Cook County Family YMCA announces director

Staff reports

After a lengthy process, the Cook County Family YMCA has named Emily Marshall its Branch Executive Director. Marshall will begin her new role on May 13, 2013.

Marshall is currently employed as the aquatics director with the Duluth Area Family YMCA where she has been serving since 2002. Marshall has served in numerous other roles for the YMCA, including member service desk attendant, lifeguard, swim instructor, camp counselor, Camp Miller program director, and family program specialist at the downtown Duluth facility.

In an announcement of the decision, Duluth YMCA Director Chris Francis said, “The interview process included a panel of individuals representing the city, county, school district, and the community our new branch will be serving. After a lengthy process that drew candidates from across the country, Emily stood out as the clear candidate for this position.”

Francis said the Cook County Family YMCA will be the fourth branch of the Duluth YMCA Association. Francis noted that the facility is currently under construction and will be attached to the west wing of the School District 166 building. Francis said, “The Y will bring new and strengthen existing programs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”

Francis said Marshall will begin her new role in May, but will be working with YMCA executives in Duluth over the next two months and beginning the process of transitioning to Grand Marais. The new facility is expected to open in November.

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