On Thursday, April 28, 2016, John Slagter began his term as Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

As Chairman of the Board, Slagter will lead the board with a focus on organizational direction, priorities and evaluation. He will work directly with the board and organizational leadership to collaboratively drive forward the YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s mission.

“We are thrilled to have John Slagter take on the role Chairman of the Board for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland,” says YMCA Interim CEO Joe Cerny.” John is passionate about the YMCA’s mission and focus to strengthen the foundation of the Greater Cleveland community. We are fortunate to have John as our Chairman of the Board and believe his skills, passion and commitment to the YMCA and community will serve us well.”

Slagter is taking over this role from former 2015 Chair, Clark L. Fitzgibbons.

“I am truly honored to serve such a meaningful organization in our region. The YMCA has been an important part of my life since I was a child and I am privileged to give back,” says Slagter.

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is a cause-driven organization. Its mission is to provide quality programs and activities that promote the balanced development of spirit, mind and body. The Y ministers to people of all ages, ethnic origins, religious affiliations, and socioeconomic levels. The organization’s areas of focus are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Cleveland visit

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Pictured here is John Slagter with his wife, Christine, and NFL Kick Returner and Former Cleveland Browns Player, Josh Cribbs at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s 2016 Annual Meeting, at which Josh Cribbs was the keynote speaker.