YMCA Branch Name

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YMCA Professional Leadership Team

To reach any of our team, please click on their name to email or call 219 750 1082 and the extension listed below.

Carl Zurbriggen
Branch Executive Director 
Ext. 107

Carl’s Y career started with the Southlake YMCA in Crown Point, IN in 2002. He worked there in many different roles; namely as the Wellness Director, Associate Executive Director and Hub Run Race Director.  Prior to his Y career, Carl attended Indiana University where he received a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Currently, Carl oversees all operations and provides direction for the Griffith Branch YMCA.  He believes his primary role is to fill the needs of the community through quality programs and services.  In an effort to further give back to the community, Carl was elected as the Griffith Chamber of Commerce President in January of 2013. He hopes to see the Griffith YMCA continue to grow and to be a staple in the community for years to come.

Susan Pierson
Early Learning Center Director
Ext. 101

Susan was born in Africa to a missionary family and was taught the importance of helping others. Susan has a BA and BS in early elementary education and has pursued educating preschool children for 25 years. She started the Young Scholars preschool program at Forest Ridge Academy in Schererville and was Director of Happy Moments Daycare in Merrillville Community Schools for 13 years. She and her husband have been married for 36 years, have four children who all graduated from Griffith, and have lived in Griffith for 20 years . She has a heart for educating the young child and is thrilled to be part of the team at the Griffith Y.

Sharon Bohling
Wellness Director
Ext. 106

Sharon Bohling is the Wellness Director for the Hammond and Griffith Family YMCAs. In this position, she oversees the Wellness Centers, group exercises classes, youth classes, personal training programs and other wellness activities at both locations. Sharon has been teaching group exercise classes at the Hammond Y since spring 2013 and branched out, adding classes at the Griffith Y and working as a personal trainer at both locations. A graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, Sharon hopes to bring the experience she gained serving members in these capacities to her new administrative role. “With the increased focus on wellness programming, I’m looking forward to strengthening our existing offerings and creating new opportunities for members to improve the quality of their lives through fitness.” She is certified as a personal trainer by NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and as a group exercise instructor by ACE (American Council on Exercise).
SportsFor sports inquiries, contact Carl Zurbriggen

Lori Mulligan
Childcare Director
Ext. 105

Lori has worked with afterschool programs for the last seven years and for the Griffith YMCA since its inception in 2011. Lori is a mother of two children - a son & daughter - and one greyhound. She married her husband Chris in 2010. She is a lifelong Griffith resident and a 1999 GHS graduate. She is the youngest of 5 children and has 1 niece and 2 nephews. Right now, she is hard at work on a new afterschool curriculum based on teaching character skills. She is very dedicated to the children of the Y and hopes to continue serving our parents for years to come.

Jaci Gomez
Member Engagement Coordinator

Griffith Family YMCA Advisory Council

  • Gary Sutton – Chair
  • Tim Diamond
  • Leah Dumezich
  • Laura Gaby
  • Dana Jelenski
  • Esther Lewis
  • Keith Mitchell
  • Sherri Mitchell
  • Kathy Sapyta
  • Jerry Tauber
  • Valerie Wotkun

The Griffith Family Y is part of the Crossroads Y Association. Crossroads Leadership

To learn more about the Griffith Family YMCA, please contact us at: 219 750 1082.

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