Our Vision

The YMCA of Southern Maine is committed to building strong kids, individuals, families, and communities through programs and services that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, regardless of ability to pay.



Helen Brena

Helen L. Breña
Chief Executive Officer

Helen Breña has worked for the YMCA movement for over 23 years and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Southern Maine since 2006. Helen’s prior YMCA experience was with the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, where she served many roles including CFO, Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President of Operations. During her tenure there, Helen led 10 branches, with over 700 employees and 43 sites, serving 40,000 members. Her areas of focus included membership, strategic planning, fundraising, and staff training.

Helen moved to Portland in 2005 in order to get back to Northern New England. Prior to coming to the YMCA of Southern Maine, Helen worked with Avesta Housing as the Vice President of Finance and Management; bringing another level of experience, specifically in affordable housing.

Helen attended Amherst College, earning an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also earned a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford and became a Certified Public Accountant during her early years while working for Arthur Andersen & Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Helen grew up in New Hampshire and loves being back in Northern New England. She lives in West Falmouth, where she shares her time with her partner, her dog, and two cats.  In addition to family events, photography, and reading, Helen enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing, running, triathlons, and nature.


Tracy Opalnyk
Interim Chief Financial Officer


Jan DiMauro, SPHR
Human Resource Director

Jan DiMauro joined the YMCA of Southern Maine in April of 2014. Her credentials include over 15 years of Human Resource management and supervision, both in for-profit and non-profit environments.

Jan’s previous experience includes guiding and managing the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, management development, labor relations, affirmative action, salary administration, employee health and wellness, as well as assisting and advising managers about Human Resources issues. She is very excited to be part of the YMCA of Southern Maine.

She is also a current active member of the Diversity Hiring Coalition, HRASM and SHRM and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She is also a volunteer Ambassador for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  Jan received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maine and resides in Scarborough.

Anne-Marie Brown
Executive Director - Pineland Branch

Anne-Marie Brown began her Y career as the Director of Development and Communications in 2001, and later served as the Marketing and Membership Director for the association. However, her first connection with the Y began as a child when she learned to swim at the Old Colony Y in her hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts. Her experiences as a child swimming at the Y, and at the Y's Camp Yomechas, left a positive impression that led her back to the Y after relocating to Maine. However she soon learned that working at the Y was even more rewarding than she expected - drawing from her passion for creating opportunities for healthy living (especially for families), building community and fostering relationships with wonderful Y members. In 2006 Anne-Marie moved from the Y's corporate office and joined the team at the Casco Bay Branch as the Senior Director.  In September 2012 she stepped into the role of Executive Director for the Pineland Branch.

Anne-Marie graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications. Her prior work experiences provided a foundation in public relations, event planning, and non-profit management. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Pete, and two children, Elizabeth and Zack.

Scott Krouse

Scott Krouse
Executive Director - Casco Bay Branch

Scott Krouse has been employed by the YMCA since 1993. As Executive Director, Scott has provided leadership resulting in organizational growth for fundraising, community outreach, program development, and facility expansion. Previously, Scott served as Executive Director for the Greater Portland YMCA and was also instrumental in the development of the Pineland YMCA in New Gloucester. He was raised in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and also worked for the Boothbay Regional YMCA in various positions during his college years.

Scott attended Springfield College earning an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and a Masters in Administration. As part of his Masters program he worked for the Boston Celtics, in the front office, focusing on public relations and marketing. Scott resides in North Yarmouth with his wife Cindy. He serves on the following Boards; Sports Done Right, Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity, and Healthy Portland/Healthy Casco Bay. Scott has many hobbies, but most of all enjoys getting outdoors participating in the numerous recreational activities the state of Maine has to offer.

Heather Gendron
Executive Director - Northern York County Branch

Heather Gendron joined the Northern York County Family YMCA in 1993 which is now one of the four branches of the YMCA of Southern Maine. She has been at the Northern York County Branch for 18 years, starting out as a part-time After School Childcare Assistant during her senior year of high school. Throughout her years at the Y, she has held many positions and brings a broad range of experience, specifically in childcare and membership. After 5 years in her most recent position as Operations Director, Heather accepted the position of Executive Director.

Heather grew up in Biddeford with her parents and 3 sisters. She attended the University of Maine. She currently lives in Biddeford with her husband Jeff and 2 daughters, Aliyah and Chloe. She is very passionate about the Biddeford Saco community and has been volunteering her time as an active member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club for the past 6 years.


Erika Weidner
Interim Executive Director - Portland Branch

 Kayla Paydos

Kayla Paydos
Brand Advocate Director

Kayla Paydos joined the YMCA of Southern Maine in February 2012.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a BA in Communication and an Option in Marketing. Kayla brings marketing experience from several internships, including a marketing and membership internship at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA in her hometown of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

Kayla lives in Portland with her fiancé and their friendly chocolate lab, Sully.  She enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends.