Y Names New CEO

July 9, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa., July 9, 2014 The New Castle Community YMCA is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has elected Richard “Dick” P. Lyons as our new Chief Executive Officer, beginning July 1. He succeeds Bill Lutz, who served as CEO for the past 10 years.

Barbara Nichols, a member of the Y’s board of directors, said, “Choosing a CEO to follow Bill Lutz was no easy task, but Dick stood out as a potential candidate from the start,” she said. “He has good moral character, strong analytical skills coupled with compassion, openness to consider others’ opinions, actively mentoring staff members and creative and innovative thinking. Choosing Dick was made with the confidence that he could help take the New Castle YMCA to the next level of exemplary performance and service delivery to our members.”

Lyons has been with the YMCA family for a total of 29 years, beginning at the YMCA of Greater Baltimore in 1985. There he served as Executive Director for the Catonsville Family YMCA for five years before transferring to the Carroll Family Y for the year following.

From 1991 to 2003, Lyons took over the position of Executive Director/CEO of the York Jewish Community Center in York, Pa. Today, Lyons describes the organization as his “sweet spot” throughout his years of serving the YMCA family and some of the similarities it shares with our community:

“York is a small town and a small community where you actually do become a part of that fabric of the public community,” Lyons said. “In Richmond, it was a very wide area and I was in many corners throughout my work, versus York and New Castle where it is much narrower and I get to be more involved in the community.”

Under Lyon’s leadership, the nonprofit community organization reversed an annual operating deficit of $192,400 versus revenue of $750,000 to a fiscally sound $2.44 million operation. While there, he also established an annual support campaign through his efforts to supplement United Way funding. The campaign resulted in increased volunteer engagement and raised yearly contributions 27 percent from $33,600 to $120,200. In addition, Lyons was responsible for expanding and developing wellness, child care and prejudice reduction/diversity acceptance programs that remain recognized as premiere in the region today.

Amy Fehrs, president of the board of directors, commended Lyons’ wealth of experience and accomplishments prior to joining our Y family:

“Dick Lyons comes to us with a proven track record of successful leadership,” Amy said. “He has been successful in the areas of fundraising, fiscal management, and facility development.   He has a great connection with the Y mission and is a real team builder.  I look forward to seeing where he leads our Y that I love so much.”

Lyons joined a new YMCA family in 2003 when he accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Operations/COO at the YMCA of Greater Richmond. He served there for 11 years, during which he was responsible for creating a “one organization mentality” through the successful expansion and operation of the organization.

During his time in Richmond, Lyons developed and opened seven new branches as well as a full day child care center. Membership grew accordingly from 100,000 to 175,000 and the operating budget increased from $25 million to $42 million over the 10-year span.  Under Lyons’ operation, annual giving campaigns ranged from $2.8 to $3.2 million as Richmond consistently ranked in the top three metro YMCAs in the country for annual support as a percentage of operating income. His position, however, was eliminated in the spring of 2013 and Lyons has since been providing consultation and management services to local nonprofits in Richmond before coming to New Castle.

Chair of the CEO search committee, John Cournan, said, “Retaining Dick as our new CEO signals the culmination of a significant amount of work and commitment of a select group of board directors. He is tremendously qualified, motivated and will allow our Y to continue performing at a high level in doing the work we aim to do every day. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to positively impact Lawrence County for years to come.”

Lyons has showed enthusiasm for taking on his new leadership role as CEO of our family at the Y and in recently joining the New Castle community earlier this month. “It is a great Y with a great history,” Lyons said about the New Castle Y. “I hope to bring creativity, an open mind and a desire to serve the community the best I can.”


About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.