The YW has named an interim leadership team, the release states. The team includes YWCA Advocacy Director Nancy Lilley, Board Chair Lyne Aurand, Vice Chair Julie Haller, board members Linda Raymond and Carrie Soliday, and community volunteers Kurt Kramer, Jane Lordeman, and Denise Wood.
Soliday said the organization is deferring the selection of a new CEO while it evaluates its programs and services. The organization is working with Helix Strategies LLC to “right-size the YW.”
“Even with the challenges facing us, we have a great opportunity to evaluate what programs and services would really meet the needs of the community and serve our mission, and to determine how we can meet those needs in vibrant, yet cost-effective, ways,” Soliday said.
Soliday said the YWCA is still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and several recent leadership changes. Since longtime Executive Director Deb Geesey retired in 2019 after 12 years in the position, three people have been hired for the top position as well as two interim directors.
YWCA leaders touted several recent accomplishments that they deem positive that are helping them stay focused on the organization’s future.
- The Hallmark Sponsorship Campaign will be launched on Jan 31st.
- Registration for the Swim to Inner Harbor, Aquatic Fitness Challenge opens in March.
- The YW Sharks Swim Team is undefeated.
- Membership has returned to pre-Covid numbers.
- Human Resources is exploring new payroll software.
- Maintenance/custodial staff positions have been filled.
- Three lifeguards were recently hired.
- The fitness room is fully staffed.
- The YWCA was awarded a Wellspan Health Inspire grant to purchase equipment for youth programs.
- The YWCA Childcare program, a 4 star-Keystone STARS-rated program was awarded a $6,500 grant for staff training.
“With hard work, perseverance, and community support we will continue to grow! We are determined!” Soliday said.
For the latest YW news, visit ywcagettysburg.org.
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