The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA has named Karen Backus of Westport as the new executive director of the Fairfield YMCA.

Backus previously served for five years as the senior program director at the Harold F. Woodruff Family YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in Milford. While there, she grew the branch's membership, broadened group exercise programming and expanded child-care services.

As a YMCA organizational leader, she worked for six years as an associate executive director at the Valley YMCA in Ansonia and for eight years each in the wellness and aquatic areas at the Darien and Wilton YMCAs.

She is a YMCA organizational leader with certifications in the Executive Director Program, Recruiting, Orienting & Involving Y Board Members and a Listen First trainer.