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Helena YMCA welcomes new CEO

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 19:55:44-04

Helena Family YMCA has a new CEO.

David Oclander, who most recently served as Director of Global Social Impact at Starbucks, has consulted various companies in areas of leadership, strategic planning and conflict resolution.

He also spent more than 20 years in the military, serving as Battalion Commander in Kandahar, Afghanistan and Brigade Chief of Staff in Baghdad, Iraq.

He said one of his final interviews for CEO coincided with the annual campaign kickoff breakfast and he was excited to see the community support for the Y.

“It was really clear that the community is very invested in seeing the YMCA succeed,” said Oclander, “and seeing the impact that the Y has optimized, and be as robust as possible.”

Oclander added the opportunity is also a good fit for his family since his wife is from Montana and has relatives in Helena.

His first day will be Monday, April 29.

-Reported by Melissa Jensen/MTN News