Michael Ledger

YMCA sees leadership shake up

YMCA sees leadership shake up

After a high staff turnover summer, the Pullum Family YMCA started this week with a new executive director. Bill Seedes, executive director of the Bear Levin Studer YMCA branch in Pensacola, has taken over as interim executive director for the Navarre branch as of Monday. “Michael Bodenhausen is our CEO and he made the decision […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Statistics show that a fast-growing Navarre has fewer child care providers per child than the rest of Santa Rosa County. Nearly 40 percent of Santa Rosa’s minors, roughly 15,000, hail from Navarre according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and Neilson Company analytics. Though some of these minors are old enough to take […]

YMCA celebrates 10 years

YMCA celebrates 10 years

Bart Pullum remembers a time in the late 1990s when the YMCA in Navarre didn’t have a place to call home, save for a storefront location used only for office space. Swim lessons took place in a pool in someone’s backyard, basketball games were played in school gyms and the parking lot at Navarre Park […]

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Michael Ledger, known to most of Navarre as the owner of The Vine Wine Bar & Restaurant, has taken on a new role as the executive director of the Pullum Family YMCA.  Bringing with him more than 30 years of business experience, Ledger expects his expertise to help bring the YMCA to the forefront of […]