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Tricia Meinhold appointed interim CEO of Ozarks Regional YMCA

Ozarks Regional YMCA proudly announces the appointment of Tricia Meinhold as Interim CEO, effective April 15. Tricia will oversee operations of six regional YMCAs, School Age Services and Camp Wakonda. Tricia brings over two decades of leadership experience within the YMCA, most recently serving as the Vice President of Operations for the West District of Gateway Region YMCA. In this role, she oversaw six dynamic YMCA branches with a combined budget of $22 million dollars.


A management agreement has been signed between the Gateway Region YMCA and Ozarks Regional YMCA. In her role, Tricia will focus on several key areas and aid in the search for the permanent CEO to ensure organizational success.

Tricia’s journey in the YMCA began as the Aquatics Director for the Pat Jones YMCA, marking the inception of a career characterized by dedication and service.


She took a short break from her YMCA career to serve as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Coker College in South Carolina. With her deep roots in the community, Tricia and her husband Ross call Springfield home. They have two children, Ricky and Christel. Notably, both her children are graduates of Kickapoo High School and her son and daughter-in-law are proud graduates of Drury University.


Expressing her enthusiasm for the opportunity, Tricia stated, “I am thrilled to join the Ozarks Regional YMCA team and serve the community that I hold dear. Together, with our dedicated team, I am committed to advancing our mission and empowering our community to thrive.”


For more information, please get in touch with Danielle Wise at dwise@orymca.org or call 417-396-1080.

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