Chris Tointon recently joined the YMCA of Middle Tennessee as president and CEO. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the YMCA in Greater Omaha for five years. He began his career in recreation and social services at the age of 12 when he became the leader of his local parks and recreation department’s t-ball program. Soon after, Tointon found the Y in Lindenhurst, Illinois, as a summer camp counselor and then grew his professional Y career from program director to branch executive director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. After 13 years with the Y, Tointon was recruited to lead an innovative nonprofit in Central Michigan. His love of the mission and passion to strengthen communities drew him back to the Y. In the past he has been a part of the Prairie Alliance of YMCAs supporting Ys in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, served as a board member of the Nebraska State Alliance of YMCA CEOs and was an executive member of the Mid-Major YMCA group. He also was part of YUSA’s Strategic Innovation Advisory Council due to his creative solutions to community challenges. Tointon has a bachelor’s degree from North Central College and a non-profit best practices management certificate from Saginaw Valley State University. He has won numerous awards for nonprofit management, fundraising and establishing an employer of choice.