YMCA Announces New CEO

The Baker County YMCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce Luke Gibson as Executive Director of the Baker County YMCA. We are confident he will provide strong leadership following Lindy Petrik as Interim CEO.

Gibson was selected by a search committee made up of members of the Y’s Board of Directors following a 3 month search.  The Search Committee worked hard to find someone who has the experience and passion for program growth that meets our community’s needs, has a strong track record of creating community-wide collaboration and establishing partnerships and financial sponsorship’s as well as being a servant leader who seeks to lead by inspiring and equipping staff and volunteers. Gibson will take over from Interim Executive Director, Lindy Petrik.

“With more than 13 years of experience in YMCA Program Development with an emphasis in fundraising and building community partnerships, Luke has inspired us with the exceptional qualities that he will bring to the helm of our organization.” Says Tera Bigelow, Baker County YMCA Board President. “This is an exciting time for our Y!”

Since 2005, Gibson has served as Youth and Adult Sports Director for the Sheridan County YMCA in Sheridan, Wyoming. In this role, he oversaw 18 youth and adult sports and recreation programs serving 2,500 participants. He previously served as Town Councilman for the Town of Ranchester, Wyoming, as well as a board member for Tongue River Valley Community Center in the same city. Luke earned a B.S. Business Administration, Capella University.

Gibson says, “Joining the Baker County YMCA is a dream come true for me. I have experienced first-hand the good work that the YMCA movement does in Sheridan, Wyoming and abroad and am excited to bring my 13 plus years of experience to Baker City. Early on in my career, I saw the impact that the Y has in communities and knew I was hooked. When I arrived in Baker City, the friendly people, dedicated staff, and visionary Board of Directors made the prospect of living and working in the community very appealing. I feel thankful for this opportunity and will serve the area in the best capacity possible.”

Luke, along with the Board of Directors, would like to invite Baker County to two very special open house days to have the opportunity to meet Luke and welcome him to our community. Wednesday, January 30th from 8 PM – 6 PM all current YMCA members, staff, and volunteers are invited to stop by the Fitness Center at 3715 Pocahontas Rd and say hello to Luke.  On Wednesday, February 6th, from 8 AM –6 PM Luke will be hosting an open house and free day at the Fitness Center. All members of the public are invited to come and meet Luke and “Try the Y” for free. The regular joining fee will be waived for anyone who signs up and joins the Y that day!  Please join us in welcoming Luke and his family to Baker City.

Thank you for your continued support as we move on to a great new chapter for the Baker County YMCA!