YMCA head resigns, new staff join team

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island YMCA has new faces in the office beginning this week.

CEO Alan Mogridge, who had been on a leave of absence for three months for cancer treatment in New York City, told members in an email Friday that he had stepped down.

The email said that despite a good long-term prognosis, he recently learned he will need three more months of chemotherapy and three months of rehab after that.

“I met with our board president, Bob Rechholtz, last week to resign as the CEO of the MDI YMCA, so that I can focus on my health, and the MDI Y can find a healthy full-time leader,” he wrote. “Nine months out of the office is too much to ask of any organization.”

The Y has a new interim CEO, Bob Oickle. He takes over from another interim, Pete Milinazzo, who had served in the role since December.

The YMCA has a system to reach out to retired former executives to help fill interim positions. Oickle lives in Greenwood, near Bethel in western Maine. Before retirement, he was in charge of the YMCA in Portland for 10 years and one in Brockton, Mass., for 15 years.

“My role is to provide whatever’s necessary to keep things going,” he said. When the board names a new CEO, they’ll have a few weeks of overlap to help with the transition.

New Healthy Living Director Lindsey Doyle is a Bar Harbor native. She was a member of the MDI High School class of 1998. For the last few years, she and her husband Frank and young daughter have been traveling for his professional hockey career. Frank has retired from hockey and has taken a job and Coston & McIsaac.

“I kind of grew up as a gym rat here,” Doyle said. “My main job is managing the fitness center and group exercise program.”

Allison Preston of Ellsworth is the Y’s new Head Teacher for the preschool program. Her background is in preschool and special education.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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