As he walks through the halls of the Easton Family YMCA, new Executive Director, Randy Holliday, is greeted warmly by members working out. Holliday, a resident of Preston, has been a member at the YMCA in Easton since 1993, establishing many friends among the members there. On this particular day, he jokes with friends about the basketball game the night before.
The YMCA is like home for Holliday, who has served on the organization’s Board of Directors, and whose family is very active in the organization. He even met his wife, Deidra, at the YMCA where she is an instructor and Human Resources Director. His three children have been a part of many of the YMCA’s programs, including the afterschool program, soccer, dance, basketball, T-ball, swimming and summer camp. Holliday, who grew up in Claiborne, attended St. Michaels High School. His sister Laura is a part-time trainer at the YMCA, while his father, Lawrence, served on the Board of Directors of the St. Michaels YMCA.
Holliday comments, “This is a dream job for me. The YMCA is more than a gym. It provides activities for all people in the community, providing a quality experience. I want to help maintain the position the YMCA holds in our community.”
Since 2000, Holliday has served as Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach and adjunct faculty member at Chesapeake College. Prior to this position he was Employment and Training Counselor at the Workforce Investment Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Delaware State University and a MBA from Salisbury University. He hopes to utilize his evaluative, management, staff coordination, program development and customer service skills in his new job.
While on the Board of Directors, Holliday brought new ideas to expand and update the equipment in the weight room at the Easton Family YMCA. He states, “My goal is to keep the facility up-to-date, clean and accessible. I also want to improve and expand current programming and activities to meet the changing needs of all of our members – children, teenagers and adults.”
He adds, “The strength of the YMCA has been our programming that offers something for almost every member of our community. We are also able to offer financial assistance to make sure no one is turned away. Our Camp Lazy Days has been invaluable to families with special needs children in need in our community.”
Holliday is a 2011 graduate of Shore Leadership and has served on the Board of Directors of Channel Marker.
In photo: Pictured is Randy Holliday of Preston, the new executive director of the Easton Family YMCA.