Top two YMCA leaders retiring

Shown is Steven Serge, YMCA CEO and Cathleen Abel, vice president of finance and HR. Both are retiring. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County YMCA’s two top administrators will be retiring prior to the end of 2019.

YMCA CEO Steven Serge and Vice President of Finance & HR Cathleen Abel will be retiring within a month of each other, the facility announced in a news release issued Tuesday.

Serve declined to be interviewed Tuesday. But in a prepared statement issued Tuesday, Serge wrote: “We informed the board of directors almost a year and a half ago of our intentions. I will be responsible for finding a replacement for Cathi, and the board of directors are working with the YMCA of the USA in the search for a new CEO. When I announced my plans, I recused myself from the new CEO selection process.”

Serge began working for the Amsterdam YMCA in 1980 and worked for the Saratoga County YMCA from 1982 to 1987. He came to the former Johnstown YMCA in 1987 as its executive director. Serge led the YMCA through considerable change in his 32 years in Fulton County, the release said.

His work included “significant expansion” of day care services, wellness programs, and housing the underprivileged, the release said. He engineered the consolidation of the Gloversville and Johnstown Ys into the Fulton County YMCA, led the creation of the new YMCA on Harrison Street in Johnstown, and expanded the YMCA Residency facility in Gloversville.

Upon retirement he will be relocating out of state.

Abel started working for the former Gloversville YMCA in 1985 as a bookkeeper and received numerous promotions over the years eventually ascending to her vice president’s position.

In 2017 she was honored by the Fulton County YMCA with the Leader of Leaders Award.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.