New YWCA Lancaster leader is a familiar face

Michelle McCall, twice interim director, named full-time CEO; aims to continue mission

Michelle McCall, pictured in the first row, third from left, has been named the full-time CEO of YWCA Lancaster. - (Photo / Submitted)

Michelle McCall has worked in management for large corporations and small design companies, and as a consultant for both nonprofits and for-profits for 20-plus years.

And she will be using all of that experience as she takes over as full-time CEO of YWCA Lancaster, a nonprofit she has led twice since 2015 as interim CEO.

Lancaster’s YWCA, which provides a range of services from child-development classes and housing for women to sexual-assault counseling, named McCall, of Lititz, to the full-time post Jan. 1.

She welcomes the task, which is “definitely a challenge,” she said this week.

“All nonprofits face challenges these days, but it’s a specific challenge for us, now, because our mission is around eliminating racism and empowering women,” she said. “And with the current climate, it becomes even more critical for us to do what we do.”

YWCA Lancaster, which will mark 100 years in its North Lime Street home next January, has a $4 million budget and some 120 full- and part-time employees, McCall said.

The Lancaster YWCA might be best-known in the Lancaster area for its annual “Race Against Racism.” This year’s 19th annual event, the longest-running event among a YWCA in the U.S., is slated for April 29.

Since McCall’s return in September to a then-interim role, the YWCA has launched a brand-new website, expanded various programs and completed a successful audit of its finances, it said in a news release.

McCall also would like to see her organization capitalize on what she called the “energy and momentum” from last Saturday’s Women’s March, which she attended in Washington D.C.

“It segues nicely into our program and our mission,” which is “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women,” she noted.

The YWCA has started efforts to boost the amount of housing it can offer to those in need by some 18 or 19 units, McCall said.

It also plans to start a fundraising campaign next month so it can expand its boiler system to ensure that its building stays warm, the CEO said.

It now has a single-boiler system, and with the programs it hosts for families and children, “it’s imperative that we have very reliable heating, especially this time of year,” McCall noted.

The YWCA’s board of directors cited her “background in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, coupled with her passion for mentoring the next generation of women” in naming her to the CEO post, the organization’s news release said.

McCall, 58, is a native of Altoona who moved to South Central Pennsylvania to work for Armstrong World Industries after graduating from Penn State in 1979.

Her husband of 35 years, Thomas Zug, has his own structural engineering business, Zug & Associates Ltd. of Lititz.

She also has served as managing principal of Turbo Execs LLC, in Lancaster, advising clients, among other things, on how to raise capital and turn around under-performing companies, the YWCA also said.

Along with naming McCall full-time CEO, the Lancaster YWCA announced that its former chief financial officer, Angie Lightfoot Roth, has returned to manage its finances and community partnerships.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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