Dear Friends of the Somerville YMCA,

I write to announce my retirement from the Somerville YMCA on June 30, 2021. I began my career at the Y in 1978 as a Summer Day Camp Counselor. During my career, I also held the positions of Youth Director, Physical Director, Associate Executive Director and Executive Director from 1989 to the present. It has been my honor to work at such a great place for so long, providing the Somerville community with a local, independent YMCA that everyone in Somerville is able to enjoy.

I cannot express my gratitude to all the people that help make the Y the great place it is today. Our Y has been blessed with wonderful volunteers, staff, donors, members and all the families that entrusted us with the care of their children. I could not be more pleased with the Board of Directors’ choice to lead our Y going forward. Vladimir Benoit, who is presently the Chief Operating Officer, is going to be the new CEO beginning July 1, 2021.

Vlad takes over during a time of uncertainty, however the worst of the pandemic is over and the Y will be opening up at one hundred percent (100%) capacity soon. Our memberships are at a low point at this time, although this is true for all Y’s and fitness centers across the state. I know Vlad and his staff team have a plan in place to grow the membership as people become more comfortable working out inside. The Y is in a strong financial position. We are debt free and have sufficient reserves for an Association of our size.

Programmatically, our Y is vibrant with Preschool, School Age Child Care (SACC), Y@PHA, Learn to Swim/Aquatic Programming, Youth and Teen Membership, Summer Day Camp, Residents, Senior Group Exercise, Adult Membership and so much more.

Vlad is a wonderful young man and has spent a lot of time at the Y as a youth. Vlad began working with our team in January of 2020 and has worked well with our existing staff team. I know that everyone is excited for Vlad and anxious to see how he and his staff team improve the Y going forward.

I want to again thank everyone for their love and support over the years. Please be assured I have no intention of leaving the area and fully intend to be around to support Vlad and the Y in any way I can. You can catch me running down Highland Avenue or working out in one of the weight rooms. If you have a minute while you are at the Y, please stop by and introduce yourself to Vlad and join us in wishing him good luck in his new position.


William R. Murphy
Executive Director