Oregon Alliance of YMCAs announces new Executive Director

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By Marisa Fink executive@oregonymcas.org 

Marisa Fink, Ed.D., who served as the CEO/Executive Director of the YMCA of Douglas County for 11 years, has been hired as the first Executive Director of the Oregon Alliance of YMCAs.

As the Executive Director of the Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Fink will be responsible for connecting with all 11 YMCA Associations from across the State of Oregon to carry out the Y mission and cause, speak with a unified voice and establish a strong statewide presence. She will also serve as the principal advocate at the state level for Oregon YMCAs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Fink has also served YMCAs in New York, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Indiana. She is an active Rotarian, member of the Blue Zones Project Umpqua Steering Committee, and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Kaylan Sisco, Alliance Chair and CEO of the Tillamook Family YMCA said, “We cannot think of a more ideal candidate to be the first Executive Director of the Oregon Alliance of YMCAs. The level of leadership, experience, and expertise Marisa brings to the table is a prime example of why she is the perfect person to represent the Y at a state and national level. Her passion for the Y coupled with her desire to inspire community building is exactly what is needed for Oregon Ys to build a stronger connection and have a greater impact in communities across the state of Oregon.”

Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, President of the YMCA of Douglas County added, “Marisa’s skills and experience are going to bring the same degree of success to all Oregon Ys that she has brought to ours. The Oregon Alliance of YMCAs is blessed to have her as their first Executive Director.”

Oregon YMCAs are located in Portland, Tillamook, Salem, Albany, Eugene, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Klamath Falls, and Baker City. The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. We focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. The YMCA is a charitable organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For more information about the YMCA, visit www.ymca.net.

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