BAR HARBOR — Taking the helm of the Mount Desert Island YMCA is just like a dream come true for Alan Mogride.
The Bangor High School alum and UMaine Orono graduate has been moving up the YMCA organizational ladder for well over a decade now. That has entailed working at several different locations in the Northeast. But, all along, he says, he’s had the goal of getting himself back to Maine. And Bar Harbor is about the best place in the state that he could imagine landing, he says.
“There are 16 Ys in Maine. If given my choice of any of them, this would’ve been the one I picked. So I’m just happy they picked me as well,” Mogridge says.
Mogridge’s professional career began with the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester, NY, where he was a child care site director. From there, he became the associate executive director of the Greater Waterbury YMCA. Most recently, he worked as executive director of the Valley YMCA in southern Connecticut. In March, he took over the leadership position at the MDI Y following the departure of former director Kim Harty.
Mogridge’s goals at the MDI Y are to build the organization’s youth and community engagement programs. He is challenging his staff and board of directors to reach out to and engage more young people. Part of this effort will likely involve free teen nights once a month and new programs such as ultimate frisbee, hula hooping and water polo.