The CEO of the Keene Family YMCA has announced that she’ll retire in the spring after seven years at the organization’s helm.
Hélène Mogridge came to the Keene Y in 2012, shortly after it moved from its longtime home on Roxbury Street to a new building on Summit Road.
Under her tenure, the organization has experienced significant growth in membership — from 1,500 to more than 6,000 members — and charitable fundraising efforts — from $15,500 in 2011 to $201,000 this year, a Keene Family YMCA news release said Thursday.
“Hélène’s service to the Keene Family YMCA and impact on our community and region cannot be overstated,” YMCA board Chairman Michael Hoefer said in the release. “Her experience with larger YMCA operations allowed us to implement policies (and) procedures to deliver high quality programs and services to our community and establish our YMCA as a cornerstone non-profit organization in the region.”
He added that Mogridge, who has received numerous awards for her leadership and community involvement, led the Y in efforts two years ago to make it one of the most diverse and inclusive nonprofit organizations in the region. She has also supported re-positioning the Y as a community impact organization to address community challenges such as substance misuse and adverse childhood experiences, he said.
“She is leaving our organization in great shape and ready to leverage our reputation for quality programs and operational stability to make an even larger impact on our community over the next 10 years,” he said.
When Mogridge retires on April 30, 2019, she will conclude a 44-year career in YMCAs, including the seven in Keene, the release says.
“The Keene Family Y has been the most inspiring place that I’ve ever worked at because of its people, the region’s commitment to wellness for the whole person, and the spirit of collaboration,” Mogridge said in the release. “My love for this community and the Y means my family will be staying here and continuing to volunteer for causes close to my heart.”
Prior to coming to Keene, Mogridge had most recently served as vice president of the YMCA of Northern Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. She had also worked at Ys in Bangor, Maine, and Rye, N.Y., as the senior program director, and as aquatic director at the YMCA of Greater New York’s Cross Island branch.
The Keene Family YMCA will begin its search for Mogridge’s replacement in early January, and the job will be posted regionally and nationally, the release says.
Board members have appointed a search committee that includes YMCA members, board members and members of the greater Keene community.