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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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YMCA board gets two new directors

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Two new directors have been elected to the Board of the YMCA of Franklin County.

Joy Sylvester-Johnson of Roanoke and Susan Hughes of Union Hall will join 11 other board members.

James Currie, the CEO of the Franklin County YMCA, said these new directors bring valuable experience in representing the interests and needs of those that are less fortunate in southwest Virginia communities.

"I am excited that these talented and well respected individuals are joining our board," he said. "Their backgrounds of serving those in need and their independent thinking will make our board stronger and more effective in meeting our YMCA mission".

Sylvester-Johnson has been the CEO of the Roanoke Rescue Mission since 1998, and previously was the pastor of the Richboro Baptist Church in Staten Island, NY and prior to that, the pastor of the Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

Under her leadership, the Roanoke Rescue Mission has grown substantially, and today serves the poor by addressing the causes and remedies for homelessness and addiction affecting men, women and families.

She is the daughter of the founders of the Roanoke Rescue Mission, which began in 1948. She and her late husband, John A. Sylvester-Johnson, moved back to Roanoke in 1986. Sylvester-Johnson has a bachelor's degree from Taylor University in Upland, IN, and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Susan Hughes is a Minister of Community Outreach with Redwood United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, and is committed to serving those less fortunate.

Hughes was previously a member of the Franklin County YMCA Board and is pleased to return to the board to help shape the organization's direction with respect to economically disadvantaged individuals.e

Hughes has a bachelor's degree in electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. She lives in Union Hall with her husband, Walter Hughes, Jr.

"We are fortunate to have attracted these talented and experienced individuals as we chart new directions for the Franklin County Family YMCA,"Currie said. "Last year, our YMCA provided about $200,000 in financial assistance so that those in need could participate in our programs. Their experience will help guide our continuing efforts to reach county residents in need".

They join current Board members: Gil McGeorge, Caroline Cooper Davis, Harry Davis, Jeanne Martin, Wayne Fullerton, Joe Maxwell, Al Flora, Penny Guilliams, Ricky Scott, Janet Stockton, and Deanna Stone.

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