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YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties celebrates two consecutive National Women of Excellence awards


YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties presented the 2023 YMCA of the USA Women of Excellence Award to Trish Feinthel at its quarterly staff leadership meeting Friday, March 22. The award was presented by Fran Cardaci, winner of the 2022 award when she served as chief volunteer officer for the association.

A career YMCA servant leader in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Feinthel has been chief operations officer for YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties since 2014. Her many accomplishments include leading the Y’s operational teams through four significant mergers since 2018; seeing the association through the COVID-19 pandemic; providing leadership and guidance to YMCA COOs across the U.S. via a nationally recognized peer group during pandemic times.

Feinthel, a New Jersey native currently living in East Amwell, is highly regarded as an innovator within the YMCA movement as well, implementing the Y Wellness 24/7 virtual health platform in 2020, and subsequently driving over 50 additional YMCAs across the country to participate in offering the virtual wellness platform to their members. Through her leadership of free, donor-funded Pathway programs, she has impacted the lives of over 12,000 participants who have come to the Y to be healthier in the face of a chronic illness like diabetes, recover from cancer treatments, or find camaraderie and wellness in the Veterans Wellness Pathway program.

Cardaci, currently the chief human resources officer for YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, was presented the National Women of Excellence award by YMCA of the USA last year. She was the first female chief volunteer officer (association board chair) in the association’s history. She established YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties’ first Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement (DIG) committee, and led the organization through a three-year, $30 million capital campaign which revitalized the Fairless Hills branch and made improvements to the branch in Doylestown.

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