Spieth selected as next CEO of local YMCA
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The YMCA of Harrison County has selected Kimberly Spieth as its new CEO. On May 24, the 34-year-old Corydon native took over the reins from Roger Corley as he takes on a career of starting a new division of his wife Betsy’s business. He has been serving as interim CEO since the end of March and will assist with the transition through June 30.
Spieth is no stranger to the YMCA. In fact, her first job in high school was working at the YMCA in Corydon where she was a camp counselor, lifeguard and a dance instructor for a period of time.
The Corydon Central High School graduate earned her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation with a minor in recreational sports and another minor in recreation and park administration from Indiana University.
After college, she took on roles in fundraising, marketing and community relations at two nonprofits before returning to the YMCA of Harrison County as the membership and marketing director in March of 2011.
Mike Gillespie, chairman of the YMCA of Harrison County board, said he believes Spieth is an excellent choice for the position and is excited to see her lead the team.
“We conducted an extensive search that validated the leadership that we desired was right here in our Y and community,” Gillespie said. “We believe that Kim will lead us into a future full of opportunities and challenges, and she can do it better and faster than any candidate we considered. Her hometown connections, along with her understanding of the Y board and staff, will prove to be invaluable.”
Spieth is looking forward to what her team will be able to accomplish in the future as well. She said she likes to think of her leadership style as a team player who likes to lead by example, working side by side with her staff, and that she hopes to bring that approach to helping the Y meet existing and new goals.
“We want to continue to develop new and strengthen existing collaborations with organizations in our community to continue offering services that strengthen the spirit, mind and body,” Spieth said. “Another goal is to see how the Y can play a part in creating new programs or services that aren’t offered in our community that strengthen the spirit, mind and body. I also want to continue to focus on upholding our mission of putting Christian principles into place.”
When she isn’t cheering on her team of employees at the YMCA, Spieth said she can often be found cheering on her other team that is made up of her 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.
“I’m a mom of two, and my kids are at the age where they are getting involved in sports so my free time revolves around them, which I absolutely love,” Spieth said. “I’m also an avid fitness enthusiast, so you’ll find me in our wellness center or out on a run.”
As Spieth navigates the waters and adjusts to being named CEO, she said her main goal is to keep the community and the wants and needs of the members in mind with each decision.
“I’m excited to work with our staff and board of directors to grow the Y and help make our community a healthier one,” Spieth said. “We want to be here for our community; that’s who it’s all about.”