Former Quality Membership Director Kristy Purlee has been chosen as the interim CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA.
The Board of Directors met Monday evening and offered Purlee the position.
“After much prayer and discussion with my husband, I accepted the interim CEO opportunity with our YMCA…” said Purlee. “I want you to know that I am excited to step into a new leadership role within our Organization.My top priority will be to support [the current YMCA staff] in doing the jobs [they] already do well.”
Over the next several months Purlee said she will be seeking to develop her leadership skills to best serve the local Y.
In a email to staff, Purlee explained her passion for the organization. “Last week I attended a Y leadership conference and I learned that passion and love for community and what the Y does are qualities that cannot be taught. I promise you I love the Y and hold it in high regard. “
Purlee said she wants to continue to grow the organization and ultimately a stronger Washington County.
She replaces Rob Gilchrist, who served as the CEO of the YMCA for the past 19 months. Gilchrist took a position near his hometown in New York.
Purlee works with WSLM in their annual 5K Rock n’ Run to benefit the YMCA and is a guest host each month on WSLM radio in the mornings, which helps promote the YMCA in the Kentuckiana area.