Welcome Dean Snider, our new CEO!


Dean Snider brings extensive experience in building community partnerships and leading positive change and growth. In Dean’s new role as CEO of our Skagit Valley Family YMCA, he will advocate the YMCA’s vision within the Skagit County community and lead the transition of our YMCA from its current location on East Fulton Street in Mount Vernon to its new 60,000 square foot facility, now under construction, at 1901 Hoag Street.

After conducting a successful national search, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA announced today that Dean Snider will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 11. He will succeed Bob Shrumm, who has served as CEO since 2004.

“We are very excited to welcome Dean Snider to the YMCA,” said Paul Pickering, Chair of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA CEO Search Committee. “Dean is an energetic and visionary leader with an unparalleled commitment to community and economic development. His accomplishments extend from strengthening Whitman’s athletic facilities, programs, and staff to engaging the community. We know that Dean will provide the leadership to guide the Y as it continues its mission of ensuring the Skagit Valley Family YMCA serves its members and our community,” Pickering added.

Snider brings with him a passion for community health and wellness, for multi-generational engagement and recreation, and for building communities through philanthropic engagement. “I love the mission of the YMCA; working toward healthy spirit, mind and body for all,” said Snider. “It means working for all people in the Skagit communities and the staff who serve this mission. We are all in this together.”

“I have been thoroughly impressed, throughout the search process, with the strength of character and community within the Skagit Valley Family YMCA family. The dedication to building a healthy community is inspiring,” said Snider. “We have an exciting but considerable task before us as we transition into a new fabulous facility. It will take ‘all hands on deck’ to do this well. I look forward to working together with all our committed staff to use the remarkable gift, which this facility is, in a way that best serves our community.”

Snider currently serves as Director of Athletics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, a position he has held since 2005. At Whitman, Dean has directed financial operations, development, program and staff evaluation, facilities management, volunteer engagements, and communications for 15 varsity and 20 club sports. He has managed nearly $30 million in facility upgrades and raised $7.9 million for Whitman’s new Varsity Athletic Endowment. “Dean’s impressive record of executing significant initiatives make him an ideal choice to lead our Skagit Valley Family YMCA”, Pickering noted.

A community leader in Walla Walla, Snider currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Borleske Association, which manages and provides financial oversite for the Borleske Stadium sports complex owned by three community partners. Snider also currently serves on the Community Ministry Board of Providence St. Mary Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Providence St. Mary Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Visit Walla Walla. “Dean looks forward to joining us in Skagit County and becoming fully engaged in our Skagit County community,” said Pickering. 

Snider completed a Master of Education degree in sports psychology at Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and history from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

Snider and his spouse Darlene are the parents of three adult daughters. Currently, Darlene is the Dean of the Transitional Studies and High School Programs at Walla Walla Community College. “Darlene and I are very much looking forward to jumping in with both feet and making the Skagit community our home,” said Snider.

The new Skagit Family YMCA is scheduled to open in early spring of 2019.


Since 1911 the Skagit Valley Family YMCA has been a cornerstone for our community. The Y nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves families’ health and well-being and connects people of all ages and backgrounds to support community needs. Let’s build together to continue and expand the Y’s commitment to a stronger community.