Wabash County YMCA names Gogolewski as new CEO

By The Paper staff

Dean Gogolewski is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Wabash County YMCA.

Gogolewski, of Ohio, was announced in the position Friday, Feb. 1, after an extensive, nationwide search. He replaces Clint Kugler, whose last day was Thursday, Jan. 31.

Gogolewski will begin his new position on Feb. 25.

Gogolewski has over 15 years of operations and community leadership experience with YMCAs in Ohio. Over the past 12 years, he has been with the YMCA of Central Stark County.

“The hiring committee and Wabash County YMCA stakeholders recognize that our Y is one of the premiere Y’s in the State of Indiana,” Y board member Jason Callahan said. “We sought a candidate who had extensive leadership and operational experience, a deep commitment to community, and the ability to and willingness to work with stakeholders. We are thrilled with the extent to which Mr. Gogolewski meets these qualities.”

Gogolewski pursued the Wabash County YMCA position after being impressed by the facility and community support for the YMCA. Through deep partnerships between the local school systems, Parkview Wabash Hospital, the Community Foundation, and others, the Wabash County YMCA has received national recognition for youth development programs.
Gogolewski indicated that fostering those relationships and identifying needs will be a priority.

“Over the next couple of years I hope to foster the culture of community that already exists in Wabash and the YMCA,” he said. “My goal is to try to address any community needs that are not being met or need some more support. I am a big believer in partnerships and making the most out of opportunities and resources for the greatest impact. 

“I know the Board and staff will help accomplish these goals sooner rather than later. There are many great things happening at the Wabash County YMCA and there is much more to come.”

Posted on 2019 Feb 05