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THE YMCA OF DANE COUNTY has a rich 125-year history of providing valuable programs and services throughout Dane County. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING, and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community's health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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Welcome, Mark Westover

The YMCA of Dane County Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Westover as the organization’s President and CEO. Westover is an area resident with more than 25 years of experience delivering focused growth solutions and integrating people, processes and technology to enable greater operational efficiencies in business. “Mark is an experienced leader with a well-documented history of success,” said Todd Fortune, YMCA board chair. “His combination of operational expertise, experience implementing growth initiatives and community involvement strongly align with the Y’s mission of service. Members, stakeholders and staff will benefit from this focus, and I am excited about the increased impact the Y will have in Dane County going forward.” Fortune added, “The board is grateful to Mike Mohoney for his guidance through the transition period as interim CEO, and we’re all happy to add Mark to our strong senior leadership team.” Mohoney will return to his role as Chief Financial Officer. Westover’s career includes more than 25 years of leadership experience in sales and business development. He spent 14 years at Madison’s Bell Laboratories, leading both global and domestic sales and concluding his tenure as Chief Operating Officer. He then started the Westover Group; a consulting company focused on strategic and project planning along with business development. Most recently, Brock White recruited Westover to develop and execute a business strategy for leveraging the state of Wisconsin’s rapid construction growth. “The Y is an integral partner to so many people in Dane County, whether it’s providing youth education programs that give parents peace of mind, helping members lead better lives through health initiatives and social interaction or by being a resource to help individuals overcome life’s various challenges,” Westover said. “I’m excited to join the organization, and I look forward to expanding partnerships in our community, extending our reach to more who need us and expanding upon the YMCA’s rich history and tradition. I can’t wait to get started.” Westover serves on the board of directors of RISE, a Madison-based nonprofit and has volunteered for the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at UWMadison, the Waunakee Area Soccer Club and the Salvation Army. He has a marketing degree from UW-Oshkosh, is Lean Six Sigma-certified and has an MBA from UW-Madison. The YMCA has been an important part of Dane County for nearly 130 years. Under Westover’s leadership, the Y will maintain essential relationships, seek and create new partnerships, support its members and staff, build bridges in the community and offer a helping hand to those in need. Westover’s first day was September 17, 2018. More

 

Thanks, Jack Lussier

Like so many in our community, we reacted with great sadness at the news of John H. “Jack” Lussier’s passing on Friday, July 27. As he was with many nonprofits, schools and other institutions, Jack was incredibly generous to the YMCA of Dane County. Jack’s passion was helping others, and he was a strong supporter of our Y over many years. Today, we pay tribute to Jack’s life and philanthropic spirit by once again acknowledging all he did for our YMCA: 1998: West YMCA expansion (new lifestyle center, family gym, group exercise room and child care center), enabling the Y to consolidate all west-side operations from two locations into one facility, significantly increasing our level of service to west Madison 2001: East YMCA expansion (new lifestyle center, group exercise space, dance studio, family locker room and child care center) 2005: Outdoor splash pad (named “JackSplash”) and basketball court at the East Y 2007: Outdoor playground (“JackPlay”) at the West YMCA In addition to these special projects, Jack supported the YMCA through regular giving to our Annual Campaign and by creating a permanent endowment. Jack was also a regular attendee of our yearly, end-of-school ice cream socials and insisted on personally serving ice cream to all the kids! Because of Jack’s love and support for our Y, we added his name to our East and West facilities, re-christening them as the Lussier Family East and Lussier Family West YMCAs. Jack was a fixture in our community. He loved Madison and its people and gave from his heart to make positive and enduring impacts in the lives of so many. Our organization is forever grateful to Jack’s generosity, and we are committed to using his many contributions to change lives, realize potential and continue to bind our community together through healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. We extend our condolences to the Lussier family and also thank them for sharing Jack with us for so many years. Thank you, Jack; what a difference you’ve made for so many! More

 

Y Shares $80k Grant

The Y has supported Sun Prairie Community Schools for years, and we're excited to expand the partnership with the Sun Prairie School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County! We will leverage this $80,000 grant to make an impact for Sun Prairie students. Thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the opportunity! Learn more from the Sun Prairie Star. More