More leadership changes mark evolving YMCA

July 18, 2017

Two more branches of the Central Coast YMCA will experience leadership changes as the association continues to grow, said President and CEO Andy Weighill.

“For our Ys to be successful, it is essential that our staff and our community can come together to further our cause,” Weighill said.  “And that starts with making sure we have the best people in leadership roles.”

Mayra Zendejas is the new Center Director for the YMCA of San Benito County in Hollister and Robert Wollenzien has been promoted to District Executive Director, overseeing both the Watsonville and San Benito YMCAs.

Zendejas is a membership expert, serving as a Member Services staff person and director at both the Watsonville and San Benito branches over the last 10 years.  Most recently, Zendejas served as the Senior Membership Director at the YMCA of San Benito County.

“Because of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Y you don’t have to look any further than the recent growth from 70 members to over 1,000 to understand the type of talent and drive Mayra brings to the Y every day,” Weighill said.  “In her new role Mayra will lead the day-to-day operations and build upon the success she has been such an instrumental part of at the YMCA of San Benito County.”

Wollenzien is a lifetime Y member and advocate, and has been an employee of Ys across the country for his entire working career.  Wollenzien currently serves as the Executive Director of the Watsonville Y, a role he will retain while adding leadership responsibilities at San Benito.

“In  Robert’s tenure with the Central Coast YMCA he has demonstrated exceptional leadership by transforming the Watsonville YMCA from a run-down Y to arguably our association’s most vibrant and successful YMCA,” Weighill said.

Zendejas and Wollenzien will assume these new roles, effective immediately.

“Both Mayra and Robert have worked tirelessly to help make our Y what it is today,” Weighill said.  “These are well-deserved, and most importantly hard earned promotions.”