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November YMCA Leadership Changes: Announcements from Middle Tennessee, Greater Boston and More

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A round-up of YMCA leadership changes, including announcements from the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, YMCA of Greater Boston, YMCA of Greater Rochester, YMCA of the Fox Cities and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

John Mikos, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, has accepted the position of president and CEO of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Nashville. He will remain in his current role in Kansas City through December 31, 2022.

“I’m so grateful for my time in Kansas City for the past nine years and proud of the work we have accomplished together,” said Mikos in a statement. “It’s been a unique privilege to serve as CEO particularly over the past two years, a defining moment in history as we navigated the pandemic together with innovative ideas and determination to serve the greatest needs of our Greater Kansas City community.”

Mikos joined the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as chief operating officer in 2013, and became CEO in 2019.

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne metropolitan board of directors announced Andrew Gritzmaker as the incoming president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

A Fort Wayne native, Gritzmaker most recently served as CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, since February 2019. Prior to that he held the position of executive director at Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House.

YMCA of Greater Boston

David Shapiro serves as the 14th president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. The YMCA of Greater Boston, America’s first YMCA, is one of the largest private social services providers in Massachusetts, offering programs and services to improve community health, build bright futures, end hunger, remove barriers to economic stability and demand equity for all. Shapiro joined the Boston Y on October 17, 2022.

Shapiro has held leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He serves as an emeritus board member of the Mass NonProfit Network and Common Impact and is on the boards of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, America’s Promise Alliance, The Center for Healing and Justice Through Sport, and the national board of Friends of the Children. In 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed him to the board of trustees of Bunker Hill Community College, the largest community college in Massachusetts. Also in 2022, Shapiro became the first recipient of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s “Bill Russell Mentoring Award,” which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the mentoring field in the New England area.

YMCA of Greater Rochester

The YMCA of Greater Rochester’s board of directors announced Ernest Lamour as president and CEO, effective January 9, 2023.

Lamour most recently served as president and CEO of the Ridgewood YMCA in New Jersey, and before that, as CEO of the Stamford YMCA in Connecticut and in various leadership roles with the Stamford Jewish Community Center. He was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and lived there the first eight years of his life. After moving to the States, Lamour spent most of his free time at the local YMCA in his adopted home of Stamford. It was there where his passion for sports and helping community took shape.

“This is a proud, and somewhat surreal, appointment for me,” said Lamour in a statement. “All the time, I hear people ask if the YMCA can really change lives and help establish a safe and productive path forward for youth. To that I say undoubtedly yes; I am proof of it. It is an honor and privilege to be selected for this position. The YMCA of Greater Rochester has an amazing reputation throughout the Y movement, and I am dedicated to planting roots and bolstering our commitment to this great community.”

YMCA of the Fox Cities

Bret Salscheider has been with the YMCA movement for 27 years serving in various leadership positions in both large and small YMCA settings. He most recently served as the president and CEO of the South Wood County YMCA for the past 10 years.

In addition to his role with the South Wood County YMCA, Bret serves as the vice chair for the Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCAs and is an advisory chair for Mid State Technical College. He is a former board member of the Wisconsin Association of YMCA Professionals and past president of the Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Club and Foundation. Salscheider is actively involved with numerous organizations including Incourage Community Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, United Way, Opportunity Development Center, Kiwanis and more.

YMCA of Greater San Antonio 

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio named Louis Lopez its new chief executive officer, effective November 14, 2022. Selected by the YMCA CEO Transition Committee and the YMCA board of directors, following a four-month national search, Lopez will succeed Sandy Morander, who will step down on December 16, 2022.

“I am excited and blessed to be returning home to lead the YMCA of Greater San Antonio as the next president and CEO, said Lopez in a statement. “I have deep roots in San Antonio. It’s where I grew up, began my career, and, along with my wife, raised our children. My commitment to San Antonio and the surrounding areas we serve is that the YMCA will continue to provide best-in-class experiences and much-needed services while exploring innovative opportunities and partnerships to meet the evolving needs of our communities.”


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Brittany Howard

Brittany is the editor of Community Rec Magazine. Reach her at brittany@peakemedia.com.

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