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July 10, 2014

New Castle Y names new leader

NEW CASTLE — Richard “Dick” P. Lyons is the new chief executive officer of the New Castle Community YMCA.

He replaces Bill Lutz, who served in the position for the past 10 years.

“It is a great Y with a great history,” Lyons, 55, said. “I hope to bring creativity, an open mind and a desire to serve the community the best I can.”

Barbara Nichols, a member of the Y’s board of directors, believes the organization made a sound choice in Lyons.

“Choosing a CEO to follow Bill Lutz was no easy task, but Dick stood out as a potential candidate from the start,” she said. “He has good moral character, strong analytical skills coupled with compassion, openness to consider others’ opinions, actively mentoring staff members and creative and innovative thinking.”

Lyons has been part of the YMCA family for 29 years, beginning in Greater Baltimore in 1985. There he served as executive director for the Catonsville Family YMCA for five years before transferring to the Carroll Family Y.

From 1991 to 2003, Lyons took over the position of executive director/chief executive officer at the York Jewish Community Center in York, Pa.

Under Lyon’s leadership, the nonprofit community organization reversed an annual operating deficit of $192,400 versus revenue of $750,000 to a fiscally sound $2.44 million operation. While there, he also established an annual support campaign through his efforts to supplement United Way funding.

In addition, Lyons was responsible for expanding and developing wellness, child care and prejudice reduction/diversity acceptance programs that remain recognized as models in the region today.

“Dick is tremendously qualified, motivated and will allow our Y to continue performing at a high level in doing the work we aim to do every day,” said John Cournan, chairman of the Y’s search committee

Amy Fehrs, president of the board of directors, commended Lyons’ wealth of experience and accomplishments.

“Dick comes to us with a proven track record of successful leadership,” she said. “He has been successful in the areas of fundraising, fiscal management, and facility development. He has a great connection with the Y mission and is a real team builder.”

Lyons joined a new YMCA family in 2003 when he accepted the position of executive vice president of operations/chief operating officer at the YMCA of Greater Richmond. He served there for 11 years, during which he was responsible for creating a “one organization mentality” through the successful expansion and operation of the organization.

During his time in Richmond, Lyons developed and opened seven new branches as well as a full day childcare center. His position was eliminated in the spring of 2013, and Lyons since has been providing consultation and management services to local nonprofits in Richmond before coming to New Castle.

 

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