Ken Modzelewski to Retire from YMCA
After serving as President and CEO of The SKY Family YMCA for 17 years, Ken Modzelewski has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017. During Modzelewski’s tenure, the YMCA - which leads YMCA operations in southern Sarasota, Charlotte, Bonita Springs and Lee, counties - grew from $1 million dollar in gross revenue to more than $22 million and now employs more than 600 people.
“Ken’s tireless efforts over the years have produced a YMCA that is strong and diverse,” said Dave Wampler, chairman of the Y. “Ken’s vision and passion for serving the community has allowed The SKY Family YMCA to deliver a wide range of programs throughout our region, from public charter schools and child care, to cancer wellness treatment and diabetes prevention programs.”
When Modzelewski assumed the leadership role at the Venice YMCA in 2000, he was tasked with building connections between that location and a new Englewood YMCA, creating the South County Family YMCA. Modzelewski’s ability to guide the development of new programs and involve community leaders in YMCA efforts would be called upon several more times over the years. Notably, the YMCA of the USA, the national governing body of all Y’s, enlisted Modzelewski to help save and reopen Ys in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs following the last recession, and once again in 2016 to assume operations of the Charlotte County YMCA. During that same 10-year period, The SKY Family YMCA also opened two public charter middle schools in Sarasota County based on wellness and the Y’s character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
“I’m proud that the YMCA is an economic engine in each of our communities, helping employ residents and at the same time, we are able to take care of the children and families who can grow and thrive with the Y’s assistance,” Modzelewski said.
Other notable healthy living programs added under Modzelewski’s leadership include an adult diabetes prevention program, LIVESTRONG, a cancer support group based on holistic wellness, and Pedaling for Parkinson’s. In addition to thriving youth development programs like team sports, The SKY Family YMCA also offers a youth literacy program in multiple communities, and its Venice YMCA cares for 150 children daily at its preschool. That preschool will soon receive a new building, and the Venice Y is creating a satellite preschool with one of Sarasota County’s largest employers, PGT Industries.
Modzelewski will be succeeded by Pat Ryan, current chief operating officer of The SKY Family YMCA and a 20-year employee of the organization. Incoming board chair Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said he is thankful for Modzelewski’s leadership over the years as it has set a strong direction for the Y’s future.
“The growth ahead for The SKY Family YMCA does not stop with Ken’s departure; our future is based on our past, and there is still much work to be done in every community we service,” Knight said. “I’ve known Pat for many years and know that he and everyone who works for him cares deeply about serving our community.”
The SKY Family YMCA one of the top 100 YMCA’s in the United States out of 836 Corporate Y associations in the country.
About The SKY Family YMCA
The SKY Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit that is strengthening southwest Florida communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our Y is an intergenerational hub where men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – find the support to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our communities' health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in Venice, Englewood, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers for more than 50 years, our Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.swflymca.org.