January 21, 2020
YMCA of Central Massachusetts Appoints David Connell as CEO

David Connell
May 11, 2019 — The YMCA of Central Massachusetts, a nonprofit based in Worcester that provides services to advance youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, last week announced the appointment of David Connell as its next chief executive officer.

Connell, who has been serving as vice president and chief human resource officer of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, will succeed Kathryn Hunter June 3, following her announced retirement after 15 years in the job.

Jack Foley, chairman of the association of board of directors of the organization, quoted in The Telegram and Gazette, said, “As we wish Kathy well in her planned retirement, after serving our Y for 15 years with exceptional leadership, we welcome David to his new role as president and CEO.

"The board and those associated with the Y team are excited to have David as our new leader. We believe that the visionary leadership he brings to our Y will help us expand upon our already strong foundation, inspire new growth and address the most critical issues facing our communities.”

Connell currently manages day-to-day operations of three branches and two camps, including five directors, 250 staff members and an operating budget of $6.6 million, the paper reported.

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts, which merged last year with Tri-Community YMCA of Southbridge, has two branches in Worcester and others in Leominster, Fitchburg, Southbridge, and Westborough.

Connell joined the Y in 2007 following a career in banking that include working during the 1980s and 1990s at RBS Citizens Group, Fleet Bank, and Shawmut Bank.

Connell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Lesley University and a Master of Arts degree in divinity from Cambridge University.

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts, which traces its beginnings to 1887, today collaborates with more than 100 partners to serve nearly 60,000 people from 57 communities in central Massachusetts annually.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2017, the organization reported $17.9 million in total public support and operating revenue and $16.9 million in operating expenses, according to its most recently available annual report.

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