On Monday March 6th we welcomed our new CEO, Mr. Buddy Evans. Buddy comes with more than 25 years of experience working for the YMCA. I interviewed Buddy so our members can get to know what the hiring committee saw in him that made him stand out over the other candidates.
1) What is your main priority as you start your position as the YMCA of
Montclair’s new CEO?
Getting to know the staff is one of my priorities. What they do, their talents, the programs they run. I want people to be excited to come to work and to be comfortable here. I want the employees at the Y to feel that they are part of a team and that this is a place where they can grow and develop professionally. Happy employees are a guarantee for happy members.
2) How do you want the community to see our Y?
I want our Y to be seen as a 5 star gym and community center. I want people to feel welcome here, and to feel that the staff cares and enjoys attending to their needs and serving the community. I want our Y to be a member’s 1st organization. And mainly I want the community to see our Y as their charity of
3) What is the main message you want to communicate to our members?
The Y is more than a pool and a gym. We are a community. We service people from all ages, genders and ethnicities. Besides 150 group exercise classes and 20 exercise water classes we have an amazing swim team. We have programs and activities for seniors and a great senior/teen room. We also offer drowning prevention classes, CPR, life guarding and mental health first aide training. We also run
three chronic illness programs, for people with diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer survivors. We provide before and after care services to all the schools in our catchment area. We offer summer camp for approximately 9,000 kids a year. We offer $400,000 dollars in scholarships for children, adults and families in need. I want members to know that they should be proud to be part of an organization that has such a thriving mission and so many passionate and talented staff working to make sure they can have their particular needs met in a fun and safe environment. We are a big family!
By Lisy Espindola, Health & Wellness Director