New Community Needs Coordinator at YMCA

Ray Whitaker (right) working in the YMCA pool with regular client Michael Dubroff.

Ray Whitaker has been named the Elder and Additional-Needs Program Coordinator at the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA. He will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and activities that include elders and additional-needs populations.

Mr. Whitaker came to the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard within the first month of its grand opening to the public. Having been a lifelong fitness enthusiast, he makes it his goal to help people get healthier.

Almost immediately, Mr. Whitaker started offering personal training to older clients and those with physical challenges. “These folks are a whole lot tougher than they’re given credit for,” he is quoted in a press release. “They want to be challenged, they want to be considered, and they want to feel vital.”

His ultimate goal, he said, is to have the Y become a center of all-around fitness, social engagement, and self-empowerment, and to develop more programs such as the Elder Tech Fair that he and Teen Center director Tony Lombardi launched several years ago (to fulfill community service hours, teens help elders understand their personal computers and handheld devices.)

Mr. Whitaker Ray is a native New Yorker  who moved to the Vineyard in 1993 to work at WMVY, where he met his wife, Laurel Redington, who is the Assistant Director of Alex’s Place at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. His radio show, “Just Four Guys,” can be heard on WMVY,, and Tune In Radio.

They live in Oak Bluffs with their almost 16 year old daughter, Tessa