Melinda Adam is the new Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA, succeeding Tim Flaherty, who takes on the same role at the Greater Beverly YMCA.
Adam has been the Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospitals since 2006. Part of his role was to oversee the hospitals’ four rehabilitation and sports medicine centers. The most recent location, Physical Therapy Gloucester, is located inside the new Glen T. MacLeod building at the Cape Ann YMCA on Gloucester Crossing Road.
“I am delighted to have Melinda Adam on board as the new Executive Director of the YMCA of Cape Ann,” said YMCA of the North Shore President and CEO Chris Lovasco in a prepared statement. “She brings her passion for the Cape Ann community and a strong desire to serve the needs of adults, children and families in Gloucester and Rockport. Melinda is a wonderful addition to our team. She is a collaborative partner by nature as well as a seasoned and proven leader.
In a letter to members of the Cape Ann YMCA, Flaherty, 54, of Beverly, thanked the residents of Cape Ann for inviting her to the community.
“I enjoyed getting to know you all”, we can read. “I care deeply about what is best for the YMCA of Cape Ann and assure you that the staff and leaders of the Y are dedicated to providing a top notch Y experience for everyone who walks through our doors.”
Flaherty has been the General Manager of the Cape Ann YMCA for the past nine years. During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of the new Cape Ann YMCA. The building was opened to the public last April.
“We have worked hard as a team and as a community to build a state-of-the-art facility,” Flaherty said Wednesday. “Seeing the impact he has had in such a short time, it takes comfort to me to know that it is moving in the right direction. One good thing about staying with the organization is that I plan to work with the Cape Ann Y for years to come.
When the pandemic forced the Ys to close, Lovasco said Flaherty worked with Action Inc. and the Grace Center in Gloucester to provide shelter for their homeless guests so they can stay socially distant and safe.
“He has been an accomplished and compassionate leader in the community, developing partnerships that will serve the Cape Ann Y for years to come,” said Lovasco.
Flaherty said he worked closely with Adam to bring Gloucester Physiotherapy to the YMCA in Cape Ann.
“She is a proven leader who can step right into the role and take this new Y to new heights,” he added.
While his letter indicates that his last day at the YMCA Cape Ann will be October 21, Flaherty said that may not be the case. It’s unclear when Flaherty or Adam will start their new job.
Material from editor Paul Leighton has been used in this report.
Michael Cronin can be contacted at 978-675-2708 or [email protected]