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Aug 31, 2023 - Foglia YMCA

Kimberly Bless Appointed Foglia YMCA Executive Director

Lake Zurich, IL — The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago recently announced that Kimberly Bless has joined the organization  as Executive Director of the Foglia YMCA. In this role, Kimberly oversees the Foglia Y’s programs, services, and community engagement, along with development and management of the Foglia YMCA team.

“I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity to join the YMCA of Metro Chicago team and to serve as Executive Director of Foglia YMCA!” said Bless. “As an impact-driven organization, the Y remains at the forefront of advancing the holistic health and wellbeing of the Lake Zurich community — and of all the communities we serve — and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to take part in leading this effort every single day.”

Kimberly brings more than 15 years’ of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector to the Y, most recently serving as President & CEO for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
Previously she served as the Executive Director for the Northwest & Schaumburg Association for Commerce.

Kimberly has additionally been active in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations, including Food for Greater Elgin; Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois; and the Anderson Humane Society. She has also served as the Chair of the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism; Chair of the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (ICCVB); Legislative Chair for ICCVB; and as a member of the 2016 Chicago Olympic Bid Committee. 

In her spare time, Kimberly loves to travel with her husband, enjoys cooking for family and friends, reading a good book, and staying active via Pilates, yoga, kayaking and walking with her very energetic mini goldendoodle, Bubbles.


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is the leader in accessible, inclusive programming for more than 300,000 individuals each year, strengthening community by connecting people to their purpose, potential, and each other. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is evolving to become a 21st-century social enterprise for the region, through an association of 14 centers, 5 overnight camps, and 100 extension sites throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. Learn more about the Y's locations and programming at


Katy Broom
Director, Public Relations & Communications
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
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