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Brainerd Family YMCA Board of Directors Announces Shane Riffle as CEO

Brainerd, MN – August 14, 2017 The Brainerd Family YMCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce Shane Riffle as the new CEO to lead the over 125 yr old organization. Prior to this position, Shane was the Chief Operations Officer at the YMCA of Coastal Carolina where he helped grow membership and improve retention through the development of cause-driven programs and partnerships with local stakeholders.  During his 25 years with the YMCA, he has also served as Executive Director at the West Family YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center in Idaho, and Program Executive at the Countryside YMCA in Ohio.

“Through these invaluable experiences, Shane brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the YMCA and mission to the Brainerd Lakes area community.  The leadership he’s proven in the operational, program development, financial management, and community relations brings a solid skillset to this role,” said Deb Eberts, Board Chair.

As leader of this community hub for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Shane will provide leadership to the Board of Directors and implement policies, plans and directives in order to meet the needs of our vital and growing community.  In addition, his key roles are to ensure the financial security of the Y, develop and lead philanthropic efforts and to oversee operations and program development which meet critical community needs.

Shane and his wife, Lindsey have been married for 18 years and are the proud parents of Sawyer and Cole, 9 and 13 years old, respectively.  Born in England, Shane grew up around the country as the son of a career Air Force NCO.  Lindsey grew up in Ohio and graduated from Ohio Northern University with her undergraduate degree, and Wright State University with her Master’s Degree.  Shane has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and holds many certifications including Health Coaching from the American Council on Exercise.  During leisure time, Shane and his family love to camp, cross country ski, mountain bike and explore the great outdoors.  Shane has also run a number of ultra-marathons, including two 100 milers.

In addition to his extensive YMCA background, Mr. Riffle is nearing completion on his Masters in Non-Profit Management.


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