The Duluth Area Family YMCA Welcomes New CEO Sara Cole

Duluth, MN – The Board of Directors of the Duluth Area Family YMCA are pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Cole as the new Chief Executive Officer. Cole exemplifies the values of the YMCA, and has a great passion for the mission-based programming that we do in our community.
Announcing Cole’s appointment, Duluth Area Family YMCA Board of Directors Chair, Andy Wheeler, said the YMCA Board undertook an extensive national search to ensure a suitable candidate was found.  “We were looking for a dynamic leader who would be able to work with our strong staff and build on the community partnerships that are so critical to our Y. We are confident that Sara will put her talents and expertise to work to make both our YMCA and this community a better place,” said Wheeler.
Sara Cole has worked for YMCA’s in both Cincinnati, OH and Rochester, NY. Most recently she was the Senior Vice President of Program Development and Innovation at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, where she worked with a team of creative youth and community development change agents to provide a spectrum of high-quality programing to serve thousands of youth and families in the region each day.  Cole developed and deployed collaborative strategies which led to increased YMCA capacity and new programming pathways with community agencies, and her grant-writing results led to more than $15 million in funding for program innovation over the past 5 years. 
Cole says, “I am honored to be invited to join the dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners of the Duluth Area Family YMCA.  Together, we will continue to ensure that the YMCA is a vibrant partner in this region, and that all members of our community have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive as they explore new skills, create new relationships, and discover their unique potential.”
Cole will officially begin her role at the Duluth Area Family YMCA on November 1, 2017.  An official welcoming event for the public will take place in early November with details to be posted soon.
For further information, please contact Duluth Area Family YMCA Board Chair Andy Wheeler at218.336.8523 or
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