Georgia Mountains YMCA Announces Departure of CEO and Search for New Leader
Georgia Mountains YMCA president and CEO, Amy Kienle, left the organization in June to take the CEO position with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania.
By Georgia Mountains YMCA
July 8, 2022
The Georgia Mountains YMCA announced in May, that its president and CEO, Amy Kienle, would leave the organization in June to take the CEO position with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania. The board of directors immediately convened a committee to begin the search for Kienles’ replacement.
Kienle was with the Georgia Mountains YMCA since January of 2014. She will be taking the helm of one of the country’s growing YMCA associations. Read the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s announcement here.
“Amy took the phrase ‘leave things better than how you found them’ to heart during her time here in Gainesville. She worked tirelessly to ensure the YMCA was in a much better state when she left than when she initially arrived. She was a true example of a servant leader,” said Brian Hughs, board chair for the Georgia Mountains YMCA. “She will be sorely missed but we wish her well in her new role. We are excited to see what the next CEO has in store for the Y!”
The organization has seen an increase in program numbers since the late spring and has nearly full registrations in both its camp programs this summer and upcoming Afterschool programs this fall, serving hundreds of kids. Membership and programming fees represent more than 90 percent of the Y’s revenue. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Georgia Mountains YMCA has been able to open two child development centers and expand Afterschool programing to include Banks County.
In May, the Y announced that it was a recipient of the 2022 American Rescue Plan Assistance Grant Program, available through Hall County. The $100,000 grant will be used to pilot an E-Sports program this fall.
The Y’s board of directors will conduct a search for the next president and CEO, with past board chair Don Ormsbee of Lakewood Baptist Church leading the charge. While the search for a new leader is underway, Greg Supianoski, the organization’s executive vice president, will serve as interim president and CEO. Supianoski has been with the Georgia Mountains YMCA for seven years, and has since led and overseen the membership, marketing, wellness, aquatics, sports, and facilities teams. He has previously held leadership positions at both the Florida’s First Coast and South Florida YMCAs.
“The Georgia Mountains YMCA is a thriving organization that has positively impacted the communities we serve,” said Supianoski. “It is a true honor to be a part of the transition that will enable our next CEO to see us forward towards a very bright future.”
About the Georgia Mountains YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Georgia Mountains YMCA, comprised of one membership location, two child development centers, and 20+ Afterschool sites, nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves our community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 27 years, the Georgia Mountains YMCA (formerly Hall County YMCA) has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. https://www.gamountainsymca.org/