After nine years of running the Boonslick Heartland YMCA in Boonville, Theresa Hendrix has accepted the same position of CEO/executive director of the Troy and Dollie smith YMCA in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Hendrix said this morning that her last day at the Boonslick Heartland YMCA will be October 5.
The following is a question and answer with Hendrix on running the Boonslick Heartland YMCA for the last nine years.
Q: What did your duties entitle during your tenure at Boonville?
A: There were many duties as the CEO of the Boonslick Heartland YMCA. Some of the major duties include fund raising, community relations, building utilization and program development. The bottom line in this position is to do what it takes to make the Y a successful organization.
Q: When you first came to Boonville, what were your short-term goals?
A: The board had set the early short-term goals when I was hired. These included but not limited to the establishing policies for organization, work on community relations and look at the financial status and turn it around.
Q: What were your long-term goals?
A: Long term goals were put in place through the strategic plan, the board, staff and I figured out where we wanted to be in the first five years, and set the course. This included but not limited to an increase in programs for youth, increase in program space for the Y and retire the debt. The board, staff and I were successful in the first strategic plan. Then a second five year strategic plan was put into place.
Q: During your time spent in Boonville, what are you the most proud of about the Boonslick Heartland YMCA?
A: I have to say I am most proud of the staff team we have here. The impact they have on the community goes far beyond the four walls of Johnston Field House. When you look at the faces of the hundreds of children and families, one can see how the Y is the "Heart" of the community. The school age program, swim team, wrestling team, swim lessons, exercise programs impact the community in so many ways.
Q: How many members do you currently have at the YMCA?
A: The Boonslick Heartland YMCA has over 2500 members, with 20% on scholarships.
Q: Since you have been here, what have you added to the curriculum at the Boonslick Heart YMCA?
A: My staff and I have added many programs. I may not be able to list them all, but here is my try - Futsal, Youth Wrestling, Mini-Marlins, Second Grade Free Swimming Lessons, Adventure Club, Y-Kidz, Summer Camp, YMCA Higher Education Program, Pilates, Turbo Kick, SilverSneakers, 5Ks, 10Ks, and Run Training Programs, ...
Q: What are you going to miss the most about your stay in Boonville?
A: My friends and colleagues I have met while here.
Q: Could you please tell me about the current financial standing of the Boonslick Heartland YMCA and how that financial standing will effect the next director?
A: The Boonslick Heartland YMCA is financially stable. Just like with any organization all new directors will have a learning period to figure out in what direction he or she will want to take it with the help of the board and the staff.
Q: If there was one thing that you wanted to get done at the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, what would it be?
A: To leave the Boonslick Heartland YMCA a better place and have a greater impact in the community.
Q: Tell me about the one thing during your tenure at Boonville that you would have done differently?
A: I am sure there are things - but can't think of anything right now.
Q: What were some of the things that held the Boonslick Heartland YMCA back from accomplishing its goals? (Maybe something you wanted to do but there was a setback or lack of funding)
A: One thing I would have loved to have done, was to find a way to provide cooler space for the youth during the hot summer days. (As well as maybe opening up as a cooling center if we had more air conditioned space.) I would have liked to have had an elevated walking track - but the building could not support this idea.
Q: Was there any experience at the Boonslick Heartland YMCA that personally effected you that you wanted to tell us about?
A: When I hear someone say what a difference the Y has been in the community and what a blessing it is to have a Y in the community.
Q: What knowledge have you learned here that you will take to Shawnee, OK?
A: To always look outside of the four walls of the building. The YMCA is not about the facility it is about the impact we can make through collaborations.
Q: What is one thing that you would like to say to the Boonville community before you leave?
A: I want to thank the community for the support and encouragement given to me while here. I wish the Boonslick Heartland YMCA great success in the future, you can make a difference one child at a time.
Note: The Boonslick Heartland YMCA is have a reception for Theresa Hendrix on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.