Heather Hulen has been on staff at the Y since it opened in 2018.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb 28, 2019) – The YMCA of Greater Des Moines today announced the appointment of Heather Hulen of Indianola as executive director of the Indianola YMCA.
Hulen has been on the staff of the Indianola Y since it opened in 2013, most recently serving as member engagement director and interim director. As executive director, she will oversee all aspects of the operation of the Indianola Y, including member experience, programming, staffing, facilities management and budgeting.
“We are delighted to promote Heather to this leadership position,” said Cameron Nicholson, vice president of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. “As Member Engagement Director, she led a staff team to effectively connect residents to programs and services that help them lead a healthy, active lifestyle. We know she will bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to the role of Executive Director.”
Ryan Waller, chairman of the advisory board of the Indianola Y, said Hulen did an admirable job stepping in to fill the leadership vacancy at the Y on an interim basis. “Her passion for fulfilling the YMCA mission and her commitment to the community make her a perfect fit for this position,” he said.
Hulen has been a resident of Indianola for 30 years. She and her husband, Bill, are parents to Darby, Jeff and Cole. She has been active in a number of community organizations and events, and currently serves as President of the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership Board and as a member of the Indianola Chamber of Commerce board and the Simpson Guild Executive Committee. She also serves as a coach of Simpson College Cheerleading and Girls On the Run in Indianola.
Hulen said she chose to work for the YMCA because the organization’s mission and goals align with her own.
“As someone who lives in and values Indianola, I view my new role as an opportunity for the Y to further strengthen the community we serve,” Hulen said. “The team of staff and board members here are incredibly dedicated to building meaningful relationships and making a positive impact. We are going to continue finding ways to reach out to members of the community and make their lives even better through the work we do at the Y. I’m excited for what the future holds.”
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is hosting a reception on Wednesday, March 6 from 4-6 p.m. to congratulate Hulen and wish her well in her new position. Members of the community are invited to attend.