I really got to understand that the Y is a community, it has the ability to bring a community together...

Melanie Roth


Mel Roth began her affiliation with the YMCA in her youth as a member of her high school Tri-Hi-Y program. Her professional work with the Y began while Ms. Roth taught elementary physical education in her hometown of Boyertown, PA where she also worked part-time as a YMCA aerobics instructor. Shortly thereafter (in 1983) she was approached to become the part-time physical director for the newly constructed Boyertown YMCA. Almost immediately after becoming the part-time physical director the Branch Executive left and Ms. Roth accepted the position and evolved with the role to become the CEO of the Boyertown Area YMCA. During her tenure, she significantly increased the ability of the YMCA to serve the community through facility enhancements and staving off IRS Tax Challenges.

In 1997, sensing there was more for her career, Ms. Roth joined the YMCA of the USA to become a Resource Director. In this role she served countless YMCAs, sharing her talents and experience. Ms. Roth’s leadership and national reputation created the opportunity for her to help several YMCAs merge and enhance their capacity to serve. She was widely recognized by her peers as an accomplished trainer and facilitator whose guidance was sought by staff and boards alike. Though Ms. Roth retired in 2015 she has remained active with the YMCA Movement by serving as a consultant for onboarding new Resource Directors, modeling Real-Time Strategic Planning processes, as a project specialist for Walkability grant, and developing tools for onboarding Chief Volunteer Officers.

Community Service

In addition to her YMCA career, Ms. Roth has remained active in communities by serving on New Jersey Strategic Alliance, volunteer 7th Grade Initiative; and as a coach to new CEOs.


Ms. Roth received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester State College (1973) and a master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester State College (1976).


‟It was the way we took care of families…”


‟…I always loved teaching and training.”


‟And that little group of people becomes a family.”


‟The Y showed me that I had this potential and it taught me…”