Shelley Bobb was laid off as executive director of the YWCA seven months after she took over the nonprofit organization.
Terri Friedrich, who owns the local business Custom Employment Solutions, is taking over the YWCA as volunteer executive director. Friedrich will be unpaid.
"The board tried to keep her (Bobb), but we couldn't afford her," Friedrich said.
Bobb moved to Racine in January from Madison. She had worked for 25 years as a Lutheran pastor.
Along with her business, Friedrich is an adjunct professor at Gateway Technical College. She also sold an earlier business that she'd started.
Friedrich said she hopes to stay on as executive director until the YWCA stabilizes its finances.
"I'm here to help the the Y crawl out of their hole," she said.
The YWCA has gone through major changes in recent years. Once located Downtown, the agency sold its building and split into three programs: Youth Education, the Empowering Women Center and the Riverbend Nature Center. It also replaced former Executive Director Debbi Embry with Bobb.
While Bobb leaving is another major change, there are signs of hope, Friedrich said.
YWCA's Kids Klub recently won a prestigious award, Riverbend turned a profit in recent months and the Empowering Women Center received a contract to work with the state's Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Friedrich also noted that canoe and kayak rentals are available daily from 8:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverbend for $5 an hour with a two-hour minimum. You need a driver's license and credit card for the rental.