Sinatra to lead Salem YMCA

Posted on June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

Timothy Sinatra will lead the Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Sinatra will continue the work of Sam Carroll, who is retiring in October after five years of service. Sinatra begins July in an interim CEO capacity to work alongside Carroll to ensure a seamless leadership transition.

“On behalf of the board of directors of the Y, I want to thank Sam Carroll for the outstanding job he has done as our CEO under the most trying of circumstances,” said YMCA Board Chair Dan Moore. “His leadership and hard work have enabled the Y to be in a unique position of strength. We look forward to the opportunity to make an ever-increasing positive impact on our community. We wish Sam the very best of a well-earned retirement.”

Sinatra is a highly experienced non-profit CEO noted for innovation in programs to support youth, family, and community development; collaborating with community organizations to meet local, regional and statewide needs; and bringing strategic focus, financial stability, and growth to organizations.

“A YMCA in South Florida took a chance on me when I was just starting out. It’s where I found my life’s purpose. I’m pleased to be returning to the organization where my career began and give back what I have learned along the way,” Sinatra said.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the Y. This organization has been in the Willamette Valley for more than 128 years. This is a pivotal time in its unfolding history. We have a new building going up and a new opportunity to define how the Y can be a critical part of how families and our community rebuild in this pandemic. I look forward to working with the community to build the Y’s future,” he added.

Sinatra currently serves as the director of organizational development for the Oregon Department of Human Services, the largest state agency serving 1.5 million Oregonians. Before that, he was the CEO of Eliada Homes in Asheville, NC, which provides services to children and families ranging from early learning to foster care to residential psychiatric treatment. Sinatra spent 23 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, serving as CEO of organizations in California, Virginia, and here in Salem. During his time as the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties, Sinatra was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Western Region Professional of the Year and served as the president of the Oregon State Alliance which conducted state and federal lobbying efforts.

“My years at the YMCA have been nothing short of amazing,” said Carroll. “I am looking forward to working on the construction of the new facility as the owner’s representative for the Y. I consider myself truly blessed to have been able to work for this incredible organization, board, and staff in such a wonderful, supportive community. I know the Y is in capable hands with Tim Sinatra, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Y do great things in the future.”


The Salem Family YMCA has served the community in “spirit, mind, and body” since 1892. In recent years, the Y has become the largest childcare provider in Marion and Polk Counties, serving more than 600 children daily at 22 different sites. It meets the health and fitness needs of over 5,000 members. The full-service facilities provide opportunities in Salem, Keizer, Silverton, Stayton, Sublimity, Monmouth, and Independence. The Y currently is building a new flagship facility in downtown Salem. Learn more at


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