YMCA of Columbia-Willamette 2021–2023 Strategic Plan
To put the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Board of Trustees
|Charmin Shiely, Board Chair||Keith Mays|
|Dick Wingard, Secretary/Treasurer||Ruppert Reinstadler|
|Robert Countryman||Chris Rogers|
|Curtis Dent||Dan Swift|
|Neil Fernando||Carol Terrell|
|Jay Jones||Bob Tomeoni|
|Ross Kelley||Nick Veroske|
|Debi Laue||Mike Zahniser|
- President & CEO | Tyler Wright
Born in Kokomo, Indiana, and son of a professional ballroom dancer and bluegrass singer, Tyler has been with the YMCA in a full-time capacity since 1987. An honor graduate of the University of Southern California, he was pursuing a career as an actor and dancer until he found his calling in the YMCA movement. Tyler began his Y career as a volunteer camp director for the Wilshire YMCA in Los Angeles and has also worked at multiple YMCAs in California. He served as President and CEO at both the Helena Family YMCA in Helena, MT and at the YMCA of the Foothills in La Canada, CA.
Tyler has been a YMCA national trainer in numerous areas, was recognized by Who’s Who of America and the National YMCA as a Cause Driven leader and has led many presentations on thought leadership, design and innovation. He has served on several Y-USA task forces and national committees. While at the YMCA of the Foothills Tyler was chairman of the California State Alliance of YMCA.
- Chief Financial Officer & Vice President | Denise LaRue
Denise LaRue has over 30 years’ experience in corporate business, in the area of hospitality management. Denise’s prior position was Chief Financial Officer of a northwest-based hotel chain. She received her degree in Business Administration/ Accounting from Oregon State University. She and her husband have two children.
- Chief Human Resources Officer & Vice President | Katie Christianson
Katie Christianson has over 18 years of experience in Human Resources Management in various for profit business/non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Pacific Pulmonary Services, Restoration Hardware, Adidas, Nike, Xenium HR and National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Pre-Law Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. Katie is a marathoner/ultra- runner and she and her husband have two sons, two dogs and three cats.
- Chaplain & Vice President of Christian Mission Advancement | Bob Reichen
Before coming to the Y as Chaplain in 2007, Bob Reichen served in full-time ministry for almost 40 years. He served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and led a Church Growth Consulting ministry in New York City for 13 years. Following a move back to Portland in 1985, he served as Associate Pastor for a large church in West Portland. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and has done graduate work at the New School for Social Research in New York City and at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife Grace have two children and three grandchildren.