LEXINGTON, Ky. — Paula Anderson, who has served as interim leader of the YMCA of Central Kentucky for the past year, has officially been named the organization’s president and chief executive officer.
The board of directors voted unanimously to offer her the position as president and CEO at its Sept. 23 board meeting. She served as chief operating officer and interim CEO after the resignation of former CEO David Martorano in September 2019.
“I am truly honored to serve this Y and this community and I feel very fortunate to have a passionate, dedicated team that’s working hard to make sure this organization is strong and well positioned to serve the needs of this community,” said Anderson.
Anderson joined the YMCA of Central Kentucky in 2016 as vice president of human resources. She was appointed the role of chief administrative officer the following year. Before joining the Y, she held leadership positions at Wall Street Greetings, LLC, Lexmark International Inc., and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.
She is married to Jerry Tipton. They have two sons, Stephen and Jackson.
“My family has called Lexington home for more than 30 years – my husband and I raised our sons here, with the help of Y programs. As a parent, I’ve spent a lot of time on the soccer fields at Mount Tabor Park and in bleachers at several Y locations. Y school programs were part of my support network. I understand what the Y means to Central Kentucky and look forward to deepening our impact in the communities we serve,” Anderson added.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky operates facilities and program sites in Fayette, Jessamine, Franklin, and Scott counties.
“On behalf of the board, I want to extend a profound thank you to Paula for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the organization. We are confident she will continue to keep our YMCA strong and thriving to better serve the community far into the future,” said chairman of the YMCA of Central Kentucky board of directors, Al Isaac.