NEW CEO SELECTED FOR THE
ILLINOIS VALLEY YMCA
Chris Weittenhiller was selected to be the next CEO of the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru.
Weittenhiller brings 22 years of YMCA experience and comes from the Christian County YMCA in Taylorville, where he has been the CEO since 2009. In May, he will succeed Dave Potthoff, who has served as CEO for the Illinois Valley YMCA since 1987.
Weittenhiller has been involved with his community, serving as board president for the Taylorville Kiwanis Club and Christian County Mental Health Association as well as serving on the Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s External Community Health Needs Assessment Committee for the last 10 years. Most recently he served as the chairperson for the 2020 Illinois Alliance of YMCA’s Fall Staff Rally.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to provide leadership for the Illinois Valley YMCA; work with their established staff team and dedicated board of directors to deepen the Y’s impact in the communities we serve,” Weittenhiller said.
Weittenhiller earned his bachelor degree in exercise science from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. He started his YMCA career in 1998 with the Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg as the sports and fitness director.
In 2004, Weittenhiller became the associate executive director for the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. For the last 12 years he has served as the CEO of the Christian County YMCA.
“My wife Hope and I are truly excited to be part of your community, getting involved and developing positive relationships. It will be my goal to be very visible in the community and be involved with organizations that with missions similar to the Ys,” Weittenhiller said.
Representing the board, President Bob Suarez said he is excited to have Weittenhiller as the next CEO.
Through the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the Illinois Valley YMCA said it remains devoted to strengthening the foundations of the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Continuing to affect the lives of thousands of families and individuals throughout the Illinois Valley is important to Weittenhiller, who said “The Illinois Valley YMCA has been such a great asset for the community and I am excited to join the Illinois Valley YMCA during a time in which I believe our best work as a mission driven, non-profit, community organization is yet to come”.