(TNS) — The YMCA of Southwest Kansas recently named Jackie Regan executive director of the Dodge City Family YMCA. Prior to this position, Regan was the chief operations officer for YMCA of Southwest Kansas.

According to YMCA of Southwest Kansas CEO Chad Knight, Regan's extensive experience within the organization and her drive for success were among the deciding factors for the hiring decision.

"We always try to promote from within," Knight said. "Jackie has done an awesome job for us at our Garden City branch and we're excited to see the changes and improvements that will take place under her leadership."

Regan was hired as the interim branch director in April of this year and accepted her promotion during the branch's May board meeting. She began her duties as the branch executive director immediately.

A 2001 graduate of Andale High School, Regan played collegiate basketball for Highland Community College and later for Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla. She graduated from NWOSU with a degree in wellness promotions, and accepted her first job in the youth sports department of the YMCA of Greater Wichita. Regan relocated to Southwest Kansas in 2006 after accepting the sports director position at the Garden City Family YMCA. Five years later, she was promoted to senior program director and then chief operations officer for the YMCA of Southwest Kansas.

"I am so excited to work more hands-on with the Dodge City staff and expand our mission and services in the area," Regan said in a press release. "I've been so grateful for the warm welcome I've received from our members and from this community.

"It already feels like home."

To contact Regan, call (620) 225-8157 or email her at jregan@ymcaskansas.org.