Michael Gurtler

Managing Partner & Senior Consultant, Safe-Wise Consulting


Mike has been working with youth-serving organizations for over 30 years. He began his career in resident camping and held a variety of program and administrative positions before becoming a YMCA CEO in 1994. After a successful term as CEO, Mike joined the national YMCA staff as a safety & risk management consultant with YMCA Services Corporation in 2000; later becoming the Director of Risk Management providing strategic risk management direction for the organization and working closely with YMCAs throughout the country.

Mike has been instrumental in developing the Rescue Ready Program, resident camp review programs, Safe-Pool networks, staff training programs, youth protection training and many nonprofit risk management publications. His timely and effective development of resources for the Safe-Wise library is an example of his understanding of the ever-changing needs of organizations.

Mike is regularly called upon to provide highly-rated workshops at local, regional and national conferences. He holds the prestigious Associate of Risk Management certification and is an associate staff member for the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Mike brings a long career in non-profit work to his risk management efforts providing the experience and understanding that allows Safe-Wise to be both practical and insightful as it strengthens the safety practices of organizations.

Mike resides in Bar Harbor, ME with his wife and son. He actively participates in the Rotary Club, YMCA, Congregational Church, Town Government, Little League, Boy Scouts and other local efforts. He is an avid outdoorsman; enjoying camping, canoeing, fishing, sea-kayaking and outdoor/indoor sports such as golf and basketball.

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