Shrewsbury, NJ (June 15, 2017) The Community YMCA (the Y) is pleased to announce the election of Jennifer Lakefield as chairperson and chief volunteer officer of the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Lakefield, managing director of ZAIS Group, Red Bank, will provide leadership to the 20-member board, which sets strategic direction and policy to guide the Y’s work of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Lakefield succeeds Joseph Oriolo, of Shrewsbury, and will serve a two-year term, ending in 2019.

A resident of Colts Neck, Lakefield was appointed to the board in 2012. She has twice served as chairperson of the Y’s Annual Campaign and most recently served as vice chairperson of the board. She and her husband Bryan Briscoe have two children.

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer Lakefield as the chief volunteer officer,” said Andrea Plaza, interim CEO. “Strong volunteer leadership has always been a driving force behind The Community YMCA’s efforts to meet the changing needs of communities in Monmouth County.”

The election took place on June 14 at the organization’s 143rd Annual Meeting at the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank. In addition, the Board of Directors elected the following officers: Board Vice Chairman, Ted Nappi, Colts Neck; Treasurer, David Medrow, Fair Haven; and Secretary, Patrick Delaney, Red Bank.

At a prior board of directors meeting, Christopher Grier of Fair Haven, was appointed to a three-year term on the board.

About The Community YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County, NJ through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, summer day camp, teen leadership, arts enrichment, health and wellness and personal and family counseling. In 2015-16, the Y provided more than $404,000 in financial assistance and program subsidies to strengthen over 1,115 children and families. For more information, visit