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New Wheeler Y director hit the ground running

New Wheeler Y director hit the ground running

Laura Prisco, who was named executive director of the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA in October 2019, has been listening to feedback from members, and the community at large.

In response to those conversations, the YMCA is now open 4.5 hours more per-week to better serve the public.

“My hope is that the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA becomes top of mind for both community leaders and local families, as an organization that provides quality, safe programming for people in our service area,” Prisco said. “If I could tell our community one thing about the Wheeler Y, it’s that while we do have a gym and two pools, we are a non-profit charity, and are here to serve those who might think they cannot afford to belong to the Y. And we do this through our financial assistance program.”

In response to additional feedback she has received since arriving in Plainville, Prisco would like to announce that in 2020, the Wheeler YMCA will expand its footprint in the Plainville community by launching several new family programs and events so that parents and children can explore new adventures together.

Prisco has a long history with the YMCA and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Plainville branch. For over 30 years, she has worked at YMCAs in the northeast, spending the majority of her career at the South Shore YMCA and YMCA Southcoast, both in Massachusetts, as well as the Cape Cod YMCA and the Granite YMCA. She has been an executive director for the last 15 years, focusing on board development, community services, risk management and fundraising.

Prior to working at the executive level, Prisco supervised departments, including summer camp, after school care, aquatics, sports and youth and teen development. 

“My 30 years at the Y have been extremely rewarding. The one thing I would share about working at the Y is that you have to get used to the feeling that your work is never finished,” she said. “I like helping to make a difference in people’s lives and I look forward to doing so in the Greater Plainville area.”

Prisco played Division I women’s ice hockey for the University of New Hampshire, where she led her team to a national championship. Also, she was also an alternate on the 1992 U.S. women’s ice hockey team.

These days, Prisco enjoys playing tennis and golf and spending time with her parents and two brothers on Cape Cod.

Speaking of Prisco, Brian Liss, district executive director at the YMCA of Greater Hartford, said, “In her first three months at the Y, Laura has become an integral part of the Plainville community. We are lucky to have such a dedicated Y professional leading Wheeler into a new decade.”

Prisco can be reached at 860-793-9631 or

-- Press Release