Medford, NJ, September 21, 2023 YMCA of the Pines announced today that Greg Keresztury has been deemed a Certified Praesidium Guardian (CPG) by Praesidium, a national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. He joins a community of professionals who have demonstrated that they are committed to creating a culture of safety through risk management and best practices in sexual abuse prevention.

The CPG certification was created to recognize individuals who are dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. To attain certification, Greg successfully completed a robust certification process, where he became proficient in best practices in organizational abuse prevention that includes specific steps to prevent incidents of abuse by employees, volunteers, or program participants.

Greg also demonstrated his knowledge on how to respond effectively if an allegation or incident occurs, and how to ensure that YMCA of the Pines stays current and consistent in the implementation of abuse prevention best practices.

To become a Certified Praesidium Guardian, Greg met requirements in three areas:

  • Education – Completed pre-workshop assignment that included several hours of online training.
  • Experience – Attended an immersive workshop experience, amounting to 20 hours of learning, discussion, and application of abuse risk management skills rooted in Praesidium’s Safety Equation.TM
  • Knowledge – Completed a post-workshop Impact Project where the Guardian demonstrated his abuse prevention knowledge by putting it into practice in a tangible way at their organization. The Impact Project is specific to each Guardian and their organization and is reviewed by an expert Praesidium Consultant.

Greg will be certified for three years, and during this time he will continuously work towards creating a safe environment and demonstrating his commitment to protecting those in the organization’s care from abuse. Praesidium and YMCA of the Pines are proud of Greg and his efforts to enhance the culture of safety at all of YMCA of the Pines’ programs. Greg’s continued work has helped remind staff of our commitment to child abuse prevention and that everyone has the responsibility to protect those in their care. Greg is an excellent resource for our organization and the surrounding community in sexual abuse prevention.


About Praesidium

Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Over a period in excess of 30 years, the company has reviewed over 4,000 cases of abuse within organizations to determine the root causes of sexual abuse within organizational settings. Praesidium employs more than 50 staff, including licensed social workers, lawyers, health care researchers, and other experts. The company has served over 5,000 clients with a broad range of products and services to aid organizations in preventing abuse, including online and instructor–led trainings, organizational risk assessments, model policies, and background checks. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally. For more information about the Certified Praesidium Guardian program, please visit or email