The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas welcomes Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, as its new president and CEO following the retirement of long-time president and CEO Gordon Echtenkamp.
“The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas can help solve some of the most critical challenges we face as a community – specifically in the areas of health and wellness,” said Kelvin Walker, Board Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Yes, the Y is a great place to swim and our life-saving swimming lessons make us a key public safety partner."
Mr. Hazelbaker is not new to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. In fact, he worked at the Town North Family YMCA as a camp counselor when he was young. This experience spring boarded a passion for the Y that became his life’s career path, leading him to various positions within the YMCA, before being named president and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. There Mr. Hazelbaker’s fund raising efforts doubled annual giving and he formed several key new programs in the areas of education, childhood obesity, aquatics and community wellness.
Additionally, Mr. Hazelbaker holds significant leadership positions for the Y nationally. He is a current Board Member of the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors – one of only five YMCA employees on the 27-member board. The board is a national resource office for America’s 2,700 YMCAs. He currently chairs a vital philanthropy effort, advises for the YUSA strategic plan and Y governance, and is engaged in efforts to better outreach to millennials.
“It feels great to be back where my love for the YMCA began,” said Curt Hazelbaker, incoming President and CEO YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and lead the community that has given me so much. Our three pillars are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By focusing on these three areas, the Y can be a truly transformative partner in improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve. Thanks to current president and CEO Gordon Echtenkamp and the great foundation that he has built over the past 16 years of his tenure, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is poised to be that partner. I’m honored to grow that role for the Y.”
Mr. Hazelbaker will officially assume the role of President and CEO on January 16, 2017. Mr. Echtenkamp will stay on for a period of time to help with the transition. Mr. Hazelbaker and his wife Melody, an educational testing coordinator, have two daughters, Maddie (22) and Caroline (19).
Former CEO of the YMCA of Moore County, Brenda Elzner with new CEO, Shane Nelson.
Rob Martin, Board President of the YMCA of Moore County is pleased to announce the selection of Shane Nelson as President and CEO of the YMCA of Moore County.
Nelson was the Executive Director at the Shiawassee Family YMCA in Owosso, Michigan and previously a Branch Executive Director for the YMCA of Central New Mexico in Clovis, New Mexico. Nelson is a native of Illinois where he began his YMCA career as a YMCA Program Director and Executive Director for the Effingham County Family YMCA in Effingham, Illinois.
“We are delighted with the selection of Shane as our next CEO,” said Martin. “He brings significant leadership experience in program development and implementation and community collaborations from the YMCAs that he has served. These experiences and passion for the true mission of the YMCA will be valuable.
We’re also grateful for the leadership of Brenda Elzner as CEO over the past six years as well as her 30 years of dedicated service to our organization. Over the last six years, Brenda has led with heart and dedication to the Y. Brenda will continue to serve as a Y fitness instructor as Nelson takes over his role as President and CEO.