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LaBarre announces retirement as Family Y CEO

Friday, August 3, 2012

Spencer Family Y CEO Becky LaBarre announced her intentions to retire at the end of the year.
The Spencer Family YMCA announced Thursday, CEO Becky LaBarre will retire at the end of the year.

LaBarre began her Y career serving as program director for six years, operations director for nine years and has been in the CEO position since 1996.

Under LeBarre's direction, the Y updated, renovated and initiated a number of projects including the free weight room, cardio theatre, Strong Families (Century Club) banner program, Dvergsten Child Care Center and the new "Y" branding package.

"Becky informed the board of directors in the spring of her intention to retire at the end of the year, and we have spent the past few months laying the foundation for a smooth and effective leadership transition," board chair Kellie Beneke said. "We will miss Becky, and she won't be easy to replace, but we feel good about the plan we have in place. We are focused on finding a successor in Becky's image--an experienced leader with a strong management track record and a commitment to strengthening our community."

Past board chair Ryan Johnson added, "The board is grateful to Becky for her 31 years of leadership, and we wish her nothing but the best in retirement. She's earned it."

The board of directors is undertaking a national search for LaBarre's replacement. The board's goal is to have a new CEO in place by the end of the year.

"I believe the time is right for me to step down from the Executive Director's job and pass the torch on to someone else who will continue to advance the Y's mission and purpose in the Spencer community," LaBarre said.

She continued, "The success of our Y is a combination of many aspects, people and ideas, good facilities and a community that has supported us from the Y's inception."

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Nationwide search? Maybe the search should start at home IMO.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 9:32 AM

I agree. There are smart individuals and good leaders who have a vested interest in our community right here, who would do a fine job in the position.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 9:54 PM

I would think there are qualified people that currently work at the YMCA.

-- Posted by olmanhawk on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 11:20 AM

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