Ocean County YMCA

THE PEOPLE:

Jeremy Grunin

President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

Peter Rosario

CEO Ocean County YMCA

Jonathan Petro

Past Chair and current Board member of Ocean County YMCA

Jared Rhine

Immediate Past Chair of Ocean County YMCA

Board of Directors

and staff at Ocean County YMCA

THE IDEA

In January 2015, the extremely dedicated Board and Staff at the Ocean County YMCA were tasked with finding a new CEO to lead the organization.  Knowing the Foundation had experience in the executive search process, the OCYMA Board asked for their help. The result is Peter Rosario, who began his work as CEO in July 2015.

Pete quickly proved himself to the Board, their members, the community and to our Foundation.  The Board Chair at the time, Jonathan Petro and Peter set out a strategic plan to upgrade their physical location.  We believed this team was the right team to create a YMCA that would become the health and wellness hub for Toms River and Ocean County.  The Foundation offered a $125K Challenge Grant in December 2015 and by June 2016, Pete and the new Board Chair at the time, Jared Rhine, reported that he and his team had raised $140K!

THE IMPACT

Today, the OCYMCA has an inviting welcome center, upgraded locker rooms, new floors, and a proud staff.  Pete Rosario was also elected as the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation endowed Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition.  In less than a year, he has brought the OCYMCA to the table as a key leader in the community and in New Jersey.

THE UPDATE

The OCYMCA is now poised to become the health and wellness hub for Toms River and Ocean County.  The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation will continue to work diligently with its team to achieve that goal. Stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!

For more information about the OCYMCA, visit www.ocymca.org.