YMCA Announces Interim CEO

The YMCA of Rock River Valley board of directors has announced that Chief Operating Officer Brent Pentenburg will assume the role of Interim CEO for the association.  Pentenburg joined the association in 2012 and has served as the COO since December 2015. He will lead the organization as the Board of Directors and YUSA conduct a search to fill the CEO position. Former CEO Mike Brown announced his resignation in October to be effective November 10. 

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. Prior to coming to Rockford he was the Sports Director at the Georgia Mountains YMCA in North Atlanta, Georgia. For the YMCA of Rock River Valley, he has served in many capacities allowing him to gain a thorough understanding of how the organization operates at all levels. In 2016, Pentenburg was named as a Person to Watch in a Rockford Register Star article.

“We are confident in Brent’s ability to serve at the helm of the association,” said Mike Broski, Chief Volunteer Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley Board of Directors. “He has an intimate knowledge of the operations and strategic direction of the organization, which is supported by the Board. Brent is a well-liked leader – not only within the Y – but in the community as well.”

Pentenburg has a passion for helping every individual reach their God-given potential. He spends much of his spare time volunteering. Pentenburg is an advisory member for Youth for Christ, he is a member of the Rotary Club of East Rockford and Cherry Valley, and he volunteers his time at Stateline Church. Additionally, Pentenburg and his wife, Johnnie are foster parents and inspire others to get involved as adoptive or foster parents in our community. 

The Board of Directors, with guidance from YMCA of the USA, will launch a nationwide search for a permanent CEO.