MAHASKA COUNTY YMCA NAMES NEW CEO

Matt Larson

Mahaska County – Debbie Guild, President of the Mahaska County YMCA is pleased to announce the selection of Matt Larson as the new CEO of the Y. Larson brings with him 15 years of experience working in leadership positions within the Y. Most recently Larson served as Senior Director of Membership & Wellness at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Larson’s day with the Mahaska County YMCA will be January 20th.

Matt Larson is coming from Indianapolis, IN where he has worked for the Y since 2005. Born and raised in rural Kansas, he attended the University of Evansville in Indiana for his Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine. He then received his Master’s in Sports Administration from Austin Peay St. University in Clarksville, TN. While finishing his Master’s and working as the Division 1 school’s head strength and conditioning coach, Matt began working for the Clarksville Family YMCA. Matt left TN to start his Program Director role with the Ransburg YMCA in Indianapolis. He has chaired the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Wellness Cabinet, as well as currently chairing the Membership Cabinet. He has served on six YMCA facility builds, launch and openings. He served as the Y of the USA Training and Development liaison for the Indianapolis Association, responsible for hosting twice yearly Regional Training Events (RTE) for the tri-state region, as well as class instruction. Matt is a Faculty Trainer for Y of the USA and holds the YMCA professional title of “Organizational Leader.” He has received numerous prestigious YMCA of Greater Indianapolis awards in fundraising, innovation and leadership. Matt’s hobbies include world travel, playing drums in the church band, serving on mission trips and competing in the World Axe Throwing Championships, most recently placing 5th in the world in Duals. He lives with Jill, his wife of 14 years, and their three, wonderful children aged 9, 7 and 6 years. “I chose Oskaloosa for its community service and connection of the town with its neighbors. I see a city and larger county with a vibrant downtown, international business headquarters, locally-owned businesses, and a NAIA University just to mention a few. I found a town with all the amenities (church, school, medical) needed to raise my family. I look forward to serving the Mahaska County YMCA, finishing our capital campaign and building a new state-of-the-art Early Childhood Education Recreation Center and in 2021. I soon hope to be considered an Oskaloosay!”

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