YMCA of Delaware Hires New Community Vice President and Executive Director of Sussex Family YMCA

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to announce the hiring of LoriKay Paden as Community Vice President and Executive Director of the Sussex Family YMCA. In her new role, LoriKay will lead the Sussex Family Y located on Church Street in Rehoboth and will also provide leadership support to the Dover YMCA.

LoriKay’s Paden mission is to teach, lead and inspire individuals, groups, and organizations. Most recently, she served as the Senior Executive Director at the YMCA of Western North Carolina. There, she managed the Association’s Healthy Living Department for 7 branches, the operations of three branches, and the Community Health Department.

“The opportunity to join this incredible team excites me to no end,” said Paden. “To see the Y’s impact throughout the state is awe-inspiring. I’m grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to help improve outcomes for our members and communities.”

For the past 32 years, LoriKay has had the unique opportunity to serve in leadership roles in the public, private, and non-profit recreation sectors to develop successful wellness programs and services. Her past and ongoing experience of consulting for agencies and directly managing large facilities, services, programs, events, and employees has given her insight and knowledge that enlightens and inspires others to achieve excellence in their areas of expertise.

“The YMCA of Delaware is committed to transforming communities across the state, and delivering our mission starts with our talented, caring, and dedicated staff,” said Linda Risk, YMCA of Delaware Chief Operating Officer. “LoriKay brings high energy and decades of experience leading organizations and YMCA’s to successful outcomes and impact. She is committed to improving individual and community wellness, supporting family and economic stability, and continuing to build bridges that connect people from different zip codes- all essential to making sure we fulfill our Delaware Promise.”

Outside of the Y, LoriKay Paden is celebrating 33 years of marriage to Jimmy P and has two children in the Mid-Atlantic region. In her free time, she loves to explore fun restaurants and spend time outside, running, biking, and walking.

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential. www.ymcade.org.


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