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Kate Wollensak Named YMCA of the USA SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kate Wollensak Named YMCA of the USA SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

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CHICAGO (April 22, 2019) — YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has appointed Kate Wollensak as its new Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. Wollensak will be responsible for the leadership and coordination of human resources at Y-USA, the national resource office to more than 2,600 YMCAs nationwide.

With over 20 years of experience in human resources and benefits, Wollensak comes to Y-USA from the national headquarters of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she served as Vice President of Human Resources for the last five years. Wollensak led a team of 24 professionals, overseeing essential HR functions for 2,100 employees in 49 states. Prior to her experience at the Alzheimer’s Association, she served in senior HR roles at Morton Salt, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway, PepsiCo, as well as SBC/Ameritech.

“Kate is a recognized leader in the human resources community, and I am excited to have her join our team at Y-USA,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO of YMCA of the USA. “Her extensive experience in change management and organizational development and design make her a great fit for a dynamic organization like ours. Y-USA’s strength is in its people, and I look forward to working with Kate to ensure we continue nurturing an environment that enables our team to provide the best possible support to YMCAs.”

Wollensak earned her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and an MBA from Benedictine University. She is the past chair and a board member of the DuPage County Workforce Board, chair of the Total Rewards Interest Group of the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago, past president of the Chicago Compensation Association and a member of both the Society of Human Resource Management and WorldatWork. Wollensak also served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of DuPage County Council.

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The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.