Executive Director Dotty Dalphon Announces Departure

YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County Executive Director Dotty Dalphon has announced that she will be leaving the YWCA, effective February 28. She has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, MD.

While a search is begun for Dalphon’s successor, YWCA Board Member Judy Morley will serve as interim Executive Director.

Morley has extensive experience in helping organizations navigate their way through transition. She serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute of Gettysburg, the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg and Adams County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Supervisors in Mount Joy Township, and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Leadership Constant: 5 Audacious Strategies for Navigating Change.

“I am so honored for the opportunity to guide this important civic organization through this leadership transition,” said Morley. “We will all miss Dotty and wish her the best, and I’m grateful to the board for its proactive stance on finding the next leader for the YWCA.”Dalphon assumed her role at the YWCA in May of 2019, following the retirement of longtime Executive Director Deb Geesey. Under her leadership and through the challenges brought by Covid-19, the organization has maintained its position as a veritable hub of the county, offering the full services of a seven-days-a-week fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, and a variety of other options focused on health and well-being. In addition, the YWCA continues to operate Adams County’s largest daycare facility while honoring YWCA USA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

“On behalf of the entire YWCA Board of Directors, we have so appreciated our time working with Dotty,” stated Board Co-Presidents Lyne Aurand and Jessica Ritter. “She has been extremely dedicated to our work and moving the organization forward. During her time here, Dotty has been a strong leader and provided much inspiration as the YWCA developed ways to navigate Covid and support the community. We wish Dotty the best in her next endeavors, where we know she will be an asset.”

First established on Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square in 1926, the local YWCA Gettysburg operates childcare facilities at the Adams Commerce Park and at its 909 Fairfield Road location, which celebrated 40 years of service to the community in 2021.

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