YMCA Downtown

5 N Naches Avenue

Yakima, WA 98901







YMCA + Aquatic Center

3800 River Road

Yakima, WA 98908











Bob Romero

Executive Director

Julie Bremerman

Associate Executive Director

Robert Suarez


Yvette Lippert

Membership Director

Aimee Dunavant

Aquatics Director

Roxann Johnson

Health & Wellness Director

Kyle McPherson

Camp Dudley Director

Tressa Cummings

Jewett Center Director

Flavio Garcia

Youth Sports & Outreach Director

Ezequiel Zuniga

Property & Facilities Director

Support Staff

Syria Diehm

Administrative Assistant

Statements And Disclaimers

Know. See. Respond.

The safety and well-being of children in the care of Y’s across the U.S. is, and always will be, our priority.

Serving the youth in our community is a vital part of our mission, and we are committed to creating a safe environment for the children and teens we serve every year.

As the nation’s largest youth-serving organization, our most important work includes ensuring their safety and well-being – it is foundational to everything we do at the Y to help them learn, grow and thrive.

In our commitment to provide the best programs, services and supporting our community, the Yakima Family YMCA has provided an anonymous Concern/Complaint Reporting platform for you to use.

To make an anonymous report, please call 509-490-3908. All reports are confidential.

All Y’s in the U.S. are required to implement child sexual abuse prevention practices and policies to remain a member in good standing with the National Council of YMCAs. These requirements include:

Completing a child abuse prevention self-assessment, administered by a Y-USA–approved vendor, at least every two (2) years

Having a policy that requires criminal background checks for staff and volunteers

Providing and requiring training for staff and volunteers on preventing and responding to child abuse

Requiring staff and volunteers to report child abuse in accordance with applicable laws

Having a policy that requires screening all adults against a national sex offender registry and written protocol for how to respond when adults are identified as registered sex offenders

Reporting the following events to Y-USA:

  • Allegations and/or criminal charges of child abuse, child sexual exploitation, or child sexual misconduct involving a current or former YMCA staff, volunteer, or member (including incidents related to the YMCA and outside of the YMCA)
  • Allegations of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or sexual misconduct between youth participants in attendance at a YMCA and/or enrolled in YMCA activities.

YMCAs have access to resources to assist them in meeting these requirements. Provided by and facilitated by Y-USA, these resources are accessible through our internal knowledge-sharing platform for YMCA staff.

We engage external experts (Praesidium) in abuse prevention to work with all 2,600 Y’s across the country and provide access to a comprehensive self-assessment as well as best practices in screening, training, supervision and reporting practices.

We partner with passionate local Y leaders who facilitate peer-to-peer learning and continuously improve and strengthen Y abuse-prevention efforts. Specifically, we work alongside the Guardians for Child Protection, a collective of Y CEOs committed to activating the power of the Y and other youth-serving organizations to engage communities, improve internal operations and advance policy and environmental change to protect children from sexual abuse.

We work closely with strategic partners to advance federal policies that seek to protect children from various forms of abuse and neglect. Whether it’s passing the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) into law or increasing funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), our advocacy efforts reflect the Y’s commitment to child safety.

The Y works closely with Praesidium, the national leader in organizational abuse risk management. Certified Praseidium Guardians are certified experts who have demonstrated the ability to implement practices that lead to a safer environment in an organization be developing and maintain abuse prevention skills. Our Y guardian is listed below and is dedicated to educating Y staff and the larger community on how to recognize and help prevent child abuse.

Julie Bremerman, Associate Executive Director,, 509-490-3908