SOURCE: Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

September 21, 2009 09:00 ET

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA Builds Support for the Community With a New Board of Directors and Participation in a Nationwide Campaign

America on the Move Week Jump-Starts Healthy Habits for Contra Costa County Families

PLEASANT HILL, CA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA today announced its new executive board of directors and support for the annual America on the Move week. The YMCA continues to build support for communities in Contra Costa County with the appointment of a talented governing board and participation in a nationwide campaign. This collective news demonstrates the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA's dedication to upholding the YMCA's mission of enriching the lives of all people in the community through programs that strengthen the spirit, mind and body.

Through America on the Move Week with the YMCA, the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA hopes to show anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle how making small changes can send them on their way to wellness. The week kicks off on Sept. 20, 2009 with a 3.5 mile "Great Start" Walk with the Mayor of Pleasant Hill, Dr. Michael G. Harris. Walkability assessments will be conducted by those participating in walks by completing questionnaires to determine how "friendly" the community is for pedestrians and cyclists. With this assessment, the YMCA can create awareness and help communities ensure that children and families in the community can safely walk or bike where they live, work, learn and play.

In addition to the Great Start walk, resident and community leaders are invited to participate in exercise activities, fitness assessments and orientations, health screenings, community walks, healthy living lectures, a blood drive, mixers, balance and functionality training and a health fair. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA invites families of Contra Costa County to join families in 1,400 YMCA's nationwide taking "small steps" toward creating a healthy lifestyle.

"Families all over the U.S. want to make positive lifestyle changes but don't always know where to begin," said Michael F. Erwin, President and CEO of the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA. "With the addition of our new executive board of directors and America on the Move Week, we are dedicated to supporting the community through all current and future challenges."

The addition of the new board of directors comes at a time when the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA is completing its largest Capital Campaign, an $8.1 million effort to construct the new San Ramon Valley YMCA and make critical renovations to two other facilities; the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA and the Delta Family YMCA. The boards of directors, staffed by talented and accomplished business leaders, have committed time, talent and financial support to move the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA to the next level.

The 2009/2010 Board of Directors: Executive Committee includes:

Chairman:  Rick Callaway of West Callaway Stotka
Vice Chair:  Susan Thomas of Trainer Communications
Treasurer:  Mike Batesole of Shaklee
Secretary:  David Deutscher of David Deutscher Company
Immediate Past Chair: Robert Waldron of Waldron Wealth Advisors
Board Member:  Ann Blackburn of Blackburn Advisory Services
Board Member:  Eric Eisenberg of Bank of the West
Board Member:  Jenise Gaskin of Burr, Pilger & Mayer, LLP
Board Member:  Ben Mangels of Ski Man Enterprises, LLC

The 2009/2010 Association Board of Directors includes:

Bill Barley, Dean Christman, Joe Combs, Pete Dunbar, Bill Fortner, Anne Frank, Millie Greenberg, Michael Harris, Douglas Hartsough, Charley Hearey, Eric Maldonado, Michael Milton, Milind Nagnoor, Jill Purcell, Darrell Sooy and Steven Stargardter

For more information and America on the Move schedule of activities please contact the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA at 925-687-8900 or visit

About the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA has served the greater Contra Costa County area for more than 50 years. With four branches, 22 school-age child-care sites at local elementary schools and two preschools, the organization is continuing to grow and expand its network to meet the ever-changing needs of the local community. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA provides program services for all age groups, from toddlers to seniors, to more than 40,000 households annually. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through programs that strengthen spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available to all individuals who demonstrate proven need. For more information, visit

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