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Vandalia, IL 62471


Family YMCA of Fayette County Announces New Management Team

The Family YMCA of Fayette County concluded a three-month search to fill its vacant CEO position by announcing the hiring of its new management team. Ben Frazier has been named CEO/Health & Wellness Director, and Amber Daulbaugh has been named Associate Executive Director/Program Director. Ben and Amber fill the management void at the YMCA left when long-time Executive Director John Ashdown resigned in June.

Both Ben and Amber were already employees of the YMCA and should be familiar to both YMCA members and the residents of Vandalia and Fayette County. Prior to promoting Ben and Amber from within, a committee conducted a nationwide CEO search with the assistance of a CEO search specialist from the YMCA of the USA. The search attracted applicants from as far away as Michigan and Arizona. The committee reviewed resumes and conducted six interviews, which resulted in Ben and Amber being the top two candidates to replace Ashdown. “We are very pleased that we were able to retain Ben and Amber and give them the opportunity to lead our YMCA into the future,” said YMCA Board President, Rick Myers.

When Ashdown resigned in June, Ben was appointed as Interim CEO. “Ben’s time as Interim CEO allowed him to continue to learn about our Y and its management from John [Ashdown],” said Myers. “This knowledge, and his successful stint as Interim CEO, were important factors in the decision to hire Ben as our CEO.” While he will have new responsibilities as CEO, Ben will retain his responsibilities as the Y’s Fitness & Wellness Director, a post he has held since October 2013. “Ben has excelled as our Fitness & Wellness Director, and we did not want to lose that contribution in this process,” said Myers. Similarly, YMCA programs have seen a resurgence since Amber returned to the post of Program Director. “You can feel the difference Amber makes in our programs here at the Y, and you can see that difference in the faces of the kids we serve,” Myers said. “We as a board felt that it was important for us going forward to ensure that our programs remained entrusted to Amber’s care.”

Both Amber and Ben possess bachelor’s degrees from accredited universities and will go through training to become certified YMCA leaders. The board believes this leadership team approach will bring stability to the YMCA, both from the past to now, and from now into the future.

“Through great support from our members and community, both the YMCA and Fayette County have been presented with a wonderful opportunity.” said Frazier. “We have unlimited potential here at the YMCA and I would like see to it that this organization reaches its full potential. I want to build upon what John (Ashdown) did here and I am confident that I, with the support of Amber, the staff, and the Board of Directors, can move this organization forward into a bright future.”

“My heart is in programs here at the Y,” said Daulbaugh, “and being a part of the new leadership team will allow me to continue my work to grow and improve our programs.” “At the same time, I can play my part in leading and growing this YMCA, said Daulbaugh.

A reception welcoming Ben and Amber to their new roles as YMCA leaders is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the YMCA. The reception will last from noon to 2:00 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.

The Family YMCA of Fayette County is a non-profit organization that serves local children, youth and adults through programs, sports, child care and healthy lifestyle activities. In 2014, the Y provided $13,000.00 in scholarships, free and assisted programs. Within the YMCA’s financial capabilities, no person is refused program or membership privileges because of inability to pay.

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