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Ligonier Valley YMCA board names new CEO

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:36 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley YMCA board of directors recently appointed Lawrence M. Stormer as its new chief executive officer.

Stormer, 45, of Harrison City will lead more than 80 employees at the Ligonier facility and oversee the strategic direction of the board.

“All the Y staff agrees with me that Larry has been an asset to the organization. Larry has come to us with ideas to better improve our organization, but has spent a tremendous amount of time and energy to understand and assimilate to our already strong and thriving Y culture,” said Scotty Nelson, director of development at the Y. “He has been respectful, honest and open, setting an example for us all the emulate.”

Stormer grew up in Jennerstown and is looking forward to working in the Ligonier Valley area. His wife, Jessica, is from the Mt. Pleasant/Latrobe area. The couple has three daughters, 14, 13 and 10 years of age.

“It has been an honor to be a part of the staff at Ligonier YMCA,” said Stormer. “It is not often you get to work at a Y so close to your hometown and where you started your career.”

Stormer brings 17 years of experience with the YMCA family and has many established business connections in the area.

“I have many contacts I worked with in the past that will make the transition a lot easier,” he said. “This is a great Y, a great community. It is a blessing for me. It is a dream opportunity.”

Stormer will be directing the “Building a Healthy Community Together” campaign, the Y's expansion project in partnership with Excela Health.

“We are very pleased and excited to have Mr. Larry Stormer as our new CEO. Larry brings an exceptional amount of experience and expertise with him to Ligonier and the board is anxious to work with him on a variety of community related projects.” said board member and search committee chair Dr. Brian Wieczorek, in a press release.

Stormer began his career as a fitness director at the Greensburg YMCA and advanced to the position of associate director. In 2004, he was named executive director at the Eastside Family YMCA in Erie where he completed a facility expansion.

“In Erie, I did a project that mirrors what we are doing here in Ligonier,” Stormer said.

He also was executive director at the Greater Pittsburgh East Suburban YMCA, where he initiated and supervised the building of an addition with a wellness center; an indoor aquatic center, including a warm-water therapy pool; a new and expanded child-care area and summer day camp; and a preventive health class and rehabilitation-program area.

“This is my third project,” Stormer said. “I am more prepared now than I ever was.”

Stormer said the lease agreement with Excela will enable the Y to better serve the people.

“It will help provide more services,” he said. “I hope to boost a long-term exchange with other community partners to increase the sustainability of the Y in this community.”

Stormer earned a bachelor's degree in teaching of health and physical education K-12, specializing in sports management from Slippery Rock University.

Stormer said he plans to relocate his family closer to the Ligonier area soon.

“Everybody is so welcoming, the community, the members,” Stormer said. “It is a wonderful transition.”

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or