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DEI Staff

The YMCA of the Triangle's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department provides leadership and services that promote our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Dr. Lisa Scott
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Scott has a distinguished career in diversity, equity and inclusion work and higher education. Prior to joining the YMCA of the Triangle, she was Interim Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion and the Vice President of Institutional Equity & Inclusion and Student Success at Luther College. Throughout her career, Lisa has held multiple positions and portfolios of work that included developing community partnerships and programs supporting strategic DEI initiatives.

Yo Sobha
Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Yo works closely with our CDEIO to build and implement strategy. He also partners with staff, volunteers and community stakeholders to guide DEI work while developing innovative ways for our Y to address disparities – building an equitable Y and community.

Monica Brown
Senior Director of Equity Advancement

Monica Brown has been a part of our YMCA since 2013, but she has been breaking barriers her entire life, from growing up in Alabama to being one of a few Black women to play competitive soccer at NC State to challenging our leaders to see things from a different perspective, Monica is a coach at heart. She uses that approach and skill to lead all our Employee Resource Groups to build resources, drive communication and facilitate powerful and engaging conversations that lead to deeper empathy and growth and lead the Y's food security work. She also directly guides DEI communication and serves as a liaison for staff development with Human Resources. 

Kendall Harris
Senior Director of Equity Advancement

A part of our Y for 24 years, Kendall Harris has been key to program development, program evolution and program innovation across our Community Supported Programs. His work led to establishing the Lightner Y Achievers Program as a part of our YMCA – which remains the leading recruitment tool for staff of color across our Association. Kendall is also a pioneer. He championed our YMCA to participate in the Racial Equity Institute and the Groundwater Experience. Kendall provides strategic leadership to the Lightner Y Achievers Program and builds structures that reduce the disparities faced by boys and young men of color. 

Brittany Hall
Director of Food Security Efforts

Brittany works closely to build connections within the community as a way to support our food security and food service work throughout the Triangle area. Brittany was a critical part of transforming our feeding programs during COVID-19. She is a passionate leader with a keen ability to bring people together around a cause.

Jasmine Gilchrist
Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers Director 

Jasmine takes on this role with a lifetime of YMCA experience. As a young camper at YMCA Camp High Hopes, she saw the positive impact of the Y. Jasmine started her professional career at the Y as a Middle School After School counselor earning the first Achievement Award in her first year of service. Jasmine learned and grew through a variety of positions across the Association. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director of Camp High Hopes at the Kraft Family YMCA. Jasmine graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her skills in communications, relationship building, administration, academic assistance, and mentoring have proven to be great assets to the Lightner Y Achievers program.