Waldo County YMCA names new CEO

Aug 05, 2018
Stephanie Feist

Belfast — Waldo County YMCA announced Aug. 2 that it has hired Stephanie Feist as the organization's new chief executive officer.

Her appointment came after a five-month search that drew applicants from as far away as England, according to a press release. Waldo County YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer Julie Morse said, “Stephanie separated herself from the rest of the field with her dynamic combination of previous YMCA experience, energetic leadership and engaging personality.”

A self-proclaimed “YMCA lifer,” Feist has worked 19 years as a YMCA employee, compiling experience in operations, camps, programs, fundraising and membership.

She has held leadership positions at a 20,000-member YMCA in Augusta, Georgia, and most recently at a 4,000-member YMCA in Concord, New Hampshire. She also is certified as an organizational leader and has been a trainer for several Y-USA courses.

"I am thrilled to become part of the Waldo County YMCA team,” Feist said. "Where I grew up, there wasn’t a Y but I had a coach that pulled me out of a PE class to play on a school basketball team. Through basketball she helped me understand the qualities of a good work ethic, responsibility and teamwork."

While in graduate school as a part-time job, Feist said she often did a split shift to open and close a YMCA, "creating a great opportunity to learn about the Y culture."

"After jobs working with at-risk youth and college coaching, nearly 20 years ago I took my first job at a YMCA in North Carolina as a youth sports director," she said. "Through that position and many other leadership roles within multiple YMCAs across the nation, I’ve experienced the positive impact that can occur at a Y.

"Today I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a team of highly dedicated board volunteers and staff to ensure the Waldo County Y continues to have high-quality programs and services designed to meet the needs of the community."

Feist holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.



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