Montecito Family YMCA Elects Sally Jo Murren as New Board Chair


Montecito, Calif., Nov. 9, 2016The Montecito Family YMCA is proud to announce Sally Jo Murren as new board chair.   


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Murren has served on the Board of Managers since 2013. She currently serves as the Director of Sales with Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Murren began her career at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 1997. Since then, she has held management positions in San Diego, Maui, and Palm Beach.  

“We are very excited for Sally Jo to serve at the helm of our Board,” stated Michael Yamasaki, Executive Director of the Montecito Family YMCA. “Her energy, enthusiasm and civic-minded spirit have been a positive influence on the Y and the community and I’m sure we will continue to benefit from Sally Jo’s leadership.”

Murren is a graduate of Brighton University in England with a degree in hospitality. She and her children, Alexander and Rosie, are active participants at the Y and in their local community. She served as the President of the Montecito Family YMCA preschool’s Parent Advisory Council in 2012.

Murren joins other Montecito Family YMCA Board members Rob Adams, George Armstrong, Cynthia Boller, Darren Caesar, James Cleland, Mike Denver, Andy Grant, Rhett Hedrick, Gretchen Horn, Lisa Jackson, Clas Lensander, Roland Messori, Lee Ohanian, Dan O’Keefe, Josie Root, Cate Stoll, Tim Werner, Lindsay Whitworth and Patrick Williams.

About the Channel Islands YMCA

Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Youth Center and My Home.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Montecito Family YMCA, visit or call (805) 969-3288.


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