Meet Our Leaders


Bob Wanek CEO

Bob Wanek

Bob Wanek, CEO and celebrating 35 years as a Y professional.  Each member has a great story and so much potential to grow through the YMCA!  I love my job because of the people I have the privilege of serving every day!

Phone Extension: 224

Deb Winter Chief Financial Officer

Deb Winter

I oversee Finances, IT, Risk Management and Human Resources at the Y.  I make sure the behind the scene stuff is taken care of so our members have the best experience! I love our members, our staff and our mission, and  I look forward to coming to work each day.  Although it is very hard work, it is very rewarding to know that the Y makes such a difference in people’s life!

Phone Extension: 226

Debra Koeppen Chief Development Officer

Debra Koeppen

I serve our members with a strong conviction in our Mission to serve "all."  The annual “Changing Lives” Campaign provides for those that cannot otherwise afford a membership and/or child care.  I love working at our Y because I believe I'm making a difference in our community, and our beautiful facility has enabled us to serve even more children, adults, and families to build spirit, mind and body.

Phone Extension: 229

Regina Bluell Senior Director of Member and Staff Engagement

Regina Bluell

My goal in serving our members is to assure that everyone using the facility has a good experience.  Accomplishing this takes having a dedicated staff in place who enjoy what they do.  I also make myself available to discuss any comments or concerns our members may have and to reach a solution in a timely manner.  The YMCA is a great place to work and raise your children.  I always tell my new staff that family comes first and the YMCA truly embodies that.  I greatly enjoy interacting with our members.  I also have a wonderful staff who support our goals and mission and are very engaged; this makes working here very rewarding and enjoyable.  I have had the privilege of working for the Valparaiso YMCA since August 1992.

Phone Extension: 228

Chuck Gutzwiller Senior Director of Programs

Chuck Gutzwiller

I serve the members of the YMCA by ensuring the Aquatics Department provides quality programs and services to best meet the needs of the community. I like working at the YMCA because I enjoy being around all of the wonderful people who come into this building.

Phone Extension: 230


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