The Greater Scranton YMCA is so excited to introduce you to Katie Moran, Program Coordinator for the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Wellbeing Initiative!
Katie, who began her work at the Greater Scranton YMCA in April, 2023, has joined the Y team as a result of Community Project grant funding the Greater Scranton YMCA received in 2022 through Congressman Cartwright’s office. The funding supports the Y’s holistic approach to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder, which includes a menu of services available to community members. Programs, which launched earlier this year, are offered at the Greater Scranton YMCA, Greater Carbondale YMCA, Wayne County YMCA, Greater Pittston YMCA and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.
Previous to the Greater Scranton YMCA, Katie served as a Case Management Supervisor at Clearbrook Treatment Center and a Therapeutic Staff Support at Luzerne Intermediate Unit. She attended the Pennsylvania State University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, with a minor in Sociology. Katie is also a Certified Allied Addiction Practitioner (Pennsylvania Certification Board).
Here at the Y, Katie conducts outreach oversees special events and schedules specialized programming. Katie also coordinates with other community and social service organizations and represents the YMCA’s Wellbeing Initiative at community events. Through the Wellbeing Initiative, Katie’s goal is to reach as many community members as possible to provide education on emotional wellbeing, allowing them to have healthy avenues to cope with daily stressors.”
“I am someone who loves helping others and it is wonderful to be in a position where I can reach many people in all different populations,” said Katie. “I love being able to interact with members and class attendees on a daily basis.”
Katie is motivated by empowering others to find their voice and advocate for themselves. “Mental health and emotional wellbeing are often overlooked and connecting the community to different resources to improve their quality of life is important to me.”
Katie, along with her parents and sister, reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Some of her family also lives in Naples, Italy, where her father was born. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading any book she can get her hands on and spending time with her cats, Cindy and Coal.
So far during her time at the Y, Katie has most enjoyed watching the children’s reactions to the Groove and Grow with Me Music Class. “They had the best time dancing and singing, and also spent quality time with their parents,” she said. “It warmed my heart to witness that.”
Please join us in welcoming Katie to the Greater Scranton YMCA family!