Berkshire Family YMCA makes interim leader permanent

Jessica Rumlow takes over leadership of the Berkshire Family YMCA as it gets set to implement a $5 million renovation of its Pittsfield facility at 292 North St. The goal is to restore the 111-year structure at North and Melville streets to its original condition while increasing the amount of interior space.

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PITTSFIELD After serving in the position on an interim basis since May, Jessica Rumlow formally has been appointed as the CEO and executive director of the Berkshire Family YMCA.

Rumlow replaces Randy Kinnas, who served in that position for 19 years. Kinnas left in May to become director of member advancement for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.

Rumlow takes over as the Berkshire Family YMCA gets set to implement a $5 million renovation of its Pittsfield facility at 292 North St. The goal is to restore the 111-year structure at North and Melville streets to its original condition while increasing the amount of interior space.

Rumlow joined the Berkshire Family YMCA in 2013, the year her family moved to Pittsfield.

She did not return a telephone call seeking comment. But, in a statement, she said she is "looking forward to continuing to work with the community in this capacity. I'm particularly excited to be part of the Pittsfield Y's renovation project, from which the community will truly benefit."

"When my family and I moved to the area, we searched out the local Y," Rumlow said. "The Y made the transition easy. Pittsfield felt like home."

Rumlow, who had worked for a YMCA in central Wisconsin before coming to the Berkshires, lived in Springfield, where her father worked in the paper industry, until she was in the seventh grade.

"We're thrilled to work with Jess as the YMCA's new leader," Berkshire Family YMCA board President Peter Moore said in a statement.

"Transition in leadership can pose several challenges, however, this has been seamless given her vast Y experience and understanding of the needs of the Berkshire community. We need her passion for the Y, vision and constancy as we embark on our capital campaign," he said.

The Berkshire Family YMCA recently merged with the Northern Berkshire YMCA in North Adams and has formed partnerships with the Catholic Youth Center in Pittsfield and the Bennington Recreation Center in Vermont. These moves have led the YMCA to expand its child care services, and expand its membership and programming from Lenox and into Vermont.

Before coming to the Berkshires, Rumlow spent 11 years at the South Wood County YMCA in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., where she held several positions. She holds a master's degree in education, a bachelor's degree in communications, has received YMCA team leader certification and is pursing her YMCA organizational leader certification.


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