Joellen Chiodo Arenas
Chief Executive Officer
Joellen Arenas was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Shenango Valley YMCA on January 18th, 2006. Since taking over as CEO, her core responsibilities included: strategic planning, budget management, operations oversight, key staff supervision and enforcement of adherence to all policies set forth by the Board of Directors. She corresponds closely with YMCA of the USA consultants and the Board of Directors to identify community needs, and assure that the short and long-term visions of the organization correspond appropriately. YMCA Milestones since January 2006: she developed and executed a strategic turnaround plan, doubled revenue growth, debt reduction by 78%, the acquisition of two for profit fitness clubs, expanded the satellite location at Chaverís Community Center in Farrell, PA, P&L responsibility for the main branch, 1 satellite, and 4 on-site locations and community outreach through public speaking venues to small and large audiences.
Joellen attended Penn State University, Shenango branch and received her Bachelorís Degree from Youngstown State University; where her major was Corporate Communications, and where she minored in both Public Relations and Advertising. She completed the YMCA New CEO Institute Training in April of 2006.
Joellenís experience spans over 30 years and includes business development, management, marketing and growth. Prior to working for the YMCA, she worked for Sharon Regional Health System (SRHS) Personal Fitness Center team from 1997 to 2006. She started out as a certified personal trainer and aerobic instructor. In that position she worked closely with SHRS Nutritionists and Physical Therapists to develop and implement wellness programming; a few of these programs like Balance and Post Rehab are still being taught at the YMCA today. Joellen quickly advanced to Marketing Coordinator where she conducted public speaking events and organized various health and corporate fairs. She was a periodic guest speaker on WPIC talk radio, wrote featured articles in the Sharon Herald Newspapers Sunday Health Report and SRHS HealthPLACE Newsletter. In 2002 she was promoted to The Personal Fitness Center Coordinator, where she managed the budget and oversaw operations. In 2005 Sharon Regional closed the fitness center doors and transferred all of its equipment and members to the newly remodeled and expanded YMCA. Joellen assisted with the merger. Her responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of the move including marketing, equipment placement, retaining and converting 800 SRHS Personal Fitness Center members to YMCA members. Joellen was later promoted to Wellness Director and became the liaison between Sharon Regional Health System and the YMCA. Her primary goal was to develop collaborative wellness programming that would benefit both parties as well as the community, and to oversee the fitness center.
Earlier career experiences include her involvement with Fitness America, her own business Smile4fitness and the YMCA, where she conducted group weight lifting sessions, on-site corporate wellness programs, fitness seminars and wellness workshops. She co-authored a weight loss, exercise and motivational manual. She worked for The Creative Group as their Public Relations Manager, where she assisted in promotional campaigns, sold production and air time and appeared in local television commercials. She also worked for Barbizon and Pro-Model Management Agency as a runway, print and promotional model and the Assistant Director, where she managed staff, conducted talent searches and recruited students to the finishing school(broke national sales records).
Joellen is most grateful that, in her position at the YMCA, she truly performs an integral component in enhancing the lives of the individuals and families served by the YMCA. She also finds working with other non-profit organizations like The United Way of Mercer County extremely gratifying. Joellen enjoys being a part of the YMCA family, as well as being surrounded by her own large, Italian family. She loves taking long walks and exercising with her husband.Top of page.
Robert States, Executive Assistant, is originally from the Shenango Valley, graduating from Hickory High School in 2001. While at Hickory, Robert earned an academic scholarship and athletic scholarship to Gannon University in Erie, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies in the spring of 2005. In addition to his degree, Robert is a nationally certified Personal Trainer (NETA), and is certified in CPR and AED through the American Heart Association, and First Aid through the Red Cross.
Robert has been a part of the YMCA staff since 2005. He became Fitness Center Manager and then rapidly progressed to Coordinator in 2006. As Coordinator, Robert is responsible for the supervision of all Fitness Center, Aerobic and Childwatch staff, volunteers, and members. Robert makes sure that from the time you enter the YMCA to the time you leave that all of your wellness needs and goals are met through quality services and programming. He ensures that our staff is qualified, nationally certified, and that they create a welcoming, fun and safe environment to give our members the ultimate wellness experience! Robert is passionate about making you feel like part of our YMCA family. He is always accessible to the community and has developed a strong rapport among our members who know that they can bring suggestions to him which will enhance their YMCA experience, and help us fulfill our mission. Additionally Robert supervises the YMCA volunteer program which historically has been a staple of YMCA tradition. The YMCA provides many unique volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages. Robert is working on a new aspect of the YMCA volunteer program called the Ambassador program which encourages members to get involved in our mission and be more invested in "their YMCA". In Robertsís downtime you will find him managing daily facility operations including working in the fitness center, interacting with members and assisting his Personal Training clients. Robert has trained as clients a wide array of different types of people, but he primarily focuses on training young athletes. He has trained athletes in many different sports including: baseball, softball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, and hockey. So if you are looking for a sports program, talk to him.
Robert developed his professional skills through his previous employment and course studies. Upon graduation from college, Robert worked as a Legal Assistant for McEwen & Nesbit Law Firm in Grove City, PA. Additionally, He served as an intern for State Representative Matthew Good in Erie, PA. This experience prepared Robert for a career in a management position with the Shenango Valley YMCA.
Robert also enjoys being a visible part of the community surrounding the Shenango Valley YMCA. Robert played collegiate baseball for 4 years at Gannon University and now enjoys being a part of the coaching staff for the Hickory High School Baseball Team which was the 2007 PIAA District 10 champions. He also enjoys volunteering his time for community organizations and special events some of which include YMCA special events, The United Way of Mercer County, the Senior Olympics, Hermitage Little League, and The City of Hermitage Arts Festival.Top of page.
Phyllis Mammarelli is the Administrator at the Shenango Valley YMCA. Phyllis is a Nationally Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through the National Exercise Trainers Association. She has an Associateís Degree as a Medical Secretary as well as certifications in Yoga Stretch, Exercise and Injury Rehabilitation, Silver Sneakers I & II, Senior Fitness Test Instructor, Posture Analysis & Exercise Development, Exercise for Total Knee and Hip Replacement, Exercise and Arthritis, CPR/AED, and First Aid.
She was an employee with Sharon Regional Health System (SRHS) for seven years. She worked at the Personal Fitness Center were she held many titles ranging from Senior Wellness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Cardiac Rehab Specialist. She designed workout programs for clients, trained cardiac rehab clients, and taught aerobic, balance and aquatics classes.
Phyllis is now the Wellness Coordinator and Highmark Silver Sneaker Advisor at the Shenango Valley YMCA. She instructs and oversees all of our 55 + crowd and Silver Sneakers members. She coordinates our Rehab Plus and Cardiac Rehab Program, teaches Beginners Aquatics, aerobic classes and various Highmark Programs such as Eat Well for Life, Clear the Air and Discover Relaxation. She manages wellness health fairs, lectures and social events. She also collaborates with the SRHS Diabetic Advisory Committee, the Mercer County Housing Authority and the Mercer County Area on Aging.
She is more committed than ever to deepening her understanding and to fulfilling the YMCAís mission, values and goals. She is a very energetic and passionate person who has built lasting relationships with our members and community. If you are over 55 or need to rebuild your body after therapy, Phyllis is committed to helping you achieve your wellness goals. When she is not instructing, Phyllis enjoys helping others and being actively involved in her childrenís lives. She helps out at their sporting events and participates in booster clubs. In her free time she enjoys walking in Buhl Farm Park and being outdoors.Top of page.