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YMCA CEO Evans resigns; Turcotte named interim director

John Evans has resigned as CEO of the YMCA of Harrison County, a position he accepted last December.
In a statement, Evans cited the increasing demands of his growing family and the similar commitment that the YMCA needs at this stage of its development.
“My wife, Beth, is expecting our second child in August, and I want to be able to help her care for our new family. At the same time, the demands on me as CEO, building an organization like the YMCA, were both exceptional and crucial at this point in its history. It was a very difficult decision, but it came down to this: it is not possible to offer the support as husband and parent that I want for my family, and do the kind of job that I wanted to do and is deserving of the YMCA.”
Evans intends to return to the practice of law.
“I was surprised at how much I missed it,” he said. He plans to continue to volunteer for the YMCA and “will proudly be present with the other volunteers when we open the building.”
Board president Catherine Turcotte said, “We appreciate John’s wisdom and caring, both for his family and for the YMCA. We can smoothly accept a change like this now. Six months from now, in the midst of construction, would have been difficult. John has served our YMCA for a year, first as a board member and then as our executive director.
“He has made a significant contribution, and we know that will continue as a volunteer.”
The YMCA of Harrison County board of directors has appointed Turcotte as interim executive director. She will begin the search for a new executive director and lead the organization as it enters its capital campaign and finalizes the building design, with the goal of breaking ground this fall.
Former Lanesville Junior-Senior High School counselor, coach and athletic director Jerry Reinhardt was elected the new board president of the YMCA of Harrison County.