Allen Baskett
Allen Baskett and Lowell Nees


(9-13-17)According to the local YMCA board of directors Allen Baskett has retired as the CEO of the Auglaize-Mercer Counties Family YMCA. Taking a look at the Y’s staff web site page that position has no information on Baskett, it’s empty. According to his Linkedin account, the Carmel, Indiana native has been at the local Y since 2000.

No statements or comments appear on the local Y web site and Facebook page about Baskett’s departure from his position.

According to a statement released by the board of directors of the Auglaize-Mercer Counties Family YMCA today:

“Allen Baskett has recently chosen to retire from our YMCA to pursue other interests. We certainly appreciate Allen’s years of service and we wish him well. As a board, we’ve begun to work with the Y-USA organization and have identified Lowell (Nees) as the interim CEO. We’re committed to working with the YMCA and the Y-USA organization to identify a more permanent CEO. The Board looks forward to working with that individual to bring forward the future initiatives of our local YMCAs.”

A look at the interim CEO of the local Y is now Lowell Nees, according to the statement above. Nees was at the Miami County YMCA  in Piqua (April 1983 – June 2011) for over 28 years.

According to the web site at his current employer Endowment Horizons:

Lowell Nees joined Endowment Horizons in 2011 and provides Endowment Horizons services throughout the US.

Lowell joins Endowment Horizons with extensive experience working with CEO’s of charitable organizations assisting with the development of leadership and organizational strengths.  Lowell comes to us with over 43 years as a professional with YMCA’s in Ohio and Indiana.  Lowell also serves and has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations.

Lowell has worked several years delivering the Endowment Horizons planned giving program to develop endowment funds, assisting families in giving to their favorite charitable organizations.  Lowell believes in a donor centric program while using the strengths and interests of volunteers in appropriate support roles.