Keith Fenton will be stepping down from the position of Executive Director of the Lauri Ann West Community Center on November 15, 2019 after nearly two years in the role. He leaves the Community Center to take a sales leadership role in the Pittsburgh area. Fenton assumed the Executive Director position in January, 2018 after previously serving as a board member for the Center. Fenton will remain an active member of the Community Center Board.
Fenton says that he feels very fortunate to have been given the trust and support of the Board to take the role as Executive Director. “I accepted the role because I feel very strongly about the mission of the Center and the impact that the Center can have on our community. I have been fortunate in this role to see countless examples of the good work that our team does to enhance the quality of life of our community.”
Board President Terry Dunlap added, “During Keith’s tenure, he helped to improve and strengthen the financial health of the Center; built on existing community partnerships with O’Hara Township and the Fox Chapel Area School District; made certain that the right people were in the right roles to help the Center grow in key areas; and most importantly create a culture of focusing on the needs, feedback and satisfaction of our members. The leadership at both O’Hara Township and Fox Chapel Area School District have been key stakeholders that have helped the Community Center grow and improve our services. The board is so thankful for Keith’s many contributions to the Center. He will certainly be missed by all and we wish him nothing but the best in his return to a long-time career in the health care industry.”
Fenton says that “From my point of view, we have made very strong progress on all fronts. I am proud of what we have accomplished. The staff, Board and our partners in the community have all played a key role in our growth. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead our team of very talented and dedicated people. We have a wonderful facility, but it is the staff and instructors that help to create great experiences. We have an excellent team in place to meet the future needs of the Community Center members.”
Anthony Allison, the Community Center’s Membership Experience and Finance Director, will assume the role of Interim Executive Director. Allison joined the Center in August of 2015, shortly before the new building opened. He has served in a variety of roles at the Center and has worked closely with the Executive Director. Previously, Allison worked for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Matthews International. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Seven Fields. Allison says “I appreciate the leadership and guidance that I’ve received from Keith and the board of directors and am excited to continue the success and community partnerships that we have in place.”