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YMCA names new executive director for Lawrence branch

by Paul Tennant, Eagle Tribune

The Merrimack Valley YMCA has hired a health and fitness enthusiast to run its Lawrence branch.


Joseph Agosto was the associate executive director of the Burbank YMCA in Reading before he accepted his new job, in which he holds the title of executive director. He also started a business that focused on personal training, youth fitness and nutritional counseling.


Before beginning his YMCA career, Agosto spent more than 20 years with the Jewish Community Center in both New Jersey and Boston, gaining experience in every aspect of the nonprofit organization including sports, recreation, fitness, camp and membership. He also ran a private sleep-away camp for seven summers.


“We are excited to be so fortunate to add Joe to our staff executive team,” Merrimack Valley YMCA chief operating officer Patrick Ryan said. “He will bring passion and drive as we work to expand services in the Lawrence community and improve the quality and scope of programs that our Y offers. He will soon become a fixture in Lawrence and prove to be a great asset to not only our YMCA but also all of the organizations we partner with.”


Agosto earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He was born and raised in New York City.


He now lives with his wife and two daughters in North Andover.



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