Meet the Board: Susan & Danielle

Since the beginning of our global organization nearly two centuries ago, volunteerism has played an integral role in transforming lives and strengthening communities. Y Volunteers are just as diverse as our community itself, and every person shares their own personal gifts to improve the Y experience for all, whether by helping to maintain our community gardens, supervising registration at one of our big events or simply lending a hand whenever and wherever it’s needed.

For some of our volunteers, sharing time and talents takes the form of being a Board Member. While many see our Welcome Center Staff, Directors and Instructors every day, Board Members are a group of often unsung Y heroes who utilize their own community connections and networks of influence to help us move our mission forward. To help you get to know some of the new members of our Board team, we’ve begun a brand new series that shares more about their personal work, their professional accolades and their own Y Stories. Meet Susan Burton and Danielle Skidmore in this week’s installment of our “Meet the Board” series!

Susan Burton Susan is a Partner at Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao where she provides strategic and proactive advice to employers on a variety of employment law issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the Baylor University School of Law. She is an experienced board member having served on other boards in Austin including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.

YMCA: Why do you choose the Y?

SBI’m an Austin native and joined the TownLake Y many years ago. I loved the convenience of being so close to the running trail and it was a friendly place to work out. Later, I became a member at the Dripping Springs Y where my kids grew up doing Youth Sports. I appreciated how welcoming the staff were and how great of a place it is for young kids to start participating in sports in a non-intimidating, welcoming and friendly environment. Some staff have known my kids for 10 years and even now, my daughter who is 13, still does martial arts there and my son who is 14 will be playing summer basketball at the Hays Y.

Learn more about Susan here.


Danielle Skidmore Danielle Skidmore is President of Danielle Skidmore Consulting, PLLC where she works to develop transportation and drainage design solutions for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), cities, counties and other public sector agencies throughout Texas. In 2018, after working 24 years as a design professional, she took a pause from her engineering career to run for Austin City Council. As a special needs parent to a young man in a wheelchair and transgender woman, Danielle has been a strong advocate for disability and LGBTQIA rights in Texas and nationally. In 2018, Danielle received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Danielle was an inaugural member of the City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission.  Danielle holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

YMCA: What was your first Y memory?

DS: My first memory of the Y was from my childhood, back in Pennsylvania. I used to play in the gym while my sisters took swim and dance lessons.  I can’t quite remember why, but I never took swim lessons myself back then. So, about 10 years ago, I finally signed up for adult swim lessons, right here in Austin at the TownLake Y. The swim classes were so much fun, even if a bit humbling. I wasn’t the most buoyant person! I look forward to helping the Y continue to grow with Austin, and especially excited to help with the construction of Camp Moody and, in a few years, take my son to an accessible and inclusive camp so close to home.

Learn more about Danielle here.



Paige Turner
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