We’d like to extend a HUGE welcome to Cindy Rosa, the Forest City Family Y’s new CEO. Read more about her in our official press release below and make sure to stop in and say hello! Her first day is Monday, June 26th.


Rosa Brings 24 Years of Experience to Organization

FOREST CITY, IA – JUNE 1, 2023. The Forest City YMCA has named Cindy Rosa as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 26. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors, following an intensive search, Rosa will succeed Bruce Mielke who is set to retire in mid-June. In her new role Rosa will be responsible for leading the Y’s strategic initiatives related to the capital campaign, increasing membership, and family programming.

“Throughout a very competitive search process, Cindy demonstrated a tremendous vision and sense of energy for the Forest City YMCA that matched the needs of the community and organization,” said board chair, Mike Gatlin. “Cindy’s diverse YMCA experience in programming, membership, and leadership roles bodes very well for the continued growth of the organization – and as a board we are convinced that Cindy will provide fantastic leadership for years to come.”

Rosa comes to the YMCA with 24 years of experience at five difference YMCAs in three different states. Rosa’s past roles include Summer Day Camp Director, Program Director, Membership and Marketing Director, Associate Executive Director, Interim CEO, and Development Director. Currently, Rosa serves as the Senior Director of Development and Engagement for the YMCA of the Okobojis. Additionally, Rosa has been responsible for several successful annual campaigns, writing and managing over 30 grants, and helped raise over $8M toward the completion of a capital campaign for Camp Foster YMCA and the Bedell Family YMCA. Rosa oversees the areas of Membership and Youth Child Care Programs for the Bedell Family YMCA and has direct responsibility for budgeting and fiscal management, developing team members, and building community partnerships.



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