CEO Announces Retirement

May 23, 2018

New Castle Community YMCA CEO Dick Lyons announced that he will be retiring as of August 24, 2018. Lyons served as the organization’s CEO since July 1, 2014.

“I have truly enjoyed serving this community,” said Lyons. “This is a great organization and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this Y family. I look forward to spending time with my wife and family.”

“Dick has done a tremendous job improving our YMCA and its impact on our community,” said Randy Silverman, YMCA Board President. “Under Dick’s leadership, we were able to make significant improvements to both the downtown YMCA and the Y-Zone, as well as broaden our impact in Lawrence County by providing additional programs and services to children and families in need.”

Lyons served the YMCA family for more than 35 years, with a career that spanned 5 YMCAs across the country. During his tenure in New Castle, Lyons oversaw two major facility renovations. A $2.4 million renovation of the downtown branch in 2015 which included new and remodeled locker rooms, an expanded youth center, a new community room and drop-in child watch center, upgraded equipment, and other improvements throughout the facility. As well as a $250,000 renovation of the Y-Zone branch in 2016 which included the creation of locker rooms, an aerobics studio, and a drop-in child watch center.

In addition to capital improvements, Lyons was instrumental in growing the YMCA’s membership, strengthening the organization’s financial health, and leading its mission to serve the community.

“The board is grateful for the unyielding effort Dick has put forth advancing our YMCA,” said Silverman. “Our community will benefit from the accomplishments made under his leadership for many years to come.”

The YMCA Board of Directors has established a search committee to identify the organization’s next leader and develop a succession plan to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service for Y members and the community it serves.