The Kennett Area YMCA has welcomed Tom Gallagher as its new Executive Director.
Gallagher returns to the Kennett Area YMCA after a five-year hiatus from the association, as he worked at the Spring Valley YMCA in Royersford, first as Associate Executive Director in 2015, then as Executive Director beginning in 2018. He began his YMCA career in 2004 as the Health and Wellness Director at the Kennett Area YMCA, where he remained until he transferred to the Brandywine YMCA in December 2012 as the Senior Program Director.
Gallagher turned to the YMCA after graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and working in corporate wellness, citing that he was looking for a career in which he could make a difference in the community. He carries that passion to help others to this day.
“I am excited to return to the Kennett Area YMCA, a community that I’ve always loved,” said Gallagher. “It is surreal that I am able to serve this community again, as I was previously honored to serve for eight and a half years. I remember us all working together to get sidewalks on Cypress Street and mile markers in Anson B. Nixon Park! Kennett is a great community that has a big heart to serve others and likes to have fun!”
Gallagher, his wife Stacy, and three children live in Chester County.
“We are thrilled to have Tom back in the YMCA of Greater Brandywine family,” said Denise Day, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “With his experience, passion for the Y’s mission, and understanding of the Kennett Area YMCA, we are truly looking forward to seeing the great things he will do in partnership with our YMCA members and the Kennett Square community.”