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Waynesboro YMCA hires new directors

June 19, 2002|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The administrative face at the Waynesboro YMCA is changing with new duties for the director, the hiring of an associate director and three new program directors.

The changes are part of a long-range planning effort to expand programs at its main facility in Waynesboro and to develop a satellite program in Greencastle, Pa., said Alan Smith, recently appointed associate executive director.

The changes affect personnel from the top down, beginning with Dick Marks, executive director of the YMCA since 1975. Marks' duties have shifted from day-to-day operations to financial development and long-range planning.

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Smith's new duties include supervising the program directors, staff development, membership, customer service and daily administrative responsibilities.

His old job of director of adult programs was assumed by Chad Eberhart, an employee since 1999. Eberhart ran the youth programs until he moved over.

The YMCA hired Nathan Esser, 22, of Waynesboro to run the youth programs.

Esser will spend two days a week in Greencastle assessing and developing programs.

The YMCA runs a summer recreation program at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle and youth sports programs in Greencastle-Antrim School District facilities, in area churches and the local senior center.

Neil Yost was recruited from a YMCA in Westport, Conn., where he was an assistant aquatics director. He's taking over the swimming pool programs in Waynesboro.

Yost, said he is working to expand programs for youths and adults.

Smith said he, Marks and the directors are looking at all areas to improve programs.

A big step forward will be the appointment this fall of a committee representing the YMCA's board of directors, staff, members and residents to take a look at long-range plans, including programs in Greencastle.

Last year Greencastle residents Cedrick and Julia Duffield sold land and a commercial building for $275,000 and turned the proceeds over to the YMCA in Waynesboro to be used exclusively to develop a program for Greencastle.

Esser will work out of a new office being set up for that purpose, Smith said.

Any plans for a YMCA building in the Greencastle area are still at least five years away, Marks has said.

The YMCA has more than 3,000 members and has been growing steadily with about 300 new members added to the rolls each year, Marks said.

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