WARREN - John Rolf will take over Oct. 28 as new head of the Trumbull County YMCA in Warren.
Rolf will replace Rich Denamen, who is retiring Oct. 25 after serving as interim CEO for the past two years.
Rolf comes to Trumbull County from the Cleveland area, where he has served as an employment specialist in a non-profit agency, Recovery Resources. Rolf is also the founder of Back to Basics Fitness and Wellness. Previously, he served as the general manager for the Cleveland Athletic Club.
Trumbull County YMCA Chief Visionary Officer Dick Thompson said in a prepared statement that Rolf brings more than 20 years experience in management, staff and board development, fiscal management and planning.
"As sorry as we are to see the retirement of our current CEO, Rich Denamen, we are equally pleased to welcome John Rolf as our new CEO. The YMCA membership will soon appreciate the depth of experience that John will bring to the organization and find his enthusiasm contagious," Thompson said.
"I am delighted that we could find a candidate with John's background in management of a health club facility as well as one with such a high level of personal commitment to fitness and healthy living. The board and membership stand ready to work with John as we move forward together to elevate the YMCA to the next level for the benefit of the residents of Trumbull County," said search committee chair Bill Hawley.
Denamen said he enjoyed his two years at the YMCA noting the many quality people and members.
''It was a great group of people to work for. I had a lot of support to get a lot accomplished at the YMCA. We were able to make changes to the building,'' Denamen said noting the remodeling projects and additions of new equipment and programs in the past two years.
Rolf is an avid sport and fitness enthusiast, and the creator of Tour Ohio, an event that includes kayaking, cycling and hiking throughout Ohio.
In addition, he is the publisher / writer of Ohio Active, a non-profit, web-based magazine with a message of bringing healthy living and recreational activity to a broad-based population throughout the state.
Rolf also serves as a Leave No Trace Master Educator, teaching, leading and demonstrating back country camping and hiking techniques to minimize impact in wilderness environments. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in exercise physiology from Cleveland State University.