Grand Rapids, MI (September 21, 2016) – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that Dean Herried will join its leadership team in the role of District Executive Director and named Adam Shilling as Association Membership and Program Director.

District Executive Director – Dean HerriedDean Herried
Dean Herried’s new role as the Y’s District Executive Director will include leading the Mary Free Bed YMCA and overseeing the Spartan Stores YMCA and YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. The Mary Free Bed YMCA is a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified facility which opened in December 2015 as the first Universal Design YMCA in the country. In addition to the management of three locations, Herried will be responsible for board development, strategic plan implementation, and collaborative community partnerships.

Herried most recently served as Director of Development for the State of Michigan for the American Red Cross. At the American Red Cross, Herried was responsible for 8.1 Million annual target state wide in fundraising. Prior to his time at the American Red Cross, Herried worked at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids for 17 years in varying roles; VP of Operations, Executive Director of the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA, Visser Family YMCA and Executive Director of the West Branch. He has also held leadership roles at the Fox Valley Family YMCA and Streator Family YMCA, in Illinois.


Membership and Program Director – Adam Shilling
Adam Shilling’s new role as the Y’s Membership and Program Director will include providing leadership to the membership and program development departments, to create and implement Adam Shillinginnovative program offerings and improve the Y member experience. Through working with YMCAs throughout the Grand Rapids region, Shilling will help ensure the quality and safety of programs and services remain consistently high.

Most recently, Shilling served as the Senior Manager of Impact Strategies at YMCA of the USA. At Y-USA, Shilling helped align more than 100 Y associations’ strategic and capital plans with community needs. He also directed staff and vendors responsible for external research and Y archives, ensuring latest trends and historical Y perspectives were included in program innovation. Prior to the Y-USA, Shilling worked at YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Valley Points Family YMCA in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.