Our Leaders

The Names Family

The Names Family and the Y have been connected for over 45 years. Both are cornerstones of the Tacoma community. The Names Family is deeply rooted in Pierce County. Scott and Sis Names grew up in the Tacoma area and met at Stadium High School. They opened Scott’s Athletic Equipment in Lakewood in 1957 and later included their children in running the family business, where they taught them the value of giving back to support the community. They started the Names Family Foundation in 1996 to promote health and wellness in Pierce County through supporting physical education and athletics.

"Our family has been benefiting from the Morgan Y since it opened and we are excited to help future generations benefit from it as well," said Erin Shagren, executive director of the Names Family Foundation and granddaughter of Scott and Sis Names.

Read the announcement of the Names Family Foundation's gift of $5.4 million to help construct the new Y.

Erin Shagren and Monica Names King with their father, Tom Names, at the grand opening of the youth gym at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor.Erin’s parents, Tom and Meg Names, were original members of the Morgan Family YMCA when it opened in 1977 and were part of the Noon Hoops basketball group for many years, along with Tom’s brother Clint. Her aunt, Paula, loved group exercise classes, while Erin, her siblings, and her cousins participated in youth sports and learned to swim at the Y. Four generations of their family have been members, volunteers, and staff members. Now, they’re committed to helping future generations grow up in the Y, where they can benefit from the Y’s programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

“We’re excited to have the support of the Names Family in bringing a new YMCA to the Tacoma community,” said Charlie Davis, President and CEO of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. “We share a belief that everyone deserves to live a healthy life and have the opportunity to find belonging and connection through community.”


Our leadership committee is made up of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are long-time Morgan Family YMCA members and many of whom raised their families at the Y. We are so thankful for their time, thoughtful leadership, and their passion for this project.

  • Rick Ellingson
  • Vern Harkins
  • Pete Norman
  • Dr. Frank and Mary Senecal
  • Erin Shagren
  • Michael B. Smith
  • John Woodworth

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Contact Jennifer Schlatter at jschlatter@ymcapkc.org at 253-534-7800.

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