YMCA of Central Ohio Welcomes Current COO Kim Jordan into Role of Interim CEO

On behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio and our Metropolitan Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce that current Chief Operating Officer, Kim Jordan has been named Interim President and CEO following former CEO, Stephen Ives' departure to lead the YMCA of Greater Houston. Kim brings knowledge and passion to this position that can only come from someone who has been a part of the YMCA Mission for nearly 20 years.

From Jamie Richardson, Metropolitan Board Chair:

“As a proven leader with 20 years of service with the YMCA of Central Ohio, Kim is passionate about the mission of the YMCA. As an ambassador to the communities we serve, Kim is uniquely qualified to serve as our interim CEO. In her role as Chief Operating  Officer, she has demonstrated an ability to build great teams and achieve tremendous impact. We’re thankful for her thoughtful leadership style and steady hand.”

"Our best days are ahead of us and it is truly exciting."

Kim began her tenure at the YMCA of Central Ohio navigating the dual responsibilities of Manager of the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA in Urbancrest while overseeing the temporary closure and renovation of the Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA. Upon its Grand Re-Opening in 2002, Kim became the Executive Director of the Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA, re-establishing the branch as the go-to-place on the Near East Side.

“I am truly humbled by the opportunity to fill this role on behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio. We have 2,200 Y leaders that show up every day, ready to serve. I want to serve alongside all of them. While in this role, my main focus is to support the work we are doing and strengthen the foundation of our Y so that we set our next CEO up for success as they walk through the door.  Our best days are ahead of us and it is truly exciting.”

The YMCA of Central Ohio will continue a national search for the next CEO, with a goal of having the best candidate for the job secured within the next six months.