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YWCA of Greater Lafayette names new Executive Director

LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- The YWCA Greater Lafayette Board of Directors has hired a new executive director. Mary Ann Forbes, formerly of Fort Wayne, starts her new position on Monday, May 3, 2010.

Mary Ann Forbes new YWCA of Greater Lafayette Executive Director

Mary Ann Forbes

“We are excited about Mary Ann coming on as Executive Director,” said Board President Grayce Lechtenberg. “She has a strong history of leadership in organizations assisting women and children.”

Forbes was the Executive Director of the YWCA of Titusville, Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2003. During her time there, the organization’s major accomplishments included revitalizing a domestic violence/rape crisis program, obtaining funding and licensure to operate child care programs, increasing membership, opening a homeless shelter for women and children, and developing a drop-in center for mental health clients. She also served on the YWCA’s national board from 2001 to 2003

Forbes most recently was Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, where she provided operational leadership of a newly merged, 22-county council with 20,000 girls and 5,000 volunteers. Prior to that she was Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Heritage Trails Council in an eight-county area of Central Ohio. She was the Director of Venango County Head Start in Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1989.

“I am so very pleased to be selected as the executive director for the YWCA Greater Lafayette and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the staff, the members and our community partners as we advance the YWCA Mission and Vision on behalf of the women and children we serve,” Forbes said.

Welcoming Reception

There will be a welcoming reception from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the YWCA, 605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette. The reception is open the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to respond by noon on May 5 to Shanna Brinegar at 765-423-7023 or

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