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Lynne Vaughan files

Identifier: Y.USA.74

Content Description

Files documenting Lynne Vaughan's work with national YMCA projects and programs, most notably the Gulick Project, Activate America, and One for the Movement, but also the YNAN (YMCA North American Network) Innovation Initiative; The Writer's Voice; "Togetherhood" (the YMCA's member-led volunteer service program in support of social responsibility as a key focus area); and multiple programs in the Y's "healthy living" focus area, including Play Everyday Outdoors Project Open Spaces, and Project Lifesaver (an initiative to analyze the barriers African American families face with swimming and identify opoprutnities to increase participation and reduce drowning rates). The collection includes material in both electronic and analog form.


  • 1990-2015

Conditions Governing Access

Analog (non-digital) material open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. The digital files are available upon request. Please contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives to arrange access to these materials.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Lynne G. Vaughan began her 30-year with the YMCA career as a life guard and swim instructor at the Battle Creek, Michigan Y. Other early roles included responsibilities in the areas of health and fitness, corporate wellness, work with disabled adults, and preschool programming. She went on to become branch executive and senior vice president of the Harrisburg Area YMCA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her first stint with the YMCA of the USA was as Director of Membership and Program Development in the 1990s, where she managed the department responsible for the development of programs and activities for the 964 corporate YMCAs across the United States. In addition she created the first YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a nationwide event conducted in YMCAs which focused on educating parents about the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and strong relationships as a family. Vaughan returned to local association work as Vice Presdient of Program and Membership Development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, where she had strategic oversight for program development, the creation of a multi-disciplinary program for families with overweight children in partnership with a local hospital, and also led the Gulick Project, a major organizational transformation effort undertaken by the YMCA to address the crisis of obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. In 2006 she re-joined the YMCA of the USA as Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, heading the Strategic Innovation department.

Information taken in large part from Vaughan's expert profile on "NewTalk: Common Good's Online Forum," (; accessed 1/31/2018)


2.5 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

2.26 Gigabytes (3541 digital files)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The collection consists predominantly of PDF and Microsoft Office file formats. It also contains some graphical files (mainly .jpg and .gif), as well as a few HTML, audio, and video files.

Other Finding Aids

A complete listing of individual digital files in the collection is available from the Kautz Family YMCA Archives

Processing Information

Catalog Record ID number: 9975672493901701


Lynne Vaughan files, 1990-2015
In Progress
Kate Dietrick
February 2017
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