Y’s CEO Steps Down

Pat Riemersma — the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s CEO who saw the organization through expansion, the renovation of Camp Mahackeno and its ongoing response to COVID-19 — will leave her post this spring. She plans to pursue other opportunities.

The Y says:

“Pat has played an instrumental role to strengthen the foundation of our community here in Westport and Weston and has a career of service spanning 30-plus years doing the same,” said Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Board President Jonathan Manela. “We are grateful for all she has done for our organization.”

Riemersma was hired as CEO in June 2015. Her career with the Y organization spans more than 3 decades.

Pat Riemersma

Riemersma arrived at the Westport Weston Family YMCA shortly after it opened its new state-of-the-art facility, the Bedford Family Center, on the grounds of the Y’s Camp Mahackeno property in fall 2014. It moved from its downtown Westport location where it had been operating since founder E.T. Bedford built and dedicated the Tudor-style building in 1923.

The late Ruth Bedford, E.T. Bedford’s granddaughter, bequeathed $50 million to the Y in June 2014 with the vision to help ensure the long-term viability of the Family YMCA and its ability to serve the community.

In fall 2019, construction began on an addition to the Bedford Family Center, as well as on enhancements to Camp Mahackeno. The Camp Mahackeno renovation was completed on time for the 2020 summer season; the new gymnastics facility and wellness center expansion were finished in fall 2020. Riemersma oversaw the $28 million project and brought it in on time and under budget.

Westport Weston Family Y CEO Pat Riemersma at Camp Mahackeno last summer.

Riemersma’s legacy at the Westport Weston YMCA no doubt will endure well beyond her tenure, as those who admire her achievements can attest.

“Pat will long be remembered for her excellent leadership through Phase II of our recent expansion project, which culminated in a revitalized Camp Mahackeno for kids and families to enjoy for decades to come,” said John McKinney, chair of the board of trustees and great-great-grandson of E.T. Bedford.

The Y Board has formed a search committee to choose the organization’s next leader. For questions or general inquiries about the CEO position, email info@ceoinformationwestportweston.org.

2 responses to “Y’s CEO Steps Down

  1. Pat, Thank you so much for your stewardship of the Westport-Weston Y. Amazing job during construction, covid, addition, and running a community facility with so many moving parts. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Wishing you the best of health and success in your next endeavor.

  2. I have fond memories of the Y and Camp Mahackeno in the early 60’s. I was a Y rat and would walk there from Bedford Elementary with a buddy starting in 2nd grade. What a great safe place for kids to hang out during formative years. The same goes for Camp Mahackeno that also provided mentoring opportunities for CITs (Councilors in Training). That river sure was cold at 8AM.