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(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is adding to its leadership team with the appointment of Betsy Williams as Senior Director of Program Development.

Williams has worked in a youth and community-oriented capacity throughout her career, whether that be as a 5th grade teacher or as the director of programs that helped further children’s academic and emotional development. Williams has a wide array of experience advising the development of curriculum and working as a liaison with families to help their children secure their future.

“I am excited and happy to join the Y team, but it’s an incredible honor and a humbling experience to have been given the opportunity,” said Williams. “In the short time I have been here, I have already been blown away by the culture and community that exists amongst the staff.” 

“Community service and outreach have always been passions of mine,” Williams continued. “From my very first interview here, I was immediately drawn to the sense of community and shared mission. I hope that the work I do with these incredibly competent directors will engage our current members and draw in new members while serving the community as a whole. I am eager to make a difference and to make connections with the members of the Y community.”

We firmly believe that Williams’ skills will be a boon to our directors, helping them develop programs within their areas of expertise to best encompass what our community needs. Williams will also be assisting the Bloomington-Normal YMCA in branching into unfamiliar areas of programming to better serve our membership base.

“Betsy’s knowledge, abilities, and poise make her a tremendous asset for our YMCA,” said B.J. Wilken, Executive Director and CEO of the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. “I’m excited for her to get engaged with other non-profit leaders and to share the YMCA’s resources with those in our community.”

We’d like to formally welcome Betsy Williams to the YMCA Team as we move toward the opening of the new Bloomington-Normal YMCA location in the summer of 2022!

Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit