Kristoph Kocan - Chief Executive Officer

Kristoph joined the Hornell YMCA staff in June 2019. A graduate of Clarion University, Kristoph was with the Meadville Family YMCA from 2012-2019 where he served as the Executive Director for the Downtown Branch. Before being an employee, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for 6 years. There he oversaw all facility management and competitive gymnastics and aquatics for the Meadville YMCA association and as well as helped coach and work with the YMCA swim team both as a volunteer and as a staff member. Kristoph grew up in the Titusville YMCA where his father was the Executive Director. Both he and his wife share a passion for personal fitness and their children have grown up doing YMCA gymnastics, swimming, and other programs.



Natalie Donahue - Hornell Branch Executive Director

Natalie joined the Hornell YMCA team in 2019. Over the years, she has overseen many different departments at the Y, ultimately becoming the Hornell Branch Executive Director. Natalie is dedicated to building the Aquatics Department through swim lessons, swim team, and water fitness classes. She is fully invested in the Y's mission statement to help create stronger communities and a more equitable society for all. Outside of her role as Branch Director, Natalie is a serious supporter of community initiatives, volunteering her time with the Togetherhood committee to causes that promote a healthy and happy environment. 




Erica Ellis - Finance Director

Erica began working with the Hornell YMCA in 2013 with the Membership Department. Her role expanded to include Finance, Human Resources, and Membership. Erica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management & Economics with a concentration in Accounting and Management. She also shares a passion for fitness and nutrition and enjoys helping others along their healthy living journey through our Y.



Kate Warren - Marketing, HR, & Business Office Director

Kate joined the YMCA team in January 2014 after relocating from Ohio. Utilizing her creative talents, Kate designs marketing materials for various programs and activities and oversees the YMCA's social media presence and website management for both the Hornell and Dansville branches. With a deep commitment to the YMCA's mission of community enrichment and inclusivity, she ensures that the YMCA effectively communicates its programs and services and cultivates a culture of growth and empowerment among its staff, ultimately enhancing the organization's impact and reach within the community. Kate holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Management, & Economics with a focus on Marketing.



Rebecca Weaver Hamm - Music, Arts, & Association Advancement Director

Rebecca Weaver Hamm enjoys bringing music and art programming to the greater Hornell community through the Y. She joined the staff in 2011. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wittenberg University and a Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. She also studied voice at the Eastman School of Music.



John Lieb - Fitness Center Manager

Since 1998, John has led and coached both adult & youth basketball leagues and camps, provided personal training, and led the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Whether you’re 9 or 90, John is here to help.





Chelsea Larson - School-Age Childcare Director

Chelsea began her work with the YMCA Childcare Department in 2017 and took over as Childcare Director in late 2021. She is currently the Director of the Wayland Before & After School Program, Alfred-Almond After School Program, Canisteo After School Program, and the Hornell After School/Summer Program. She looks forward to expanding future and existing programs within the department. Chelsea has a Bachelor's Degree in Business with an early focus in Childhood Education and a major in Marketing. 




Julie Camacho - Dansville Branch Coordinator

Julie joined the Membership Department in August 2021 with a focus on the Dansville Branch and became the Dansville Branch Coordinator in 2022. Julie is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and is passionate about serving the Dansville Community. She is excited about the opportunity to grow along with the Dansville YMCA.



Rashell Pastore - Preschool Director