Shawna Cutuli named next CEO of Watertown Family YMCA

News release

WATERTOWN, NY  – Kevin Jordan, Chairperson of the YMCA Board of Directors, announces the future retirement of Denise Young on Jan. 1, 2024.

Ms. Young has been the CEO of the Watertown Family YMCA for the past seven years.

“With Denise’s future retirement, the board has named Shawna Cutuli, Deputy CEO. Ms. Cutuli will be in charge of the day-to-day operations and Denise will remain CEO and will continue working on the New Downtown YMCA Community and Aquatics Center, with an expected opening in November of this year. Denise will also be assisting management in this transition.

On Jan. 1, 2024, Shawna Cutuli will assume responsibilities as the organization’s CEO.

Following her retirement, Denise will continue to serve as Project Manager to finalize all outstanding commitments related to the construction project.

We are fortunate to have had a highly capable CEO over the past 7 years and thank Denise for navigating our YMCA through the challenging COVID pandemic as we have undertaken this historic expansion project. We look forward to transitioning that leadership to Ms. Cutuli who has proven to be very capable in helping manage the daily operations of this organization. As a long-time YMCA leader, we have complete confidence in Ms. Cutuli’s skills and abilities to continue moving our YMCA and community forward.”

The Watertown Family YMCA was organized in 1855, the 33rd YMCA to be started in the United States, and currently operates three health and wellness centers and 11 childcare sites serving southern St. Lawrence, northern Lewis, and Jefferson County residents. For more information about us visit