YMCA begins search for new director

ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta Times Suzy Zumwalde, CEO of the Marietta Family YMCA, takes time to run around with 4-and5-year-olds Tuesday. Zumwalde’s last day at the Y will be March 30.

The Marietta Family YMCA will have some big shoes to fill when CEO and director Suzy Zumwalde says goodbye on March 30.

“She is just so passionate and has a lot of heart,” said YMCA board president Rick Smith, an instructor at Marietta College. “She took the time to listen to people and was, and will continue to be, a leader in the community.”

Zumwalde resigned her position after more than seven years with the local YMCA and 28 years with the national organization. Her intention is to stay in the community where her daughter attends Marietta High School, and to pursue a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling through Antioch University’s online program.

“It will take me about 25 hours a week for two to three years to complete the program,” Zumwalde said. “There was just no way I could do it all. I’m really excited about this opportunity for myself but also a little sad. The Y has had such an impact on me and my daughter, but we will both still be involved.”

She said she’s proud that the local Y is in a stable position and that they have had such strong program growth. Visiting with the children is also the highlight of her day.

“I am happy that I will be able to continue working with children and families (as a counselor),” she said.

Zumwalde, a Marietta College alumna, came to the area after working at the Marysville YMCA.

“This community was just so welcoming and I never felt like an outsider,” she said.

The community is a large part of the longtime success of the Y; they will also play a part in the selection process, according to Smith.

“We will have an interim CEO in place by March 30, either with someone local who has experience or through the YMCA’s retired CEOs program,” said Smith.

After the interim CEO is in place, a job posting might be placed on the YMCA’s career center website.

“If we decide to go that route … we’re still evaluating. But it will be a smooth transition and we will have a search committee consisting of local leaders and members of the community,” Smith said.

A suitable candidate would likely be a strong leader, have experience with fundraising, capital campaigns and strong programming experience.

“We’re sad to see Suzy go but we’re excited about this opportunity to engage the community in the process and to have them continue to embrace the YMCA,” Smith said.

At a glance

Marietta Family YMCA Board

¯ President: Rick Smith.

¯ Vice President: Ann Marie Lowers.

¯ Secretary/Treasurer: Debbie Lazorik.

¯ Jerry Donahue, Flite Freimann, Maryanne Grose, Elysia Taylor, Ryan Zundell.

How to apply

¯ If you are interested in the interim CEO position, send resume and letter of intent to rick.smith@marietta.edu

¯ In the coming weeks, a national search may be conducted. The YMCA career center website is YMCA.net

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