LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AT A TIME WHEN COMPASSION IS MOST NECESSARY DURING A PANDEMIC
DALLAS (Aug 26, 2020) – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 marks Women’s Equality Day, which is the date that commemorates women gaining the right to vote in America (1920). For the first time in its history, there are two female Board Chairs leading both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth at the same time. Jill Magnuson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Dallas and Julie Wilson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Fort Worth.
Jill Magnuson was asked what Women’s Equality Day means to her, “This 100th Anniversary is not just reflecting on that historic moment, but about dedicating myself to the work I do through the YMCA to be about equality for all. It is a moment that we must look forward to be engaged in change, while honoring our past.”
Both Jill and Julie are only the second women Board Chairs to serve in their respective organizations. Gray Mayes was the first woman Board Chair for the Dallas Y and Cindy Milrany served as the first woman Board Chair for the Fort Worth Y.
“The Y is continually evolving to help families meet new challenges in a new way of life.” says Julie Wilson. “Arguably, women are generally the primary caregivers in most families. I love that the leader of the Dallas Y, Jill Magnuson, is so collaborative. We can not only talk together as Board Chairs, but as women, as working women, as mothers, and in my case as a grandmother, and help other women face today’s realities and challenges.”
Jill Magnuson serves as Director of External Affairs of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a world-renowned museum in the Dallas Arts District and Julie Wilson is President and CEO of The Reasons Group, a consultancy in Fort Worth specializing in marketing strategies and conflict management.
Jill Magnuson reflects that she is honored to serve and be surrounded by extraordinary volunteers on the Board. When asked about the timing, “I don’t know if it was fate or not, but I will say that I think it was meant to be.” Speaking on the challenging times of a global pandemic and continuing health crisis in North Texas, “I think our female leadership roles comes at a time where compassion is most necessary.”
Both YMCAs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and both volunteer boards, executive leadership and staff are rallying to continue to serve the growing needs of the community in new ways. All YMCA branches in North Texas were closed for several months during the beginning of the pandemic. During that time, staff, volunteers, donors and partners helped serve the community through food distribution, blood drives, grab-n-go meals, household essentials and childcare.
“Obviously, we had to close our facilities for a short period of time. We had to pivot how we keep up with our mission, keep serving the community while we couldn’t have people come into the Y,” Julie explains. “We’ve got members, staff, the board, volunteers, donors and the community at large, and they all need to know that the Y is still in business delivering on its mission in helping support our community.”
Please visit www.ymcadfw.org to learn more about these two dynamic leaders and how both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth support the community.
YMCA FORT WORTH CEO TONY SHUMAN RETIRING AT THE END OF 2020
Fort Worth, Texas – Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 — After 41 years of service with the YMCA, and 18 years of local leadership, Tony Shuman, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, is retiring at the end of 2020.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Tony’s leadership in the Greater Fort Worth area for nearly 20 years,” Julie H. Wilson, board chair, commented. “We can point with pride to the many achievements our area Y’s have accomplished during his tenure.”
Some of the Y’s top initiatives and achievements under Shuman’s leadership include the following:
- Raised over $20 million in capital support to fund the new William M. McDonald YMCA, to renovate the historic Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown branch and make improvements at YMCA Camp Carter.
- Increased the number of Y members from 25,000 to over 50,000.
- Doubled the total number of people served to over 160,000 in 2019.
- Grew the association’s annual budget from $14 million to over $25 million.
- Introduced chronic disease prevention programs such as YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Enhance Fitness Arthritis Management, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention, Exert Brain Health, and Y Weight Loss.
- Introduced new programs to address critical community issues such as Y Feeds Kids and Safety Around Water.
- Launched the Open Doors program to make YMCA memberships and programs available to more people (2018).
- Added five new YMCA locations and made major improvements and renovations to five other locations in the association, including YMCA Camp Carter.
- Supported the strategy that led to tripling the value of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment Fund.
Facility developments by the Y include:
- Northpark YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2008)
- Hood County YMCA in collaboration with Hood County Commissioners and Hospital District (2006)
- Joshua Community YMCA in collaboration with the City of Joshua (2013)
- YMCA Sports Complex in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2013)
- William M. McDonald YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2018)
- Westside YMCA, in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, transformed into the LVT Rise Community Center (2019)
Shuman began his 41-year YMCA career at the San Diego YMCA as a camp counselor and program director. From there, he moved back to his hometown in Orange County, CA, to run his first branch as an Executive Director for four years. Moving to Dallas in 1993, Tony spent 10 years as a Vice President of Operations with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas before moving to Fort Worth as our chief executive in July of 2002.
Since May 22nd, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth began a phased reopening after closures due to COVID-19.
Tony has been actively engaged in our local communities, serving in various roles including Renaissance Heights United board and Tarrant County Response Team, Downtown Fort Worth Inc. board, and Chair of the Council of United Way Executives. He has a close relationship with fellow North Texas Y CEOs, Curt Hazelbaker of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Eric Tucker, Arlington Mansfield Area YMCA, where the Y’s have collaborated to serve communities even better.
Tony’s leadership at the state and national level will be sorely missed. He chaired the Texas YMCA State Alliance Board and the YMCA Employee Benefits Management Committee; and is currently on the board of the YMCA Employees Assistance Fund.
The YMCA’s volunteers, staff, donors, Fort Worth and Tarrant County community will miss Shuman’s leadership. The Y’s Board of Directors has begun the process of identifying a successor that is innovative and mission-driven, undertaking a nationwide search with an emphasis on reaching a diverse candidate pool.