Originally Published at 2:30PM on June 26, 2018
The Record Herald
by Ben Destefan

WAYNESBORO — Amanda Gietka has been approved as the next executive director of the Waynesboro Area YMCA starting at the end of July.

The YMCA recently announced the promotion of Gietka, with the board of directors unanimously voting to have Gietka replace long-time Executive Director Alan Smith, who is retiring on July 27 after 39 years of service at the Y.

“I am beyond excited to move into the executive director role,” said Gietka, who has worked at the YMCA for 10 years, serving as the associate executive director since 2015. “I have gained valuable Y experience and also found genuine passion for the mission. I am proud of the growth our Y has experienced and I appreciate the opportunity to serve members of all ages and abilities.”

According to the YMCA, Gietka was one of 39 candidates considered during the nationwide search conducted by the YMCA CEO Search Committee. The committee made a unanimous recommendation of Gietka to the board of directors, who collectively agreed.

“I hope to lead our Y team towards the next level of service in our community,” said Gietka, who resides in Hagerstown with her husband and two daughters. “I want to continue to provide the quality programming and services that our members are accustom to, but I also want to find out what more we could do to meet the needs of our community. I am proud of the work we do at the Y, and I am excited to think about the what more we could do in Waynesboro.”

Aside from her role as associate executive director, Gietka currently chairs the Southcentral PA YMCA Senior Associate Network Cabinet while being a member of the Association of Y Professionals, Rotary Club of Waynesboro, YMCA Centennial Committee and a voting member of Lifehouse Church.

“I have found my calling here at the Waynesboro Y, so it feels natural to move into this leadership role,” Gietka said. “The Y is defined by what the members of the community want and need. We pride ourselves on being able to adapt and serve based on what our neighbors asked for or need.”

Gietka’s official start date as executive director is July 31.

“The Y has been a pillar in Waynesboro for over 100 years and we are blessed to have such positive relationships with other community partners like the Waynesboro Area School District, United Way of Franklin County, Summit Health and numerous local churches,” Gietka acknowledged. “It’s through these partnerships that we are able to increase our impact and expand our reach.”

—Contact Ben Destefan at bdestefan@therecordherald.com or at 717-762-2151