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YMCA has administrative shifts, looks for more partnerships

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As Watertown Family YMCA makes administrative shifts, Executive Director Peter W. Schmitt is taking a closer look at possible top leaders in preparation for his eventual retirement.

With no departure date in mind in the near future, Mr. Schmitt said, the Y’s board of directors will have a chance to review the agency’s midlevel management.

“The whole thing was triggered by a request from Tammy (J. Miller) to go to half-time so she could pursue her art and yoga career,” Mr. Schmitt said. “That gave us an opportunity to look at reshuffling of a number of players. We have a great cast of individuals at midlevel management.”

Mrs. Miller, the former Fairgrounds Y branch director, is now the Fairgrounds Y’s senior director of membership. Rebecca L. Reed, the Y’s former outreach branch director, is now the executive director of community engagement.

“That’s to bring us in line more with our strategic plan,” Mr. Schmitt said.

Part of Mrs. Reed’s new role, he said, will be developing more or expanded collaborations and partnerships with community organizations.

“That’s always been something we’ve been good at, but not something before we had a uniform approach to,” Mr. Schmitt said.

He referred to that also being a goal for United Way of Northern New York partner agencies, which include the Y.

Another midlevel management shift was Stephen N. Rowell, who recently made the transition from Downtown Y branch director to executive director of operations.

Mr. Rowell will be in charge of looking after membership agencywide and all three buildings: two in Watertown and one in Carthage.

Many other Y staff members also will take on added responsibilities, Mr. Schmitt said.

As the Y continues to adjust to administrative changes, it will continue to provide the same level of service for all programs, he said.

For more information about Y programs, visit the agency website at

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