Meet the Board

Community leaders partnering in service

Volunteers play a crucial role in making magic happen here at the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center. Our volunteer-based Community Board brings together diverse talents from numerous industries across the Twin Cities.

Learn a little more below about each member’s motivations for investing his/her time and talents.

Deona Williams - Board Chair

Deona Williams

Target Corporation

“The level of success I’ve attained could not have been reached without the community centers, after school programs, and mentoring provided to me. It is my duty and privilege to pay it forward. I am honored to serve and support North Community YMCA in their mission to lift up the youth in the same way I have been lifted.”

Aric Arneson - Community Relations Committee Chair

Aric Arneson


“Achieving common goals through compassionate action is just one way of building a community and I cannot think of a better goal or action than to help provide improvement in the lives of our communities' youth. I am honored to help support and participate in an organization that helps these young community members in achieving their goals.”

Chris Bach - Mission Advancement Committee Chair

Chris Bach


“I joined the board to be part of something much bigger than myself. A strong community support system helped shape me into the person I am today. I believe it is my obligation to help support and foster a community for young people where they can grow into the best version of themselves.”

Donzell Dixson


Dixson Dynamics

“I could not be in the position I am today without community. It is my responsibility to give back and provide opportunities to those who this may not be afforded to. My desire is to make the path smoother for the next generation.”

Robert Clarence Jones

Robert Clarence Jones

Hue-MAN Partnership

“The reason that I joined was to be involved in an organization that I believe made a difference in creating a healthier community.”

Vivian Gilleylen

Vivian Gilleylen

Express Scripts

“I joined the board because I am passionate about giving back to the community that helped raised me. I know the difference that community service and giving the gift of time can have on others, and I feel like if I can have a positive impact on those who I can come in contact with I feel like I can help make a difference one interaction, and with one person at a time.”

Eskor Eyo

Eskor Eyo

Jamf Software

“I joined the board for 1 reason and 1 reason only. To have the ability to influence the next generation. The YMCA was always a positive and safe outlet for me growing up. It is a privilege and an honor, to be able to help do the same for the community and generations after me.”