The Crossroads YMCA board of directors announced Thursday it has accepted the resignation of CEO Laurie Halaska. Her resignation is effective immediately.

“The board expresses their appreciation to Laurie Halaska for her service to the association,” corporate board member Mark Bates said. “We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Halaska's resignation comes as the Southake YMCA branch in Crown Point is undergoing a $35 million expansion that is expected to be completed by spring 2019. Bates said the project is moving along and the Y has a solid building committee.

"Nothing is changing there," he said. 

Board members did not give a reason for Halaska's resignation. The Times was unable to reach Halaska, though messages were left on her work phone.

As CEO of the Crossroads YMCA, Halaska oversaw the branches in Griffith, Hammond and Whiting, in addition to the Southlake Y. Halaska joined Crossroads YMCA in 2015 having previously served as executive director of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA.

The YMCA board has named Dennis Schoenebeck as interim CEO to serve during this transition period. 

Schoenebeck, who served as CEO of the Greater Wichita YMCA for 25 years before retiring in 2016, will oversee both the Southlake Y expansion and a $3 million renovation of the Hammond YMCA branch.

Schoenebeck has been serving as a consultant on the Southlake Y expansion.

"We're delighted he has accepted to help us in this interim basis," Bates said. "I think the transition will be very smooth." 

The board will engage in a national search for the position with anticipation of having a new CEO in the coming months.


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