Westport Weston Family Y names new CEO
Updated 4:29 am, Thursday, April 23, 2015
A Minnesota YMCA executive has been named the new chief executive officer of the Westport Weston Family YMCA.
Patricia Riemersma, an official of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, will take the helm of the local Y June 8, according to an announcement this week from the organization's Board of Directors. She succeeds Rob Reeves in the post, who stepped down last fall.
"We wholeheartedly welcome Patricia to our Family YMCA," Bonnie Strittmatter, the president of the Family YMCA Board of Directors, said in a statement announcing Riemersma's appointment. "We also thank the members of our Search Committee for their months-long effort to seek out an outstanding list of candidates."
Riemersma "impressed us all with her decades of experience in leadership roles in the YMCA movement around the country and with her vision to build on our Family YMCA's foundation to ensure a secure and vibrant future for this center of community life and all the members we are proud to serve."
Riemersma, who has been at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities since 2011, was named its vice president of youth development in 2013. She has overseen the Twin Cities' early-learning and child-care programs, which serve 5,900 children daily, according to the Y. She also supervises a team of 10 program directors of the association's day-camp programs, which served 23,400 youth in 2014. She has been accountable for a combined operating budget of $34 million within the overall $112 million.
Previously, she was vice president of operations and executive director of the Northwest Family YMCA, both with the YMCA of Greater St. Paul from 1995-2011, as well as program and executive director roles within the YMCA of Greater Hartford from 1989-94.
An Iowa native and graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, Riemersma began her YMCA career in 1984 as a program director at the Siouxland YMCA.
"For the past 30 years I have been preparing myself to be a key leader in the YMCA movement," Riemersma said in the release. "To have the opportunity to return to Connecticut as the CEO of this beautiful new Y is the most exciting opportunity of my professional life."
"I can't wait to get started, to meet more staff and members and to get to know the community leaders through collaborative partnerships that will bring the mission of the YMCA to more families, children and seniors in Westport and Weston. It is an exciting moment in the Family YMCA's rich history in this community."