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Exciting News!

Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs announces new Executive Director

ChristyFilbyphoto_webChristy Filby, New ED of the IL State Alliance of YMCAs

State Leader Selected after National Search

Chicago, IL–Andrew Bobbitt, Chair, and Jill Doerner, Vice Chair, of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Alliance of YMCAs, are pleased to announce the selection of Christy Filby as the new ED of the IL Alliance.

Filby is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an English minor.  She later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an Executive Development emphasis from Drake University.  Filby brings over 20 years of Y experience to the Illinois Alliance.  She began her Y career at the Wenatchee Valley  (WA) Y as Assistant Camp Director and finished her 13 years of work there as Director of Special Projects.

Filby joined the staff at the Two Rivers Y in Moline, IL in 2007 as Community Wellness Director and shared her duties with the Scott County (IA) Family Y for several years.  Her work included time spent in a part-time role as IL Alliance Healthier Communities Director and Consultant.  For the past year, she has served Two Rivers as Strategic Initiatives Director and Senior Director of Youth Development, where she successfully led a youth development department with a $1 million budget, serving over 2,000 youth annually in 23 before-and-after school enrichment programs, summer day camp and other youth initiatives.   She has also led the newly opened program administration office in Rock Island, IL.  Additionally, experience in the education sector and city government provides her with the tools to monitor and influence local, state and national public policy as it pertains to issues of health and children.   The Two Rivers CEO, Mike Wennekamp, offered that “Christy has been a vital part of our Y team.  She is an excellent leader and  connected our Y to the communities we serve.”

“We were delighted to have had many very qualified candidates from which to choose,” said Jill Doerner, who chaired the alliance search committee. “ The volunteers on the committee worked diligently to make the very best decision for the future of our Alliance.  We were pleased that Christy desired  to serve as our next Executive Director and clearly demonstrated her abilities during the search process.”

Christy lives in East Moline, IL.  She spends her “free time” as a soccer/basketball/baseball/swimming mom – for her three boys.

Christy Filby will begin her ED duties on Monday, April 3, 2017.