Monty Warner Hired as CEO at YMCA of Kanawha Valley

“For the next five weeks I’ll be ‘learning to spell YMCA,’ by meeting members, staff, and better acquainting myself with the community programs and services we provide,” said Monty Warner. His work as CEO officially begins Aug. 1.

“For the next five weeks I’ll be ‘learning to spell YMCA,’ by meeting members, staff, and better acquainting myself with the community programs and services we provide,” said Monty Warner. His work as CEO officially begins Aug. 1.

Beginning Aug. 1, Monty Warner will assume responsibility as chief executive officer at the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, which operates facilities and programs throughout the county. Until then, Tara Bailey will serve as interim CEO while Warner completes remaining obligations with Kanawha County Schools.

Warner previously served for 25 years in the U.S. Army. There he worked at various command and staff positions in California, Korea, Oklahoma, North Carolina and the Pentagon. He concluded his military service as Inspector General for the West Virginia National Guard, where he retired as a colonel in 2003. Thereafter he was involved in real estate development before serving the last seven years as a teacher of mathematics, social studies and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) classes at George Washington High School.

Warner attributes much of his early childhood development to time spent in programs at the former YMCA located in downtown Charleston at Davis Park. There he learned the value of physical activity, teamwork, community involvement and character.

Those values helped him successfully graduate from George Washington High School, receive a Bachelor of Science from West Point, earn a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and complete a Master of Arts in teaching from Marshall University.

“I look forward to this opportunity at the YMCA. I will work diligently to give back to this amazing community that prepared me so well for a lifetime of service,” said Warner.

“We have conducted business as usual during a months-long CEO vacancy period, but we are excited to announce Monty Warner as our next chief executive. His leadership, life experiences and enthusiasm to promote the YMCA mission will help us continue to serve this community in a positive manner,” said Tricia Clark, YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s board chair.