Brent Pentenburg Named CEO

The YMCA of Rock River Valley Board of Directors named Brent Pentenburg as CEO. The Board held its annual meeting on January 26, 2018. The Board voted to forego a national search and name Brent Pentenburg as the new CEO of the organization. Pentenburg, former Chief Operating Officer, had been serving as the Interim CEO for the past 60 days.
 
Pentenburg’s Y career launched more than 10 years ago as a day camp counselor. His Y journey has exposed him to various leadership roles and areas of focus across the country. He moved to Rockford six years ago to join this association. In 2016, Pentenburg was named as a Person to Watch in a Rockford Register Star article. He is active in various community organizations including the Rockford Regional Health Council Board of Directors, Youth for Christ advisory member, the Rotary Club of East Rockford and Cherry Valley, and he volunteers his time at Stateline Church.
 
“Brent has proven to be the leader we feel this association needs to carry out our vision and mission in this community,” said Dr. Dave Gomel, Chief Volunteer Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley Board of Directors. “The Board has been impressed with Brent’s work ethic and inclusiveness over the past 60 days. He has a passion for helping every individual reach their potential and we are confident he will guide this organization to continued greatness.”
 
“I am very appreciative and humbled by the opportunity to be in this role,” said Pentenburg. “It is an exciting time for the YMCA and our community. I am excited about the future – what God will help us do and the lives that are going to be impacted.”
 
Pentenburg assumes the role effective immediately.
 
Also during the annual meeting, the Board named its new leadership and the addition of three new members. Dr. Dave Gomel is the new Chief Volunteer Officer for the board of directors, having served as the chair elect for the past year. The two-year term was previously held by Mike Broski. Dr. Kathleen Kelly will become the next chair elect. J. Hanley will assume the role of Secretary of the board. Keith Akre, Tom Sandquist and Mary McNamara Bernsten have joined the board for three-year terms. The board provides strategic oversight of the YMCA of Rock River Valley in achieving its mission of building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
 
Dr. Dave Gomel, Chief Volunteer Officer
Dr. Gomel is President of Rosecrance Inc., a subsidiary of the Rosecrance Health Network. He has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health treatment, including a number of years providing direct clinical services and various administrative roles. Dr. Gomel joined the YMCA board in 2015 and has served on the strategic planning and governance committees. 

Dr. Kathleen Kelly, Chair Elect
Dr. Kelly is Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford. She was SwedishAmerican's Chief Clinical Integration Officer until her retirement in 2016. Dr. Kelly is active in the community and currently serves on the SwedishAmerican Health System Board, Transform Rockford's Healthy Living Spoke Team, Rockford Health Careers Board and the Rockford Regional Health Council's Changing Hearts Program. She has been on the YMCA Board since 2015.
 
J. Hanley, Secretary
Hanley is General Counsel for the Rock River Water Reclamation District. Hanley began his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Winnebago County and went on to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona before returning home to Rockford in 2013 to practice law. Prior to joining the YMCA Board of Directors Hanley served on the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA Advisory Council.
 
Keith Akre, Board Member
Akre is a Trust Officer with Stillman Bank. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations. Akre shares his knowledge as an Adjunct professor with Rockford University teaching investments and finance classes for the Adult Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program. Akre has been a long-time supporter of the Y, serving as the former Chair of the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA Advisory Council.
 
Tom Sandquist, Board Member
Sandquist is a partner at WilliamsMcCarthy and concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, loan workouts, and collection matters, as well as real estate and corporate work. Sandquist has been active in our community serving on the board of directors of RocVale Children's Home, Milestone, Inc., Natural Land Institute and the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross. He currently serves on the Rockford Symphony Orchestra board of directors.
 
Mary McNamara Bernsten, Board Member
McNamara Bernsten is a teacher and community advocate. McNamara Bernsten’s commitment to her community is consistent and varied—from serving on the board of the League of Women Voters, to her Commissionership at the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. She has been involved with Rockford’s Family-to-Family Project and Transform Rockford Engagement Team, as well as the Community Input Committee for Rockford School District 205. Mary calls herself a ‘YMCA lifer’.