Melissa studies Social Justice and Theology at Union Theological Seminary and Harvard Extension School.


Among her civic engagement efforts, Melissa is the National Co-Chair of the YMCA of the USA’s LGBTQ+ Resource Network; Co-Chair and Board Member of OUT Maine, in Rockland, Maine; President-Elect of the Rockland Rotary Club in Maine, and Operations Committee Member with the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition in Kentucky.


Melissa begins her new role August 23, 2021.