Bios of Senior Staff

Rick Azzaro, Chief Services Officer

Rick Azzaro has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. In the capacity of clinician, administrator and trainer, he has collaborated with the mental health community, government agencies, law enforcement and the educational system.  Rick received his master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Maryland. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Rick is dually licensed in the States of PA and MD as a clinical social worker. Rick has trained on a number of mental health topics related to children and families and has developed clinical programs for several private agencies. Rick currently conducts a nationally recognized workshop depicting the impact of trauma through the writings and artwork of a victim. He has presented the workshop all over the country to a variety of professional disciplines. He is presently the Chief Services Officer for Victim Services Access- York/Victims Assistance Center, programs of the YWCA York. Rick is also an adjunct professor in the behavioral sciences department at York College Pennsylvania.

Ruby Martin, Chief Program Officer

Ruby Martin is the Chief Program Officer at YWCA York, where she is responsible for overseeing the overall operations for the early learning programs, school age care, youth programming and camp, professional development/racial justice,  the community development project and health promotional services. Prior to joining YWCA York, Ruby served as Vice President of Education for a national child care company, ran several early learning programs, and did extensive work throughout the community on boards, committees and as an advocate for children and professionals in the early childhood field. Ruby has published excerpts in two early childhood textbooks and as a curriculum author through the Library of Congress.  In addition, she is a certified trainer for PA and has done many professional development sessions at national, state and local conferences. Ruby is also adjunct faculty at both Penn State York and HACC.  Ruby holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Administration from York College of Pa.  She serves as a member of the Child Care Consultants Board of Directors, sits on the Membership Committee and Government Relations and Advocacy Committee through Pennsylvania’s Child Care Association (PACCA), is currently participating in the “Expand the Brand; Leadership in Communications” statewide co-hort and participates in the Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute.  Ruby has been the recipient of the White Rose Award (2000), Children’s Champion award (2006) and most recently was recognized as one of the Central Penn’s Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty (2010).

Jennifer Brillhart, Chief Development Officer

Jennifer Brillhart,  MPA, CFRE, is the Chief Development Officer at YWCA York, where she is responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing and external relations. Prior to joining YWCA York, Jennifer served as the business manager of The Rock School for Dance Education, a pre-professional dance training institution based in Philadelphia.  In this role, she oversaw all operations, set strategy, and led marketing efforts to find new revenue opportunities. She also managed a $2 million project based on sustainable design, development, and construction. Jennifer has also served in development roles at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA and Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education in New York, NY. 

Jennifer is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies at University of Richmond.  She serves as President on the Board of York Young Professionals, and is a current member of the Rotary Club of York, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Junior League of York, Leave a Legacy, and Chamber FUEL.