Helen Flanders


Helen’s YMCA roots go back to her family membership at UMLY as a child and continued in her 27-year Y professional career. Prior to her arrival in Berwyn, Helen served as the Executive Director of the Oscar Lasko YMCA Youth Program Center and the Twin Valley YMCA. She started her Y career at the Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville, where she spent 18 years working in multiple departments and ultimately leading operations and financial development. Helen also worked with the YMCA marketing and communications team.

Her most recent achievements include: starting the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s first state licensed, private Kindergarten; creating the first YMCA After School Academy (YASA); bringing an AAU Basketball League to the Y;  expanding membership and program enrollment in all of her branches; and improving the member experience as measured by the Seer Surveys. Helen also expanded the Lasko YMCA’s signature outreach program, Believe and Achieve at the Y, to ensure that at-risk, underprivileged children are mentored in a safe haven every day after school and all day during the summer, at no cost to the families.

Helen is dedicated to the Y mission to serve all people in spirit, mind and body. Helen stated , “I am very excited to return to the Upper Main Line Y and continue working to positively impact the lives of children, families and adults through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

Helen and her husband Rick live in Caln Township, where they raised their two sons. When not working at the Y, Helen enjoys boating, swimming, traveling and creative writing. 

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Brian Raicich


Brian began his career with the YMCA as a camp counselor in 1994 at Camp UMLY. He started the Environmental Education Program, under the guidance of Brad Zerr, former Senior Program Director. Brian served as part-time Environmental Education Coordinator from 1997-2003 while also working as an environmental scientist for a consulting firm. During this time, he built a staff team to create the Nature Center and trail system on the campus, developed the preschool nature program, nature summer camps, Y Earth Service Corps, and Birding programs. He joined UMLY full-time in 2003 as the Associate Youth & Family Director and shortly thereafter became the Youth & Family Director and Camp Director. In 2007, Brian became Senior Program Director of Camp, Environmental Education, Teens, Community Outreach and later added Sports, Arts & Dance, Wellness, Tennis, Childcare, and eventually Aquatics to his oversight. 

In June 2014, Brian was named Associate Executive Director at Upper Main Line YMCA and helped with the transition of the merge with the YMCA of Brandywine Valley to form the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

Brian graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and Masters in Environmental Pollution Control. 

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