Board of Directors

The YWCA York Board of Directors provides mission-based visionary leadership and strategic governance to promote and support the services and programs that directly impact more than 28,000 York County residents, during a typical year.


Michelle Pokrifka headshot

Michelle Pokrifka


Kristi Riley-Platt headshot

Kristi Riley-Platt


Demietra Middleton headshot

Demietra Middleton


Claire Forbush headshot

Claire Forbush



Gwen Baker headshot

Gwen Baker

Kim Brister headshot

Kim Brister

Richard Craighead headshot

Richard Craighead

Kristen Dempwolf headshot

Kristen Dempwolf

Rosa Duncan headshot

Rosa Duncan

Rachel Eyster

Lois Garnett Headshot

Lois Garnett

Kim Lentz headshot

Kim Lentz

Margie Mattis, D.Ed.

Heather Maxfield headshot

Heather Maxfield

Annie Mendoza headshot

Annie Mendoza

Barbara Nixon headshot

Barbara Nixon

Brandy Portonova

Karin Swartz headshot

Karin Swartz

Jody Appell headshot

Jody Appell

Director Emeritus

YWCA York Junior Board of Directors logo

Empowering Women in Leadership

Junior Board of Directors

YWCA York is committed to creating and developing sustained leadership opportunities for diverse young women in York County.

Our Work

Making an Impact

YWCA York’s aquatics team helped Paul find purpose and a sense of community.
Paul was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. He went from being a healthy 78-year-old man to needing 24/7 care. Although it had been 40 years since he was in a pool, Paul agreed to give aquatics a try at the suggestion of his granddaughter, a former YWCA York Synchro swimmer.
Paul needed the chair-lift to enter the pool, but he didn’t give up. Over time, his grip strengthened, and the weights increased. After several months, Paul could use the pool steps on his own. Today, Paul has learned to swim and warms up with 38 laps before his aerobics class begins.
Paul got his life back, and we can all learn from his motto “the more you do, the more you can do”.
Everyone deserves to feel
Be a part of the change. Together, we can make a difference for the most vulnerable in our community and beyond.
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