JJ Raflik – 2019 Future 5
JJ Raflik – Executive Director/CEO, Fond du Lac Family YMCA
JJ Raflik may be newer to the title of Executive Director and CEO of the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, but he is anything but new to the organization as he has been with the Y for the past 15 years of his professional life. Under his leadership and drive, Raflik and his team overcame major flood damage to their building this year, which only deepened and solidified the partnership between the Y and the Boys and Girls Club.
But wading in water in a flooded basement to get things back to normal isn’t all Raflik does for the community. He serves as President-elect of the Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis, board member for Girls on the Run, and is involved in Fond du Lac Noon Rotary, Healthy Fond du Lac 2020, Living Well Coalition, and YPN (YMCA Professional Network). He also leads a “Peer Community” project that has connected over 750 staff members of YMCAs around the state to one another in order to gain stronger connections and support for one another.
As a nominator of Raflik states: “JJ is the heartbeat and lifeblood of the YMCA. There is nothing he won’t do to ensure the success of the organization. He is consistently seen as a sounding board for fellow employees and YMCA members because they know he will lend a caring ear, an honest opinion and effort to provide as much support as possible. JJ Raflik takes it upon himself to make sure the Y is welcoming to all by creating an environment that is always open to everyone.”