The YMCA movement wishes all the best to this new team as they start their term and lead the design of our new Strategy in cooperation with the National YMCAs.
President: Ms. Emma Osmundsen – England & Wales
Trustee of YMCA Exeter since 2011, trustee of YMCA England & Wales since 2016.
Property professional (25 years) with specialist skills in asset management & property development. Extensive board experience (charitable & commercial). Group managing director of commercial Property Development Company.
Emma has a strong commitment with the social sector and international cooperation initiatives with a focus on strategic planning, institutional development and youth empowerment.
Vice President: Ms. Jenni Enqvist – Finland
Member of local boards since 1990’s, National board member experience for more than 15 years. Leader of YMCA Europe´s Field Group for YMCA Kosovo 2012-2017. Jenni is strongly committed to movement strengthening strategies.
Jenni is a Business Consultant, she likes new challenges, finding solutions and helping people in the process of change.
Treasurer: Ms. Silvia Lazaridis – Germany
Recording secretary (Board of YMCA Munich) since 2016, volunteer service at YMCA Peru 2002-2003, Christian Orientation Group member since 2009 and Chair of Nomination Committee 2012-2016 at YMCA Europe.
In addition to the above Board and Committee positions, Silvia has been a YMCA member and volunteer for youth work since 1997 and currently she serves weekly at the Munich YMCA youth centre. She has a natural capacity to connect the local and national level with the international dimension of the movement.
Recording Secretary: Ms. Diana Zarembiene – Lithuania
Diana is member of the National Board of YWCA-YMCA Lithuania and member of the Executive Committee of YMCA Europe (Assessor 2014 – 2016 Recording Secretary: 2016-2020).
Diana is also a member of the Organising Committee of International Christmas Charity Bazaar (big fundraising initiative of international, diplomatic community in Lithuania) and Blossom of Hope (fundraising project to fight breast cancer) by the International Women's Association of Vilnius.
Communications professional and event & programme organiser, Diana also strengthens the role of civil society through the organizations where she serves.
Mr. Pascal Rosenthal – Germany
Assessor to the board of YMCA Europe since 2018, chairman of the regional working group on confirmation youth camps in Germany.
Pascal has experience at YMCA Europe´s governance, many years of “grassroots experience” in working with children and teenagers and within the international context with a special focus on youth empowerment and movement strengthening.
Mr. Eneko López de Dicastillo – Spain
Eneko is member and current President of the Local Advisory Board of YMCA Aragon since 2016, member of the National Assembly YMCA Spain since 2017 and member of the Treasury Committee YMCA Spain since 2018.
He enjoys sharing his free time and energy in other volunteering actions with high impact on social and heath areas, such as fundraising for cancer research and treatment. Eneko combines management skills with experience in socially relevant projects.
Ms. Marina Martynenko – Russia
Marina has been a Board member of the YMCA Russia since 2018, volunteering as one of the key leaders at YMCA Moscow.
Graduate of the training: Leadership Academy, Roots for Reconciliation (Peace Work Institute Alumni), TtT and other national and international projects. She is committed to the three dimensions of YMCA work : local, national, international.
Ms. Janette Smit-van Kalkeren – Netherlands
Janette has been involved with the YMCA from around 2000 as a participant and volunteer for YMCA The Netherlands. She has chaired the International Committee and became involved with YMCA Europe from 2016 within YES and YPG.
Janette has a Masters in International Communication and an additional Bachelor in the field of Education and has worked as an English teacher, marketeer and account manager. Janette has a drive to build bridges and networks to help people connect and work well together beyond borders and aims to improve the lives of young people.
Mr. Richard Schweizer – Switzerland
Richard is volunteering in a local YMCA scouts group as a scouts and sports camp leader.
Regionally he is also volunteering as course instructor and at the national level he is member of the international committee of YMCA/YWCA Switzerland. Therefore his experience covers the three levels: local, national and international with a focus on youth led projects.