The YMCA of Greater Westfield is pleased to announce that Andrea L. Allard was appointed Chief Executive Officer by unanimous vote of the board of directors at a special meeting held on Thursday, April 5th.
A life-long resident of Westfield, Ms. Allard has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management. Ms. Allard, 41, has had an extensive career with the YMCA network. She is presently the Executive Director of Greater Hartford, Connecticut YMCA’s downtown branch, a position she has held since 2008. She spent 11 years working at the YMCA of Greater Springfield and was the Executive Director of its main branch on Chestnut Street before her move to Hartford. Ms. Allard began her YMCA involvement as a camper at the YMCA’s Camp Shepard in Westfield and later a worked as a staff member at the YMCA of Greater Westfield; where she is currently a member.
Ms. Allard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration from Springfield College, and is nearing completion of her MBA from Western New England University.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Andrea Allard back the YMCA of Greater Westfield as our new CEO,” said Eric D. Hall, President of the Board of Directors. “Her extensive career experience, deep roots in the Westfield community and enthusiasm for the YMCA are just what we need.” Ms. Allard was selected from nearly 40 candidates who applied for the CEO position.
“It has been my dream for as long as I can remember to come back to Westfield and lead the organization that played such a large part in shaping the person I am today,” Allard commented. “I look forward to meeting the staff and our members, connecting with the community and getting started,” she said. Ms. Allard will take over from current Interim Director Robert Young on May 14, 2012.