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April 6, 2013

Berea native named to lead Telford YMCA

RICHMOND — Dave Wallace was introduced as the new director of the Telford YMCA at a reception Thursday.

He begins his duties May 6.

The YMCA has been under the direction of Interim Director Mike Haynes since the January departure of former director Debi White.

Though he will be new to the position, Wallace is no stranger to the facility, nor the community.

Wallace is a native of Madison County, born and raised in Berea. Both he and his wife Diane are graduates of Berea College.

He has worked for the YMCA organization for 23 years and comes to Richmond from Albany, Ga., where he has served as executive director of the Albany Area YMCA since 2007.

While in Albany, Wallace managed operations of the three-branch YMCA that has 2,800 members and a $2.5 million annual budget. Since taking over as executive director there, he has successfully conducted a $2 million capitol campaign and reduced association operating expenses by more than $400,000.

Wallace said the chance to “come back home” and work was too good to pass up.

“My wife and I have talked for a while now, about later in life, moving back to this area,” he said. “This gave us an opportunity to expedite that a little. Plus, my parents live in Berea and are getting a little older, so it’s a good time to come back.”

To return to his home community, to a job he loves to do and have a positive impact on the community, especially its young people, was “a great opportunity for me,” Wallace said. “You couldn’t ask for more.”

Wallace said he is familiar with the local YMCA because he often visited Telford on his trips home to see his parents.

He is looking forward to working with the staff he met on those occasions, Wallace said, as well as with local friends he has known for years.

Leaving friends and associates in Albany will be difficult Wallace said, but he still is looking forward to getting to work in Richmond next month.

“There is so much potential here for this YMCA to have an impact in this community,” Wallace said, “and I can’t wait to get here and be a part of that.”

Haynes said Wallace has a passion for the Madison County community and a passion for service that will serve him well as Telford’s director. The Telford board of directors did a great job in securing someone of Wallace’s stature within the YMCA organization, Haynes added.

“This is a great get for Richmond,” he said. “Dave has been highly sought after by several YMCAs that I have served, including the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA which serves the Danville and Harrodsburg area.”

Securing a YMCA director with ties to the community is unusual, Haynes said.

“When you find a director from just around the corner, it just makes it such a blessing for him and for the community,” he said. “I’m very excited about Dave coming here.”

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