Person of the year

The 71st YMCA Person of the Year

Leslie Sanders

Leslie Sanders is the Vice President-of the Alabama Power Southern Division. Among her civic and professional activities, Sanders served as the chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation. She was recently appointed to serve as a representative of Congressional District 2 on the Board of Trustees of the Department of Mental Health by Governor Kay Ivey. She also continues to serve on the boards for the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Central Alabama Community Foundation, Marion Bank, Marion Military Institute, Metro YMCA, Montgomery Area Committee of 100, Montgomery Junior League, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Military Stability Foundation, MGM Smart City/Smart Base Strategy, Family Sunshine Center, 100 Women Strong, and the UAB Montgomery Regional Medical Campus. Sanders also served as the 2016 -2017 representative for Air Education Training and Command.

The YMCA Person of the Year banquet is held annually. This is an outstanding way for teens to learn how many caring adults serve youth in our community.

2023 Person of the Year Committee


Nikhil PochanaCo-Chairman


Micah Young, Co-Chairman


Jake Yohn Akira Garett
Chris Lathram Micah Young
Parker Duncan Austin Yelder
Kareena Singh Candace Terry
Alisha Lewis Raven Lewis