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Rebecca Karabin-Ahern named first woman President of the Board of Directors at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA

Once again, history has been made at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA.  After its recent 126th Annual Meeting, the YMCA Board of Directors convened to elect officers.  Among those elected, was Rebecca Karabin-Ahern who will be the next President of the Board of Directors.  Rebecca becomes the first woman to hold this office at the YMCA, and will lead the Board of Directors for the next two years.  In response to this election Rebecca remarked “I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated group of community leaders and volunteers.  I look forward to helping the YMCA continue its tradition of meeting critical community needs.”  As Chief Volunteer Officer, Rebecca will also serve on the Board of Trustees and represent the YMCA at various regional and national meetings.

Founded in 1883, the YMCA has had many well known community leaders head the Board of Directors.  From the early years with Charles Mitchell, President of Stanley Rule & Level Co., to past President Michael Carrier, Attorney at Weber and Carrier, the YMCA has had dedicated and talented community leaders providing leadership to its Board of Directors.  The election of Rebecca Karabin-Ahern continues this tradition.

Rebecca Karabin-Ahern is an owner of Acme Monaco Corporation, a family run business in New Britain Connecticut, currently administered by her father Michael Karabin, as well as herself and her brother Lucas, creating a third generation of family ownership.  In addition to Acme Monaco’s New Britain, Connecticut manufacturing facility, the company operates two plants in Presque Isle, Maine and is the controlling shareholder of a joint venture in the Republic of Singapore.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Hartwick College in New York, Rebecca Karabin-Ahern began employment with Hershey Foods USA in sales for their Western Connecticut area for the next four years and was then promoted to a manager for all of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.  In this position she was responsible for marketing promotions for several major food retailers and was the second youngest female hired by the company in the Northeast. 

She began with the Acme Monaco Team as director of Sales and Marketing, Eastern United States in June 1999.  In August 2005 she was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and appointed a Director and Assistant Secretary of the corporation.  In December 2007 she became the Executive Vice President of Operations and the corporation’s Secretary and Director.  She reports directly to the President.

Rebecca has served as President of the Lions Club of New Britain from 2008 to 2009; she received the “dedicated humanitarian service award” from the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation for going above and beyond with service to the Lions Club and its community efforts.  She was also instrumental in Acme Monaco receiving the coveted Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America.  The Gold Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of its employees.

Serving with Rebecca will be J. Leo Gagne, Vice-President, Dr. Archie Savage, Jr., Secretary, Gerry Amodio, Assistant Secretary, and Thomas Fausel, Treasurer.  The YMCA also welcomed new Board members Sheila Amaral, William P. Carroll, Rev. Ronald Brown, and David Bagdasarian.

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