LINCOLN – The YMCA of Pawtucket has chosen Suzanne Rave to serve as its Senior Program Director. 

Rave is a longtime employee of the YMCA, with 28 years of experience. Previous positions include: Director of Out of School Time, Camp Director, and Sports and Recreation Director at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, Massachusetts. 

“We are excited to hire Suzanne and be able to see her take on more responsibilities as Senior Program Director at our MacColl Y. As a professional educator and mother, Rave has a deep appreciation for the importance of the work that we do. With nearly three decades of experience at the Y, she will ensure that we continue our mission of community service,” said Jeanine Achin, the Chief Operations Officer at the YMCA of Pawtucket. 

Rave’s background is in teaching and she holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University. 

“I’m thrilled to build on my years of experience at the Y to continue to create programming that supports the health, education, and social and emotional wellbeing of youth, families, and individuals in our communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y’s services and resources have become more important than ever, and I am happy to be part of this vital work,” Rave said. 

Rave lives in South County with her 21-year-old daughter Sabrina, who is a senior at the University of Rhode Island, and her 17-year-old son, Nicholas, a junior at Mount Saint Charles Academy. 


About the YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Pawtucket is comprised of five branches across the state: Pawtucket Family YMCA and Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center in Pawtucket, MacColl YMCA in Lincoln, Westwood YMCA in Coventry and Woonsocket YMCA.