Our executive leaders are at the forefront of the Channel Islands YMCA delivering its mission. They foster an environment of inclusiveness within our organization and throughout the community through our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

✉ Margo Byrne
President & CEO
☏ (805) 569-1103 ext 1012


Margo Byrne was appointed CEO and President of the Channel Islands YMCA in February 2019. Previously, Margo served as the Chief Operations Officer since 2013. She leads a $20 million seven-branch organization—with nearly 1,200 employees and over 15,000 members—that provides services to 50,000 people annually. Margo has been instrumental in the development of a strategic plan for the Channel Islands YMCA, which has resulted in the implementation of impactful programs such as Diabetes Prevention, Enhance Fitness – Arthritis Program, Third Grade Learn to Swim, and deepened the Y’s focus on Cause Driven Leadership and programs.

Margo began her Y career in 2000, at the Ventura Family YMCA as the Aquatics Director. She was quickly elevated to Associate Executive Director and finished her tenure at the Ventura Y, serving as the Executive Director for 8 years. She was attracted by the Y because of its dedication to lifelong wellness and its overarching mission to strengthen the community. 

Margo considers herself a lifelong learner and has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology.


Channel Islands YMCA Board of Directors

Dan Watkins – Chair
Ken Switzer – Vice Chair
Marcus Kocmur – Immediate Past Chair
Secretary – Bob Williams
Treasurer – Danielle Brinkman
At Large – Dax Gulje
At Large – Jaylon Letendre
Gail Anikouchine
Jim Armstrong
Damon Brink
Danielle Brinkman
Annick Faict
Rafael Gonzalez
Brian Gough
Andrew Grant
Erik Justesen
Neal Lassila
George Leis
Roya Mokhtari
Jocelyn Montanaro
Lisa Neff
Lucy Thoms-Harrington
Kathleen Weinheimer
Ron Yukelson