For Deb Stock, leading YWCA York has been the ultimate job, an honor and an incredible journey.
Now, she is retiring after 13 years as the organization's chief executive officer. She leaves the post June 30.
"The ultimate job is one where you can grow professionally and personally in a position doing what you think you were born to do," said Stock, 59, of York Township. "Empowering women and eliminating racism is a mission that is easy to love. YWCA will remain in my heart always."
Under Stock's leadership, the YWCA's operating budget grew from $1 million to almost $7 million, and staff increased from 60 to 180 people.
Also, services once offered at one location are now offered at 19 sites around the county, according to a news release from the organization.
Stock oversaw the YWCA's mergers in 2008 with Access-York, which assists victims of domestic violence, and in 2009 with the Victims Assistance Center, as well as recent mergers with the Temple Guards Drill Team and Reach youth programs.
Projects: She also led the 2010 capital campaign to fund $5 million renovation projects at the YWCA's facility at 320 E. Market St. in York City and the YWCA's involvement in the Olde Towne East neighborhood development projects.
Stock said she currently is working on a plan to renovate the YWCA's 227-acre Camp Cann-Edi-On in Newberry Township, which also has a newly renovated fitness and center.
John Klinedinst, president of the YW's board, commended Stock's leadership, recalling meeting her when Access-York merged with the YWCA. At that time, Klinedinst was an Access-York board member.
"Deb knew where we needed to go and what we needed to do, and then made sure it got done," Klinedinst said in a statement. "She will be missed, but she leaves an incredible legacy."
Many roles: Stock was elected to serve on the YWCA's national board in 2006 and in 2009 began serving a three-year term as the board's president.
She has traveled to Palestine to see both the YWCA's and YMCA's work on the West Bank. She also visited YWCA refugee camps in Jordan.
After a trip to Cuba, Stock helped write a document on "Gender Equity in Cuban Society." In 2011, she led a YWCA USA delegation to a World YWCA conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
She received the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award from Central Penn Business Journal in 2010, and the Athena Award from the York County Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Stock said she will continue serving on YWCA USA's global relations committee and on the YWCA World Services Council's executive committee.
How it started? Stock said the YWCA has been a big part of her life since she was 4 years old, when she first took swimming lessons there. She continued participating in YWCA programs during her high school years.
In the 1990s, she was a volunteer YWCA York board member and president over an eight-year period. She then became the organization's CEO.
Stock, who is married to Steve Stock and has two adult sons and five grandchildren, said she has picked a good time to retire from YWCA York.
"The organization is very secure at this point with quality programs," she said. "I'm ready to spend some time with my family. After 13 years, I'm ready to take a little bit of a break."
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