[SARASOTA, Fla. September 30, 2016] – The Sarasota YMCA Chairman Fred Jacobs announced today the appointment of Laura Gilbert to the post of interim President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, Gilbert will guide the operations of the Y, develop future strategy and develop the newly announced internal fundraising effort. A nineteen year employee of the Sarasota YMCA, Gilbert most recently served as Vice President of Operations.
In making the announcement, Jacobs stated, “We are most fortunate to have a strong and experienced prospective CEO within our ranks as we undertake the process to fulfill this position.” He continued, “Laura Gilbert has served the Sarasota YMCA with distinction for nearly twenty years and bring the experience and knowledge this challenging assignment requires.” He concluded, “The YMCA will not be proceeding with a CEO search at this time.”
In her current role as Vice President of Operations at the Evalyn Sadlier Branch YMCA, Gilbert directs the day-to-day operations of three branches, including the Selby Aquatic Center and oversees 15 departments serving an average of 2,000 people daily. Gilbert has played in integral role in the growth and stability of the Y. She acquired and administered over $28 million annually in funding for YMCA initiatives as Director of Contract Administration. As the Vice President of Operations, Gilbert brought new programs to the branches such as Livestrong, spearheaded a major software upgrade and her branch was recognized nationally from YMCA of the USA for pioneering the Y.E.S. (Youthful Energetic Seniors) program.
A graduate of Florida State University, Gilbert earned her MBA at St. Leo University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is also a member of The Association of YMCA Professionals, North American YMCA Development Organization and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
About Sarasota YMCA:
THE SARASOTA YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information visit sarasotaymca.org or call 941.951.2916.