HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Heart of the Valley YMCA has hired new leadership as it looks to continue to serve the Huntsville/Madison County area.
The organization has hired Jerry Courtney as its new President and CEO.
Courtney comes from Atlanta, Ga., and graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with a B.S. degree in Education. He previously served as President of the Lima Family YMCA in Lima, Ohio, for eight years and has been a YMCA professional for 29 years. He was one of more than 100 candidates for the position. The finalists went through extensive interviews with board members.
Courtney will oversee the management of the YMCA’s facilities and programs during a challenging time. Charitable donations and membership are down, and city funding was cut for the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison. A search is currently underway for a new director for the Madison facility.
In addition to providing various health and exercise programs, the YMCA helps the community in numerous ways. The YMCA’s Military Outreach program offers free membership for qualifying military families of service members who are deployed. Another program offers free three-month memberships for people who have lost their jobs.
Courtney replaces Scott Mounts, who retired in July. Mounts had worked in the position since 2003.