Sue Ball stands ready to lead the fitness mission at La Jolla Y
Sue Ball is the new executive director/vice president of the La Jolla YMCA. She began her YMCA career in 1984 as a gymnastics coach at the Y of Metropolitan Little Rock, and quickly advanced to program director and then executive director of the Downtown Little Rock YMCA.
She relocated to the YMCA of Central Florida as an executive director of the Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center in Orlando. She then moved to the YMCA of Suncoast in Florida. While there, she was promoted to district vice president where she was responsible for the two northern most counties and supervised three operating units. Her most recent assignment was as branch executive with the YMCA of Silicon Valley at one of its largest sites.
Ball said she enjoys all outdoor activities, especially kayaking.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I have visited southern California many times and just love the area. When I heard of the La Jolla YMCA Executive Vice President position opening, I immediately called to inquire about it. I was told of the many exciting plans the board and staff have for this Y, and decided to throw my hat in the ring for the position. I am very excited to have been chosen as the person to lead the La Jolla through the upcoming capital projects.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
That’s easy; a brand new, state-of-the-art YMCA to better serve the needs of this community.
Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration comes from my work with people and meeting the mission of the YMCA.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
My very best friends who live in different parts of the country, but whom I have always stayed connected with.
What are some of your favorite movies and/or books?
“Gone with the Wind,” “Forest Gump,” for movies, and for books, “Pillars of the Earth,” “The Time Travelers’ Wife,” and “The Mermaid Chair.”
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your most-prized possession?
The photo albums of my children as they were growing up.
What do you do for fun?
I like hiking, biking, water sports, boating and kayaking.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Do the right thing.
What would be your dream vacation?
That would be a six-month trip around the world visiting as many countries and cultures as possible.
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