Santa Barbara Family YMCA Announces Craig Prentice as New Executive Director

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The Santa Barbara Family YMCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Prentice as its new Executive Director.

Prentice joined the YMCA family straight out of college in 1993 as a Program Director at Cresenta-Canada Family YMCA in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. He later served as the Senior Program Director, Program Department Head, and Association Executive Director.

Prentice came to the Channel Islands YMCA in 2012 where he served as the Executive Director at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez. During his time at the Stuart C. Gildred YMCA, Prentice worked with the board, staff and community to strategically position the branch for growth. His efforts resulted in a 56 percent increase in both membership and programs over four years.

“We are excited to welcome Craig as our new Executive Director,” said Vince Iuculano, Santa Barbara Family YMCA Associate Executive Director. “His leadership and partnership experience will be an asset to the team.”

Prentice received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Arizona and MBA from Pepperdine University. He is also a certified YMCA Organizational Leader.


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 Santa Barbara Family YMCA, visit or call (805) 687-7727.



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