[Rye, NY – October 3, 2012] The Rye YMCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen F. Barber as its new Chief Operating Officer. Eileen takes the place of Ed Philipp who is now the CEO of the Greenwich YMCA.
A native New Yorker, Eileen comes to the Rye Y from Warwick, Rhode Island where she has served as Executive Director of the Kent County YMCA for the past five years. Eileen was responsible for the overall growth and financial health of the Kent County branch, the largest in the Greater Providence YMCA Association. She also led several YMCA community health initiatives including the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
Prior to her position at Kent County YMCA, Eileen was the Executive Director of the Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund in New York City and the Executive Director of the Huntington YMCA on Long Island. At the Huntington YMCA, she served in positions of increasing responsibility over 20 years including Aquatics Director, Business Director, Membership/Marketing Director and Associate Executive Director. Eileen holds a B.S. and M.B.A. in Organizational Development.
As COO, Eileen is responsible for the day to day operations of the Rye Y, ensuring successful program management with a focus on program expansion, innovation, member relations and retention. “Eileen’s cause-driven experience as a leader and her passion and commitment to the YMCA mission makes her an ideal fit for the Rye Y,” said Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “We look forward to her leadership as our COO.”