MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (May 22, 2012) -- The General Board of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities announced today that it has named Glen Gunderson its new CEO, effective June 4. Gunderson succeeds both Harold Mezile and Tom Brinsko, who have served as co-CEOs since the integration of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul YMCA organizations Jan. 1, 2012. Mezile and Brinsko will both be retiring from the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities at the end of the year after 39 and 38 years in the Y movement, respectively.
Gunderson comes to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities from Redbrick Health Corporation, where he served as Chief Business Officer. Redbrick is a health engagement company that serves consumers, corporations and health plans.
“Glen brings a wealth of knowledge to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities that will make the organization an even greater asset to our community,” said John Gainor, board chair for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. “Glen’s commitment to the community, to the mission of the YMCA and his strategic vision for the future and his demonstrated leadership is what set Glen apart from other candidates.”
“Over the past six months the YMCA employed a top search firm for an exhaustive national search, as well as a review of YMCA CEO candidates,” said Kathryn Mitchell Ramstad, past board chair for the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and co-chair of the CEO selection committee. “In his work in the community, Glen has demonstrated a passion for the Y’s mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This passion, combined with his business acumen in wellness, fitness operations, technology, marketing and development made him an ideal candidate.”
The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities has emerged as one of the largest YMCAs in the United States, serving more than 225,000 members and participants with assets of more than $260 million and an annual operating budget of more than $110 million.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that makes such an impact on so many lives,” said Gunderson. “Harold and Tom have built a financially strong YMCA that has strengthened the foundations of the communities it serves. I was excited and impressed by their work in the urban community working with youth to thrive and succeed. The Y’s staff and programming nurtures the potential of every child and teen through transformational experiences and provides opportunities for learning, leading and contributing.
The Y employs 7,000 people who work together to operate 21 full-facility YMCAs, six community program sites including the North Community Youth and Teen Enrichment Center and University YMCA, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 100 child care, preschool and school-age care locations across 12 counties.
Thanks to the Y’s donors and the commitment of hundreds of policy-making and program volunteers, everyone is welcome and no one is turned away from the YMCA for inability to pay. More than 47,000 people (individuals, kids and families) receive financial assistance and scholarships totaling $6,974,000 annually, assuring that parents have a safe place where their children can learn practical and social skills and develop positive values.
“I find it exciting to see the organization that I have championed for so long look to its new future under such a talented leader,” said Mezile, who led the Minneapolis Y since January, 1995.
“The search committee did an excellent job finding the organization’s next CEO,” said Brinsko, who led the Saint Paul Y since December 1995. “I, too, am excited for the organization and the growth potential in the areas of camping, youth development, membership, philanthropy, multicultural and international services.”
The General Board of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities thank both Harold Mezile and Tom Brinsko for their excellent leadership over the years and now looks forward to expanding our service and mission based programs throughout the many communities we serve under the guidance of Glen Gunderson.
About The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established in 1856 in St. Paul, 156 years ago, and a decade later in Minneapolis, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across 12 counties of the greater Twin Cities metro region and western Wisconsin communities. The 27 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage nearly a quarter million men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds.
Bette Fenton, VP Marketing & Communications
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
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