WAW attorney Lauren Darden

Lauren R. Darden Named YMCA Board President

The News Virginian Article – September 4, 2016

Lauren Darden has always been a big fan of the Waynesboro YMCA, and she has always aimed to do her part. Now even more so.

Darden, who has served on the Y’s board since 2009, is the board’s new president. She has also chaired the Spring Gala Committee for the last two years and is on the executive committee.

Darden, a native of Baltimore, has been in the Shenandoah Valley since 1996 when she attended James Madison University. A lawyer, she currently lives in Waynesboro with her husband, Christopher, and their two children.

“Lauren brings a wealth of energy and dedication to our mission and the families we serve,” said Waynesboro YMCA Executive Director Jeff Fife. “She’s an ideal person to lead our board of directors with her business acumen, but more importantly, her history of engagement with our organization. She is a phenomenal volunteer and our organization is blessed to have her time and talent.”

Darden said she is proud to lead the board and continue to help the Y make an impact in the lives of local residents.

“My time on the board so far has been very rewarding and I’ve seen first-hand the good the Y does in the community through programs aimed at serving children in our community, promoting healthy living and encouraging community involvement,” she said. “I am constantly impressed by the passion of the members of the board of directors and the staff and volunteers that make the Y a vital part of the community.”

Darden said it is an exciting time at the Y with all of the programs and opportunities offered. But it’s just the start.

“I hope to serve as a steward for the Y’s message in the community,” she said, “and to make some exciting improvements to better serve and grow our membership.