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YMCA Hires New Executive Director

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Sandra Ihlenfeld
Sandra Ihlenfeld

The Butler County Family YMCA has promoted Sandra Ihlenfeld to the executive director position following the resignation of Francine Mills.

Ihlenfeld began her career at the YMCA in 1996 as an exercise instructor and personal trainer, and most recently served as vice president of organizational advancement.

She will replace Mills who resigned last week to accept another job. Mills’ resignation is effective Sept. 28.

“With her resignation, the Butler YMCA has had an opportunity to look at the strength of its staff and reorganize in a way that helps the organization continue to meet its strategic goals and move toward continued growth,” said Connie Downs, marketing and communications director.

She said Ihlenfeld has held numerous positions in the YMCA during her tenure. Those jobs include health and well being director, senior physical director, healthy living association director, vice president of healthy living and community outreach and VP of organizational advancement.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Slippery Rock University in 2010 and a master’s degree in disease prevention and health promotion from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.

In other personnel moves, Jill Zoria will handle additional responsibilities while continuing to oversee the YMCA’s financial development. She will leverage her 20 years of marketing strategy experience to help develop and execute initiatives that will increase brand recognition, revenue and profitability.

Downs will continue to focus on communications and will assume responsibilities in managing the website and social media.

Mills started working for the YMCA in 1998. In July 2000, she became the assistant child care director and was promoted to director in January 2004. In March 2016, she accepted the position of executive director and was instrumental in helping to navigate some challenging financial times for the branch and has helped reduce its deficit over the last year.

In 2008, Mills earned her degree in human resources from Carlow University while serving as the YMCA’s child care director.