Two YMCA of Greenville Executives Recognized for Business and Community Impact

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2021) – The YMCA of Greenville is pleased to share that two of its executives have been named among standout business and community leaders in the Upstate by local publications. TALK Greenville has named Barbie Jefferson among its 25 Most Beautiful Women in the Upstate, a list which honors women who make the community a more beautiful place by the way they lead their lives in service to others. Greenville Business Magazine selected MaryEllis Petrosian to join this year’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under, a list which recognizes young professionals who are rising stars in the business community.

Jefferson serves as the YMCA of Greenville’s chief financial officer. “I have found a deep sense of purpose in the work I do for the Y,” she said. “I love being a leader for an organization that changes lives – both for our members and for those we serve in the community.”

As executive director of the YMCA of Greenville Foundation, Petrosian is responsible for the development of the Y’s endowment board and committees, volunteer activities, and the board’s policies and programs. “Each day, I have the privilege of working to improve Greenville with an organization that emphasizes caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Petrosian on the YMCA of Greenville. “Our community is constantly changing, but these pillars to empower future generations, to treasure each individual and family in our community, are daily reminders of why nonprofit work is crucial.”

“We are so proud of Barbie and MaryEllis for the work they do to advance the mission of the YMCA of Greenville, which relies so heavily on a solid financial foundation to fund life-changing programs,” said Scot Baddley, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greenville. “We’re grateful for their service, and we thank both TALK and Greenville Business Magazine for recognizing their talents.”


About the YMCA of Greenville SC
The YMCA of Greenville is a cause-driven non-profit organization. Our mission is, following the example of Christ, to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the health and well-being of our community and provides opportunities to give back and help support our neighbors. Founded in 1876, the Y serves more than 70,000 people annually through programs that include afterschool care, resident and day Camps, aquatics, youth and adult sports, and health and wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, Judson Community Center, the YMCA Program Center and Hollingsworth Outdoor Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government program.

For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit, or call (864) 412-0288.

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