It's a tough act to follow, but Rye YMCA is welcoming a new director of community impact and social responsibility.
Denise Woodin has recently taken the job formerly held by Helen Gates, now executive director of the Rye Arts Center. Woodin's role is of vital importance to Rye YMCA's mission according to executive director Gregg Howells.
“The Rye Y is deeply committed to strengthening the communities we serve,” said Howells. “That’s why the Director of Community Impact and Social Responsibility position is so important. It allows us to broaden our reach and to foster partnerships around health, wellness and safety issues. Denise’s experience, educational background and enthusiasm for the YMCA’s mission, make her a wonderful addition to the Y family.”
Most recently, Woodin served as a Senior Director for Resource Development at United Way of Westchester and Putnam, a partner in the Rye Y’s health and wellness initiatives. She has also coordinated public involvement campaigns for major transportation and environmental projects as a team member with Helen Neuhaus & Associates in a Manhattan. Those experiences will come in handy when Woodin takes the rein of ongoing Rye YMCA community initiatives, including Safe Routes to School, Edible Gardens, Complete Streets and other programs that support the Y’s mission in the Sound Shore area.