Located in Central Queens, the Jamaica YMCA offer state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a pool, programs for kids and families, and a community committed to helping you reach your goals.

Formerly known as the Central Queens YMCA, the Jamaica YMCA opened in 1928 on Parsons Boulevard. The black population of Queens had grown to more than 10,000 people, many of whom were settling in Jamaica, and this YMCA soon welcomed them as members.

The Jamaica YMCA is rich in history and culture. The facility has been housed in the same building for nearly 40 years and was originally used as a center for boys. It's expansive maze of rooms have been converted to meet the needs of the changing community, by providing member and non-members alike with a multitude of classes, programs, and services including guest rooms.

Leadership Staff

Cedric Dew
Senior Executive Director


Gloria E. Messam
Fund Development Specialist


Sabrina Lewis
Membership and Sales Engagement Director


Janet Martinez
Healthy Lifestyles Associate Director


Teo Tejada
Aquatics Director


Juliet Beecher
Youth & Family Director


Lenis Perez
Director of BEACON Program


Thomas McTernan
Business Manager


Nelson Perez
Assistant Business Manager


Orlando Rivera
Building and Property Director


Andres Calixto
Building Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor


Maximo Hernandez
Residence Director

Board of Managers

David W. Thomas, Chairman

Bernard Warren, Vice Chairman


Patricia Chin
Sharon Corrente
Courtney Davis
Damien Escobar
Prince Felix
Albert Gladden
Anthony Hill
Father Darryl James
Stephan Jean
Dwayne Jones
Dr. Marcia Keizs
Kenneth Lewis
Vernetta Nelson
Mary Reda
Marcel Robin
Christopher Roker
Michelle Stoddart
Carmelia Taylor
David W. Thomas
Bernard Warren
Paul Williams
Brianna Young