Familiar face returns to his hometown Southington Y

Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:28


SOUTHINGTON -The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA has hired Jay Jaronko as the new executive director of the Southington branch.

CEO Mark Pooler said Jaronko, who will start work on Feb. 25, is “no stranger to the YMCA family.” He began his career at the Southington YMCA as a camp staff member at YMCA Camp Sloper in 2004. He then became the youth program director in 2007 and Outdoor Center program director from 2011 to 2013.

Pooler said Jaronko has spent the last six years at the Westport-Weston YMCA, where he was senior program director.

“I could not be more happy to welcome Jay home to the Southington Community YMCA,” said Pooler. “He brings a ton of Y experience and enthusiasm, he is a great leader and excels in relationship building, leading teams, problem solving and is a strong advocate for youth and teens. We are excited to tap into what Jay has learned in Westport and I believe he is the right leader to bring our Y to the next level.”

Pooler added that Jaronko is a Southington native, a graduate of Southington High School, and graduated from UConn with a degree in history in 2007.

Jaronko lives in Newtown with his wife, Tina, and their son, Thomas, who turns 3 in February.

Jaronko said that he is excited for the opportunity and to return to his hometown.

“Southington is a special community, and I’m honored to, once again, be a part of it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to learning how the YMCA and the town have changed over the last six years. It feels like I’m coming home. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones.”

Jaronko said that his goal as executive director is to not only help build membership, but also determine how to “better serve families of all kinds and make them really want to be at the Y.”

Jaronko’s professional YMCA involvement includes serving as a past youth and teen day camp chair, a member of the YMCA Professional Network, and a past treasurer, vice chair and chair of the CT YMCA Network. He is expected to complete his certification with the Executive Preparatory Institute in May 2019.

Jaronko’s community involvement has included being a member of Westport Sunrise Rotary, serving on the membership and program committee for the Newtown Community Center, being vice president of the board for Westport Police Athletic League Basketball, serving on the Westport Weston Wilton Hands for Life planning committee and being a part of the “Team Brent/St. Baldrick Head Shaving Event” planning committee.

Off the job, Jaronko enjoys spending time with his wife and son at the pool, library or park. He runs three to five miles almost every day. A sports fan, he follows the New York Yankees, New York Giants and UConn basketball.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:28. Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:30.