New board president for YMCA

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Decatur Family YMCA has announced Niki Fenderson as Decatur Family YMCA’s Board President.

Niki Fenderson is a Decatur native with 3 wonderful children and a granddaughter. She has been
involved in education for over 20 years and is currently the principal at Robertson Charter
School.

“Strong volunteer leadership is essential to the Y’s success in beginning a mission-centered
nonprofit,” says YMCA CEO, Dominic Santomassimo. “We are excited to announce Niki as our
new Board Chair. Her experience and dedication in serving youth and families will help to
continue to strengthen the Y and help us expand our impact in the areas of youth development,
healthy living, and social responsibility. We look forward to Niki’s leadership and her vision for
our YMCA.”

She is a graduate of MacArthur High School and Richland Community College. She also
attended Millikin University and received a degree in Human Services with a minor in Business
Administration.

She later realized that her passion was in educating youth and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Elementary Education from UIS. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Niki served on the Big Brother Big Sister Board for 2 years and has been on the YMCA Board
since 2017. She is committed to the positive development of our youth and serving her local
community. She also enjoys encouraging women to know their worth, empowering them to
walk in their purpose, and inspiring them to grow in their relationship with God.

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