About Us


We are on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


It was not easy making it this far.

F or over 125 years YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has provided valuable programs and services to the community to assist those in need. It all began on May 4, 1891, when eleven pioneering women met to discuss how they can help support local women. Within two weeks a committee had been formed and officers elected. In December, the Young Womenís Christian Association of Bay City was incorporated.

In 1899 the organization moved to the Root Building, then purchased two houses at the corner of 4th and Washington where housing and meals were provided for ìhomelessî girls. In October 1906 YWCA Bay City became a chartered member of YWCA USA.

By 1914 a goal of $65,000 was set for a new building and the cornerstone was laid at 4th and Adams, just across from the current day post office. After this building was opened for only two years, Camp Maqua was opened in 1919 - 65 acres on Loon Lake in Hale, Michigan which provided summer camp to women for over 60 years.

YWCA moved in September of 1971 to the building on Midland Road, after officially changing the name to YWCA of Bay County in 1966.

This location would later be sold in 2009 so that the organization could focus on the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. In 2010, YWCA of Bay County changed the name to YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, being the first nonprofit in the region to reflect the new regional name. Office space was rented out of the United Way building before moving to our current location, the first floor of the Phoenix Building in downtown Bay City. Then expanding services to Midland and Saginaw in 2014.

Board Members

• Janelle Felan, President
• Reney Kreger, President Elect
• Toni Riley, Vice President
• Ann Coburn-Collins, Secretary
• Kristi Kozubal, Treasurer
• Jenna Briggs
• Kathy Conklin
• Chey Davis
• CarolAnne Guillemette
• Gale Mielens
• Stacy Erwin Oakes
• Sandy Thompson
• Tara Welch


• Misty Janks, Executive Director
• Brandon Strong, Marketing Coordinator
• Rachelle Hilliker, Program Coordinator
• Hannah Miller, Parent Education Coordinator
• Jasmine Sledge, Parent Education Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where are you located?
We are located inside the Phoenix Building at 723 Washington Avenue in downtown Bay City.
2Did you change your name?
Yes, we did. The former YWCA of Bay County is now YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region with a service area covering Bay, Midland and Saginaw County.
3Now that the fitness facility is closed, what programs and services does the YWCA provide?
Our new direction and programs are explained in detailed under our “programs” tab.
4How many staff members are there at the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region?
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has 6 staff members. Most of the staff is off site and contractual to maintain low administration costs.
5Can I volunteer at the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region?
We are always looking for volunteers. One of the areas we need a lot of assistance in is our annual Riverside Art Festival that takes place every June. We are also looking for committee members.
6Are you affiliated with the YMCA?
No, we are completely different entities with no affiliation and different missions.

Job Postings

Empowerment Program Manager

The Empowerment Program Manager is responsible for organizing programs and activities around the empowerment of women and girls in the Great Lakes Bay Region. You are responsible for developing programs to support the organization’s strategic direction, as well as creating and managing long term initiatives. You are accountable for developing budgets, operating plans for programs, writing program funding proposals and program success stories. To be successful in this role, you will need to have prior experience in both program development and communications.

• Organizing programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization.
• Developing and implementing new programs and curriculum to support the strategic direction of the organization.
• Developing a budget and operating plan for the program.
• Developing and implementing an evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement.
• Writing program funding proposals to guarantee uninterrupted delivery of services.
• Ensuring goals are met in areas including customer satisfaction, safety, quality and performance.
• Capturing program success stories and working on recruitment strategy with marketing.
• Establish strategic partnerships within the GLBR to deliver impactful programs.
• Develop and implement programs for youth.
• Develop, implement and oversee monthly women’s empowerment series.

Public Relations
• Identify, write and promote success stories of programs at YWCA.
• Develop positive, ongoing relationships with media outlets and community members.
• Network with other agencies to identify collaborative opportunities.
• Attend community events to represent YWCA GLBR.

• Bachelor’s degree
• Two to three years’ experience in program development and management.
• Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
• Relationship builder with flexibility.
• Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
• Must support the YWCA mission: eliminating racism and empowering women.

To apply, please email the following items to jobs@ywcaglbr.org:
• Cover Letter
• Resume
• Give two concrete examples of how you live the mission of YWCA GLBR.
• What do you see as a service need(s) in the area the empowerment of women and girls in the GLBR?

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women and eliminate racism together!

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