Rockford YMCA names employees of the year

Online Staff Report

The YMCA of Rock River Valley has announced the recipients of this year’s Employee of the Year awards. Several key employees were recognized for their dedicated service and accomplishments in October at the Y’s Employee Celebration Luncheon, which took place at Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford.

Mike Brown, CEO and president, YMCA of Rock River Valley, said: “These outstanding employees provide their unique set of service, dedication and commitment to the Y and the community. Through their hard work and years of service, the YMCA continues to grow and provide our members and community with innovation, outstanding skills and compassion. I am honored to recognize each and every one of them for their excellence and exceptional performance.”

The following four employees were recognized for their abilities as the 2014 Employee of the Year:

Karri Woolley, youth and family director, Northeast Family YMCA — “Woolley has brought new community events to life in her role as youth and family director,” said Brown. “She continues to provide outstanding programs to our members.”

Charles Gray, membership coordinator, I.D. Pennock Family YMCA — “Gray is our team player. He will do anything, be anywhere and provides excellent service to our members,” Brown said.

The final two employees are not ones people usually see. They both sit behind a computer for most of their day. Because of that, they don’t always get the recognition they deserve …

Neal Bentrup, accounting director, and Bridget Leden, marketing and public relations director, both located in the corporate office for the YMCA — “Neal and Bridget have great attention to detail, and we couldn’t run without them,” Brown said.

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y serves 35,000 people through seven area branches and is one of the largest nonprofit employers in the greater Rockford area, with more than 600 full- and part-time staff.

Posted Dec. 5, 2014

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