Superior Douglas County YMCA announces new CEO

Carl Klubertanz of the La Crosse Area Family YMCA will take over as chief executive officer March 2.

Carl Klubertanz
Carl Klubertanz
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SUPERIOR — A new leader is taking the helm at the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA.

Carl Klubertanz will succeed Chris Stenberg as chief executive officer, said Jeff Manion, chief volunteer officer. Stenberg left to become director of YMCA Alliance services in Minnesota.

The current CEO will transition to a new position with the Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCAs.

Klubertanz takes on the new role March 2.

He was selected among a strong field of candidates in a nationwide search and has the necessary background and experience, Manion said.

The director of facilities for the La Crosse Area Family YMCA, Klubertanz currently oversees two YMCA branches as a member of the senior leadership team, managing a large staff and serving on the facilities and financial development committees.


“I see my role as being a facilitator, a connector, of the resources the YMCA can provide to the community,” Klubertanz said. “I’ve heard and I’ve read that the YMCA there has a really rich history and lot to offer, and in the short time I spent up there, it looks like there is a ton of potential and a lot of capacity for good.”

During his time with the La Crosse YMCA, he has been instrumental to helping achieve significant membership growth, strong financial performance and solid membership retention, the Superior Douglas County YMCA stated in a news release. He worked closely with contractors and a facilities committee to manage construction projects and facilities investments totaling nearly $20 million, the news release said.

From what Klubertanz has seen, the Superior community, donors, board of trustees, board of directors and staff have done a wonderful job with the YMCA here, and his goal is to build on what they’ve accomplished.

In addition to his work with the La Crosse Area Family YMCA, Klubertanz is a U.S. Army veteran who earned a master’s degree in recreation management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

His first goal is to get a good foundation with the Superior Douglas County YMCA, but some projects he’s looking forward to working with the board include the future of the YMCA camp and building the organization’s membership.

“I know we’re still recovering from the COVID pandemic so we’re going to have to get membership back up,” Klubertanz said.

Planned as a single-family residential area, people are worried the character of their neighborhood will change if a 4-acre commercial zone is approved.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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