Pillath steps down from YMCA leadership post

by Peter J. Teagle - Posted on Dec 05, 2018 - 01:12 PM

Photo: Employees, management and volunteers from throughout the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA network gathered at the Mathews Family YMCA Friday to recognize the contributions of retiring branch executive director Sheila Pillath. From left are Adam Klutts, CEO Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA; Blake McIntyre, Mathews Program Director; Pillath, Stephanie Decker, Membership and Administrative Coordinator, and Regional Director Rosabeth Kissman. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Employees, management and volunteers from throughout the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA network gathered at the Mathews Family YMCA Friday to recognize the contributions of retiring branch executive director Sheila Pillath. From left are Adam Klutts, CEO Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA; Blake McIntyre, Mathews Program Director; Pillath, Stephanie Decker, Membership and Administrative Coordinator, and Regional Director Rosabeth Kissman. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

At a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Mathews Family YMCA, friends and coworkers came out to wish Sheila Pillath well on her retirement. Pillath, executive director for the Gloucester and Mathews YMCA branches, is stepping down after a 22-year career with the Y organization, including nine locally.

Pillath came to the Mathews YMCA in 2009. When the Gloucester Y opened in early 2016, she took on the responsibility of serving as branch manager there as well.

“It gave me an opportunity to improve the quality of life of people; that’s what I really feel my calling is to do,” Pillath reflected.

In her time in Mathews, Pillath supervised a capital campaign committee that secured the funds for the new Mathews Family YMCA as well as personally overseeing operating resources.

Speaking of the importance of the organization in the county, Pillath said, “It becomes the center of a community and becomes the ‘third place’ for a lot of people … you have your home, your church, and your Y.”

She thanked volunteers as she prepared for her next chapter, saying “The involvement the volunteers have is so critical to the Y movement … In communities like Mathews, volunteers are critical.”

Pillath said she will be looking to spend more time with family and travel the country in December. 

“I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” she quipped, “but I know one thing for sure: the Y has been here for 170 years mostly without me and it will continue to be here for another 170 years.”

The Y is currently conducting a search for a replacement.