June 22, 2018
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Bangor YMCA CEO, Camp Jordan director both resign

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor YMCA is looking for a new chief executive officer and camp director after two resignations in the past week.

Mike Seile announced his resignation as the Bangor Y chief executive on Nov. 29, and Emerald Russell, director of the Y’s Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan on Branch Lake in Ellsworth, resigned on Wednesday, according to Diane Dickerson, executive vice president.

“If I had to tell you how sad I am about them leaving, I would cry,” Dickerson said on Thursday. “They are phenomenal people to work with. I adore them both. They are wonderful human beings and are passionate about this Y.”

Seile will remain as the Bangor Y CEO through the middle of January while the organization searches for a replacement. Russell will continue to work with the Bangor Y through Skype for the next three to four months until a replacement is found, said Dickerson.

Seile, who has been the CEO since March 16, 2009, will return to the automotive industry, where he spent 10 years. He has joined Somic America Inc. in Brewer, where he is the general manager of continuous improvement. Somic America Inc. is formerly Brewer Automotive Components Inc. Seile said he will work at both positions until mid-January.

“It was an emotional decision,” said Seile, 36. “To be honest, the Y is a really important part of our community. It really has a big part in my heart.”

Russell, 28, has moved to Bali, an island in Indonesia, according to Dickerson. An email sent to Russell wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

“She had been looking into [moving to Bali] for quite some time and finally made the decision to do it,” said Dickerson.

The Bangor Y is seeking a new director for Camp Jordan. Dickerson said she hopes a replacement will be found by March.

Y USA will help the Bangor Y with a national search for a new CEO, said Elaine Chambers, president of the board of directors. She said finding the right candidate is more important than setting a deadline for a replacement.

“We want to make sure [to take] the time to find the best person,” said Chambers.

Chambers thanked Seile and Russell for their work at the Y.

“They’ve both done an excellent job and we wish them well,” she said. “They’re moving on with decisions that are best for them. They’re leaving on very good terms.”

Correction: A prior version of this story incorrectly stated that Emerald Russell's resignation was effective immediately.

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