The Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County announces the retirement of Executive Director Deb Geesey on June 30, 2019.
Please join us in extending best wishes to Deb Geesey, who is retiring from the YWCA on June 30th. Deb has worked for the YW for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director for 12 years. Actually, her association with the YW spans more than 50 years as she was part of “Y TEENS” in junior high.
Deb began her career at the YW in 1988 as the Community Services Director under the leadership of Jennifer Weaver. In that capacity, Deb created a vast variety of classes open to the community, from business workshops, arts and crafts, bus trips, ballroom dancing, bridge and more. In 1993, she stepped into the Road Scholar position and served in that role for 13 years. Deb says she absolutely loved that job. She has served as the Executive Director since 2006.
The YWCA has grown immensely during Deb’s time as ED. The operating budget has doubled from $2 million to $4 million/year driven largely by a more than doubling in childcare enrollment, large growth in rec pass memberships, all supported by increasing sponsorships that she has been critical in obtaining. Her proudest accomplishment was taking the YWCA from serious financial difficulty to its current fiscally sound status. Deb insists that she did not do any of this alone and credits her great management team and all the hard-working staff of the YWCA. Numerous changes to the YWCA have occurred during her tenure. Remaining constant through all of those years has been the mission of the YWCA – eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Deb said this mission, as well as the wonderful staff and YWCA members, have been what kept her here for 30 years!
She will be greatly missed by members, colleagues and the Board of Directors alike. We have all benefited from her energetic leadership, organization and vision.
We will hold a celebration of Deb’s career at a date closer to her retirement – details to be announced. Meanwhile, please know that we have already begun the search for a new Executive Director and are working on ensuring a smooth transition. Feel free to wish Deb a happy retirement the next time you see her.
Betsy Meyer and Katy Giebenhain, co-presidents
On behalf of the Board of Directors